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Hand tools have today become indispensable equipment for making work easier. A tool provides a mechanical advantage in completing a physical task. Hand tools can be defined as any device placed in the hand to help in doing a task more efficiently, and in an easier and safe manner. Hand tools can include a wide variety of tools such as:
  • Hammers
  • Scissors
  • Power tools
  • Shovels
  • Chisels
  • Pliers
  • Saws
  • Wrenches
  • Planes
  • Screw drivers etc
All tools have some specific functions to perform such as follows:
  • Cutting
  • Concentrating force
  • Guiding
  • Chopping
  • Gripping
  • Chiseling
  • Sawing
  • Protecting
  • Fastening
  • Filling
  • Striking
  • Forging
  • Holding

Various hand tools are used for performing different tasks like as given below:
  • A hitting tool called hatchet is used for chopping chunks of wood, green stuff, striking the wood and injecting chemicals and pesticides into the wood.

  • A short handled hammer, also known as mallet is used for striking a ball like in a polo game. This hand tool is used for flattening, smoothing and crushing certain material.

  • A wide bladed hand tool, mattock, is used in agricultural fields to dig soil and used for smashing and cracking small stones.

  • An axe is used to cut wooden blocks. It is also used for piercing, cutting wooden raw materials.

  • Knife is used in kitchen work for cutting, peeling, chopping, fruits vegetables, breads etc.

  • A wrench is used to hold securely a screw or a nut or a bolt and helps to insert or remove it from the object. It applies torque to a hard to move item.

  • A hammer is used to strike an object or deliver blows to an object. It is used for driving nails, breaking up objects and fitting parts.

  • A chisel is used for carving or cutting a hard material like wood, stone, or metal.

  • A saw is used for cutting wood or other material.

  • A hand tool like a plier is used for gripping objects by using leverage.
Thus we can say that functions of hand tools are wide and varied and they constitute a very important part of human being's life.

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