Commonly Used Tools in Foundry Shop

Foundry shop is the place where the metal casting is prepared by melting and pouring the molten metal into moulds. Some of the commonly used tools in foundry shop for moulding process are showel, trowel, riddle, rammer, draw spike, swab, vent wire and slick tool.


Showel tool
Showel tool is used for mixing and tempering moulding sand and for moving the sand pile to flask.


Trowel tool
Trowel tool is used to shape and smooth the surfaces of the mould and for doing small repairs. They are made of steel and are relatively long and narrow.


Riddle tool
Riddle tool is a screen or sieve used to remove small pieces of metal and foreign particles from the moulding sand.


Rammer tool
Rammer tool is used to compress the moulding sand. The hand rammer is made of tool and resembles like a handless mallet with one end flat and the other end blunt edge.

Draw spike:

Draw spike tool
Draw spike tool is used to remove the pattern from the mould and also used for rapping the pattern gently the loosen it from the sand to assure a clean draw.


Swab tool

Swab tool is made of flax or hemp and is used for applying water to the mould around the corners and edges of the patterns. This tool prevents the sand edges from crumbling, when the pattern removed from the mould.

Vent wire:

Vent wire is a thin rod or wire carrying a pointed edge at one end and a wooden handle at the other end. Vent wire is used to make small holes called vents in the sand mould.

Slick tool:

Slicks tools are the spoon shaped trowels used for repairing or smoothening a mould surface.

Vinodh Reddy is an Editor-in-chief of ME Mechanical. He holds Bachelor of Engineering (Honours) degree in Mechanical Engineering from BITS-Pilani.

All Comments

  • Hi Sir , These are very few that i can find , it will be helpful if you can improve this article by adding few more

    Tejaswi Jul 4, 2016 8:18 pm Reply
    • Can you name few tools that are not covered in this article.

      Vinodh Reddy Chennu Jul 6, 2016 1:33 pm Reply
      • Sprue pipe and Sprue cutter

        subhash Nov 30, 2016 11:24 am Reply
  • Runner
    Gate cutter
    Vent rod
    Strike off bar

    K.naveen kumar Jul 6, 2018 7:41 pm Reply
  • Flask, sprue pin, riser pin, gate cutter, lifter, muffle furnace, ladle

    Rishabh kumar Aug 14, 2019 11:36 pm Reply

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