Hand Tool Selection Guide

The Right Tool for the Task

Appropriate selection of the right tool for the task will greatly improve the effectiveness of use, while reducing the risk of injury and/or damage. Tools must be used only for the purpose for which they were designed. The right tool in the hands of a skilled craftsman makes a better product or service delivered in a shorter amount of time. 

The Hand Tool Institute offers easy-to-follow, proper tool selection and use guidelines on thirty different tool categories, a few of which are highlighted below.  All thirty are available in the Tool Selection chart.

HTI Hand Tool Use and Selection Chart (PDF)

HTI Hand Tool Use – Adjustable Wrenches

HTI Hand Tool Use – Axes and Hatchets

HTI Hand Tool Use – Nail / Claw Hammer

HTI Hand Tool Use – Pipe Tools