Posted by Justine Mendez at Wednesday, December 30th, 2020 - 01:58:03 AM in Power Tools
Unplug the tool before changing bits, accessories or attachments. Remember to check what is behind something for possible electrical wiring or pipes in your path. If you see wires, then you should disconnect them and the power source. Avoid water pipes and always hold the tool by the insulated grasping surfaces.
Determine whether you are in the market for a tool kit or if you need only one single tool. Often you may find kits available that include the most frequently used power tools like a drill, impact driver, and reciprocating saw. This is obviously a more expensive investment that buying a drill alone, but if you need these other power tools, its certainly more economical to buy them in a kit than to buy them all separately. This is also helpful if you prefer cordless tools - buying multiple cordless tools from the same manufacturer means you can usually swap a battery between different and multiple tools.
Just recently, I had to have some work performed at my home, and when I looked in the local yellow pages for a craftsman, I was surprised to see independent businesses that from their own admission, not been in business long, offering the same or similar service as the more well known and established businesses. For my own peace of mind I went with an older business, but that may change as time and needs progresses.
One of the most important precautions that should be taken is to make sure that the exposed moving parts of the power tool is covered and safeguarded, including belts, gears, shafts, pulley, sprockets, spindles, drums, flywheels, and chains. The greatest hazard of power tools, however, is electric shock, so make sure the tool is properly grounded before it is powered on. Also, it is dangerous to use power tools in damp or wet locations, as moisture helps electricity flow more easily through the body. This is one of the reasons rubber gloves and footwear are recommended when working outdoors when it is wet or damp.
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.