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Industrial Supplies - Hand Tools vs Power Tools

When it comes to your projects, deciding between hand tools and power tools really depends on your operational requirements. As each offers unique benefits, depending on the job at hand, narrowing down your options is not an easy task. More than that, the quality of the tool will have a massive impact on the outcome of the job being done.

Hand Tools

Hand tools are mainly used for jobs that necessitate a high degree of precision and care. They enable the user to move more slowly and precisely than a majority of power tools, and they are generally less expensive, widely available, and more versatile. More than that, they are considered safer as they do not require the same degree of caution that power tools necessitate.

Adjustable wrenches

An adjustable wrench has a flexible jaw that can be tightened or loosened to work with nuts or bolts of differing sizes. This reduces the amount of different-sized wrenches in your tool box as this single wrench type is compatible with a wide-range of fastener heads.

Combination wrenches

A combination wrench is a wrench with one open end and one box end, and it can be used to loosen nuts and bolts with the box end, and separate them quickly with the other.


A hammer is a tool with a heavy metal head mounted perpendicular to its handle. Hammers find use in general carpentry, framing, nail pulling, cabinet making, upholstery, and more.

Hex keys

A hex key, also known as an Allen key or Allen wrench, is a small handheld tool that has the ability to drive bolts and screws with a hexagonal socket. With the hex design, there is less risk of stripping the bolt or screw.

Impact sockets

An impact socket is constructed with chrome molybdenum steel, a ductile material that provides the socket with additional elasticity, allowing it to bend or stretch, rather than shatter.


Pliers are utilized to hold objects firmly, and they are made in a myriad of shapes and sizes. Some variations can be used to grip rounded objects like pipes or rods, or they can be used to twist wires.


Punches are used to drive fasteners such as nails and dowels, make holes, or form indentations/impressions on the tip of a workpiece. Decorative punches are also available, allowing users to create patterns or even form images.

Other Common Hand Tools

  • Saw blades
  • Screwdrivers
  • Socket sets
  • Socket wrenches

Power Tools

While power tools are more expensive than hand tools, they are faster and easier to utilize than hand tools, meaning you save time and money in the long run. This is because they can do a lot of work with little effort.


A drill has a rotating cutting tup or reciprocating hammer or chisel that is used to make rounded perforations.


A grinder can cut metal, aluminum, concrete, bricks, pavers, wood, and other dense materials. Moreover, you can sand and polish surfaces, as well as sharpen tools and grind materials.

Hammer drills

A hammer drill, also called a percussion drill or impact drill, is a power tool that is primarily used for drilling into hard materials, and its impact mechanism consists of a hammering motion.

Impact drivers

An impact driver delivers a strong rotational force and forward thrust, and it is most commonly used when light socket work is needed.


A sander is used to smooth surfaces by abrasion with sandpaper. To use this tool, sandpaper can be attached to the flat surface at one end of it, while a mechanism to move it rapidly can be employed.

Other Common Power Tools

  • Oscillating and rotary tools
  • Woodworking power tools
  • Concrete power tools


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