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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Abrasive grinding wheels provide rapid stock removal - TheFabricator.com

Abrasive grinding wheels provide rapid stock removal

September 10, 2013

Rex-Cut Abrasives offers Sigma Green Premium grinding wheels, constructed to provide rapid stock removal and leave a 100-RA finish on 304 stainless steel. The wheels are available in 4-, 4.5-, 5-, and 7-in. sizes, with and without hubs, and with optional 5/8-11 throw-away adapters. The wheels,...

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Hand pads' webbing creates extra strength

September 6, 2013

Saint-Gobain Abrasives has introduced Norton Bear-Tex® Thin-Flex™ hand pads. They provide increased cutting action through a web structure created by a needling process to allow more pressure to be applied per abrasive grain without extra effort from the user, according to the company. Flexible...

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Magnetic-base drill makes holes through 2-in.-thick steel

September 5, 2013

Trick-Tools has announced the release of its Fein JHM Short Slugger magnetic drill. It features an electromagnetic base that secures it to the material being drilled. Annular cutters, which drill only the perimeter of the hole and eject the slug, allow this model to drill up to 1.1875-in. holes...

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Flexible grinding wheel designed to remove mill scale - TheFabricator.com

Flexible grinding wheel designed to remove mill scale

August 13, 2013

Walter Surface Technologies has announced the introduction of the Flexcut Mill Scale grinding wheel. The flexible grinding wheel is formulated to prevent glazing, and it self-dresses to prevent clogging. The disc's wide surface contact area, blend of highly refined abrasives, and open diamond...

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Controlled-flare end brushes trimmed to reach corner - TheFabricator.com

Controlled-flare end brushes trimmed to reach corner

August 5, 2013

Weiler Corp.'s controlled-flare end brushes feature a crimped wire fill for more brushing action and durability when cleaning fillet welds, corners, bevels, channels, and slots. The trim of the brushes removes the most breakage-prone portions of the wire fill in a standard end brush, resulting...

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Benchtop English wheel one of largest available - TheFabricator.com

Benchtop English wheel one of largest available

July 29, 2013

Eastwood offers a new benchtop English wheel with a 20-in. throat and 18-in. internal height, making it one of the largest on the market. The rigid frame is fabricated like large bridge spans, with doubler plates and structural hardware. The tool features an 8-in. wheel and 5-in.-radius anvil...

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Ultrathin cutting wheel's raised hub allows large cutting surface - TheFabricator.com

Ultrathin cutting wheel's raised hub allows large cutting surface

July 23, 2013

Walter Surface Technologies has launched the new Zip One Type 27 extra-thin cutoff wheel for cutting thin-gauge metal. It features a raised center for extra rigidity, durability, and thinness. The design of the center hub allows for a large cutting surface while enabling straight, sharp,...

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Upcut circular cold saw cuts nonferrous material

July 22, 2013

Scotchman Industries® has introduced the SUP-500 NF upcut circular cold saw designed for cutting nonferrous material. It features a 20-in., 120-tooth carbide blade that can produce round cuts up to 7 in. dia. and rectangular cuts up to 11.75 by 5 in. Standard features include an adjustable feed...

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Dry-cutting miter saw makes 4-in.-deep cuts - TheFabricator.com

Dry-cutting miter saw makes 4-in.-deep cuts

July 8, 2013

CS Unitec has introduced a portable, dry-cutting miter saw for steel, stainless steel, and other materials. The model 9410 ND is the only metal cutting machine on the market with stepless adjustments from -45 to +45 degrees, according to the manufacturer. The 10-in. tungsten carbide-tipped...

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Angle grinding

Angle grinding 101

July 8, 2013

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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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Electric polishing system reaches difficult-to-access internal corners

June 13, 2013

Suhner Industrial Products LLC has launched the new UMC 6-R L electric power file/polishing system for difficult-to-access polishing, graining, and brushing applications on stainless and aluminum. The unit offers low-vibration action for close edge work. To impart a grained finish on internal...

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Steelcraft Tool marks 70 years in business

June 10, 2013

Steelcraft Tool Co. has announced the 70th anniversary of the beginning of its operations. Founded in 1943 as an industrial cutting tools producer, the company eventually began to produce high-quality cutoff, cross-cut, and end finishing blades. Today Steelcraft Tool is a provider of high-speed...

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Pferd launches ergonomics program

June 10, 2013

Pferd Inc., a manufacturer of abrasives and surface finishing tools in Leominster, Mass., has launched the Pferdergonomics program, focusing on long-term user health through the reduction of dust, noise, and vibration levels and the improvement of tool haptics. In addition to manufacturing...

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Cordless sheet metal nibbler cuts nearly 100 ft. on one charge - TheFabricator.com

Cordless sheet metal nibbler cuts nearly 100 ft. on one charge

May 30, 2013

Fein offers the ABLK 1.3TE cordless sheet metal nibbler, which delivers 98.43 ft. of cutting through 0.03-in. trapezoid sheet metal on one battery charge. Operating at 7.55 FPM, the nibbler weighs 4.63 lbs. The unit is kitted with the company's patented QuickIN clamp, which lets the user change...

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Nibbler transitions to process different materials - TheFabricator.com

Nibbler transitions to process different materials

May 28, 2013

TRUMPF Inc. has released the latest-generation TruTool N 200, a hand-held nibbler that transitions to the TruTool PN 200 or PN 201 professional nibbler with a simple change of the working tool. Able to process sheet metal up to 0.080 in. thick, including corrugated sheets and trapezoidal...

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