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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Needle scalers deliver high power with low vibration

May 21, 2013

CS Unitec has introduced a line of low-vibration needle scalers with an optional dust shroud. The Trelawny™ Vibro-Lo™ VL series is designed to remove coatings and corrosion and clean other accumulated materials from metal surfaces. According to the company, the machines offer 7 times less...

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Nibbler's free-floating punch design extends use time

May 13, 2013

Kett Tool Co. has introduced the KL-2020 14-ga. nibbler. The lightweight, wrench-free tool features a rotating head and a die designed for maneuverability in cutting sheet metal. The tool can be locked into four different positions in 90-degree increments. A twist of the hand changes the angle of...

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Solid carbide chamfering drills process variety of materials - TheFabricator.com

Solid carbide chamfering drills process variety of materials

May 8, 2013

Walter USA LLC has introduced two Titex solid carbide chamfering drills. The X•treme Step 90 is available in two versions: the type 99 with internal coolant and the type 79 without. Both feature a four-margin design, suitable for entering in uneven surfaces up to 5 degrees, uneven exits up...

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Cordless cutoff tool uses brushless motor

March 21, 2013

The Hilti AG 500-A18 cordless cutoff tool is the first with a brushless motor, the company states. The 18-V tool can cut or grind almost any type of metal, including strut, cast-iron pipe, steel, stainless steel, steel angle iron, flat steel, I-beam, conduit, rebar, threaded rod, decking, grating,...

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Dry-cutting saw cuts 4.75 in. deep without coolant - TheFabricator.com

Dry-cutting saw cuts 4.75 in. deep without coolant

March 21, 2013

The 8320 BigSaw2 from CS Unitec is the largest dry-cutting, portable metal saw on the market, according to the manufacturer. Featuring a 12.75.in.-dia., carbide-tipped blade that cuts up to 4.75 in. deep, the saw quickly processes steel, sandwich panels, conduits, and metal pipes without...

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Cutoff wheels do not stick in aggressive workpieces

March 14, 2013

CGW-Camel Grinding Wheels has introduced Premium Quickie Cut™ cutoff wheels for use with metals, including stainless steel. They cut 14 percent more than competitive cutoff wheels in the same category, according to the manufacturer. The wheels do not stick in aggressive workpieces and cause...

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Cotton fiber quick-change discs remove small welds - TheFabricator.com

Cotton fiber quick-change discs remove small welds

March 12, 2013

Rex-Cut Abrasives offers cotton fiber quick-change discs for removing small welds and machine tool marks, edge breaking, and related finishing tasks. The discs are rigid enough to reach into small corners, yet flexible for use on flat and contoured surfaces. Constantly revealing fresh abrasives...

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Quick-change mounting system made for hole saws - TheFabricator.com

Quick-change mounting system made for hole saws

March 11, 2013

Pferd offers a new mounting system for hole saw changeups. The quick-change system consists of two pieces: a drive arbor that mounts to the drill and adapters that mount to each saw. With the adapter attached, the hole saw can be attached to and removed from the arbor instantly with the press of...

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Rex-Cut Abrasives redesigns website

February 4, 2013

Rex-Cut Abrasives, Fall River, Mass., has redesigned its website to include drop-down menus, detailed product and technical data, videos, a blog, a distributor locator, and a downloadable catalog. Products include cotton-fiber mounted points and Type 1 and Type 27 wheels; quick-change discs;...

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Reversible drill motor drives weld prep, pipe fusion machines - TheFabricator.com

Reversible drill motor drives weld prep, pipe fusion machines

January 24, 2013

CS Unitec's EAU 34/4 CB high-torque, reversible electric drill motor is suitable for a variety of turning operations that require high torque, multiple speeds, and forward and reverse direction. The heavy-duty drive motor is designed for continuous use in driving machines such as bar boring,...

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Tool converts round holes to hexagonal for insert installation - TheFabricator.com

Tool converts round holes to hexagonal for insert installation

January 21, 2013

The new ATLAS® RIV 990 hexcutter tool from PennEngineering® is engineered to convert predrilled round holes to hexagonal holes for installation of full- or half-hex-bodied, blind threaded inserts. The tool operates on 90-PSI air pressure and accommodates interchangeable noses to...

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Extra-thin cutoff wheel maintains long lifespan - TheFabricator.com

Extra-thin cutoff wheel maintains long lifespan

January 21, 2013

Walter Surface Technologies (WST) has introduced the Zip One extra-thin cutoff wheel. Designed for cutting thin-gauge metal, the 0.031-in. wheel is bonded with a proprietary mix of high-performance abrasives that deliver extra-cool cutting. A new technology enables an optimal grit distribution...

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Angle grinders, sanders offer highest power-to-weight ratio - TheFabricator.com

Angle grinders, sanders offer highest power-to-weight ratio

December 20, 2012

Chicago Pneumatic has introduced its new line of CP3850 industrial angle grinders and sanders, which offer the highest power-to-weight ratio and durability in their class, according to the manufacturer. Weighing less than 6 lbs., the lightweight machines come in 7- and 9-in. capacities....

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Pferd opens training center in Wisconsin

December 13, 2012

Pferd Inc. has opened the Pferd Training Academy at its manufacturing facility in Milwaukee. The facility — a safe, controlled working environment equipped with a variety of power tools and product samples — is designed to provide sales representatives with product knowledge and hands-on...

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TRUMPF Inc. hires Northwest direct sales rep - TheFabricator.com

TRUMPF Inc. hires Northwest direct sales rep

November 26, 2012

Fabricating machinery producer TRUMPF Inc., Farmington, Conn., has hired Christopher Gildehaus as Northwest direct sales representative. In this role, he is responsible for machine tool and power tool sales activity in the Northwest, specifically Northern California and northern Nevada. A...

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