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Machines do the bulk of the work, but every fabricator relies on hand-held power tools too. This technology area has information on hand tools for many tasks, from simple to complex.

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When weld prep matters

September 19, 2016 | By Amanda Carlson

A welding and fabrication company specializing in large-diameter pipe found that a switch in its grinding consumables made all the difference in safety, productivity, and weld quality.

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The next generation of portable beveling

March 30, 2016 | By Rohan B. Raut

Weld prep is an unheralded but necessary activity for those working with heavy plate. Portable beveling technology has emerged that may make life a little easier for the fabricator looking to deliver high-quality weld joints.

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Using power tools effectively

November 10, 2014 | By David Jescovitch

Following basic safety practices when using power tools contributes to safer conditions for the machine or tool operator and provides cost savings for the fabrication shop through improved productivity and extended consumable life

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Portable pipe cutting tool simplifies sawing process

July 7, 2014 | By Eric Lundin

It's not often that a tool as simple as a hand-held circular saw wins an award for its design, but it happened when Exact Pipe Tools Inc. submitted three models to Design Zentrum Nordrhein Westfalen, one of the oldest design institutes in Europe. The saw clamps to the pipe, so users are safer and cuts are straighter.

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Angle Grinder

Technology Spotlight: Tight spaces? There’s a grinder for that

January 17, 2014 | By Amanda Carlson

Small angle grinders are incredibly flexible tools; however, even they have their limitations, like accessing confined spaces. A power tool manufacturer with U.S. headquarters in West Chester, Pa., developed a small angle grinder with a reduced profile that reaches into tight spaces not normally accessible with standard angle grinders.

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Angle grinding 101

July 8, 2013 | By Terry Tuerk

In fabrication shops across America and around the globe, power tools—more specifically, angle grinders—are often used in an improper and unsafe manner. Taking the time to learn the do’s and don’ts of cutting and grinding can help prevent serious injury to yourself or those around you.

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Portable Grinders

Depressed-center grinding wheel safety—test your knowledge

June 1, 2012 | By Dave Long, Roger Cloutier

Do you use portable grinders with depressed-center wheels? Are you following the proper safety guidelines? Take this 10-question test and find out.

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Are cordless hand tools ready for metal fabricating? - TheFabricator.com

Are cordless hand tools ready for metal fabricating?

May 1, 2012 | By Dan Davis

Odds are people laughed at the idea of a cordless hand tool ever replacing a corded tool on an assembly line, but the sight of a bank of charging stations at a major manufacturing plant is increasingly common. With that in mind, could more cordless tools be found on the fabricating shop floor in the future?

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A guide to portable magnetic drills

April 30, 2010 | By Jeff Miller

On-site hole-making is a common fabrication activity, but not much thought is given to the tool used for the job. As with any job, the right tool can make a real difference in how smoothly the operation goes.

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Choosing a gouging method

May 9, 2006 | By Robert Fernicola

Plasma gouging and air carbon-arc gouging have their advantages and disadvantages. The most distinct differences are in cost, fume production, and necessary postcutting operations.

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Abrasives that make the grade

May 10, 2005 | By Jim Elving

Efficient and economical metalworking, from cut-off and grinding operations to blending welds to final finishing, depends on selecting abrasives of the right kind and grade and using them safely.

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Tips to follow before you start beveling

November 20, 2003 | By Tom Fogarty, Colleen Karpac

Choosing the right grinder is always important. Size, weight, durability, and a few specific features can play a big part in working efficiently. Before starting your next beveling project, use the following tips on grinder and wheel selection to make sure you're as productive as possible.

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