Posted by Raquel Calhoun at Tuesday, December 01st, 2020 - 01:39:21 AM in Power Tools
The early 20th century proved to be a hotbed of power tool advancements, and many companies worked hard to develop profit-turning innovations that moved their products off store shelves and into people's homes. While the term power tool traditionally conjures thoughts of electric drills and sanders, machines like the pipe threader and utility pump are also considered power tools. This is the area the Ridgid company focused on when it was founded in Elyria, Ohio, in 1923. Still a leader in the plumbing tool industry, Ridgid now has a power tool division that focuses exclusively on contemporary power tools and has released its own saws, drills, and even air tools.
The only way to beat competition is to have an advantage when it comes to tools. This is why you have to choose among the very best. You will get to choose power tools from reputable manufacturers. These include the German company Festool which is known all over the world for quality tools. Others include Hitachi, Kaymo, DeWalt and Bosch. They are an assurance of quality in your products and you cannot bypass them.
For the peak performance of the machine, the following tips can be used as a guide. The tool should always be warmed up a little before being used. For new tools, a break over period of about 5 hours is often required before the tool can attain maximum performance. The attachments used should always be new and well sharpened. The tool should also be maintained at regular intervals to ensure good working and maximum efficiency. The accessories used on the tool should only be the ones recommended for that specific model.
The brief history just serves to illustrate the development of the drill and close on the heels of the drill were many other corded and cordless power tools. Mains powered devices operate on a variety of voltages 120v in the US and in Europe we operate on two voltages. We have 220-240v powered tools normally used in the home and for the less demanding applications whereas in the construction arena health and safety demands 110v units powered by 220-240v to 110v transformers. Battery powered tools use different battery types and operate at different voltages. The power screwdriver is the least demanding of the electrically operated tools in the power toolbox and may be supplied with as little as 3.6v batteries. The capability of the batteries has increased year by year as we have seen battery technology move gently from 9.6v to 36v such that we now have tools supplied with batteries rated at 12v, 14.4v, 18v, 24v and 36v. Needless to say the 36v tools are much more expensive than the 12v tools. The development in battery technology has been considerably more than just building larger battery packs. The latest batteries are Lithium-ion or Li-Ion batteries which enable more battery power to be delivered and batteries can be quickly recharged.
Today we have the addition of a motor to many devices. Cutting for instance is made much simpler by tools like saws that have motors built in. You can still buy a hand model, but why.