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Tongs

TongsThe large wrenches used for turning when making up or breaking out drill pipe, casing, tubing, or other pipe; variously called casing tongs, rotary tongs, and so forth according to the specific use. Power tongs are pneumatically or hydraulically operated tools that spin the pipe up and, in some instances, apply the final makeup torque.*


*This is an abridged version of the Dictionary of Petroleum Terms used with permission from PETEX®, The University of Texas, at Austin. All rights reserved © PETEX 2001.