A file is one of the most useful tools you can have in your toolbox or workshop. Sometimes in less time than it takes to get it out, plug in and spark up the grinder, you can clean up the edge of a tool or workpiece in just a few minutes. It is one of the best tools to give you a real feel for the material you are working on. If there is a subtle bump, dent or burr, you know that you will feel it and smooth it out with more confidence.
Bahco’s file range represents the accumulated knowledge of more than 160 years of file production and manufacturing. Bahco is continuously developing and improving their designs by applying innovative manufacturing methods to their production. Bahco delivers consistent performance from their rigorous quality control through to their manufacturing process, from the incoming raw material of the highest grade to the finished products.
Bahco’s guide to picking and understanding the right file makes it easier to grasp an understanding of what essentials you should include in your toolbox. When you are on the tools, Bahco files are all you will need.
Metalworking, woodworking or plastic-working – Bahco’s range of quality files are best to reshape, smoothen or sharpen the task at hand. In addition, these files can be used to maintain your tools, meaning that you can keep your electric saw blades sharper for longer or give a surface a well-needed mirror finish. Bahco files have a narrow, pointed end called the “tang”, and are available with a Bahco ERGO™ handle, or non-handled, and all the files have a hardened steel surface and a series of sharp, parallel teeth.
Which file to use depends on the work material and the desired finish. Bahco files are divided into four main categories: Engineering Files, Needle Files, Sharpening Files and Milled/PANSAR® Files, and cater differently to different work materials.
The “Toothing” of a file can vary in a number of ways. The most common cuts are; Single, Double, Öberg, Diagonal, Milled, PANSAR® and Rasp. The coarseness is then given in the number of whole teeth per centimetre, whole teeth per inch or per centimetres squared. There’s the degrees of coarseness, Bahco’s most common degrees are; Bastard, Second and Smooth.
A very important part of getting the very best results from your files is having the right selection of file handles. Winning awards for Excellent Swedish Design, Bahco’s range of ERGO™ handles are designed to improve safety and comfort, while reducing muscle tension and the risk of injury.
All of Bahco’s file handles are ergonomically designed, following the Bahco ERGO™ process of sustainable efficiency and effectiveness. The ERGO™ process is a scientific approach to developing ergonomic tools. Tools must be perfectly suited for the task, the user and the environment. So far there are some 500 Bahco products that have undergone the ERGO™ process.
Bahco ERGO™ file handles are all about safety and comfort, giving full file shoulder protection to prevent injuries, contoured non-slip grips, and a hole for easy hanging, the handles are made of Polypropylene Plastic (PP) for improved durability
All Bahco files adhere to the following industry standards: ISO 234/1 & /2, DIN File Standards, BS 498:1990, US Fed.spec.GGG-F-325b & -331b.
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