Posted by Patrice Cummings at Tuesday, December 29th, 2020 - 01:28:47 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.
Another way is to buy a 'bundle' of tools together; this may also be referred to as a 'combo' deal or package. This is when two or more tools are boxed together with a certain amount of savings. This savings increases with the number and types of pieces included. One thing to think about here is which tools are ones that you will actually put to use; if you never use one of these tools, you are wasting your money on its purchase. You could think ahead as to what projects that you will be doing; many of the specialty tools can actually save you valuable time by doing special jobs quicker, more efficiently, and with higher quality results. Take the reciprocating saw. You could use another type of saw depending what materials you would be working with like a hack saw, keyhole saw, or a general hand saw, but by using the reciprocating saw, the job is done in no time with a much cleaner cut. Another example is the rotary hammer which is excellent to use when you work with a project dealing with concrete. You may want to drill in some holes which would take forever using other means. See how much time and money you can save with this tool. Yes, you could go out and rent one, but if you have it right in your power tool box, then you save the time, gas, and money it takes you to run off your job to rent one. So think about those projects that you have coming up in the future. These combo deals can be anywhere from a couple of tools to fifteen tools or more. There are many different assortments of the tools within these different combos to pick from, so choose the one which fits your needs. The battery-powered tool bundles usually come with several batteries and a charger or two depending on the size of the bundle. This way of buying tools can save you a bundle in the long run and resulting in you always having the right tool for the right job on hand.
Power tools allow humans to perform difficult task easier and accurately. If used correctly, you can professionally complete any project very efficiently and effectively. Many individuals choose to invest in a set of power tools to make small improvements on their house. You may want to remodel your home to make changes to increase the value of your house or fix something that was broken.
The first, and perhaps most important step begins with determining your degree and type of use. Simple household maintenance requires an entirely different set of tools than do industrial projects. Of course, you may use industrial grade tools to tighten your cupboards and door jambs but this isn't always realistic - nor is it ever a good idea to use sub-par power equipment on a professional project. You want to make sure you invest in the best power tools for the applications they'll be used for - for example, you wouldn't use a steak knife to spread butter on bread just as you wouldn't use a butter knife to tear into a top sirloin. - If you go to your circular saw, power drill, or another power tool. only a few times each year, it's certainly not necessary to buy the most powerful tools on the market, however, if you use your tools often and heavily, you'll definitely want to throw down a few more dollars for a higher-quality tool.
With the most recent improvements in plastics, many of these performance power tools now have softer hand holds and lighter weight as well as better ergonomics to allow the user to work more comfortably for longer periods of time which means less time off a job to rest, and in turn, time and money saved overall.