Safety Warnings


Follow these important safety instructions when using IRWIN hand tools and power tool accessories.

SAFETY INSTRUCTIONS: Failure to follow warnings may result in bodily injury.

Safety Warning

Click a link below to read safety warnings related to certain products.

 

Auger Bits

WARNING: Always read and follow the operating and safety instructions in the power tool owner's manual and the instructions for use of the accessory. Always wear safety goggles to protect your eyes, gloves to protect your hands, and wear other appropriate safety items for protection. Do not drill near live electrical circuits. Do not use a side-to-side movement when drilling. Make sure the backside of the material being drilled is clear of wires, cables, pipes, and other objects that might cause hazards. Do not operate in excess of 2,500 RPMs.

See also: Drill Bits, Woodboring Drill Bits

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Bar Clamps / Spreaders

WARNING: Always wear safety goggles to protect your eyes, and wear other appropriate safety items for protection. Never use the clamp as a load-bearing device to lift, pull, or transport. Doing so may cause serious bodily injury.

NOTE: Spreader application may cause the bar to bend. Excessive force may cause a permanent bend in the bar resulting in reduced clamping performance.

See also: Clamps, Bar Clamps

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Circular Saw Blades--Wood Cutting

WARNING: Always read and follow the operating and safety instructions in the power tool owner's manual and the instructions for use of the accessory. Always wear safety goggles to protect your eyes, and wear other appropriate safety items for protection. Always hold or clamp material firmly while working. Always allow saw to operate at maximum speed. Always be sure blade guard and safety equipment on saw is operating properly. Do not use blade for material other than wood. Do not wear loose clothing that can catch in the spinning blade.

See also: Circular Saw Blades

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Drill Bit Extensions

WARNING: Always read and follow the owner's manual for your power tool and the instructions for use of the accessory. Always wear safety goggles to protect your eyes, and wear other appropriate safety items for protection. Always inspect the bit and the extension prior to use, and do not use them if damage is suspected. Do not use the bit extension in gas or impact power drills. High torque loads from these drills may cause the extension to break, which could cause bodily injury. Only use grooved hex shank accessories with the extension. Non-grooved hex shank accessories will not lock into the extension, and could unexpectedly release while drilling, which may result in bodily injury.

See also: Drill Bits

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Drill Bits

WARNING: Always read and follow the operating and safety instructions in the power tool owner's manual and the instructions for use of the accessory. Always wear safety goggles to protect your eyes, and wear other appropriate safety items for protection. Do not drill near live electrical circuits. Do not use excessive force while drilling. Do not use a side-to-side movement when drilling. Adjust the drilling speed to the job; generally the harder the material being drilled the slower the RPMs.

See also: Drill Bits

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Drill Stands and Gauges

WARNING: Always read and follow the operating and safety instructions in the power tool owner's manual and the instructions for use of the accessory. Always wear safety goggles to protect your eyes, gloves to protect your hands, and wear other appropriate safety items for protection.

See also: Drill Bits

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Extra-Long Flat Bits

WARNING: Always read and follow the operating and safety instructions in the power tool owner's manual and the instructions for use of the accessory. Always wear safety goggles to protect your eyes, gloves to protect your hands, and wear other appropriate safety items for protection. Do not drill near live electrical circuits. Do not use a side-to-side movement when drilling. Make sure the backside of the material being drilled is clear of wires, cables, pipes, and other objects that might cause hazards. Do not operate in excess of 2,500 RPMs. Flat bit recommended turning speed is 1,500 to 2,000 RPMs. Do not use in a drill press.

See also: Drill Bits, Woodboring Drill Bits

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Hole Cutters

WARNING: Always read and follow the operating and safety instructions in the power tool owner's manual and the instructions for use of the accessory. Always wear safety goggles to protect your eyes, gloves to protect your hands, and wear other appropriate safety items for protection. Do not drill near live electrical circuits. Make sure the backside of the material being drilled is clear of wires, cables, pipes and other objects that might cause hazards. Refer to the chart below for recommended drilling speeds. Do not use lubricant with this tool.

