Hand Tools Archive

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: DEWALT DWHT20547L 5-in-1 Hacksaw 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 [&hellip

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Staple guns are useful for wallboard, wiring, plumbing and other tasks, 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: Surebonder 9600A Staple Gun Made in the USA, Surebonder tools and adhesive products are [&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 8424 9-Pc Scraper, Hook and Pick Set [&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: Stanley 20-045 Fat Max Hand Saw 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 [&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: SK 45172 Professional Thumbwheel Ratchet Measuring only 1 and a half [&hellip

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The coping saw is one of the most versatile finishing saws you will find, and the best coping saw needs to be lightweight and well balanced for that very reason. This basic saw has little room for innovation and improvement, so making sure you are getting quality materials and a sturdy frame are probably the most important tips for purchasing a coping saw. Spending a couple of extra dollars on a high quality saw is always going to work out in your favor though, as cheaply made saws may bend, break, or frustrate you to no end. Keep in mind that the blades you use will have an effect on the quality of the cuts, and look for blades with high tooth counts when you need [&hellip

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If you have to reach a fastener in a difficult location, a flex head ratchet is an invaluable tool. Unlike a traditional ratchet, the flex head allows the ratcheting mechanism to pivot “up and down,” giving you access to locations that a straight ratchet cannot get to. Keep in mind that the best flex head ratchet should be purchased in the size you use most commonly, such as a 1/2-inch drive for heavy duty jobs or a 3/8-inch drive for more common work. TOP PICK: GearWrench 81306F 1/2-Inch Drive Flex Head Ratchet Built with an amazing 84 tooth design, the GearWrench 81306F is designed for operation with as little as a 4 degree turning arc. For even better access to small spaces, the ratchet head is [&hellip

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As with any tool, the best bow saw is the one that fits your needs and not simply the most expensive model. In the specific case of a bow saw, look for one that is long enough to cut through the limbs or lumber you typically work with, and has the right number of teeth to quickly cut the material. The two top picks presented here fill a medium cut width, with saw teeth that are designed to work on both dry or wood relatively equally. For the average homeowner, these saws will be perfect for trimming dead branches, pruning your fruit trees, cutting your family’s Christmas tree or doing most light trimming and branch cutting jobs you need to do. TOP PICK: At 1.9 pounds, [&hellip

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While there may not be much to a combination square, it is still one of the most versatile tools in any garage collection. The best combination square will be built of sturdy materials and include the little extras that make it easier to use. Avoid items with a lot of plastic, and look for parts that are easy to adjust and comfortable to the touch. TOP PICK: Starrett 11 H-12-4R 12-Inch Combination Square Made with genuine cast iron, the Starrett 11H-12-4R is recognized as possibly the top combination square in the industry. It features an engraved, not painted, blade that will endure years of use and weathering and still be clearly legible. Similarly, the materials are built tough, and many Starratt tools like this one end [&hellip

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