The crowbar is a single metal bar with a single curved end and flattened points, often with a small fissure on one or both ends for removing nails or to force apart two objects. The iron lever is commonly used to open nailed wooden crates or pry apart boards.
Crowbars are known by many names – pry bar, wrecking bar, jimmy, prise bar, or pinch bar. They are traditionally made of iron or high carbon steel. The modern crowbar tool can also be made of stainless steel or even titanium.
Crowbars are utility-driven hand tools. Before purchasing a crowbar, one must know the different types of materials it can be made of. Tata Agrico manufactures high quality crowbar tools, promising high strength and durability.
Let us take a look at the different materials a crowbar can be made of. The type of metal used will determine the tool’s quality and performance.
Strong and Cheap – Iron
Undoubtedly, iron is the most common and oldest metal used when it comes to manufacturing hand tools. A big reason for this is the easy availability of iron in many parts of the world. It is also the cheapest option. Iron is also popular due to the high strength and toughness of the material. Any crowbar tool made of iron will definitely be strong and sturdy. But however, there are also a few drawbacks. Tools made of iron are easily susceptible to corrosion when exposed to excessive moisture and sunlight. Thus, durability is not promised. If you purchase an iron crowbar, then you need to maintain it with great care.
High Yield Strength – Carbon Steel
Carbon steel is an alloy of carbon and other metals. It comprises of around 0.2 – 2% carbon content, the presence of which makes the carbon steel stronger and harder than other materials such as iron. It also has a high yield strength – a measure of stress at which a particular metal deforms. Crowbars which are designed for lifting heavy items are often made of this material to be able to withstand heavy loads. But remember, carbon steel is also quite susceptible to corrosion.
Corrosion Free – Stainless Steel
Just like carbon steel, stainless steel is another alloy of steel which comprises of 11% chromium. The chromium forms an oxide on the surface of the material which protects the crowbar tool from any kind of rust or corrosion. Exposure to moisture or sunlight will not cause any harm to the tool. Of course, stainless steel is a bit more expensive than iron. A crowbar made of stainless steel can assure long durability.
Strongest, lightweight, corrosion free – Titanium
Titanium is one of the strongest materials for tool making, but it is also very expensive. The metal is much lighter in weight compared to steel, but it is also a lot stronger. A titanium crowbar tool weighs 40% less than a steel crowbar of the same size. Titanium is also less dense and has a lower modulus of elasticity which helps them to easily reform elasticity and have a better capacity to deal with pressure. It has a tensile strength and will not brittle when struck against a hard surface. The material will also not catch rust when exposed to sunlight or moisture.
If you’re looking for the best crowbars in the market, Tata Agrico is your answer. Made of prime and high carbon steel with low phosphorous and sulphur content, their crowbar tools have a strength to withstand up to 60 kg load. Ranging from agricultural to industrial hand tools, Tata Agrico is a trusted brand name.