Tools You Need to Start Metalworking

Metalworking is a fun hobby that can turn into an extra source of income as you become more skilled.  While the tools you need will depend on the specific projects you’re working on, here is a general overview of the top metalworking tools you should purchase when you’re just getting started.

Die Grinder

A die grinder is a handheld tool used to polish, grind, hone, sand or machine metal. You’ll eventually want to get a variety of sizes, but some experts recommend that you start with a 1/4-inch die grinder. Both air and electric die grinders work very well.


A bandsaw is commonly used in metalworking and woodworking. It consists of a long band of toothed metal that stretches between at least two wheels. It’s very sharp and effective at cutting through various materials and generally cuts through metal safer and easier than a handheld saw or cut-off wheel.

Hang Swager

You’ll need a hand swager to help you bend and manipulate metal into the form you want. A swage is a shaped tool that can be used in conjunction with hammering or pressure to change the shape of a metal object. It can also be used to put sleeves on cables.

Metal Nibbler

Even though the name might induce a chuckle, the metal nibbler is a very handy tool in metalworking. It can be used to cut sheet metal into the desired shape with very little distortion. It works much like a punch tool and removes small bits of metal at a time.

Press Brake

When you need to bend sheet metal, you’ll want to have a press brake nearby. This helpful tool clamps the piece you’re working on between a matching die and punch to form predetermined bends in the metal.

These helpful tools will get you started with your metalworking hobby or business. As you become more skilled you’ll want to add more tools to your arsenal so you can do even more.