Top 10 Tools Every New Machinist Should Have
Every machinist knows that you need the right tools to do a job right. If you knew somebody who was just starting out as a machinist, which tools would you recommend they buy?
A lot of machinists start out with a small collection of tools that grows as they become more experienced. There are a core set of tools that most machinists agree are essential for completing most projects.
We’ve put together a list of the 10 basic tools every machinist should have. If you have any recommendations to add to the list, let us know!
Calipers are essential for making accurate measurements of thickness and dimensions.
2. Edge Finder
Edge finders, also known as wigglers, are useful for locating the edges of a workpiece.
3. Center Finder
Similar to an edge finder but used to locate the machining center on a work piece. Some edge finder tools include a center finder.
4. Dial or Digital Indicator
These devices, used for measuring small distances and angles, have a wide range of applications, including setting up or calibrating a machine prior to a production run and checking the variation in tolerance of a machined part during the inspection process.
A deburring tool will come in handy for smoothing out any rough edges and burrs from a workpiece.
Also known as a micrometer screw gauge, this tool is indispensable for precisely measuring the depth, length and thickness of small objects (0 – 300mm).
7. Machinists’ Square
Comes in two types: the precision steel square and the combination square set. Some of its uses include inspecting the accuracy of right angles or as a guide for marking out a workpiece before cutting.
8. 6” Scale Ruler
This simple tool fits in the pocket and is used to make precise and reliable measurements.
With Sine, Cosine & Tangent functions. The quickest and easiest way to perform precise, accurate calculations, ranging from basic arithmetic to complex mathematics.
10. Center Punch
The Center Punch is a handy tool used to mark the center of a drilling hole to serve as a target for the tip of a drill.
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