Category Archives: Hand Tools

Snap-on Industrial Now Rebranded as Williams

Striving to tap into the “workhorse” line of tools that have long represented the Williams® brand, Snap-on Industrial Brands will now be known as Williams®.

Symbolic of the Williams® brand, the workhorse prides itself on putting its head down, working hard, and delivering valuable results. This same level of dedication is found in all Williams® tools. Williams® is designed for industrial technicians who rely on strong, trusted tools that are engineered to withstand the demanding needs of harsh environments.

Williams® has a rich history of working with industrial professionals since 1882. Today with world-class factories across the United States, our tools are ready to work; offering a wide variety of hand tools, Tools@Height, torque tools, as well as industrial hydraulics, and more. Focusing on industries such as oil and gas, manufacturing, maintenance, power generation, mining, assembly, facility maintenance, and metal fabrication, our tools are performing alongside hardworking professionals every day. Whether it’s micrometer adjustable torque wrenches, flextensions, adjustable pliers, Supertorque™ screwdrivers, prybars, hi-vis combination wrenches, 1/2″ impact sockets, and more, Williams® brings an industrial-grade engineered workmanship to jobs in critical industries.

Williams purposefully built assortment features more than 8,000 SKUs; specific tool categories include:

  • Torque toolsworker-at-heights
  • Sockets and drive tools
  • Wrenches
  • Tool storage
  • Master tool sets
  • Tools for the trade
  • Pliers
  • Screwdrivers
  • Tools@Height
  • Hammers
  • Pipe tools
  • C-clamps
  • Hydraulics
  • Punches and chisels
  • Prybars
  • Insulated tools

Learning about Williams products and selecting the right tool for the job is the goal of Williams new website: The site provides enhanced navigation and search functionality to give technicians fast and easy access to product information, including specs, videos, and more. The site is also responsive for use on mobile devices, can be personalized to create your own tool wish list, and contains a distributor locator to make buying tools a seamless process.

In addition to the new website, the Williams Catalog OG1 is digitally available at

“By focusing exclusively on Williams, we can increasingly become simpler to do business with, be purposeful in our assortment and provide value for the end-user via a knowledgeable sales organization,” said Bill Davis – Vice President, Industrial Distribution. “At Williams, we believe selling a product is more than an exchange of tools. You will work with industrial tool professionals whose experience in the field and the factory to help you make smart, safe decisions for your business.”

For more information on the new Williams and its workhorse line of tools, visit; email; or call 800-456-2658.

Learn What Makes Wood’s Powr-Grip Vacuum Cups the Go-To Tool

A Staple in the Glass Industry for Over 50 Years

Wood’s Powr-Grip Vacuum Cups were designed specifically for glass handling and have been the go-to tool of the glass industry and glaziers around the world. These pump style vacuum cups, allow the user to “put a handle” where they need it, when they need it on: flat glass, curved/bent glass, auto glass, pattern glass, stone or any nonporous material. Unlike regular suction cups, Wood’s Powr-Grip Vacuum Cups have the ability to create a more reliable hold. They also have the ability to be used on glasses of almost any thickness with little risk of damage, due to the full face of the vacuum pad creating contact with the glass. The release of the material being handled is quick and easy, with no “after-stick” or residue left behind.

Wood’s Powr-Grip Vacuum Cups Available at TannerN4950

Wood’s Powr-Grip 8″ Flat Vacuum Cup with Metal Handle

  • Tanner Item ID: WPG N4950 (Buy Now on Tanner)
  • Pad Diameter: 8″ (20 cm)
  • Load Capacity: 125 lbs (57 kg)
  • Surface Texture: Smooth
  • Material Porosity: Nonporous
  • Allowable Surface Curvature: Flat
  • Fast attach and release
  • Red-line indicator warns user of any significant vacuum loss
  • Supplied with protective carrying case

