Posted by Luella Brewer at Monday, November 23rd, 2020 - 02:10:39 AM in Power Tools
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 word "power equipment" usually applies to the types of tools that are powered by one of the following power sources: electric, pneumatic, liquid fuel, hydraulic, and powder-actuated. However, as portable, electric hand tools become more and more powerful and popular, the same precautions should be taken when operating these devices.
With the advent of these higher voltage batteries we now have a wider range of battery powered cordless tools. The cordless circular saw was not viable before the 18v or possibly the 24v batteries became available. The SDS drill and demolition drill had always been corded until the latest range of batteries mean there are now SDS and demolition cordless drills on the market operated on 36v power packs.
Woodworking powertools have always been popular both in the construction industry and for DIY enthusiast. Increasingly the cordless power tools are being used in all areas of industry where just a few years ago the batteries would just not be man enough, or need recharging too frequently or just too expensive. We now have cordless jigsaws, Kango Drills and Breakers, Metal Cutting Saws, Percussion Drills, Reciprocating Saws, Sanders, SDS Drills, Wall Chasers, Band saws, routers, planers and other specialist powered tools.
If you can think back to using an old hand saw or manual tool, you can remember how hard it was cutting materials. Not only was it difficult to cut the material, but cutting an item in a straight line was virtually impossible.