Posted by Brittney Terrell at Wednesday, December 23rd, 2020 - 01:35:11 AM in Power Tools
Power tools are very expensive and when said and done all the tools can add up to a big expense. So when buying a power tool you want to not only make sure you are getting the most for your dollar, but you also want to make sure you are buying the right power tool. You don't want to buy a tool that is pure overkill on power or even worst, underpowered. That's why when you buy a power tool you want to look at the important aspects of the tools and sometimes this can be confusing. One important question to ask yourself is, "What kind of user am I?" Once you find this out choosing the right brand is a lot easier. After you decided what kind of user you are you need to look at some important aspects such as corded vs. cordless, amps and horsepower, return policies and more.
Ears also need protecting when using loud noisey tools. The sound of power tools, especially notoriously loud ones like drills, can seriously damage your hearing if you are right next to them and are not wearing any protective foam ear plugs. These ear plugs do not cost very much and should be worn to reduce high decibel levels from noisy tools.
The quality of the tools which you purchase can vary considerably. Unless you really cannot afford good quality tools or you just need something to get the job done now and don't want to rent a tool, you should really think about buying for the tool's quality. This is because a well-maintained tool can last for many years, if not your lifetime. The actual cost of the tool spread out over that many years will end up being less costly over the long run as opposed to having to buy several of the same lower quality tools in the same time period. This is why things like the previously mentioned anti-binding clutch-motors, vibration reduction, and battery-charger efficiency and cooling features are so important to extend the life of your new tools while making maintenance easier like with the brushless features and being more efficient at the same time.
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.
As industrialized nations become increasingly technology-driven, power tool production stands to increase as lightweight, powerful, and longer-lasting batteries try to match the power and reliability of corded power. Versatile contemporary models and thousands of accessories continue to make everything from woodworking to metal machining easier, more efficient, and more profitable for manufacturers, contractors, and homeowners alike. As power tools have become affordable for nearly everyone, only the hammer has resisted an electric redesign destined to change the way we work forever.