Constructing, creating, or making anything is not an easy task like destroying something. When it comes to the building structure, definitely it requires some tools for assistance. There are numerous construction tools that are widely used for fulfilling construction purposes.
Since ancient times, people have been using different types of construction tools to build their shelters and other necessary structures.
Tools include various categories like hand tools, power tools, and machine tools. With experts’ supervision, these tools are used for development purposes. Some tools have specified functions while some are considered to be multifunctional as well.
Proper training is required while using the tools for personal safeguard and from causing damage. Quality, weight, comfortability, appropriateness to the job, security, maintenance, duration of use, and damage potential are the basic criteria that should be considered for selecting construction tools for better usage.
List of Construction Tools
The list of 50 construction tools are as follows:
- Brick Hammer
- Circular Saw
- Boning Rods
- Bump Cutter
- Chain Lewis and Pin Lewis
- Digging bar
- Drill machine
- End Frames
- Float Trowel
- Hand saw
- Head pan
- Measuring tape
- Jack plane
- Measuring wheel
- Measuring box
- Plumb bob
- Mason’s square
- Sledge Hammer
- Earth Rammer
- Putty Knife
- Plumb Rule
- Safety Boots(Rubber boots)
- Safety Helmet
- Spirit level
- Straight edge Brushes
- Safety Glass
- Pencil or chalk
- Tile Cutter
- Water level
- Scoop tool
- Wire brush
- Binding Hook
- Safety Belt
- Utility knife
Here, in this article, we are going to discuss the basic construction tools that are considered essential assistants for construction. Also, Images/pictures and usage of all these tools have been provided.
A chisel is used to remove the extended concrete from the concrete surface. But, it is mostly used for woodwork. It has a sharp cutting edge that helps to cut extra materials from the original material. The price of a chisel is around $5 to $15.
2. Brick Hammer
A brick hammer is a construction tool that is mostly used for cutting the brick in the expected size. Same time, the other edge of the hammer is used to break the brick as well as to push the bricks back to their position in response to the course line. A good quality brick hammer costs about $ 18 to $ 35. Read Also: 12 Different Types of Brick Cuts Used in Brick Masonry.
3. Circular Saw
A circular saw is a tool mostly preferred for accurate cutting. It is usually used for cutting frames, wood boards, etc. with comparatively less time. Moreover, it is safer in comparison to the hard saw. The average price of a circular saw is about $145.
4. Boning Rods
Boning rods are T-shaped rods that are used for levelling purposes. In the case of excavating the trench, at least three boning rods are required for levelling the surface of the trench. These are traditionally made of hardwoods. But nowadays, metals are also used to make boning rods.
5. Bump Cutter
It is also a level measuring equipment that is used to level up the concrete surfaces by cutting the bumps and filling the low areas through its sharp edges. A bump cutter is also known as a screed.
6. Chain Lewis and Pin Lewis
Both of these are considered as lifting devices for the construction of stone masonry. Chain Lewis consists of two curved steel legs, connected by steel rings.
7. Digging bar
It is another digging tool that is used to dig up soil from the ground surface. It is made of solid metal rods consisting of a flat-shaped bottom. If you want to plant a tree or stand something to the ground vertically, this tool helps to create the foundation by digging the soil. The price of a digging bar is around $55 to $210, depending on its size and built-up metal quality.
8. Drill machine
A drilling machine is a construction tool that consists of a sharp drilling element at the end of it which rotates while making a hole. It is used to create holes in slabs, frames, doors, walls, wood, metal, plastic, and more. It can be of many kinds depending on their power. You can make holes of different shapes and sizes by using this machine. When using a drill machine, it is important to follow safety precautions such as wearing protective glasses and ensuring that no one is present close to the drilling area.
It is mostly used for electric works, carpentry works, or for hanging something on the walls. The price of a drilling machine varies from $50 to $500 or even more, depending on its capacity and drilling types.
9. End Frames
The end frame is an L-shaped frame that is used to properly align brick masonry.
10. Float Trowel
A Float Trowel is nothing but a construction tool that consists of a smooth surface at its bottom which is used to smoothen the plastered surfaces and concrete surfaces. At the top, a handle is fixed to hold it and to use it.
11. Hand saw
A hand saw is a sharp instrument that comes with a handle mostly used for wooden work. It is used for cutting wood(like – door frames, door & window panels, shuttering frames, wooden ballies, etc.) into the required shape and size.
12. Head pan
This iron-made instrument is used for carrying excavated soils, newly mixed concrete, etc. Mostly it is used for the small size of work to carry construction materials from one place to another by taking it on the head.
A Hoe is an excavating tool consisting of a metal plate at its bottom and a wooden or bamboo-made handle connected with the plate. It is used to excavate the soil. It is also used to fill up the ‘head pan’ with concrete or soil.
It is a kind of equipment with two uprising legs and a series of steps connecting the legs. The ladders are used to carry an article to a height that the hand does not reach and to climb down something from there. It is an important tool for checking the slab works, and for transporting the materials to an upper level. The ladder is also used during painting or hanging some things on walls. Read Also: 20 Types of Ladders.