Recommended Drill Speeds
Hole Size | RPM Mild Steel | RPM Stainless Steel
3/4" - 1" / 20 mm - 25 mm | 1300 - 1750 | 325 - 450
1" - 1-3/8" / 25 mm - 35 mm | 950 - 1300 | 230 - 325
1-3/8" - 2" / 35 mm - 50 mm | 650 - 950 | 160 - 230
2" - 2-1/2" / 50 mm - 65 mm | 500 - 650 | 125 - 160

See also: Linear Edge

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Marking Tools

WARNING: Always wear safety goggles to protect your eyes, and wear other appropriate safety items for protection.

See also: Marking Tools

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Pliers

WARNING: Always wear safety goggles to protect your eyes, and wear other appropriate safety items for protection.

See also: Pliers & Adjustable Wrenches, Pliers

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Screw Extractor & Drill Sets

WARNING: Always read and follow the operating and safety instructions in the power tool owner's manual and the instructions for use of the accessory. Always wear safety goggles to protect your eyes, and wear other appropriate safety items for protection. Screw extractors are designed for hand application use only. Do not use extractors in power tools. Always use cutting oil with cutting tools. Do not heat the tool. Do not drill near live electrical circuits. Do not use excessive force while drilling. Do not use a side-to-side movement when drilling. Adjust the drilling speed to the job; generally the harder the material being drilled the slower the RPMs. Always maintain a firm footing and control of the tool. Prior to use, always inspect the tool and discard immediately if damage is suspected.

See also: Screw & Bolt Extractors

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Screw Extractors

WARNING: Always wear safety goggles to protect your eyes, and wear other appropriate safety items for protection. For hand application use only, do not use in power tools. Always use cutting oil with cutting tools. Do not heat the tool. Always maintain a firm footing and control of the tool. Prior to use, always inspect the tool and discard immediately if damage is suspected.

See also: Screw & Bolt Extractors, Multi-Spline Screw Extractors

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Standard Length & Short Length Flat Bits

WARNING: Always read and follow the operating and safety instructions in the power tool owner's manual and the instructions for use of the accessory. Always wear safety goggles to protect your eyes, gloves to protect your hands, and wear other appropriate safety items for protection. Do not drill near live electrical circuits. Do not use a side-to-side movement when drilling. Make sure the backside of the material being drilled is clear of wires, cables, pipes, and other objects that might cause hazards. Do not operate in excess of 2,500 RPMs. Flat bit recommended turning speed is 1,500 to 2,000 RPMs.

See also: Drill Bits

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Tap & Drill Sets

WARNING: Always read and follow the operating and safety instructions in the power tool owner's manual and the instructions for use of the accessory. Always wear safety goggles to protect your eyes, and wear other appropriate safety items for protection. Taps are designed for hand application use only. Do not use taps in power tools. Always use cutting oil with cutting tools. Do not heat the tool. Do not drill near live electrical circuits. Do not use excessive force while drilling. Do not use a side-to-side movement when drilling. Adjust the drilling speed to the job; generally the harder the material being drilled the slower the RPMs. Always maintain a firm footing and control of the tool. Prior to use, always inspect the tool and discard immediately if damage is suspected.

See also: Taps, Dies, & Sets

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Taps & Dies

WARNING: Always wear safety goggles to protect your eyes, and wear other appropriate safety items for protection. For hand application use only. Do not use taps or dies in power tools. Always use cutting oil with cutting tools. Do not heat the tool. Always maintain a firm footing and control of the tool. Prior to use, always inspect the tool and discard immediately if damage is suspected.

See also: Taps, Dies, & Sets

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Vise-Grip Locking Tools

WARNING: DO NOT use on live wires. Handle grips DO NOT provide protection against electrical shock. Always wear safety goggles, gloves & other appropriate safety items for protection. Only tighten adjusting screw by hand or with hex key.

See also: Locking Tools

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Woodboring Bits

WARNING: Always read and follow the operating and safety instructions in the power tool owner's manual and the instructions for use of the accessory. Always wear safety goggles to protect your eyes, gloves to protect your hands, and wear other appropriate safety items for protection. Do not drill near live electrical circuits. Do not use a side-to-side movement when drilling. Make sure the backside of the material being drilled is clear of wires, cables, pipes, and other objects that might cause hazards.

See also: Drill Bits, Woodboring Drill Bits

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IRWIN Metal Cutting Circular Saw Blades

Metal cutting circular saw blades are intended for use on dedicated metal cutting saws which run at reduced RPMs. See the application guide for recommended saw usage for IRWIN Metal Cutting Circular Saw Blades.

See also: Circular Saw Blades

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