Tools by Trade: Mechanic
IRWIN Tools manufactures and distributes a broad assortment of professional tools for the professional mechanic – innovative tools that, in the hands of the tradesman, get the job done the way it was meant to be done. Consider the legendary IRWIN VISE-GRIP locking tools, pliers, and wrenches – since 1924, VISE-GRIP has been the tool brand that tradesmen choose first, and pass on to future generations. Because not just any tool will do, IRWIN also offers a full line of IRWIN HANSON taps, dies, and extractors; fastener drive accessories; and drill bits for metal drilling.
When would I use a tap and die set and how would I properly use them?
Tap and dies are metal threading tools. Taps make internal threads inside a... read more
I was trying to tap a hole in aluminum with a 1/4" tap. Half of the tap broke off in the workpiece. How do I get it out?
Ideally you would want to use a tap extractor. These are readily available ... read more
What is the difference between a nutsetter that has a standard hex design vs. one that has a lobular design?
There are a few key differences between these two types of nutsetters. A n... read more