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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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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


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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Vertical grinders withstand demanding environments

April 30, 2014

Cleco® Tools, a business unit of Apex Tool Group LLC, has introduced vertical grinders for heavy metal fabrication processes in industries including shipbuilding, rail and foundry, and infrastructure applications. The grinders can be configured to a variety of user preferences and...

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Arbor adapter accommodates standard tools with 0.75-in. Weldon shanks

March 18, 2014

Fein Power Tools Inc. has introduced a new Slugger® QuickIn arbor adapter for use in its two-speed magnetic drills. The adapter accommodates industry-standard tools having 0.75-in. Weldon shanks and will work on three new Slugger machines that accept Morse taper tool holders. The adapter is...

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Magnetic drill uses HSS or carbide cutters

March 5, 2014

Fein Power Tools Inc. has introduced the Slugger JCM 200 U portable magnetic drill, designed for on-site construction, MRO in-plant applications, workshops, and fabricating operations. The drill performs tapping, reaming, and countersinking operations with HSS or carbide cutters, without requiring...

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Flexovit names director of sales/marketing

March 4, 2014

Flexovit USA Inc., Angola, N.Y., has hired Hendrik H. Iliohan as director of sales and marketing. He is responsible for directing all sales and marketing initiatives across the U.S., Canada, and Mexico. Hendrik, who has more than 25 years of industry experience, has been with the company since...

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CS Unitec: Dry Cut Metal Saw Hand Held

Presented by CS Unitec Inc.

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The Super Hand Dry Cutter (8320 BigSaw2) from CS Unitec is the largest metal cold cutting saw on the market. This 12-5/8" dia. circular saw (model no. 608270 U) can dry cut materials such as steel, sandwich panels, trapezoidal sheets, conduits and metal pipes up to 4-3/4" deep -- without coolant. It features a side-mounted tilt tray for disposal of chips, a dust collection port and motor overload protection with optical overload indicator. Optional guide rail clamping system is available for straight cutting of sandwich panels and sheets.

High endurance grinders

Grinders made for high endurance

January 27, 2014

Fein Power Tools Inc. has introduced a new series of standard, single-speed angle grinders suitable for rough grinding, particularly in fabricating applications and construction sites. Three models are available. The single-speed Solid is suitable for deburring, grinding, and cutoff work;...

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Angle Grinder

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

January 17, 2014


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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Cordless, portable tools designed for heavy-duty use

January 14, 2014

Fein Power Tools Inc. has introduced a new series of cordless, portable tools designed for fabricators, contractors, and MRO personnel. The German-designed and -built cordless drill drivers, hammer drills, and impact wrenches are designed to provide powerful torque transfer for metalworking...

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Lightweight, low-profile magnetic drill suitable for repetitive drilling in close quarters

January 7, 2014

Fein Power Tools Inc. has introduced the new Slugger® JHM Short Slugger portable magnetic drill. The 22-lb., low-profile drill is designed for portable holemaking in fabricating, construction, and specialty metalworking applications. With its 430-W, 680-RPM motor, the drill can make...

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