Stanley Hand Tools
Stanley Tools History
Originally beginning as a bolt and door hardware manufacturing company back in 1843. Later in 1920, Stanley merged with a rule and level company and became the famous Hand Tools Division of the Stanley company. Since then they have produced some of the most innovative and useful tools, including the
PowerLock tape rule
Stanley Tools offers a broad range of carpentry hand tools, laser measuring tools, automotive tools, tool sets, and tool boxes for construction professionals, mechanics, and home improvement enthusiasts. They also offer a pro line of tools designed and made from extra durable materials to stand up even the toughest job site, they also offer specialty and ergonomically designed hand tools.
By offering high quality products that are built to last, Stanley has been able to develop and maintain a powerful reputation for excellence within the industry. They ensure their products quality and maximum functioning by continuously testing, designing and improving them to meet the needs of their consumers.
Today, Stanley Hand Tools continues to be an industry leader in tool innovation. In 2001 they introduced over 100 new products, and won the Prestigious Golden Hammer Award for New Product Innovation in both 2000 and 2001 as a direct result of their commitment to excellence.
Tape Rules - Suggestions on how to extend the useful life of your tape, and keep it working well
- Keep the blade clean, frequently wipe clean when working with gritty materials. Sticky roofing tar and glues can harm the winding action of your tape rule, use only mineral spirits and alcohol to remove these materials, and be sure to wipe dry.
- Watch out for water and other fluids, as moisture left on the blade can work its way into the spring motor, and rust will follow.
- Control retraction speed, don't let the blade recoil at high speed as it will strike the case with the same force as a hammer blow.
- Tru-Zero hook is supposed to move, the hook slides to accommodate inside and outside measurements to help avoid errors due to thickness of the hook.
- Watch out for 'hook traps', like cracks or exposed nail heads. Be sure to dislodge the hook before pulling sharply on the blade as it could bend the hook or cause the blade to kink or tear.
Knives and Blade Selection Tips - There are different types of knives, Stanley Tools is sure to make one to suit your application.
- Retractable blades - Knives with retractable blades are an ideal choice for general use, they offer the convenience of being able to quickly adjust the cutting depth of the blades and a safety feature that allows the blade to be retracted completely into the handle when it is not in use.
- Fixed blade knives - These knives lock blades into a fixed, non-retractable position between the halves of the knife handle. This locked position provides improved stability in severe cutting applications and allows the knife to accept special-purpose blades that are too large to retract into the handle.
- Snap blade knives - Snap blade knives, (like the QuickPoint), are built around a blade designed to snap-off in sections, providing a fresh, sharp cutting point without having to open the knife. Snap blades are an ideal choice for light and medium duty application, or when adhesive materials (i.e. packing tape) may leave a residue on the blade.
- Special purpose blades - Special purpose blades are available for a variety of cutting applications, including: utility, round point, hook, scoring, carpet, linoleum, etc.
Plane Safety Tips
- Bench Planes should be used for stock removal, smoothing, rough surfaces, truing, and fine finishing
- Jack Planes and longer planes should be used for applications that require longer length planing (i.e. doors) to produce a straight line.
- Block or Trimming Planes should be used for end grain, when single handed working is required, and to dress up short work.
- For optimal performance place cutters in bench planes bevel side down and cutters for block planes bevel side up.
- Always keep the blade sharp.
- Lightly oil the working surfaces after use.
- Rest the plane on its side when not in use.
- Store the plane with its cutter retracted to avoid premature edge water.
Chisels Safety Tips
- Keep both hands back of the cutting edge at all times when using chisels.
- Always shield the cutting edge when not in use.
- Always wear safety goggles when using a wood chisel.
- Never place a wood chisel in your pocket.
- Use the appropriate tool for prying and screwing, not a chisel.
Pliers Safety Tips
- Do not use pliers for cutting hardened wire, unless specifically manufactured for this purpose.
- Pliers should not be exposed to excessive heat as it may draw the temper and ruin the tool.
- Always cut at right angles. Do Not rock from side to side, or bend the wire back and forth against the cutting edges.
- Don't bend stiff wire with light pliers.
- Never use pliers as a hammer nor hammer on the handles as they may crack or break, or edges may be nicked.
- Never extend the length of handles to secure greater leverage, instead use a larger pair of pliers or a bolt cutter.
- Pliers should not be used on nuts or bolts, wrenches do the job beter and with less risk of damage to the fastener.
- Occasionally you should oil your pliers, a drop of oil at the hinge will lengthen tool life and assure easy operation.
- Safety glasses should be worn when cutting wire, etc.
Hammers - Stanley Hand Tools offers a variety of hammers to suit each application.
- Nail Hammers - Ideal for common and finishing nail sets. Should not be used for masonry nails, cold chisels and other metal.
- Ball Pein Hammers - Ideal for cold chisels, punches, rivets and shaping metal.
- Brick Hammers - Ideal for setting splitting bricks, tiles, concrete blocks, also for chipping mortar.
- Blacksmith Hammers - Ideal for spikes, stakes, cold chisels, hardened nails, etc.
Screwdrivers Tip Configurations
- Slotted - Standard or flat for driving slotted screws. Tip width range from 1/6" to 1/2".
- Phillips - Designed specifically for use with Phillips head screws, which features two recessed slots at right angles to each other. Sizes range from 0 point (small) to 4 point (large).
- Pozidriv - This style is similar to the Phillips style, the screw can be identified by additional lines on the face. Sizes range from 1 point (small) to 4 point (large).
- Square head - This style is used in mobile homes, recreational vehicles and industrial application. Sizes range from 1 point (small) to 3 point (large).
- Torx - This star shaped style is most often used in teh automotive industry. Sizes range from T-10 (small) to T-30 (large).
- Wear proper protection when working with snips (goggles and gloves).
- Use snips for cutting soft metal only. Hard or hardened metal may damage the cutting edges of the snips.
- Use the right size and type of snip for your application, don't try to cut sharp curves with straight cut snips.
- To avoid springing the blades, do not cut metal that is too thick for the snips you are using, or by cutting heavy wire or nails.
- Use only hand pressure for cutting, do not use a hammer or foot for extra pressure on the cutting edges.
- Occasionally oil the pivot bolt on the snips.
- Keep the nut and bolt properly adjusted at all times.