As a mechanical engineer or technician, what types of tools should be put into your toolbox?
The following items are the most essential pieces of tools any technician needs to bring to work:
A type of measuring tool, use to measure the distance between two sides of the object. It can be compass with inward or outward-facing points the tips of the caliper are adjusted to fit across the points to be measured the caliper is then removed and use a measuring tool to measure the distance between the tips. Measuring the thickness and internal and external diameter that is inaccessible to a scale. Various types such as divider, inside, outside, micrometer, digital, dial, odd leg, and Vernier. Based on different situations and the requirement of precision.
2. Combination Wrench
A double-ended tool that consists of an open end and a socket end on the other side. The socket end is composed of a closed ring whose inner diameter will be different followed by the size of the wrench. It has multi-purpose on turning the bolt and nut, used for tightening and loosening.
3. Feeler gauge
Thickness gauges used to measure the clearance between two parallel surfaces. To provide a precise reading of the gap between two machine parts. The individual pieces called blades, these blades can be fanned out when using. The thickness of the blades can be distributed into mm and inch sizes.
Composed by a heavy piece of a metal head and a handle. Normally used for breaking things, shaping and driving a nail into wood or a wall. Hammer has various types and weights depending on their purpose.
5. Spirit level
Spirit level used to determine the horizontal and vertical levels as well as indicate how parallel a surface. Various sizes and types in the market. Its appearance has a block that consists of a glass tube which filled with some liquid and containing air bubble which can reveal whether the surface is parallel.
6. Measurement Tape
A common linear measurement tool used to measure the size or distance. Used as a flexible ruler. The tape is a coiled ruler with all the numeric measurements printed.
7. Metal Straightedge
Used for drawing straight lines, to maintain an undeviating linear path to align a newly laid course or checking straightness of lines. It is a long metallic instrument with a flat edge to be a handy tool. In the market, there have different materials of straightedge such as stainless steel, metal, wooden, etc. for the different purposes used.
Plier is made in various shapes and sizes for many use. It will be used for gripping, twisting wire, and cutting wire.
Saw consists of a tough blade, wire, or chain with a hand toothed edge. It usually cut through material such as wood products. There have different types of saw for different use. For more information, please check out the article for a saw at https://www.mechero.my/post/hand-saw-powered-saw
A screwdriver is a hand-operated tool used for screwing and removing a screw. It consisted of a handle, shaft, and tips. The tips have different types include flat, cross slot, pozidrive, and so on.
A tool for tightening or loosening bolts or nuts. It is generally used with a variety of accessories such as wrenches and is especially suitable for screwing bolts or nuts that are very narrow or deep in recesses. It is widely used in the construction industry, auto repair industry, manufacturing industry, and home maintenance.
12. Vise-Grip Pliers / Locking Pliers
Locking pliers are mainly used to hold the parts without deformation when welding, grinding, and other processing. Its characteristic is that the jaws can be locked and produce great clamping force, so the clamped parts will not loosen. The jaws can also be adjusted in many ways to clamp parts of different thicknesses. Besides, it can also be used as a wrench.
13. Wire Cutter
Wire cutters can be used to twist cylindrical metal parts and cut metal wires. It is commonly used in crafts, industry, and daily life. There are many types and can be used in different parts.
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