Insulated tools and spark-resistant tools are similar in that they are designed to protect you from harm, however they do also differ in many ways. As any professional working in the industry will know, you’re faced with different situations every day, meaning you have to be prepared for any eventuality, right down to your toolkit.
For example, an instance where different types of tools are required is when working around flammable gases, liquids or other chemicals. In situations like these, it is essential to use tools, which don’t create a spark, as this could be potentially fatal for the user.
However the main difference between these two types of tools lies in the materials they are made from. Insulated tools are usually made from steel alloys and are insulated with a polymer, rubber or plastic. Our range is a prime example of these types of tools, with strong, precise blades and durable, conveniently designed handles.
Insulted tools are designed to protect users from voltages ranging from 1000 to 10,000V, but they may still cause a spark. In contrast to this, non-sparking tools are made from brass, bronze or copper alloys. The biggest issue with these metals is they are soft and not nearly as durable as steel tools.
It’s important to assess the situation you have at hand to ensure you’re using the correct tools in the safest manner. Although insulated tools are essential for any electrician, non-sparking tools also have their uses and shouldn’t be disregarded because they don’t have as long shelf life.
To see our full range of insulated hand tools, please look on our online store – we’ve got everything from insulated bolt cutters and insulated screwdrivers to personal protection equipment. If you would like any more information, please don’t hesitate to get in touch with us.