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Choosing the Right Leather Work Glove for the Job

When looking for leather work gloves, you’ll notice that you have a variety to choose from. So, which one is the right one? While there is going to always be the best glove for a specific job, it’s not so easy to pick the right one unless you know the benefits of the various features each glove has.

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Types of Sockets and Their Uses

A good technician will have all of the sockets he or she needs in the shop. Depending on your industry, that might be a set of 6-point sockets in metric or several sets of various points in SAE and metric, along with some of the specialty sockets.

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Choosing the Proper Tap

Many industries use taps, though the most common industry is machinists. You can also find taps in the automotive and electrical industry. While the latter may not have machinists, the technicians are taught to use taps to bore holes or straighten threads. Whether you are new to using taps or have been using them for years, you will find tips in this training module to help you choose the proper taps.

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Choosing End Mill Bits

End mills are milling cutters that might be referred to as slot drills or cutters. They are usually used in industrial milling applications. End mills remove material, and you can create multi-dimensional shapes and profiles with them. End mills, unlike regular drill bits, can cut in all directions. Machinists use them for side milling, face milling, slot milling and plunging.

Drillco End Mills

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Which is Better for Hand Tools – Chromium-Molybdenum or Chromium-Vanadium Steel?

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Hand tools are made of two types of steel alloys: Chromium-molybdenum or chromium-vanadium. Once the steel is manufactured, the two forms are nearly identical in chemical composition. Because steel is a soft metal, manufacturers add alloys to harden it and help resist corrosion. Even when these metals are added, the steel is relatively soft, so manufacturers heat treat it to further harden it. While high-carbon steel is also a strong material, it doesn't have some of the properties that adding alloy gives it. Abolox carries hand tools made of both types of alloy steel, including socket sets, wrenches, screwdrivers and more.

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