David Barnes, Marketing Manager of KNIPEX, looks at the tools which could form the foundations of an apprentice’s first professional toolkit.
As an apprentice, filling your toolbox with the best tools to get the job done is vital. But how do you know which tools to start a professional toolkit with? We have picked out the six key tools we believe will serve as the ‘go to’s’ in a professional toolkit for any apprentice builder and plumber.
Pliers and cutters
First up, Combination Pliers and Diagonal Cutting Nippers are key tools for plumbers. These tools will help you cut, grab, nip and twist items, even in the most cramped and hard to reach areas. These tools have many functions individually that will save you time, money and effort.
Pipe Wrenches and Water Pump Pliers
With 25 jaw locking positions, the Cobra Water Pump Pliers can be set to the desired size by the push of a button. Fine size adjustment ensures optimum handle position and box-joint construction prevents the pliers pulling to one side when in use. A user-friendly guard prevents fingers being pinched.
Whatever the job involves, whether it’s tightening nuts and bolts, bending, pressing or gripping, the Pliers Wrench is an indispensable all-rounder, suitable for every plumbing and heating engineer’s toolbox.
Getting a decent pipe cutter in your tool bag is a good way forward. The TubiX pipe cutter makes it easy to cut pipes up to 35mm in diameter and with a wall thickness of 2mm accurately. Simply place the open TubiX pipe cutter on the pipe, then position and lock the cutting wheel into place on the workpiece using the QuickLock single-handed quick adjustment. The pipe is cut by turning the tool, and the clearance between the cutting edge and the pipe can be freely adjusted with the ergonomic feeding barrel. The cut surface can then be deburred if necessary.
Believe it or not, accessing cabinets, cupboards and water closets will be necessary in your day-to-day work, especially if you do any work in offices, local authority or commercial buildings. A simple but universal cabinet key, like the KNIPEX DoubleJoint will more than pay you back, saving you hours of needless chasing and borrowing cabinet keys!
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Purchase a Knipex toolkit here- https://www.primetools.co.uk/product-tag/kpxatk/
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The KNIPEX story starts back in 1882 when the company’s founder, Carl Gustav Putsch, helped by (yes, you’ve guessed it!) his two apprentices, set up the company and it is still a family-owned enterprise to this day. Based in Wuppertal Cronenberg in Germany, the factory grew from just one building in the beginning into the impressive complex it is today, exporting its tools to 100 countries across the world. With over 1,000 different pliers across its product ranges, the company manufactures many types of pliers, which cater for many different applications a professional tradesperson will encounter – and our plumbing and heating range is extremely comprehensive.
For more information on KNIPEX visit https://www.knipex.com/