Tool Life Expectancy
Our mission is to
make money for our customers and ourselves by being the standard of excellence
company in hand tools. We help customers reach their goals by giving them
the best value for their tools, consulting, or service dollars. We provide
tools and service in conformance to customer technical requirements with
ergonomic designs, accurate promises, timely shipments, and proper paperwork.
Many design attributes and features give customers optimization choices:
- Acute (super flush)
edge angles for ease of cut vs larger angle (bevel) for edge life.
- Longer handles
for leverage and pressure distribution vs weight of tool.
- Wider bodies for
better bearing properties and strength vs narrowness for visibility
of the work.
- Very hard edges
for edge life vs slight temper softening for tip strength.
- Stainless Steel
Scrivets for lubricity, adjustability, and cleanliness.
- Stainless Steel
adjustable leaf springs welded in place.
- High chrome, high
carbon alloy steel maximize bearing and edge life.
that affect total tool life are also considered:
- Chemistry, diameter,
hardness of the wire.
- Plier orientation
and wire position within the jaws.
- Closure speed and
- Features of the
- Edge type (bevel,
flush, full flush, super flush, stand-off shear or pure shear)
- Joint width
(.38", .40", .44", .50", .60", .70")
- Tip strength
(oval, oval slim, taper, taper slim)
Results prove that
Swanstrom cutters used within design limits, will yield well over 1,000,000
clean cuts on common lead material such as .020 tinned copper.
To achieve better
tool life, do proper maintenance (oil and Swanstrom service ) and avoid
misuse of tools that cause damage or stress.
- Oil joints regularly.
A single drop between the forgings is a great investment.
- Oil joint and Scrivet
- Only cut material
within a specific tools' cutting specifications. Super flush cutters
can cut soft copper, aluminum or lead.
- Keep tools with
stops adjusted for type of material cut.
- Keep tools sharp
and well serviced. Use Swanstrom's reconditioning service.
- Use proper size
tools for parts being cut to prevent over stress. Larger tools for larger
- Protect spring-to-handle
weld when adjusting leaf spring.
- Force a tight,
stiff joint before oil is applied.
- Cut material for
which tool was not designed.
- Cut screws, nails,
glass or other hard material.
- Pull on springs
without protecting the weld under the plastic.
- Machine grind blades
to resharpen them. Improperly done, this will quickly damage tool beyond
repair and/or may soften the edges.
- Alter or modify
tools as it will nullify our warranty.