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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Pferd appoints national technical manager

September 12, 2012

Pferd Inc., Leominster, Mass., the U.S. subsidiary of August Rüggeberg GmbH & Co. of Marienheide, Germany, has appointed Sam Lombardo to the newly created position of national technical manager for all Pferd U.S. operations. He is responsible for directing the sales efforts of all vertical...

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Flap disc blends into corners - TheFabricator.com

Flap disc blends into corners

September 11, 2012

Wendt USA has introduced the new, patented FleXtreme flap disc for the metal fabrication industry. The reduced-diameter backing, constructed of abrasive material, wears down evenly with the flaps and eliminates the need to trim anything away. With its flap design, the disc can blend into...

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Diamond cutting wheel makes more cuts than up to 200 abrasive discs

September 11, 2012

DiamondX® Cutter, a thin-cutting diamond wheel designed to cut steel and stainless steel sheet, plate, bar, pipe, section, and angle iron, also handles copper pipe, composite materials, PVC, fiberglass, and wood. Depending on the application, the cutter can make more cuts than 30 to 200 abrasive...

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Flap discs designed for right-angle air tools - TheFabricator.com

Flap discs designed for right-angle air tools

September 4, 2012

The BobCat™ abrasive flap disc from Weiler Corp. works with a right-angle air die grinder to deburr, grind, and blend. It is designed as an alternative to small-diameter coated blending discs for weld blending and finishing purposes. The 2- and 3-in. flap discs also are suitable for detail...

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Metabo's job site training highlights safe tool, accessory use

August 29, 2012

Metabo Corp., West Chester, Pa., a manufacturer of portable electric power tools and abrasives for industrial, construction, and welding applications, now offers an on-site safety and support program to review proper tool and accessory use. The safety training seminar, which can last anywhere from...

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Hole cutter kits available in metric, fractional sizes - TheFabricator.com

Hole cutter kits available in metric, fractional sizes

August 28, 2012

Hougen Mfg. has introduced two new RotaCut™ sheet metal hole cutter master kits. The cutters are designed for use in metal fabrication, maintenance and electrical applications, spot weld removal, plug holes for welding, and production environments. Each kit is an all-in-one set containing...

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Angle grinder/sander accepts 7-, 9-in. wheels - TheFabricator.com

Angle grinder/sander accepts 7-, 9-in. wheels

August 27, 2012

Chicago Pneumatic offers the new CP3850 series industrial angle grinder/sander. The 2.8-HP unit weighs less than 6 lbs. and accepts both 7- and 9-in. wheels. Features include a vibration-damping, multiposition side handle; autobalancer; double-action safety lever; and integrated silencer. The...

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Portable Grinders

Depressed-center grinding wheel safety—test your knowledge

June 1, 2012

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Do you use portable grinders with depressed-center wheels? Are you following the proper safety guidelines? Take this 10-question test and find out.

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Pneumatic circular saw features ultrathin blade for dry cutting - TheFabricator.com

Pneumatic circular saw features ultrathin blade for dry cutting

May 31, 2012

CS Unitec has introduced a 9-in. pneumatic circular saw for dry cutting steel plate up to 0.375 in. thick, as well as nonferrous metal and grating. The 19-lb. model 5 1115 0020 metal cutting saw is suitable for such industries as foundries, petrochemical, nuclear, marine, demolition, and...

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Carbide-tip cutter line expanded - TheFabricator.com

Carbide-tip cutter line expanded

May 23, 2012

Hougen Mfg. has expanded its line of Copperhead™ carbide-tip annular cutters with more sizes and depths. The cutters are available in diameters up to 2 in. and depths of cut from 2, 3, and 4 in. With full-length flutes and special tool geometry, the cutters resist wear when cutting...

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Are cordless hand tools ready for metal fabricating? - TheFabricator.com

Are cordless hand tools ready for metal fabricating?

May 1, 2012


Odds are people laughed at the idea of a cordless hand tool ever replacing a corded tool on an assembly line, but the sight of a bank of charging stations at a major manufacturing plant is increasingly common. With that in mind, could more cordless tools be found on the fabricating shop floor in the future?

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Hand-held annular drilling system designed for metalworking market

February 7, 2012

Fein Power Tools Inc. says its Fein KBH 25 is the first hand-held annular drilling system for the metalworking market. The carbide-tipped annular cutter produces holes up to 1 in. in diameter and up to 0.75 in. deep in all ferrous and nonferrous materials, including painted, heavily oxidized, and...

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Superior Pneumatic celebrates 80th anniversary

January 30, 2012

Superior Pneumatic & Mfg., Cleveland, marks its 80th year in business in 2012. Founded in 1932 during the Hoover presidency, the company manufactures tools including air hammers, needle scalers, air grinders, and fire safety rescue kits for applications from welding to boat building....

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Walter Surface Technologies celebrates 60th anniversary

January 24, 2012

Walter Surface Technologies is marking 60 years in business in 2012. Walter J. Somers and a few colleagues opened the first office in the Montreal area in 1952. Today the company is based in Pointe-Claire, Que., in a new international headquarters and industrial center built to LEED® standards....

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Gesswein opens new U.S. headquarters

January 23, 2012

Gesswein, a supplier of abrasives, tools, and machines for metalworking, has announced the opening of its new headquarters in Bridgeport, Conn. The 40,000-sq.-ft. facility has been under construction for a year and a half. The new headquarters provides expanded office space, customer demonstration...

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