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What are the different parts of brick tongs?

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Brick tong handle

This is the long handle located on top of the brick tongs, that when lifted, locks bricks or blocks together using a cantilever action. The handle does not just clamp bricks/blocks, but enables single handed lifting. A number of brick tongs contain a soft grip handle while other tongs handles are all the same material. This is the long handle located on top of the brick tongs, that when lifted, automatically locks bricks or blocks together using a cantilever action.

By clamping bricks or blocks, the handle enables single-handed lifting. Some brick tongs incorporate a soft grip handle for a more comfortable hold.

These brick tongs are similar, however they do not contain a soft grip handle. The handle on this specific set of tongs is attached to the outer arm as opposed to the inner arm. These are also ideal for lifting between 6 to 10 bricks at a time. The handle may be attached to the inner or outer arm of the brick tong.
The soft grip handle, made of rubber, with finger grooves, is situated on the end of the handle. Finger grooves give the user a more secure grip and control while carrying bricks/blocks. Finally the soft grip handle gives you as the user a more comfortable experience while using this instrument.

Soft grip

Some brick tongs have a soft grip handle which is made of rubber and often has finger grooves for additional comfort. Finger grooves also give the user a more secure grip and control while carrying bricks or blocks.

Brick tong arms

This is the arm that is not attached to the handle. Adjusting the arm changes the number of bricks the tongs can carry. The arms of brick tongs are the horizontal sections which slot into one another to form the body of the tool.

Adjustable length arm

Most brick tongs have adjustable arms, which allow the user to increase or decrease the reach of the tool providing the most suitable weight for users to carry.

The two arms which are slotted into each other, have openings, which must be aligned when setting a length. When you have chosen your desired length the arms are locked using a bolt and wing nut.

Openings

The arms have a row of around 6 six holes along its length. These are aligned and locked in place with a bolt and wingnut.

Where the openings line up, a bolt is placed through both arms. Once the bolt is through, a wing nut is screwed on to the end of the bolt to securely tighten and lock both arms in place.

Bolt and wingnut

The bolt and wingnut allow adjustments to the tools capacity without the need for additional tools.

This brick tongs on the left have a lifting capacity of 400 to 670 mm (16 to 26 in) meaning they are able to carry 6 to 10 bricks in one go. The brick tongs have an electroplated finish to prevent corrosion. Only some tongs have this finish and others available have a gloss painted finish.

Lifting capacity

The brick tongs on the left have a lifting capacity of 400 to 670mm (16-26″) meaning they are able to carry 6 to 10 bricks in one go, depending on the brick size.

Some brick tongs have an electroplated finish to prevent corrosion. Only some tongs have this finish and others available have a gloss painted finish.

Bring tong fixed or anchored end (clamp)

The fixed/anchored end of the clamp is attached to the adjustable arm. It is the jaw that is in a fixed position that supports the bricks/blocks when they are forced against it.

The fixed end of the clamp is attached to the adjustable arm. It is the jaw that is in a fixed position and is used to support the bricks or blocks when they are forced against it.

Brick tong free end (clamp)

The opposite jaw of the clamp is attached to the end of the handle. So when the handle is lifted it moves the jaw towards the center of the tongs where the bricks/blocks are placed and will push against them, clamping in place. The free end of the clamp is attached to the handle. When the handle is lifted, it moves the jaw towards the centre of the tongs where the bricks or blocks are placed and will push against them, clamping against the fixed end.