Wood’s Powr-Grip 10″ Concave Vacuum Cup with Metal Handlen6450

  • Tanner Item ID: WPG N6450 (Buy Now on Tanner)
  • Pad Diameter: 10″ (25 cm)
  • Load Capacity: 175 lbs (79 kg)
  • Surface Texture: Smooth
  • Material Porosity: Nonporous
  • Allowable Surface Curvature: Curved
  • Minimum Radius for Curved Loads: 13″ (330 mm)
  • Minimum Material Thickness: 1/4″ (6.35 mm)
  • Also attaches to flat surfaces, requires more pumping than hand cups for flat surfaces
  • Durable metal handle
  • Red-line indicator warns user of any significant vacuum loss
  • Comes with protective carrying case

Wood’s Powr-Grip 10″ Concave Vacuum Cup with ABS HandleN6000

  • Tanner Item ID: WPG N6000 (Buy Now on Tanner)
  • Pad Diameter: 10″ (25 cm)
  • Load Capacity: 175 lbs (79 kg)
  • Surface Texture: Smooth
  • Material Porosity: Nonporous
  • Allowable Surface Curvature: Curved
  • Minimum Radius for Curved Loads: 13″ (330 mm)
  • Minimum Material Thickness: 1/4″ (6.35 mm)
  • Fast attach and release
  • Red-line indicator warns user of any significant vacuum loss
  • Supplied with protective carrying case

Cold Weather Restrictions for Vacuum Hand Cups

  • Wood’s Powr-Grip Vacuum Cups are not designed for use at temperatures below 10° F or above 120° F (-12 & 49° C).
  • The use of Powr-Grip Vacuum Cups at temperatures below 10° F is not recommended.

Learn How to Use Wood’s Powr-Grip Handheld Vacuum Cups

How To Properly Clean Your Wood’s Powr-Grip Vacuum Pads

Celebrate the Holiday, Shop USA Made Products from Tanner


Shop, Build, Thrive with American Made Products

With the 4th of July right around the corner, there is no better time than now to celebrate this great country and shop for American made products. Most consumers when given the choice, would choose to buy American made products due to a number of factors. When you buy American made products, you are helping to support local businesses, contributing to domestic job growth and keeping American manufacturing strong in the global economy. Along with all of this, most of this time you will be buying a superior product when compared to imports.

Proud to Carry USA Made Products

Tanner is proud to carry an extensive number of USA made products, due to their exceptional quality and high performance. With such a wide variety of products to choose from, our customers are sure to find a number of American made tools, fasteners & industrial supplies for all of their needs. To help celebrate the 4th of July we have decided to help our customers easily find and shop for some of our best selling USA made products. Read on to find a wide selection of USA made fasteners, abrasives, cutting tools, hand tools, safety equipment and much more.

Shop Some of Our Top American Made Products at Tanner

Below are some of our best selling American made products, when shopping look for the banner below to identify our USA Made products.


USA Made Fasteners

USA Made Anchors

USA Made Abrasives

USA Made Saw Blades

USA Made Lifting & Rigging Products

USA Made Hand Tools

USA Made Safety Equipment


Introducing the Brand New XLT Tapper Tool

Champion Cutting Tools is Changing the Way You Tap Holes Forever

Tap More Holes. Save More Time. Create Precise Threads.

Champion Cutting Tools was looking for a solution to easily and efficiently tap a large number of holes without having to lug around a big bulky tool. And what they came up with was the perfect tool for tapping holes on the go, introducing the Brute Platinum XLT Tapper Tool. The XLT Tapper was designed to increase the tapping productivity when threading a large amount of holes in ferrous and non-ferrous metals. Far exceeding the competition and traditional ways of tapping, the XLT Tapper taps holes 10X faster than handheld tapping using a tap wrench.Tapper Action

  • High Performance:
    • Tap 10X Faster Than Hand Tapping
    • Less Tap Breakage Increases Productivity
    • Powerful 450 Watt Motor
  • High Tech:
    • Automatic Reversing Action
    • Consistent Speed Control for Precise Threading and Less Tap Breakage

