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Q & A on Hand Tools

We asked our users for their input on Hand Tools. Here are the results of 127 users familiar with Hand Tools.

Who Took Our Poll? | Design Trends | Applications and Use | Features | Buying Advice |

Who Took Our Poll?Top

Design TrendsTop

Q:
What new technologies are influencing hand tool design?
16 answers
Answers:
Microchips and lasers, also probing instruments like stud finders and cable location tools.
~Finn S, Engineer, Kendal, Canada
Battery technology. Ergonomics. DoubleShot molding.
~Dean C, General Management, Coon Rapids, MN
Conductivity, Falling object, shatter resilience
~Darren W, Height Safety and Business Development Manager, Gosport, United Kingdom
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Q:
What hand tools have you used?
28 answers
Answers:
Screwdrivers, sockets, ring-open end spanners, adjustable open end spanners, hammers (various), cold chisels, hex wrenches (allen keys), circlip pliers, vice grips, combination pliers, long nose pliers, side cutters, hacksaw, files, tin snips, screw extractors, impact driver, pop rivet gun,G clamps, bearing pullers, spring compressors, carpenters hand saw, wood chisels, hand drill, wood plane, claw hammer
~Pproduction Engineer/Fitter, Christchurch, New Zealand
Drills/drivers/hammer drills/screw guns/demolition hammer/sawzall/jig saws/circular saws/orbital sanders/palm sanders/belt sanders/air nailers/air staplers/air hammers/planers/routers/polishers/hand benders/all hand tools/mig & gas welders/oxy cutters/solder station/hydraulic hole punch/rotary flex tools/fein multi tool etc etc etc.
~Engineering Consultant, East Aurora, NY
Hammer, chisel, screwdriver, center punch, file, snips, hacksaw, pliers, cutters, wire strippers. Electric & pneumatic hand drills, circular saw, jigsaw, pneumatic riveter.
~Engineering, Design, Solihull, United Kingdom
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Q:
From your perspective, which companies are creating the most innovative hand tools?
17 answers
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WOW! That's a tough question. A little behind in tool industries. My preferred tool makers were SnapOn, Craftsman. Vise Grip, S&K
~Michael H, Engineer, Phoenix, AZ
Dewalt and Craftsman have some build theirs and Lietz
~Gary L, Project Manager, Pickens, OK
Snap-On Tools, Klein tools, Proto, Danaher, Craftsman
~Ron Ortiz, Marketing/Sales, Granada Hills, CA
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Q:
Do you know of any disastrous mistakes that occurred due to the incorrect usage of an hand tool?
12 answers
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Not many, usual minor cuts and abrasions, hit the wrong nail with the hammer (nail of your thumb) a new sharp hand saw can "jump " from a piece of wood and give a nasty cut on the back of the hand or thumb.
~Seamus H, Builder/Contractor, Newport, Ireland
Not using the right protective gear (goggles, face shield, clothes etc.) and not ensuring a good firm grip on the tool as well as not properly securing the material being worked on.
~Finn S, Engineer, Kendal, Canada
Using poorly designed and poorly made hand tools on a precision equipment is the same as a dentist using a Vice Grip to pull your tooth.
~Michael H, Engineer, Phoenix, AZ
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Applications and UseTop

Q:
Please share with us any “non-standard” applications that hand tools have been used for.
10 answers
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Used a hand drill to improvise a wood lathe using belt drive and c-clamps to position the pinions. I also love the "Trim Tramp" for getting fast and accurate cuts, but I had to modify it to allow for 2" lumber cuts.
~Finn S, Engineer, Kendal, Canada
A broken hacksaw blade used to rake out a close mortar joint. Sharpen a screwdriver and use as a chisel?
~Seamus H, Builder/Contractor, Newport, Ireland
Screwdrivers for chisels, adjustable wrenches for hammers, piggybacking spanners for leverage
~Steve C, Trade instructor, Sale, Australia
I use a transit to line up axles on a trailer I built to ensure ninety degree placement.
~Gary L, Project Manager, Pickens, OK
Using a cordless angled drill with a buffing pad to polish the truck.
~Damian G Mohammed, Architect, San Fernando, Trinidad & Tobago,W.I.
You name it, there's a non-standard application.
~Dean C, General Management, Coon Rapids, MN
Paint stirrers, tin openers, chisels, scrapers
~Pproduction Engineer/Fitter, Christchurch, New Zealand
Overhead line systems, underwater working
~Darren W, Height Safety and Business Development Manager, Gosport, United Kingdom
Extreme reach ..over 10ft
~Engineering Consultant, East Aurora, NY
Inspection, testing
~Michael H, Engineer, Phoenix, AZ

