Concrete & Metal Tools
Concrete and metal are some of the toughest materials you can work with. As a result, they require specialist tools that can apply the right pressure in the right way to shape them. Here, we’re going to look at some of the most common concrete and metal tools you should have in your arsenal.
First, let’s take a look at some of the different concrete tools used by both contractors and in DIY projects:
· Mixers: The essential tool of concrete working, a high-quality mixer ensures that concrete is highly durable and ensures the most strength possible.
· Wheelbarrows: A simple, versatile tool, used for both transporting tools as well as transporting small amounts of concrete from place to place.
· Shovel: A shovel is crucial in concrete work, allowing you to level grades and fill in any gaps after the concrete has been poured. Also makes it easier to fill buckets and wheelbarrows for transport.
· Screeds: Long, straight tubing or boards used to effectively straighten out concrete after it has been poured. Available in a range of sizes for different projects, from handheld to power-operated.
· Vibrator: These are used to settle and compact concrete on-site, and come in four varieties: internal, form, surface, and table. Make sure you research concrete vibrators independently to find the right one for your project.
· Vapor barriers: These stop moisture from evaporating out of the concrete and also can be placed below the concrete to prevent surface water from infiltrating it
Now, we will look at common metalworking tools, their uses, and when you might need them:
· Angle grinder: Use for cutting, grinding, trimming, and polishing pieces of metal. One of the most commonly used tools in metalworking.
· Bandsaw: When it comes to cutting straight through pieces of metal, a bandsaw can be more efficient than an angle grinder. It’s also a lot safer than a cut off wheel or a handheld saw.
· Die grinder: A ¼” die grinder and a selection of burrs are recommended for any grinding tasks.
· Angle grinder discs: Different discs can be equipped to the angle grinder, such as grinding wheels, cutoff wheels, flap discs, and wire wheels which can offer the tool more versatility.
· Cleco fasteners: These fasten layers of sheet metal, most commonly aluminum, together so that they can be permanently joined.
· Throat-less sheers: Large, manually operated shears with a tall handle that offers the leverage necessary for making a range of cuts through metal. They can make straight, curved, and regular cuts through stainless steel, mild steel, and aluminum.
· Wire cutters: Used to cut away frayed ends on wires of metal.
· Welding equipment: This includes a range of mig welders, arc welders, soldering irons and plasma cutters. If you plan on doing any welding, ensure that you’re choosing the right option for the kinds of project you plan on taking on.
Many of the tools required to work with concrete or metal require pneumatic power. As a result, they can be dangerous in untrained hands, so make you exercise the most possible caution you can and learn how to operate them safely