If you work in the architectural metal and glass, steel fabrication, elevator maintenance, automotive, MRO or other similar industries… the XLT Tapper is the perfect tool for you! The XLT Tapper has been specifically engineered for heavy duty jobs, whether you are on site or in the shop. Able to tap steel / ferrous materials from #10 up to 9/16″ (14mm) and aluminum / non-ferrous materials from #10 up to 5/8″ (16mm). Boasting high tech features like the auto reverse, speed control and pivoting tap collet to help reduce tap breakage – saving you time and money on the job.

  • High Capacity:
    • Fits standard Square Shank Taps
    • Can Tap Steel/Ferrous Materials from #10 up to 9/16″ (14mm)
    • Can Tap Aluminum/Non-Ferrous Materials from #10 up to 5/8″ (16mm)

Champion Cutting Tools not only wanted to design the perfect tapping tool, they also wanted it to be user friendly. With that in mind, the XLT Tapper is easy to use and extremely lightweight (only 6 lbs.). Featuring a depth-stop control threading depth, along with a spindle clutch for safer jam-free tapping. To optimize effectiveness and for fast and easy tapping, be sure to use Brute Platinum XL22 Spiral Point Taps with BruteLube Cutting Fluid. The XLT Tapper is the newest addition to the Brute Platinum Family at Champion Cutting Tools, the perfect heavy duty tools for your heavy duty jobs!

XLT Tapper

XLT Tapper Highlights


Tanner 2016 / 2017 Line Card Out Now!

Tanner is an Authorized Distributor of All of the Products On Our Line Card

Tanner, a trusted provider to the industrial & construction industries, has been providing its customers with premier brands and top of the line products for over 35 years. Please take the time to look over, download, and share our new 2016 Line Card. On the New Tanner 2016 / 2017 Line Card you will find a number of our top selling products frequently purchased from us.

You can download the Tanner 2016 / 2017  Line Card here or you can check it out in our newly revamped Resource Center. In the Resource Center you will also find product videos, useful selection guides, and much more!

Our most recent additions to the Resource Center are: Safety in Lifting – Sling Inspections Video and Choosing a 3M™ Safety Harness Guide PDF.


Quick Facts About Commonly Used Hammers

All Hammers Are Not Created Equally

A hammer is a hand tool that is used to strike an object or material. Hammers can be used for a number of different purposes including: driving nails into wood, metalworking, and demolition applications. With such a wide variety of shapes, sizes, and styles it can be difficult to choose the correct hammer for the job at hand. Read on to learn more about commonly used hammer styles and how to select the correct hammer for the job.

Ball Pein Hammers  Ball Pein Hammers

Ball Pein Hammers are also known as machinist’s hammers. The heads of ball pein hammers are harder then claw hammers, making them less likely to chip upon impact. These hammers are widely used in metalworking applications such as: driving punches & chisels, setting rivets, and bending & shaping metal. Ball pein hammers can come in a variety of styles: straight-pein, diagonal-pein, and cross-pein.

Brass Hammers  Brass Hammer

Brass Hammers are used in places where you don’t want a spark from metal contact, usually the Oil & Gas Industry. Because brass hammers are made of a soft metal they do not damage the material they are contacting, but instead the damage is only done to the hammer. Brass hammers can be used to knock bearings into place and for other similar applications where a steel hammer would cause damage.

Dead Blow Hammers Dead Blow Hammers

Dead Blow Hammers are specialized mallets that are designed to minimize the damage done to the struck object, as well as controlling the striking force with minimal rebound from the struck surface. Dead blow hammers commonly have a hollow head that are partially filled with steel / lead shot, or sand. This helps distribute the energy of the strike over a longer period of time. Dead blow hammers may also have a solid head made out of rubber or resilient plastic, this helps to adsorb shock and reduce rebound. Dead blow hammers are commonly used in tight spaces due to the minimal rebound, to help avoid accidental damage.

