progress machine and tool in l.a. has lindstrom stuff for about
20% less. i had terrible luck with their flush nippers, same as
you, then i went to their semi-flush and have broken only one
pair in about five years. it also helped when i figured out what
those numbers on the inside of the handle meant, just kidding!
as for another line of pliers, i took a workshop and someone had
a really tuff set of pliers. i have this someones card, he was
supposed to get back to me, i will call him and get back to you.
i do remember the supplier is in portland, or.