Hand And Small Power Tools Brooklyn NY

A hands on guide for a variety of hand and power tools including product descriptions and how to use guides.

Crown Industrial Supply Corp
(201) 656-5515
Wayne St
Jersey City, NJ
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(201) 451-7386
30 Hudson St
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514 Johnston Ave
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(201) 451-7660
779 Garfield Ave
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G and F Supply
(718) 273-5702
42 Richmond Ter
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Sorrentino Electric Inc
(201) 656-5196
375 2nd St
Jersey City, NJ
Caballero General Contractors, LLC
(201) 918-5552
12 Manning Ave
Jersey City, NJ
Hudson Appraisal Service
(201) 432-6066
781 Garfield Ave
Jersey City, NJ
One On One General Contracting
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707 Bergen Ave
Jersey City, NJ
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(908) 757-4591
173 Dey St
Jersey City, NJ

Hand And Small Power Tools

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Most shops today are putting all their purchasing efforts into large saws, CNC machinery, line polishers, etc. Many fabricators are also frustrated because their small grinders and polishers don't seem to be as efficient.

The smaller hand tools you have in your shop can be used more efficiently, and you will be surprised how much work can be accomplished with the proper choice and use of these small tools. The following is a list of hand tools that can be essential to the success of a shop and some tips and tricks for making these tools more efficient.

Portable Hand Saws

There are many varieties of these saws ranging from the small saw that uses a 4- to 5-in. blade up to the 8- or 10-in. saws that run a rail. Many shops purchase these rail saws as their first saw, but even shops with large bridge saws will need a small hand saw for some tasks.

The small hand saws are used for cutting, rodding and cutting round and oval sinks. I have seen lots of time wasted changing blades from a straight blade to a contour blade, etc. Oftentimes the wrench or blade can't be found and there is loss of efficiency when this happens.

Here is a tip that will save you hours a week: Instead of spending time changing blades, buy three small saws and equip each one with its own blade. These saws are very inexpensive (around $100), and the time you save in changing blades alone will pay for having multiple saws in labor savings. I would suggest setting one up with a standard blade for cutting, one with a rodding blade for rodding and another with a contour blade for sink cutouts.

It is important when using these small saws that you don't overwork them. When cutting sinks or using the straight blade, you want to step cut instead of plunge cut. There are some exceptions, but your saw will last much longer if you don't force it and plunge cut.

Alpha Professional Tools, Makita and several other companies produce these small saws.

Rail Saws

There are several types of rail saws also and they all have advantages and disadvantages. Some are self-propelled and others have to be pushed by hand. Some of these saws can step cut and others can plunge cut.

I have found with any rail saw that using a good blade is important. I have tried many different types and brands of these saws and as long as I am using a top-quality blade, they run efficiently.

Some manufacturers of rail saws are Alpha Professional Tools, Intertools Trac Star, The Blue Ripper and Accuglide, to name just a few.

Right Angle Grinders

Right angle grinders are available in electric or air. Through experiences, the air-powered grinders tend to last a lot longer than the electric models.

Right angle grinders operate in the range of 10,000 rpm and higher and are used for cutting. Right angle grinders are used for comb cutting and getting into tight areas that a small saw cannot, such as inside corners, etc. A right angle grinder should be used with a guard. I know many shops who remove the guard, but if OSHA comes a knocking you're going to get a fine.


Polishers are also available in electric and air. I prefer the air polishers for several reasons. They are lighter, easier to handle and last a lot longer than electric polishers. The polisher will most likely be the most used small tool in your shop and therefore you should look into buying the best available.

Tips for air polishers:

  • Use dry air only. If your air compressor does not have a dryer, you will accumulate lots of moisture in the air lines, which can freeze up your air.
  • Oil daily. Air polishers need oil to operate smoothly. Use the proper oil every day.
  • Consider proper sound levels. Look for an air polisher with a muffler. The decibels on some polishers can be extremely high (110 dB and up).

Tips for electric polishers:

  • Find a polisher in the correct weight range. Look for a polisher that is light and easy to handle.
  • GFCI is important. Make sure your polisher has a ground fault to prevent shock.
  • Make sure you have brushes. Buy spare brushes for the motor. If you use your polisher a lot, which you probably will, you will find that the brushes burn up very quickly. Many polishers come with a spare set of brushes.

Die Grinders

Die grinders are very high speed tools similar to Dremels, but more heavy duty. I like using a grinder for T-31 sink anchors. They can also be used for detailing small areas, as well as for carving because there are numerous bits available.

When using the die grinder for T-31 anchors, you may want to consider using some of the flat plate attachments that are available. They will prevent you from going too deep into the stone. Most stone tool suppliers have these tools, which are known as sink anchoring tools.


Routers are very important tools in the stone shop. Even if you have a line polisher and/or CNC machine, you will still need a hand-held router.

The choices of routers are endless — our training center currently has eight different models. They can run from just less than $2,000 to more than $6,000 each.

Routers are available in electric and hydraulic versions, although the most popular ones on the market are the electric models. However, electric routers are broken down into three types: 110-volt single-phase, 220-volt single-phase and three-phase routers.

What's the difference? I consider the 110-volt routers to be light duty. If you are using the router all day, you will want one that is a little more heavy duty. In this case I would opt for the 220-volt or the three-phase types.

Routers also are available in single-speed, dual-speed and variable-speed. How you use the router will determine what speed you need. If you only use the router for position one or two bits, then the single-speed router is all you'll need. The dual-speed routers give you two settings: high for cutting and low for polishing. If you use router bits all the way through to polishing, then you'll need the variable-speed version. The dual-speed routers will also work for all the bits, but I prefer the variable to give you greater options.

Routers will ride on the stone on little wheels or an aqua plane. The aqua plane uses water to float the router so it is not touching the stone surface. I prefer the aqua plane types. If you do use the wheel types, be sure the stone is clean and the wheels roll freely. You may want to put a piece of Plexiglas on the stone to prevent the router from scratching the surface.

When working the router, always move in a right to left motion. You'll cut fast and get a smoother cut and the profile won't wave.

Never adjust the height of a router when it is not running. This can bind the belts on many routers causing them to break. Always turn the motor on before adjusting.

Never leave the bit on the router's spindle overnight. It can rust and be difficult to remove.

These are the most popular small tools used in the shop. There are numerous other tools including jigsaws, band saws, drill presses, etc.

The proper use of these small hand and power tools can increase your production and efficiency, and gaining a better understanding of them is well worth the time spent for any shop.

Want More?

If you have a tip or trick that you would like to share, please send an e-mail to me and I'll be glad to include it in a future article. Send e-mail to fhueston@aol.com.

Frederick M. Hueston runs the National Training Center for Stone & Masonry Trades, Asheville, NC 28806, www.ntc-stone.com, and can be reached at Fhueston@aol.com.

author: By Fredrick M. Hueston