Posted by Darcy Jarvis at Wednesday, December 23rd, 2020 - 01:35:41 AM in Power Tools
Choosing a power tool that best suits your specific needs can be a rough process, but it's one that certainly deserves your time and attention. Using the wrong power tool can be a completely deflating, disappointing experience - save yourself a world heartache by simply remembering these steps to find the right tool for you:
The electric drill was regarded by most as the first powered hand tool. The first electric drill was patented in Australia on 20th August 1889 an attributed to Arthur James Arnot. This first drill was primarily intended for heavy industrial use and was invented before most communities were even supplied with electricity. In 1917, Black and Decker introduced and patented the pistol grip and also the trigger switch familiar on most products available today. This was the basis of the modern electric drill and later models were soon shipped in thousands. 1961 saw the first battery powered drill and as technology improves and prices fall we are now in a position where the battery powered drills have taken over from the corded big brother.
There are other power tools, such as saws. When using the tools, make sure the tool is secured and apply enough pressure to keep the drill cutting smoothly. Remember that forcing the drill can cause the motor to overheat, damage the bit, and reduce control.
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.
Lastly, if you can, it's good to hold the tool before you buy it. Simply being able to feel the tool in your hands to ensure comfort and functionality can be a big indicator of whether the tool is a good fit. Some manufacturers also offer a (around 30 day) Satisfaction Guarantee - this allows you to use the tool once or twice before determining if you're entirely happy with the investment.