What are the parts of tack lifter?
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The parts of a tack lifter include a handle, a shaft and a forked blade at a 45-degrees angle. Read our full guide on the parts of a tack lifter to find out more!
Tack lifter blade
|There are many different makes and models of tack lifter, and their blades come in various shapes and sizes.
The blade is split and forked into a “V” shape; it may be quite narrow and sharp or quite wide and flat but they are all designed for the same purpose – lifting tacks.
Why does it have an angled blade?
Because the blade is cranked to a 45° angle to the shaft, when slid underneath a tack, the handle becomes elevated and allows the user to apply much greater leverage.
What is leverage?
Leverage is a mechanical advantage gained by using a lever. A basic lever consists of a lever stick and a pivot point. You can change the amount of force you impart onto a load by increasing or decreasing the distance between the end of the lever you apply effort to and the pivot point.
Why is the blade “V” shaped?
The “V” shaped forked blade of a tack lifter is specially designed so that it can be slotted around the body and underneath the head of a carpet or upholstery tack.
|Slotting the tack lifter’s blade underneath the head of the tack and applying downward force to the handle, coupled with the leverage created by the 45° angle, allows you to lift the tack upwards and out of the material it is embedded in.
Tack lifter shaft
|The shaft (sometimes called a “shank”) is a simple steel rod that connects the blade of the tack lifter to the handle. When the the blade is horizontal, the shank is cranked at a 45° angle. This elevation allows the user to apply leverage to the tack they wish to remove.
What does “cranked” mean?
Cranked simply means: given a bend. When a tool has a “cranked” shaft it means it has been bent for a particular reason, in this case to create leverage.
Tack lifter handle
|The handle of a tack lifter is the part of the tool that the user holds. They come in a wide range of shapes, sizes and materials.