15. Measuring tape
Measuring tape is one of the most important tools that is used for each and every type of construction work. This is a distance measuring tool consists of a long and thin section of cloth, metal or plastic designated with measuring units.
These are very useful while checking out the length, height, and thickness of the walls, trenches, foundation beds, doors, windows, etc. The price of a measuring tape is about 7$ to 55$. It depends on their measuring length sizes.
16. Jack plane
It is one type of tool consisting of a sharp bled at the bottom of its. The jack plane is mostly used for wooden work. It is used to smooth the surface of the wood. The price of a jack plane is around 18$ to 65 $.
Cowbar is nothing but a bar made of steel. The end of this bar is curved and flattened. This tool is mostly used to pick up nails from the wood, and to open the nailed wood. Its other end is also sometimes made sharp and flattened. It is also used to dig out the ground and for removing the roots of the trees from the ground. It has several names like wrecking bar, pry bar, jemmy bar, jimmy, pinch-bar, prise bar, gooseneck, etc.
18. Measuring wheel
A measuring wheel has a wheel with a known diameter. It records the distance or length by counting the number of revolutions which makes the measurements easier. It is also known as the surveyor’s wheel, waywiser, click wheel, etc. This tool is mostly used during road and railway construction.
19. Measuring box
The measuring box consists of fixed dimensions generally being 300 mm. X 300 mm. X 400 mm. (length, width, and depth respectively). As it is of a fixed dimension, it does not require to be weighted repetitively for measuring the quantity of sand, cement, and other materials. During concrete mixing, it is the best tool for measuring concrete ingredients in the right proportions. Read Also: How to Calculate the Quantity of Cement, Sand & Aggregate in M20, M15, M10 Concrete.
20. Plumb bob
A plumb bob is a weight with a pointed tip. It is generally made up of a solid metal hanging down to the end of a thread. It is used for checking the verticality of the structure and leveling the position of the survey instruments.
21. Mason’s square
Mason squares are used to make sure that two perpendicular surfaces are at right angles to each other. This is generally ‘L-shaped tool. It is mostly used for brick or stone masonry work.
A pickaxe is basically a hand tool that is supposed to be T-shaped. It consists of two parts, i.e. a metal-made head and a handle made up of wood, metal or fibreglasses. The pickaxe is used for prying or excavating the soil. It is an agricultural tool but is also used for construction and mining work. Its metal part has two edges, one-point edge, the other flat sharp edge.
A spade is a construction tool consisting of a metal plate at the end of a long wooden or metal handle. It is used to dig the soil and pick up construction materials to the carrying pan.
24. Sledge Hammer
Sledge hammer is made up of a heavy metal head connected to a wooden or metal handle. It is used to break the hard ground, stone, brick, etc. It is also used where something has to be demolished.
25. Earth Rammer
An earth rammer is a soil compacting tool. It is used to level the ground and for compressing or compacting soil of the uneven bottom surface after a ground excavation.
As the name suggests, it is a tool used to scratch surfaces. Generally, plasterwork is done by providing two layers, one above the other. It is used to scratch the bottom layer of plaster so that the finishing layer creates a good bond with the bottom layer of the plaster. It is also used during placing tiles on the floor.
A polisher is a machine tool used for smoothing the surface of tiles, marbles, woods, etc. The smoothening makes the surface shiny and attractive. The process of smoothing the surface by using a polisher is called polishing. The price of a polisher machine is around $110 to $310.
28. Putty Knife
A Putty knife is an important tool used to level the putty surface as a whole. It is used to cut the extra putty where the putty thickness is higher than the other parts. The average price of this tool is around $25.
29. Plumb Rule
A plumb rule is a construction tool consisting of a straight wooden board with uniform edges. It is used to check the verticality of a wall. For this purpose, a “plumb bob” is suspended from the upper edge of the plumb rule and a groove is provided at the center of the plumb rule.
At the time of checking the verticality of the wall, the plum rule is laid vertically on the wall. At that time, the position of the plumb bob should be in the center of the plumb rule. Otherwise, it will be considered as not vertical.
30. Rubber Boots
Rubber boots are safety tools made of rubber that is mostly used for safety purpose during construction work. There are several chemicals present in the cement, admixture, etc. It is really harmful to human skin. Therefore, it is always advised to wear rubber boots during work to protect your legs from direct contact with chemicals, and also from physical accidents.
31. Safety Helmet
Safety Helmet is another safety tool used in construction work. There is a possibility of something falling from a height during work. Safety Helmet is one that helps to protect your head from such incidents. The price of such helmets is about $20 to $75.
A wheelbarrow is a conveying tool consisting of a metal-made tray connected with a metal frame. There are one or two wheels at the front and two handles at the back of the wheelbarrow. It is generally used for transporting the bulk quantity of sand, cement, concrete mix, etc. at the demand site.
The wedge is a small cutting tool. It is a small blade made of solid metal. It is used for cutting and breaking rock surfaces.
