Posted by Shelley Lowery at Friday, December 25th, 2020 - 01:29:49 AM in Power Tools
The quality of the tools which you purchase can vary considerably. Unless you really cannot afford good quality tools or you just need something to get the job done now and don't want to rent a tool, you should really think about buying for the tool's quality. This is because a well-maintained tool can last for many years, if not your lifetime. The actual cost of the tool spread out over that many years will end up being less costly over the long run as opposed to having to buy several of the same lower quality tools in the same time period. This is why things like the previously mentioned anti-binding clutch-motors, vibration reduction, and battery-charger efficiency and cooling features are so important to extend the life of your new tools while making maintenance easier like with the brushless features and being more efficient at the same time.
Power equipment should not be carried by their cord or hose. Do not yank the cord or hose to disconnect it from a receptacle. If the tool has a three-prong plug, it should be plugged into a three-hold electrical receptacle. If an adapter is used to use a two-prong receptacle, the adapter wire must be attached to a known ground. If you are using an extension cord, make sure it is a heavy duty cord, and do not use indoor rated cords outside. Cords and hoses should be kept away from oil, heat, and sharp edges. When tools are not being used, they should be disconnected, whether they are being stored, being serviced, cleaned, or when accessories are being changed. Individuals not using the power tool should keep a safe distance from the work area to avoid getting hit by flying particles. Use clamps or a vise to secure the project so that both hands are free to operate the tool. Do not hold fingers on the power switch when carrying around a tool. Cutters and blades should be kept sharp, clean, and properly maintained for their best and safest performance.
The project in question is the completion of a tiling job to my covered terrace. The previous owners of this home seemed to be avid tillers. There was tile in virtually every room. The terrace that I was tiling was only about half way done, which made it look totally unfinished. It seems that these folks probably had tile left over after a job and used it when and where they could. In this case it appears that they had enough to start the job, but not finish it. So to finish it correctly…I initially tried to find a matching tile, but was unable to. No matter where I went, I couldn’t find the right color, size or texture. It’s possible that these were specially ordered.
Many hammer/impact type tools have built-in vibration controls, but many do not. That is one feature that varies across the board. Within a certain company, models that are almost identical may or may not have a vibration reduction feature, so if you want this feature, check the specific tool you are interested in very carefully.
Having a mere enthusiasm might jack you up for a trade. However, it will definitely ruin your prospects of being deemed as a master of it. A power tool might seem to be an easy to operate machine, however, it is a mixed bag of complexities that only a certified technician can understand and, relate to.