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Files - Metal


Tool, Plant & Equipment Information

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Personal Protective Equipment

Files are typically made from forged steel. The steel generally contains 1.25 to 1.5% carbon. After forging, the blanks are machine straightened, ground and the teeth cut.


File sizes range between manufactures. Common sizes include 150, 200 and 250mm. The length of a file is measured from the shoulder to the point or end of the file.

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