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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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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Pferd appoints VP of sales

August 8, 2016

Milwaukee-based Pferd Inc., a manufacturer and distributor of abrasives, brushes, and power tools, has appointed Jon-Michael Raymond to the position of vice president, sales. Raymond previously served as manager of private brand and retail, U.S. and Canada, for Osborn Mfg. He also held several...

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Cordless hole puncher generates 11 tons of punching force

July 28, 2016

The new, battery-powered Hougen®-Ogura® model 76000PR Punch-Pro™ electrohydraulic hole puncher from Hougen Mfg. is suitable for on-site hole punching where power is not available or hard to access. It generates 11 tons of punching force for punching round or oblong holes up to 19/32 in. dia. in...

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Heavy-duty magnetic drill is portable to job site

June 27, 2016

CS Unitec’s MABasic 450 professional-grade, two-speed, portable magnetic drill cuts holes up to 1-5/8 in. dia. with annular cutters in structural steel and other metals. The heavy-duty tool has a 10.5-amp/110-V, double-insulated motor and no-load speeds of 250 and 450 RPM. With the included...

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Compact pneumatic grinders measure about 1 in. dia.

April 26, 2016

Suhner Industrial Products LLC has introduced four lightweight pneumatic grinders: LSB 25 H, LWB 4, LPB 4, and LLC 35. They are designed for machine building, tool- and moldmaking and maintenance, aircraft construction, astronautics, automotive manufacturing, and foundries. The compact tools, a...

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Angle grinders offered with stronger motors

March 31, 2016

Robert Bosch Tool Corp. has rolled out a lineup of small, corded and cordless angle grinders. New motors, extending from 10- and 13-amp models to 18 V, deliver more amperage than their predecessors. Longer multigrip paddle switches allow users to grip the grinders in almost any position along...

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Pneumatic shears feature variable-speed trigger

March 30, 2016

Kett Tool offers P-500 double-cut shears for cutting 18-ga. and lighter cold-rolled mild steel, most grades of stainless steel to 20 ga., and aluminum to 0.090 in. thick. At 3 lbs. and 10.5 in. long, the shears are compact and portable. The dual blades transfer distortion produced in cutting...

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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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Double-cut shears slice metal without distortion

March 2, 2016

Kett Tool’s KD-440 double-cut shears deliver precision cuts in cold-rolled mild steel, stainless steel, and aluminum without warping or bending the original material or the finished piece, the company reports. The dual blades transfer any distortion produced in cutting to a 7/32-in. waste...

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Pneumatic air tools reach into tight spaces

February 29, 2016

With a redesigned pneumatic drive, the LRC 20 from Suhner offers a set of hand tools that can grind, mill, and polish difficult-to-access places, such as the leading edges and corners of impellers and the inside of narrow pipes. The new drive provides 20,000 RPM for user handwork. Under full...

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Kett Tool announces retirement of VP

February 25, 2016

Kett Tool, a Cincinnati-based manufacturer of electric and pneumatic tools, has announced that Rick Fowkes, vice president, has retired after 34 years of service. Alex Rozumovich, who has served as director of engineering since 2007, has been promoted to vice president. Fowkes began his career...

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Apex Tool Group names CEO

February 8, 2016

Apex Tool Group LLC, a provider of industrial hand and power tools based in Sparks, Md., has named James J. Roberts as CEO and a member of the board of directors. Thomas Wroe Jr., previous CEO and chairman of the board, will continue to serve on the board of directors as executive chairman....

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Power Tool Institute launches website

January 28, 2016

The Power Tool Institute (PTI), a Cleveland-based organization for power tool safety resources, information, and education, has launched a new website at www.powertoolinstitute.com. Features include mobile compatibility and access to specific safety information for various tool types, including...

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Pneumatic hand tools deliver turbo power to deep recesses in workpieces

January 21, 2016

Suhner offers LRC 20 pneumatic hand tools for grinding, milling, and polishing difficult-to-access areas, such as the leading edges and corners of impellers and the insides of narrow pipes. The tools’ drive provides 20,000 RPM. Exhaust air is directed backwards, protecting the work surface...

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Power feed magnetic drill produces holes up to 1-5/8 in. dia.

January 19, 2016

Hougen Mfg. Inc. has released the power feed HMD927 portable magnetic drill. It drills holes up to 1-5/8 in. dia. and maintains a small, lightweight footprint while offering a high power-to-weight ratio. An LED light is built into the base of the magnet, allowing the operator to line up the...

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