The 9 Best Hand Reamers
This wiki has been updated 10 times since it was first published in August of 2019. Whether you’re a professional repair person or a home DIYer, you might occasionally find yourself faced with a hole that needs to be a little bigger. You could try to drill it out, hoping for accuracy, or you could use one of these nifty hand reamers, instead. They enlarge with precision to provide smooth edges and a dependable diameter. We've included adjustable and standard options. When users buy our independently chosen editorial selections, we may earn commissions to help fund the Wiki. If you'd like to contribute your own research to the Wiki, please get started by reviewing this introductory video.
September 04, 2019:
Because we know that hand reamers can be used for a variety of purposes, we’ve elected to add a range of options that should suit various needs. These include the Klein Tools Conduit-Fitting Screwdriver, perfect for electricians; the General Tools 481, for anyone who needs to ream and deburr pipe; and the Engineer TR-02, which is a general-purpose model for tackling a range of tasks. We also added the Cal-Hawk 2-Piece set as a general-duty choice, but it's not quite as robust as the Engineer option. It comes with two sizes for roughly the same cost, though, so it may be useful when wider sizing options are preferred over durability. Professionals, including those who work in auto repair, might also like the CME Tools A-K Set, which boasts 11 pieces — and a relatively large price tag. We also decided to add the StewMac Standard Peghole, even though it’s something of a specialist tool. Only those working on guitars and certain stringed instruments will need it, but for those who do, it can certainly come in handy.