What’s The Right Size Of Handtools For You?

“In a normal workday, you may work with these tools for six or more hours,” “Using the right size handle can reduce fatigue and increase productivity, improve the quality of your work, and reduce the risk for hand and wrist problems.”

1、Determining your hand size

Before using a hand tool, perform a few measurements to help you select the tools that are the right size for you.

Start by determining your hand’s length, grip and palm size. To find out the length of your hand, measure the distance from the fold in your wrist below your palm to the tip of your middle finger. For grip, 20 percent of your hand length equals your grip diameter, CPWR states. For palm size, measure the widest part of your palm. Once you’ve figured out these measurements, it’s time to put them to good use.

2、Picking a tool

When picking a hand tool, measure its length. Whenever possible, select a tool with a handle length longer than your palm size, CPWR advises, as a handle that’s too short “may cut into the base of your hand and cause discomfort and possible injury.”

When considering grip size, you want the tool to match or be as close to your own grip size as possible. If that doesn’t work, you can modify the tool’s grip: If it’s too small, add a sleeve or cushion made out of duct tape to make the handle bigger. If it’s too big, try sanding the handle to a smaller diameter.

3、Consider work space restrictions

Sometimes, the size of the working space limits your ability to use larger handicrafts. When selecting the size of the hand tool, consider the size of the working space to ensure that the tools can easily enter and complete the work.

Additionally, CPWR recommends keeping the tool’s weight in mind, as “choosing the lightest-weight version of a tool may reduce the amount of effort and force needed to perform a task and reduce hand and wrist fatigue.”

4、Check the tool size chart

Many manufacturers provide detailed tool size charts to show different types of handicrafts and their size range. Before buying hand tools, checking these charts can help you choose the correct size suitable for your task.

Frequent questions and answers(FAQ)

Q1: How do I know which size wrench I need?

A1: Determine the screw or nut size of the task, and then select the corresponding wrench. You can find the size mark on the screw so that you can choose the right wrench easier.

Q2: Why is the handle size so important?

A2: The size of the handle directly affects the comfort and control of the user. Choosing a suitable handle size can reduce hand fatigue and improve work efficiency.

Q3: Limited work space, how to choose the appropriate size tool?

A3: In a limited working space, select a smaller hand tool or tools with special design to ensure that it can easily enter and complete the task.

In conclusion

Choosing the right hand tool size is the key to ensuring efficient work. By understanding task requirements, considering work space restrictions, selecting the handle size according to the hand shape, and consulting tool size charts, you can easily choose the correct hand tool size and complete the work in less than half the effort. When using hand tools, pay attention to maintaining the good state of the tool to ensure its performance and life.