Posted by Lynne Skinner at Tuesday, December 29th, 2020 - 01:31:38 AM in Power Tools
A power tool is an extension of your hands, like Edward Scissor Hands. If you have the right tool and a quality tool, you can create or fix just about anything. One important questions you need to ask yourself is, "What kind of user am I ?" If you are a light homeowner user, you can get away with a less expensive brand such as Black and Decker. A light homeowner user probably will not put a lot of use and abuse on the tools and power is not a big deal. Remember more power usually means more weight in the tool. Black and Decker designs their tools for the light homeowner use. They are quality built and inexpensive.
Concerning the performance of the tools, take a drill as an example. You can purchase a plain drill to drill holes in wood and/or metal; read the description to make sure that it can drill into metal. Most drills do not work well when drilling ceramics, concrete, or masonry things. For that you will need an impact hammer driver-drill along with the proper bits. This tool, just like you would expect, hammers the bit onto the surface beating little pieces off until you get the right size and depth that you want; the more impacts/blows per minute (IPM/BPM) the tool generates, it will get that hole done faster, and the higher the torque, the faster your work will go too. The next step up from the impact hammer driver-drill is the impact driver; this usually has more impacts/blows per minute and more torque to get things done even faster than the impact hammer driver-drill. Similarly, a drill could be fitted with socket type bits to use to attach fasteners or drive bolts, but an impact wrench will get the job done even faster. Also, if you use the right tool for the job, the time and money saved on the job will translate into extending the life of your other tools because a drill-driver used to put a hole in some masonry is going to abuse the tool and shorten its 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.
Other considerations when choosing the appropriate tool to use include the power source and the speed specification. Different tools use different power sources such as electricity, battery or fuel and hence the proper tool should be selected depending on the available power source. Different machines operate at different speeds depending on the work they are designed to perform for example a combination hammer has a high speed that delivers a high impact force and is ideal for chiseling or drilling in hard concrete walls.
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.