4 Types of Hand Tools Everyone Should Own

Hand Tools | November 22, 2022

Hand tools are something that everyone needs in their home regardless of their proficiency or experience with repairs and labour. Whether you need to assemble a new dresser or perform minor repairs around your home, hand tools are something you will be glad to have instead of wishing that you purchased them. As a leading provider of quality hand tools for all types of projects, the team at Western Equipment knows how beneficial these products can be for every homeowner, hobbyist, or professional. That is why we have put together a list of 4 tools everyone should own to ensure that everyone has the resources they need for assembly, repairs, or other projects.  

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4 Vital Hand Tools for Everyone

The following types of hand tools should be present in every toolbox:

1. Hammers

Hammers are the perfect hand tool for projects that require the insertion or removal of nails from a surface. This type of hand tool is often required for assembling small furniture items and can be used to effectively disassemble items if they are held together by nails. Larger hammers are also a great way to knock down drywall or demolish existing structural elements for renovations. Some of the most common types of hammers available include:

  • Claw hammers
  • Ball peen hammers
  • Cross peen pin hammers
  • Club hammers
  • Sledgehammers
  • Joiner’s mallets
  • Soft-faced hammers

2. Screwdrivers

Screwdrivers are hand-held, manually powered tools designed for the insertion and tightening of screws. Various projects will require the use or removal of screws, though there are many different types of screws to be aware of. To ensure that you are sufficiently equipped for most projects, be sure to purchase a Phillips screwdriver and flat-hard screwdriver or look for a model with interchangeable tips. Screwdrivers are available in the following configurations:

  • Phillips
  • Slotted (flat-head or standard)
  • Six-point
  • Square tip
  • Stubby
  • Interchangeable Tips

3. Pliers

Pliers are multi-purpose hand tools with opposing jaws for gripping, bending, and cutting. While many people associate pliers with job sites and professionals, they can be used for many small projects around the home as well. Pliers are available in the following configurations:

  • Slip-joint pliers
  • Diagonal pliers or side cutters
  • Combination pliers
  • Needle-nose pliers
  • Bent nose pliers
  • Pincers
  • Electrical wire stripping and terminal crimping pliers
  • Tongue and groove pliers
  • Vice grips
  • Round nose pliers

4. Wrenches

Wrenches are commonly used to loosen or tighten nuts and bolts, making them a crucial part of any toolbox. To handle a variety of projects around your home or as part of a project, it is recommended to have an adjustable wrench and a socket wrench set on hand.

To learn more about our selection of hand tools or to inquire about our other products, get in touch with the team at Western Equipment. We can be reached through our online contact form and will be happy to answer any questions you may have regarding our equipment solutions.