Posted by Gwen Romero at Wednesday, December 30th, 2020 - 01:56:57 AM in Power Tools
Users should verify the electrical test label at the time of purchasing new one. They should know all applications, limitations and potential hazards of power tools. Power tools must be operated as per the instructions of manufacturer. They should timely inspect tool for loose or broken switches and other problems.
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.
The brief history just serves to illustrate the development of the drill and close on the heels of the drill were many other corded and cordless power tools. Mains powered devices operate on a variety of voltages 120v in the US and in Europe we operate on two voltages. We have 220-240v powered tools normally used in the home and for the less demanding applications whereas in the construction arena health and safety demands 110v units powered by 220-240v to 110v transformers. Battery powered tools use different battery types and operate at different voltages. The power screwdriver is the least demanding of the electrically operated tools in the power toolbox and may be supplied with as little as 3.6v batteries. The capability of the batteries has increased year by year as we have seen battery technology move gently from 9.6v to 36v such that we now have tools supplied with batteries rated at 12v, 14.4v, 18v, 24v and 36v. Needless to say the 36v tools are much more expensive than the 12v tools. The development in battery technology has been considerably more than just building larger battery packs. The latest batteries are Lithium-ion or Li-Ion batteries which enable more battery power to be delivered and batteries can be quickly recharged.
Protective gloves are also a must. Make sure too there is no clothing you are wearing that could potentially get caught in the equipment. The need to protect your fingers is crucial as there are many common accidents where people have accidentally cut their finger off due to a distraction or a lack of concentration. You also need to protect fingers by making sure they are in no contact with any blades, and this can be done by making sure the blades are no longer active when finished. This can also be helped by leaving on safety control settings that some power tools have.
Make sure you understand how to use the tools before starting any project. However, if the job is complicated, it is advisable you hire a contractor who can complete the project professionally.