Posted by Lynne Skinner at Thursday, November 19th, 2020 - 01:59:13 AM in Power Tools
Almost any tool is available now as a cordless or battery operated model; with the improvements in batteries that have been made over the past decade, there is really no need now to use tools with cords that just get in the way and can be dangerous hazards. NiCads and lithiums are the most popular with lithium taking the lead and being the primary battery being manufactured fo most tools now. The main complaint with lithiums is that when they run out of power the just stop with no warning. Some of the manufacturers like DeWalt have started to address this issue by adding battery fuel gauge indicators to give the operator an idea of how the battery is powering down; not all batteries have this feature yet. Some of the companies have made huge strides in how the batteries charge. For example, Makita has a built-in shock absorbing feature and a built-in memory chip in the battery to communicate with the Optimum Charger to allow for a more efficient charge during the charging process to optimize the battery's life by actively controlling the current, voltage, and temperature; the charger has a built-in fan to cool the battery to increase the battery's life. One point to note when using these newer lithium batteries is if they become extremely hot, allow them to cool back down, and watch out that they do not get so hot that they explode.
Just what qualities are you looking for in a specific power tool? Do not get caught up in all the features that one may give. You might end up paying a great deal more for one which includes features you do not expect to ever use. Take a close look at those features though because you will possibly find a couple you are able to really employ that you didn't think of. That could certainly make a specific model more appealing to you.
A veritable power tool power house, the Craftsman brand was coined by the Sears company in 1927. At first, the company primarily manufactured common hand tools like hammers and screwdrivers; but soon jumped on the power tool bandwagon and is now one of the top-selling producers of all power tools, both stationary and portable.
The last way is to start off with a smaller bundled set. Here this is in relation to power tools that are battery-powered. This first set will usually come with one or preferably two batteries; this way you can buy another if you see that the single battery doesn't last long enough for your projects, so you can have one battery charging while you are using the other one. Also as your needs for more specific tools grow, you can add more tools by buying what are called 'bare tools'. This is when you purchase a tool that does not come with a battery, thereby saving you quite a bit in the cost of that power tool. This is something to be careful of when you compare ads; many times the cost is amazingly cheap considering what you would expect and most of the time that is due to the battery not being included. This is not a bad thing. In fact, this is an excellent thing. This way you can purchase tools that you may not have expected to anticipate that you needed at a more reasonable cost for your power tool box.
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.