A tool is something made with the purpose of making it easier and easier to prepare a task or mechanical activity that must be carried out with the application of energy and correct force. The word tool originates from the Latin ferramenta.
The tools are usually composed of resistant materials such as iron, in this way they are more durable and even facilitate various types of work both mechanical and handmade.
There is a great diversity of tools and each one of them fulfills one or more functions, since generally although in principle they are intended to be used for a specific activity, they can also be used in various tasks.
The tools have been elaborated by the human being since the prehistoric era, from the simplest tools to the most complex and modern ones that are known today in order to facilitate performing various tasks.
The first tools used by man were the stones, bones and sticks that were used for hunting, making fire and even cleaning prey hunted.
These tools have been modified in format and function as human beings have evolved. Therefore, the most complex and specialized tools have emerged from the simplest tools.
Types of tools
There are a large number of tools according to their function, but in general terms it can be classified very simply as: hand tools and mechanical tools.
The hand tools are those that are used by applying muscular strength, that is, directly from the arm and hand of the person who uses it and without using electricity.
Among these tools can be named: the hammer, screwdrivers, tweezers, various types of keys, the lever, the file, among others.
Manuelas tools are often used in various craft activities. For example, people who work with wood and in it make various silhouettes or carvings, use as a tool the gouge, the saw, the form and other necessary tools.
On the other hand, mechanical tools work through electric power and / or motor or machine and perform much more complex tasks than hand tools and are generally used in construction or various types of repair.
Among them the drill, the lathe, the electric saw, the hydraulic jack, the emery, among others.
For example, throughout a remodeling, people often use the mechanical tools, not only because of the type of work that must be carried out, but because on many occasions only with one of these tools is that a task can be performed how to open a small hole in the wall to introduce a screw.
The tools can also be distinguished according to their function, whether mounting, clamping, punching, joining and measuring, cutting and tracing.
The assembly tools are those used either for tightening or loosening an object, typically screws. Among these are screwdrivers and various types of hand wrenches.
The clamping tools are those used to hold parts, including pliers and pliers.
The striking tools are those that are employed just to hit something, like the hammer and mallet.
The joining and measuring tools are used in more complex jobs and with which people should be more cautious in their use, among these are the welding and soldering machines.
The cutting machines are used just to cut objects in different parts as needed. Among them are manual or mechanical saws, chisels, scissors, among others.
The stroke tools are those that are used to measure proportions, such as the square game, compass, rules, meters, among others.
Other uses of the word tool
The word tool not only denotes a working instrument, it can also be used to mention the various computer or programming tools that exist in the area of computing and systems.
The term tool is also used to refer to a knife or dagger and, on the other hand, to indicate the horns of some animals such as the bull’s or the teeth of a person.