Posted by Tessa Morin at Thursday, December 03rd, 2020 - 01:36:33 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.
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.
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.
If you are a serious home user or contractor, go with a good brand name such as Milwaukee, Dewalt, Bosch, Porter Cable or Makita. These manufactures pride themselves on making the best tool. They are constantly putting money into their research and development process to make these tools even better. These professional power tools cost more, but they are made with better technology and materials. They also have a better design that causes less fatigue on the user. Not to mention that these tools are made to last a life time.
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.