Hand Tools Archive

Digital calipers are not a new alternative to dial calipers, although a lot of consumers are reluctant to convert. This is due in no small part to the number of options available and the often confusing nature of digital caliper reviews. The best digital caliper will be precise, easy to use, resistant to water, and have an easy to read screen. Each of the following three calipers are excellent, top-quality choices, whether you’re in the machining, metalworking, carpentry, engineering, or other related field. TOP PICK: When looking for a quality digital caliper, it doesn’t get better that Mitutoyo’s 500-196-30. The advanced onsite sensor (AOS) is an electromagnetic inductive sensor which provides resistance against dirt, oil, and water. It measures depth, inside, outside, and step values [&hellip

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Every once in a while, you run into a project where you need to do some tree trimming. Having the right hand saw on-hand can make the difference between a quick job and hours of hard cutting. While there are numerous choices for a straight-bladed or folding hand saw, the best pruning saw for typical uses will always have a curved blade to make cutting branches up to a few inches thick feel like you’re cutting through butter. Any of the options below are so good that any of them will quickly replace not only your hand saws, but many other pruning tools. TOP PICK: Starting with a 13-inch (330mm) curved, mono-constructed blade and a black polypropylene sheathe, the 270-33 Zubat has a lot to offer. The [&hellip

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There are certain tools that are a staple among contractors, and framing hammers are on top of the list. Many in construction will have a favorite model they’ve settled on and say it’s the best framing hammer in existence. Others are still looking to find “the one”. At one time, the heaviest framing hammer was often associated with being the most powerful, but that’s no longer true due to different materials and improved technology. The following framing hammers all have a lighter design with stronger materials than their predecessors. Likewise, they’re all designed to create less shock, making them ideal for those who may have prior injuries or are simply no longer 20 year-olds. TOP PICK: Don’t let the price fool you, this titanium framing hammer really earns [&hellip

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When it comes to screwdrivers, few people actually require a large number of types and sizes. However, only a handful of screwdrivers are needed to complete most projects on the job, in your workshop, or at home. The best screwdriver sets will be durable, comfortable, precise and possibly last you a lifetime. If any of the following apply to you, now’s the time to think about getting a new, high quality screwdriver set: You have a bunch of old, cheap, mismatched screwdrivers that you’ve collected over the years but none seem to work well. You’re using a magnetic socket screwdriver with 30 different bits since it seemed like a good idea at the time but now you can’t find the 3-4 bits you need the most. You [&hellip

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The best hacksaw is a far cry from the simple hacksaw designs of yesteryear. Manufactured with lightweight alloys, today’s quality hacksaws are designed for higher dependability, straighter cuts, and dependable results. Professional craftsmen rely on names like DeWalt and Klein, and our picks for top rated hacksaws provide a great example of why those two companies are leaders in the field of hand tools, both at home and in the field. In both cases, you will find highly engineered American tools that are built to serve multiple purposes and applications. TOP PICK: The DWHT20547L features a blade that pivots from 45 to 90 degrees, giving you access to flush cuts without changing saws. The high tension blade is designed to be tensioned up to 330 pounds, [&hellip

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Staple guns are useful for wallboard, wiring, plumbing and other projects, and the best staple gun can be used for additional work such as furniture building and woodworking crafts. Pneumatic staple guns are the most common type of staple gun in the garage or shop, but there are also times when you need something that you can exert a little more control over, and those are the times you need an old fashioned, heavy duty, manually operated tool. If you want to have a complete tool collection, you will find that an air compressor staple gun backed up by the smaller manual version is the best way to go. TOP PICK: Made in the USA, Surebonder tools and adhesive products are popular among woodworkers and [&hellip

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Interestingly enough, the best pick and hook set is usually the set which has a special tool that you need right now. To that end, you should look for a complete set that includes all of the commonly used items. The length of the shaft and feel of the handle are going to be important, especially when working in confined areas. Hardened alloys will provide you with less flexibility and higher tensile strength, and be sure that each tool is long enough to to get into areas where your fingers can’t reach. These tools are easy to overlook when building a complete tool collection, but nothing will take their place when you need one. TOP PICK: ATD Tools has been a recognized leader in automotive [&hellip

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The best handsaw is going to have an ergonomic design, lightweight feel, and the ability to cut through a wide range of materials effortlessly. For ease of use, look for a short blade that is tapered for easier access. The two selections here are ideal for use in manual miter cuts, framing, and yard tasks such as limb cutting. Their short length also means they are easily portable, and can be stored in tool boxes, job bags, or from a pegboard hook in your garage or workshop. TOP PICK: The Fat Max is a powerhouse in a small frame, often considered the best handsaw for general cutting. It features 9 teeth per inch with patented Sharp Tooth Technology for a faster cut in most materials, and the [&hellip

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Saws have been in use for thousands of years, branching out to fill specific niches as the times, technology, and materials required. Today’s “complete” tool collection will include a variety of saws, from coping saws to hacksaws to any of a number of specialized table saws, and sometimes includes more than one saw of a given type. There are many specialized cutting tools as well, but they are not commonly used outside of trades they were developed for. Additionally, you may be surprised to find that many saws are regionally called by the name of other saws. In most cases, the shape of the saw plus the shape and count of the teeth will determine how a saw was intended to be used. Hand Saws [&hellip

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When traditional ratchets simply won’t fit in the space available, a finger ratchet (also called a thumb or gimbal ratchet) is a lifesaver. Sure, it’s true that a thumb ratchet is only going to useful in a limited number of applications, but if you don’t have room for a ratchet head and handle (as is the case for most modern car engine bays), these are the best tool choice available. Keep in mind that you are losing leverage with a thumb drive, so you’ll never be able to get the same torque with one as you could achieve with a full sized ratchet, but this inexpensive gizmo can save a lot of time, frustration, and bloody knuckles. TOP PICK: Measuring only 1 and a half inches in size, we believe [&hellip

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