Power Tools

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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Pneumatic beveling tool fits in the palm of the hand

February 16, 2015

Motor Guard has introduced the JMB-1250 palm beveling tool. The compact pneumatic tool fits in the palm of the hand, allowing fabricators to make precise, uniform cuts on a variety of materials and shapes, says the manufacturer. It cuts chamfers up to 0.060 in. deep on material 0.10 in. and thicker...

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Portable magnetic drill offers high power-to-weight ratio

February 12, 2015

Hougen Mfg. Inc. has released a new model of portable magnetic drill, the HMD905. It maintains a small, lightweight footprint while offering a high power-to-weight ratio. The drill features a mag drill pilot light. Built into the base of the magnet, the LED allows the operator to line up the...

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Cordless cutter drives 6-in. cutting wheel

January 14, 2015

Walter Surface Technologies has introduced the Zipwheel cordless cutter, which can drive a 6-in. cutting wheel. The unit is designed for metal workers who are consistently on location without access to a power supply. Designed for use with the company’s Zip family of cutting wheels, the tool...

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Profile shears cut corrugated metal

December 23, 2014

Kett Tool offers the KD-446 profile shears, designed specifically for cutting corrugated metal. The lightweight shears can cut cold-rolled mild steel up to 18 ga. at a radius as tight as 3 in. They also can produce cuts in soft, nonferrous metals such aluminum, copper, and brass up to 0.90 in., as...

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Metal saws leave workable edge

November 25, 2014

Fein Power Tools Inc. has introduced three new Slugger saw models that leave a workable edge when making straight or bevel cuts up to 45 degrees on steel plate, angle, pipe, and square or round tube. The new 7.25-in. metal hand cutting saw has a double-insulated, 1,400-W, 120-V, 12-amp,...

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Lightweight, cordless tools designed for above-average operating time

November 17, 2014

TRUMPF Inc. has added new models to its TruTool line of compact, lightweight, lithium-ion cordless power tools: the PN 130 profile nibbler, S 160 and S 114 shears, and C 160 cutting shears. The battery-optimized aluminum gear head is designed for the low voltage of the battery used in the...

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Using power tools effectively

November 10, 2014

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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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Riveters available in cordless, pneumatic models

October 29, 2014

Vega Tool Corp. has introduced the Lobster Tool line of riveters, available with hand riveter and drill attachments. The lightweight R1B1 and R1B2 cordless riveters feature a 0.87-in.-long stroke, allowing them to be used anywhere without the need for an air compressor. With a 0.75- and 1.02-in....

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Portable magnetic drill features multiaxis positioning

October 27, 2014

CS Unitec’s new MAB 800 KTS portable magnetic drill features multiaxis positioning, allowing the drill to be adjusted up to 2.15625 in. forward and backward and up to 4.75 in. left and right after the magnet is adhered to the surface. The drill is suitable for job site drilling, boring, and...

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Apex Tool Group appoints CEO

October 24, 2014

Apex Tool Group LLC, Sparks, Md., a provider of industrial hand and power tools, has appointed Thomas Wroe Jr., current chairman of the board, to the additional role of CEO. He succeeds Steve Breitzka, who is stepping down to begin the next phase in his career. Wroe previously served as CEO of...

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Precision cutoff wheel suitable for thin-gauge, tough-to-cut alloys

August 12, 2014

Klingspor’s 0.8-mm (0.031-in.) A 980 TZ Special cutoff wheel is designed for thin-gauge metal fabrication, precision burr-free cutting, and use with tough-to-cut alloys. Available in 4½-in. and 5-in. depressed-center models, the wheel is packaged in a sealed plastic container to maximize disc...

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Vidmar supports Wounded Warrior Project at IMTS 2014

August 11, 2014

Stanley Black & Decker (SBD) and its Vidmar® unit are teaming up once more to raise funds for the Wounded Warrior Project (WWP) this September. At IMTS in Chicago, Sept. 8-13, Vidmar will make a donation for each name signed on its “Warrior Wall.” The company hopes to get 550 signatures on...

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Plastic package protects thin cutoff wheels during transit, storage

July 31, 2014

Pferd has introduced a recyclable, stackable plastic package for all 4.5-, 5-, and 6-in. cutoff wheels for angle grinders with thicknesses of 0.045 in. and less. The new package strength helps ensure wheel integrity during transit, storage, and handling. The ABS plastic package features an...

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Weld cleaning brush’s dual-hex nut eliminates interference issues

July 30, 2014

The DUALLY® stringer-bead wheel from Weiler features a nut with a hex on each side of the wheel that is tall enough to ensure adequate clearance on the tool. This dual-hex nut design eliminates interference issues that might otherwise tempt users to remove the guards from their angle grinders and...

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Portable pipe cutting tool simplifies sawing process

July 7, 2014

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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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