Carpenter’s Hammers  Carpenter's Hammers

Carpenter’s (Nailing) Hammers are used  for driving nails, removing nails, and prying apart lumber. The two most common types of Carpenter’s hammers are Framing Hammers & Claw Hammers. Framing hammers have a straight claw and are typically used for framing wooden houses. Their heavy head, long handle, and milled face allow them to quickly drive nails into lumber. Claw hammers have a more curved shape claw than framing hammers. The rounded end and long handle are used to gain leverage to help extract nails from wood.

Sledgehammers Sledgehammers

Sledgehammers may be categorized as a hand tools, but these tools are much larger than your typical hammer. Due to their size, sledgehammers they are used for jobs that require more force than a standard hammer. The large head and longer handle are designed to apply a large amount of force over a small area. Sledgehammers can be used to drive rebar & stakes, as well as breaking up concrete and other demolition jobs.

Hammers Available at Tanner

Tanner offers its customers a wide variety of hammers, including all the styles mentioned above. Shop for all your hammering needs here in Tanner’s Hammer Department. Don’t forget using hammers can be dangerous if the proper safety equipment is not being used, always be sure to have the proper Eye Protection and Work Gloves at all times when using hammers.

Get a Grip on Life with CarryMate Material Handling Products

The new tile floor is installed, cabinets are hung, and now there is only one more hurdle before the office lounge is fully renovated. Unfortunately, that last hurdle happens to be the one that you’ve been dreading since the beginning. Staring you and your workers in the face is a 8′ x 4′, 420 lbs. slate of granite. Your workers stand around looking at each other thinking,  how are we going to move this? Will my back hold up lifting this weight? What if we lose grip and smash the new tile floor?

Eliminate all these questions and concerns by grabbing a pair of CarryMate Transport Grips. Made of sturdy aluminum with self-adjusting clamps, these transport grips will allow you to lift up to 220 lbs. per grip (440 lbs. per pair). Not only can you lift sheet materials with ease, but with the CarryMate Transport Grips, you don’t have to worry about the material slipping out and causing a safety hazard. These grips are absolutely slip-proof and covered with a special coating so that even the most polished materials will remain scratch-free during transport. The grips can be placed wherever is most suitable for the user, allowing their carrying arm to remain straight and more relaxed. The CarryMates one-handed design allows the user can use their free hand to support the material or move obstacles out of the way. The CarryMate Transport Grips come in three different sizes: CarryMate 5 – span width 0 – 80 mm., CarryMate Senior – span width 40 – 120 mm., and CarryMate XL – span width 80 – 160 mm. Come pick out the right CarryMate Transport Grip for you here.

CarryMate Transport Grips
CarryMate Transport Grips

Along with the CarryMate Transport Grips, there are also the CarryMate T-Grips. These grips operate the same way as the Transport Grips, but instead, they are designed for two users per grip. This design allows for more even weight distribution and less stress on the users. The T-Grips are also made with sturdy aluminum and feature the same self-adjusting, slip-proof clamps. Just like the Transport Grips, each grip can hold up to 220 lbs. (440 lbs. per pair). T-Grips come in three sizes: CarryMate TG 80 – span width 0 – 80 mm., CarryMate TG 120 – span width 40 – 120 mm., and CarryMate TG 160 – span width 80 – 160 mm.

CarryMate T-Grips
CarryMate T-Grips

For easy installation of doors and drywall, you need to check out our CarryMate Portman panel and door swivel lifters. They come in two styles: the CarryMate Portman XL and CarryMate Portman XXL. Made from steel these swivel lifters are made to last. They will lift, swivel, and lower materials all with the control of your foot. The Portman XL will lift up to 250 lbs. and the Portman XXL will lift up to 440 lbs. Make your life easier and come check our selection of all these CarryMate material handle products here on

CarryMate Portman Swivel Lifters
CarryMate Portman Swivel Lifters