34. Spirit level
It is a rectangular-shaped small box made up of wood or hard plastic. It comes with a bubble tube placed in the middle. This bubble tube is partially filled up with alcohol and thus an air bubble is formed in it. Spirit level is used for checking the level of the surface. When the bubble is settled in the middle of the tube, it is considered that the surface is leveled properly.
35. Straight edge Brushes
This is a special type of brush that is used for providing finishing to the plaster surfaces specifically at the edges and corners of the wall.
There are quite common chances to injure your hand during construction work. Therefore it is very important to protect your hand from any damage. Hand gloves are safety tools that can protect your hand from any incident. It also protects your hand from direct contact with several chemicals present in cement, admixture, etc.
37. Safety Glass
Safety Glass This is another safety tool used for protecting the human eye from entering foreign debris in it. It is commonly used in welding work, carpentry work, and during cutting tiles, steel, and other materials.
A bevel is a tool used to duplicate an existing angle.
39. Pencil or chalk
A pencil or chalk is a marking tool used to mark or point out some things according to their importance.
The trowel is a very important construction tool. It is used both for brick and stone masonry work. When the brick wall is constructed, it is used to lift and spread mortar on the bed. It is also sometimes used for tapping the brick on the bed as well as rough cutting of soft brick.
41. Tile Cutter
A tile cutter is a tool that is used to cut tiles to the required size. It is the most important tool for the tile installation worker.
42. Water level
The water level consists of a plastic pipe filled up with water. It is used to measure the height of an item subject to others. In other words, it is a tool used for determining the level of two spots that are at a distance from each other.
43. Scoop tool
A scoop is a tool used to pick up a particular quantity of materials for testing or other purposes.
44. Wire brush
The wire brush is used to remove slag and spatter from the metal surface and is also used to clean up old and faded paint from the surface.
45. Binding Hook
The binding hook is used to bind two steel bars at the joint section by using binding wire.
46. Safety Belt
It is used to prevent sudden fall of the worker during work at high altitude.
Nail is mostly used to fasten two objects with each other, but it is also used as a tool in the construction fields like pointing out a spot, marking a location, holding threads end, etc.
A broom is a tool used to clean surfaces.
49. Utility knife
The utility knife is a versatile tool typically used for various cutting jobs. It consists of a sharp blade which has fixed within the handle. They are widely used in industries such as construction, crafts, packaging, and woodworking. A utility knife is used to cut cable, rope, plastic sheet, etc.
Wire Cutter is a highly versatile tool that is usually used by electricians, and technicians. This hand tool is used mainly for cutting different types of wire. Whether you’re working on a small home project or a complex electrical job or a large dwelling project, having a reliable wire cutter with you can make the job more efficient.
Other Construction Tools
At last, it can be said that, along with the 50 construction tools discussed above, many other tools are there which are essential for the construction purpose during the present era. Some of the other tools are screws, rubbers, safety belts, vacuum blower, etc.
In the modern era, many construction tools are used for multiple purposes. Moreover, the variation and ranges have also been widened which is definitely a good sign for the development. Day by day, many companies are coming forward for making good quality construction tools to compete in the market as well. Even online purchase is also possible for these types of equipment which are coming out to be very useful for the builders to carry forward the necessary works.
- 1 List of Construction Tools
- 1.1 1. Chisel
- 1.2 2. Brick Hammer
- 1.3 3. Circular Saw
- 1.4 4. Boning Rods
- 1.5 5. Bump Cutter
- 1.6 6. Chain Lewis and Pin Lewis
- 1.7 7. Digging bar
- 1.8 8. Drill machine
- 1.9 9. End Frames
- 1.10 10. Float Trowel
- 1.11 11. Hand saw
- 1.12 12. Head pan
- 1.13 13. Hoe
- 1.14 14. Ladder
- 1.15 15. Measuring tape
- 1.16 16. Jack plane
- 1.17 17. Crowbar
- 1.18 18. Measuring wheel
- 1.19 19. Measuring box
- 1.20 20. Plumb bob
- 1.21 21. Mason’s square
- 1.22 22. Pickaxe
- 1.23 23. Spade
- 1.24 24. Sledge Hammer
- 1.25 25. Earth Rammer
- 1.26 26. Scratchers
- 1.27 27. Polisher
- 1.28 28. Putty Knife
- 1.29 29. Plumb Rule
- 1.30 30. Rubber Boots
- 1.31 31. Safety Helmet
- 1.32 32. Wheelbarrow
- 1.33 33. Wedge
- 1.34 34. Spirit level
- 1.35 35. Straight edge Brushes
- 1.36 36. Gloves
- 1.37 37. Safety Glass
- 1.38 38. Bevel
- 1.39 39. Pencil or chalk
- 1.40 40. Trowel
- 1.41 41. Tile Cutter
- 1.42 42. Water level
- 1.43 43. Scoop tool
- 1.44 44. Wire brush
- 1.45 45. Binding Hook
- 1.46 46. Safety Belt
- 1.47 47. Nail
- 1.48 48. Broom
- 1.49 49. Utility knife
- 1.50 50. Wirecutter
- 1.51 Other Construction Tools
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