Types of Pliers and Their Uses: Training the Apprentice
The following are some types of pliers that you will encounter while working with tools or machinery. They are used for various purposes such as cutting, drilling, sawing, bending, tapping, screwing and many other things. Some types have multiple uses. You may need to use them all at once or in combination.
The type of tool you choose depends upon your task requirements.
1. Flathead Screwdriver – A flathead screwdriver is a small, pointed screwdriver with a long handle designed for working on screws and bolts.
These are usually made from stainless steel or aluminum and come in several sizes. There are two basic types of flatheads: Phillips (Phillips head) and Flat Head (Flat head). Both types work well on most materials including metal, plastic, wood, rubber and many others. The flathead screwdrivers are often available in a variety of colors.
2. Wrench – A wrenches are commonly known as ratchets or sockets.
They consist of a set of rotating parts that allow you to turn a part without having to remove it completely from the machine or take off the whole assembly first. Many types of wrenches exist but they all work on similar principles: turning something on or over with one hand while grasping another object with the opposite hand. There are three major parts in a wrench: the handle, the movable part and the socket (also known as the jaw). Most wrenches are measured by their size and type; the most common types being adjustable and ratchets.
3. Pliers – A pair of tool typically used to hold objects or fasten them.
They are one of the most essential tools for any handyman or handywoman. There are several different types of pliers but they all serve a similar purpose. The basic types of pliers are needle nose, diagonal cutting, slip joint, locking and water pump. There are many others that you may encounter such as line-cutting, side cutter or mine bolt wrench.
4. Bolt Cutters – Bolt cutters consist of opposing jaws with an opening in the middle for receiving an item and two handles used to operate them.
It is used for cutting thick wire or small metal rods of any shape and size. Bolt cutters are available in various sizes. The handles can be plastic or rubber-coated and offer the user a better grip on the tool. It is usually made of cast iron or steel because of its weight.
5. Clamp – A clamp is a simple tool used to hold or secure an object in place.
There are many types of clamps with various purposes. They are available in wood, metal, plastic or even rubber. Some clamps have screws which allow you to tighten them while others have quick release levers that you can simply squeeze to hold something in place. Clamps are perfect for gluing projects and they also hold materials in place while you drill into them.
6. Vise Grip – Vise grips are pliers with replaceable gripping faces.
They consist of two movable jaw faces that can be adjusted to any size and then tightened down with a knurled screw mechanism, hence the name “vise grip”. The vise grips can be adjusted to hold very firmly or with a softer grip. The vise grip is used for all sorts of projects.
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