List of Machinist Tools & Equipment for Beginners & Experts 2021 [Updated]
Machinists are a part of a very versatile trade that requires many different types of tools and equipment to complete projects. However, these projects often all require a set of common tools.
Having these important tools in your workshop for any machinist project can allow you to create and successfully complete general projects. Many of these tools have multiple purposes that can be very useful if you are just starting out in the trade of if you’d like a minimal array of tools
The following list is composed of the tools that should be a part of every machinists’ arsenal. This list will be very useful to newcomers to the trade as it is composted of tools and equipment that serves both beginners and advanced machinists alike.
Complete List of Machinist Tools & Equipment
Every machinist should have a workbench are where they can work on any projects. The workbench is a key part of the equipment needed to be able to actually set workpieces down and work on them.. Workbenches are typically made of sturdy wood or metal to provide a solid. setting for your projects.
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2) Bench Vise
A vise is another crucial piece of equipment to have in any machine workshop. Vises allow you to form and shape a workpiece without needing to hold the workpiece yourself. This feature is incredibly helpful when you are working on a project on your own and require the workpiece to be held firmly in place by some other external means.
Many modern machinists use precision mill vises to ensure a better grip. Although these vises are generally more expensive, they certainly deliver in terms of instrumental resolution for high precision projects.
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Calipers are a staple of every machinist’s workshop. This is an extremely important measurement tool, especially if you will be using small parts that require specific measurements with small tolerances. Although calipers with higher resolutions are typically preferable, it is important that you find and use calipers that will allow you to measure the specifications on the parts or projects on which you will be working.
Many calipers now have electronic LCD displays that allow you to easily read any measurements and convert them into different units. This feature can be very helpful if you are constantly using metric and standard units in your projects.
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Like calipers, a micrometer is another incredible measurement tool that every machinist should have. A micrometer is a device that allows you to measure very small objects. Although the objects being measured are small, they are measured with very high precision.
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- LCD screen displays in inches and metric units
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5) Drills & Drill Bits
One of the most important cutting and shaping tools that every machinist should have is the drill. Electric drills can really facilitate the whole process of creating holes in solid pieces of metal. It is important to have a reliable drill with an accompanying drill bit set for different types of projects.
There are many different types of drill bit sets with varying ranges of drill bit sizes. It is important to know what size drill bits your machine projects will likely require prior to picking a drill bit set for your workshop.
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Machinists use trigonometry very often. The ability to understand mathematical concepts like sine, cosine, and tangent will allow you to easily convert measured values of a small workpiece’s angles to create a larger or small version of that piece. These ratio relationships are so important, that every machinist should at least have a scientific calculator that could handle trigonometric calculations.
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Machinists often have a lot of rulers in order to ensure that their projects are being measured precisely. The most popular rule is the 6″ ruler that allows machinists to measure small parts very precisely. These rulers are typically made of stainless steel for durability and black markings to allow users to easily read measurements.
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14) Center Punch
The center punch is a really helpful tool for drilling. This tool is to be used in conjunction with the drill to punch the exact spot where the drill should target prior to drilling a hole. Center punches come in varying sizes and sets. Much like the drill bits, ensure you are picking a center punch size or set that will most help you with the types of projects on which you will be working.
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- Point sizes vary to achieve the most appropriate hole size
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12) Wrench Sets
Wrenches are extremely important tools to have in a machine shop or toolbox. There are many different kinds of wrenches that could be useful for different machine projects. However, the most popular wrench types are adjustable wrenches and Allen wrenches. Allen wrenches are also referred to as a hex keys. These wrenches can be very useful when screwing or unscrewing bolts or screws into different sockets.
Investing in a good set of wrenches can immensely help in situations where tightening or loosening metal connections is required.
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The ball peen hammer is one of the most useful tools for machining. Its head consists of a flat face and a peen on the other end. The handle of this hammer allows for a good grip during its use. The flat face allows you to flatten a workpiece and the peen shape can create rounded indentations on a workpiece, adding texture to a design.
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14) Block Sets
Machinists use block sets to help the setup of projects. Blocks are calibrated metal blocks that act as supports for the metal pieces that machinists are working on. These blocks can be mounted in different ways to ensure that the correct spacing and angles are achieved. Since the blocks are produced with tight tolerances, they are very reliable for high precision mounting applications.
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16) Safety Glasses or Goggles
It is always important to wear appropriate eye protection when working on machinist projects. Small pieces of metal or sharp objects can cause serious injury to the eyes if they are left unprotected.
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17) Safety Gloves
Leather or other heavy duty gloves can be very useful when cutting or drilling metal pieces. Gloves can protect your hands from abrasive or sharp materials, allowing you to work on your machine project with increased safety. However, it is important to understand when and where to use gloves and when it is better not to. Gloves are notorious for getting caught on machining equipment if not used properly.
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