FeaturesTop

Q:
What would your design or feature "wish list" be for these products?
14 answers
Answers:
Still better ergonomics - one hand drill gives me blisters on the thumb knuckle. Also I would like to see a hand drill grip which automatically puts the hand force directly in line with the bit.
~Finn S, Engineer, Kendal, Canada
That most products across the spectrum are compatible with each other (keep it simple).
~Seamus H, Builder/Contractor, Newport, Ireland
Anchorage points, weight limitations, composite materials
~Darren W, Height Safety and Business Development Manager, Gosport, United Kingdom
Remove metal component totally and become extremely light.
~Junkers W, Marketing/Sales, Shanghai, China
More operator friendly gps. Type total stations.
~Gary L, Project Manager, Pickens, OK
Small/powerful/light wt/solar drive
~Engineering Consultant, East Aurora, NY
More versatility and functionality
~Ron Ortiz, Marketing/Sales, Granada Hills, CA
Light weight, longer battery life
~Damian G Mohammed, Architect, San Fernando, Trinidad & Tobago,W.I.
Better safety and more ergonomics.
~Richard Z, Faculty/Staff, Platteville, WI
Too few well American made tools
~Michael H, Engineer, Phoenix, AZ
Ergonomics, quality
~Norm R, Ceo, Calgary, Canada
Stronger materials
~Engineering, Other, Huntsville, AL
Light weight
~Silvan J, Project Manager, Port of Spain, Trinidad
Made in USA
~Dean C, General Management, Coon Rapids, MN

Buying AdviceTop

Q:
Do you have any advice for people relative to buying or using hand tools?
16 answers
Answers:
Always ask advice of the people (more than one person) you deem most experienced in doing the planned work, there are small differences in the design of different makes that may make a big difference when using the tools. After the answers and before buying use your head and think about it all.......
~Finn S, Engineer, Kendal, Canada
Buy good quality hand tools right from the start, don't waste your money on the cheap ones unless it is purely a one time use only type of tool.
~Richard Z, Faculty/Staff, Platteville, WI
Do not buy on price only. Tool material is important. Ask for recommendations from people who own tools that they are looking to purchase.
~Pproduction Engineer/Fitter, Christchurch, New Zealand
Buy quality with lifetime warranty. Down time cost more than the savings from low cost tools that break.
~Ron Ortiz, Marketing/Sales, Granada Hills, CA
If you feel you may have use for it , buy it! That way you will always have it when you need it.
~Seamus H, Builder/Contractor, Newport, Ireland
See how they feel in your hand prior to purchase, they must be immediately comfortable.
~Engineering, Consulting, Hamilton, Canada
Look for quality. Cheap tools are more expensive over the long run.
~Dean C, General Management, Coon Rapids, MN
Weight of item to prevent, reduce fatigue in frequent use.
~Darren W, Height Safety and Business Development Manager, Gosport, United Kingdom
Use good quality and receive good results.
~Steve C, Trade instructor, Sale, Australia
Buy the best and usually most costly.
~Engineering Consultant, East Aurora, NY
Don't buy the cheapest, it won't last.
~Gary L, Project Manager, Pickens, OK
Buy American for your money's worth!
~Michael H, Engineer, Phoenix, AZ
Always work with protective gear.
~Damian G Mohammed, Architect, San Fernando, Trinidad & Tobago,W.I.
Try to buy branded hand tools.
~Junkers W, Marketing/Sales, Shanghai, China
Buy quality hand tools.
~Silvan J, Project Manager, Port of Spain, Trinidad
Buy quality
~Norm R, Ceo, Calgary, Canada

Q:
Is there any advice you want to share with users to help them avoid common errors in selection or usage of hand tools?
14 answers
Answers:
Listen to the manufacturers, not the sales outlets. Sales drive profit and income we know, but salesmen only want to make the money and do not always act in the best interest, with the most appropriate item for the end user. Deal direct with manufacturers.
~Darren W, Height Safety and Business Development Manager, Gosport, United Kingdom
Would you let a surgeon use common foreign hand tools on your body? If your answer is NO, then buy genuine American tools.
~Michael H, Engineer, Phoenix, AZ
You increase the risk of injuries when you don't use the right tool for the job it's intended for.
~Damian G Mohammed, Architect, San Fernando, Trinidad & Tobago,W.I.
Always buy the best quality, it is the cheapest, safest and most satisfactory in the long run.
~Finn S, Engineer, Kendal, Canada
Look for name brand and tools that are for contractor grade or commercial use.
~Gary L, Project Manager, Pickens, OK
Don't lend tools to idiots, teach the proper selection of hand tools.
~Steve C, Trade instructor, Sale, Australia
Look for quality. Cheap tools are more expensive over the long run.
~Dean C, General Management, Coon Rapids, MN
Try the tool out before buying it. Take it back if it doesn't work.
~Norm R, Ceo, Calgary, Canada
Use the right tool for the job. Don't use a wrench as a hammer.
~Ron Ortiz, Marketing/Sales, Granada Hills, CA
Think safety, wear PPE or safety gears when using hand tools.
~Silvan J, Project Manager, Port of Spain, Trinidad
Fit, feel and finish usually go hand in hand with quality.
~Richard Z, Faculty/Staff, Platteville, WI
Buy from a reputable company (American or British).
~Seamus H, Builder/Contractor, Newport, Ireland
More power is usually a better option.
~Engineering Consultant, East Aurora, NY
Only looking to prices
~Junkers W, Marketing/Sales, Shanghai, China

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