What makes a good tool?
According to Bahco, a good tool should reduce the risk of direct injury. It should:...
February 1, 2004 | By MRO Magazine
According to Bahco, a good tool should reduce the risk of direct injury. It should:
– Not have any sharp edges on the handle.
– Minimize wear and tear on the skin.
– Reduce the risk of users hands getting caught in tight spots.
– Reduce the risk of users hands coming into contact with sharp edges and shoulders.
– Be slip-resistant.
A good tool also should reduce the risk of long-term injury. It should:
– Have the optimal weight for its purpose.
– Have a grip that protects the user from hot and cold temperatures.
– Minimize the build-up of muscular tension during lengthy jobs.
– Have a large gripping surface that exerts low, even pressure across the hand.
– Deliver the greatest possible power with the least possible effort.
– Vibrate as little as possible.
– Be perfectly balanced.
Finally, a good tool should make the user’s job easier. It should:
– Be the correct size and design for its purpose.
– Be able to be used in different positions.
– Not require the user to change grip, if possible.
– Be adjustable in many different positions.
– Be adjustable even when wearing gloves.
– Be designed for use with both hands, if required.
– Be easy to hold, with the right degree of friction against the skin.
– Be available in different sizes, suitable for different tasks.
– Tolerate oil and grease.