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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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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Angle grinding

Angle grinding 101

July 8, 2013


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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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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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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Lightweight grinders made for metalworking - TheFabricator.com

Lightweight grinders made for metalworking

May 23, 2013

Metabo Corp. offers two lightweight angle grinders for cutting, grinding, and deburring in the repair, maintenance, and metalworking industries. The W720 weighs 4.4 lbs. and has a maximum wheel diameter of 4.5 in. It features a 6.5-amp motor with 720 W of power, 14 in.-lbs. of torque, and a...

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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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