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What are the Different Hand Power Tools?

Hand tools are used in many crafts, pastimes, and occupations. A large number of hand power tools are found for use in the home or professional workshop. The term hand tool is used to apply to tools that are either used with the hands or tools, or more specifically, tools that are held in the hands and powered by employing mechanical power, rather than power from another source (such as electricity). Hand power tools include both powered versions of some hand tools that also have a version in which mechanical force alone is used, as well as some tools that have no counterpart that is not powered.

Power drills are an example of a hand tool that is made in both mechanical and power form. The power form has both cordless and plug-in models. Specialized types include the hammer drill, a rotary drill that has a hammer action, and screw guns, which are used for sheetrock installation. Right angle drills are made to work in close quarters. Similarly, power nailers and staplers replace the mechanical hand-held models. Nailers, or nail guns as they are also called, replace hammers for framing, putting up fencing, and other work, while powered staplers or staple guns are used for attaching a wide variety of materials, from roofing material, to carpeting to wiring, as well as upholstery and plastic the winterize buildings.

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Anyone who has smoothed wood with a piece of sandpaper affixed to a wooden block will appreciate the hand power tools that can now be used instead. Belt sanders, disk sanders, detail sanders, random-orbit sanders, and sheet sanders, some equipped with a cloth dust bag or a vacuum attachment, make the job faster, easier, and allow for more precision, when needed. Most sanders plug in, but there are some cordless models.

Rotary tools, the interchangeable bits of which allow them to be used for a wide variety of purposes, are another type of hand power tool, and come in cordless and corded versions. Depending on which bit is chosen, a rotary tool can cut, carve, sand, polish, or grind. They are used for dog grooming, jewelry work, woodworking, electronics, etch glass, remove grout, clean off rust, and many other uses. Other hand power tools include shears for cutting everything from cement to hair, soldering irons and guns, planers, routers, saws, welders, torches, heat guns, glue guns, and paint strippers and other hot air tools.

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nextcorrea
Post 3

I have one of those hand held rotors with a bunch of different attachments that I keep around my house and I absolutely love it. It makes so many projects easier. I think at one time or another I have used all the different attachments and none of them has let me down. I've managed to use this tool for building projects, home repairs and craft projects. It really has a million different uses.

I have heard that professional contractors don't really like these tools because they do not have as much power and a lot of them are manufactured poorly. Still, they are so cheap and useful that I don;t know why these guys don't keep one around just in case. You never know when it will come in handy and when it does it is really handy.

ZsaZsa56
Post 2

I am an old time contractor and I can remember the days when there were no hand power tools. Drills and rotors all had to be operated using manual power. Let me tell you that I don't miss those days for a second. Jobs took so much longer and they took a lot greater toll on your body. The quality of the work was also a lot less. Hand power tools are a real revolution. They allow us to build things much quicker and better.

truman12
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I think the silliest hand power tool I have ever seen is an electronic hammer that a friend of mine owned. It had a stationary base and they a pivoting hand that was driven mechanically so that you did not have to swing the hammer in order to drive in a nail.

It seems like a good idea on the surface, or at least a predictable idea. But in practice it is kind of a disaster. First and foremost is really kills your wrist over time to try and hold the hammer in place as you absorb all the blows. Second, it is really, really hard to drive a nail with one of these things. It seems like the

angle and the level of force is always off. I have driven a lot more crooked nails than straight ones using this tool.

My friend keeps his in his truck but he rarely uses it. In fact it is mostly a novelty. The most fun we ever had with it was using it as a drum stick on the side of a 55 gallon drum.

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