Choosing the right cutting tool. What to consider when making a decision

When it is Time to Decide

Non-Powered cutting tools are widely used in a variety of industries. Whether it is carpentry, masonry, or even small DIY projects, having a good cutting tool is mandatory. Choosing the wrong cutting tool can compromise the safety of the workers as well as result in the loss of workdays and unnecessary suffering. If you invest in the right cutting tool, it can improve efficiency and safety. But the question is how to choose the right cutting tool for the job.

Factors to Consider while Choosing the Right Cutting Tool

Choose the right cutting tool based on the job you are performing, your workspace and your work posture. You might also want to consider your budget as well or any safety instructions recommended for your job.

1. Know Your Job

Before you select the right tool, you need to consider the job that you are about to perform. If you choose a tool that is not intended for the purpose, it can cause you harm, injury or discomfort. Choosing the right tool for the job keeps you comfortable and safe.

2. Work Space

While you are choosing your cutting tool, you must take into consideration your workspace. For example, if you work in a cramped area, and your task requires you to exert a lot of force, you might want to choose a tool that can be held with a power grip. Power grip is the handgrip in which you can wrap your fingers around the handle of the tool and exert maximum force. Similarly, choosing a long-handle tool in a cramped space is not preferable as it causes discomfort and fatigue. Choosing the right tool according to your workspace allows you to perform your job efficiently.

3. Your Work Posture

Improper work posture can cause you a lot of stress and fatigue. In some cases, it can cause pressure on your shoulder, elbow, wrist, hand or back posture. Whenever possible, choose a tool that enables you to minimize pain and stress.

Based on the above-mentioned factors, you can choose from the range of hand cutting tools available.

Common Cutting Tools

Some of the most common types of the cutting tool are:

Bolt Cutters

Bolt Cutter

Bolt cutters are used for cutting tough metal objects like chains, wires, bolts, and rods. They usually have long handles and short blades.

Punches and Punch Sets

Pilot Punch Set

Punches are the tools with a canonical point to make indentations or marks in the metal. They are typically struck with the hammer for cutting or marking.

Hand Saws

Bahco Hand Saw

Hand saws are used for cutting wood into different shapes. Cutting is performed with the help of a series of sharp points on one side of the blade. The quality of metal of the blade varies according to the job it requires to perform. Hand saws have a very thick blade which results in less power consumption.

Hole Saws

Hole Saw

A Hole Saw is a saw blade of a ring shape that can create a hole in the workpiece without needing to cut up the core. The depth of the cut depends on the size of the cup of the cutter. Whole saws are used to dig holes into wood, plastic, plaster, glass, brick or concrete.

Hack saws

Bahco 325 Professional Hackaw

A hacksaw is a fine-toothed saw made for cutting metal. It has a C-shaped walking frame that can hold a blade under tension. The teeth of the blade facing away from the handle which results in a cutting action. The hack saws cut vertically downwards with work held in a bench vice.

Chisels

JH Williams Chisel Set

A chisel is a cutting tool with a sharpened edge at the end of a metal blade in dressing, shaping or working on a material like wood, stone or metal. Made up of steel, they are available in different sizes and degrees of hardness.

Scrapers

Bahco Carbide Scraper

Scrapers can be used on a variety of surfaces for the removal of paint, glue varnish, rust, chalk or grout. They are fitted with multiple blades and can remove different surfaces very precisely. The scrapers have a plastic holder and can easily remove material where extra strength is needed.

Key Takeaway

If you work in carpentry, masonry or like to do DIY projects you must choose an appropriate cutting tool. While choosing a good cutting tool, make sure that you take into consideration factors like comfort, affordability, and efficiency. At Abolox Tools, we have a range of cutting tools that cater to all your needs. Stop by one of our stores or visit our website to know about our various cutting tools.