2 Must Have Tools For Metal Fabrication

8 May 2015
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Working with metal intimidates many people because they assume that the necessary tools are beyond their budget. Yet it is possible to perform a number of basic metal working tasks with just a few simple tools. If you want to learn more, read on. This article will highlight two essential tools for anyone interested in metal working:

Angle Grinder

If versatility is the hallmark of a good tool, then angle grinders are among the very best. These tools are capable not just of cutting, but also of grinding, sanding, and polishing metal. This is possible because an angle grinder allows you to vary its use by swapping out different abrasive discs.

Thin discs allow you to make smooth, precise cuts, while thicker discs enable you to complete heavy-duty grinding and cutting.

Angle grinders are hand-held tools that are designed to rotate at incredibly high speeds--all the way up to 11,000 rpm. Such high speed means that it requires a high degree of arm and hand strength in order to make clean, even cuts. Likewise, the rotational speed of an angle grinder also makes them potentially dangerous tools, if not used safely.  

It is therefore highly important to practice appropriate safety when using an angle grinder. Always hold the angle grinder with both of your hands, to reduce the risk of it slipping out of your control. Unplug the unit when it is not in use--even if you plan to use it again a few minutes later. Lastly, be sure to wear heavy-duty work gloves and a face shield any time you find yourself working with an angle grinder.

Sheet Metal Snips

Many people are surprised to learn that one of the most essential metalworking tools isn't a power tool at all, but a simple pair of sheet metal snips. Yet one of the most fundamental fabrication tasks is cutting sheet metal down to size--and nothing can replace the functionality of these scissor-like tools when it comes to cutting sheet metal.

When buying sheet metal snips, you should strongly consider investing in a three-pack. You see, because sheet metal offers such a high degree of resistance when being cut, it requires different types of scissors to make different cuts. One pair is used for making cuts that angle to the right, one for the left, and one is necessary for making cuts straight down the middle.

While you're at it, do yourself another favor and spend a little bit more by upgrading to offset compound snips. Having offset blades mean that your hand will always remain visible as you cut, thus reducing the chances that you'll accidentally injure yourself.

Likewise, snips with compound action allows you to generate a greater degree of force. As a result, cutting will not only be easier, but you'll also be able to cut thicker sheets of metal. To learn more, contact a company like Waters Brothers Contractors, Inc. with any questions or concerns you have.