Posted by Adeline Simon at Monday, December 14th, 2020 - 01:38:10 AM in Power Tools
Almost any tool is available now as a cordless or battery operated model; with the improvements in batteries that have been made over the past decade, there is really no need now to use tools with cords that just get in the way and can be dangerous hazards. NiCads and lithiums are the most popular with lithium taking the lead and being the primary battery being manufactured fo most tools now. The main complaint with lithiums is that when they run out of power the just stop with no warning. Some of the manufacturers like DeWalt have started to address this issue by adding battery fuel gauge indicators to give the operator an idea of how the battery is powering down; not all batteries have this feature yet. Some of the companies have made huge strides in how the batteries charge. For example, Makita has a built-in shock absorbing feature and a built-in memory chip in the battery to communicate with the Optimum Charger to allow for a more efficient charge during the charging process to optimize the battery's life by actively controlling the current, voltage, and temperature; the charger has a built-in fan to cool the battery to increase the battery's life. One point to note when using these newer lithium batteries is if they become extremely hot, allow them to cool back down, and watch out that they do not get so hot that they explode.
Some tools come as brushless models now. This increases the efficiency of the motor and cuts down on the maintenance by not having to replace the brushes as they wear down. Keep an eye out for the tools with special clutches that release when the tool binds; this will save replacing your clutch and motor, thereby extending the tool's life.
After reviewing government injury and death statistics, accident case reports and newspaper accounts, Forbes.com reported that the most dangerous are those that include blades, such as circular saws, table saws, chainsaws, riding lawn mowers, wood chippers. However, tools that drill or puncture were also reported to be extremely dangerous. Individuals using these tools should make sure that the tools are equipped with automatic shutoff features and guards. With all power tools, however, it is important to identify ways to prevent injury through the proper use of tools and the appropriate use of protective equipment.
For anyone using power tools having the correct safety equipment and being aware of safety procedures when using power tools is important. Power tools are very dangerous if you are not aware of the safety measures involved when using them. You need to be focused when using power tools, as unlike hand tools power tools can keep going when you don't want them to. Here are some essential factors beginners and general users need to take into account.
Naturally, the purchase price is one thing we are all going to look into. It doesn't matter how great one is, if it is too much for your price range then it can't even be contemplated. Most are reasonably priced but you are going to run across some long lasting, top of the line power tools having a price tag to reflect it.