Posted by Karyn Foley at Monday, November 16th, 2020 - 02:04:36 AM in Power Tools
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.
After reviewing government injury and death statistics, accident case reports and newspaper accounts, Forbes.com reported that the most dangerous are those that include blades, such as circular saws, table saws, chainsaws, riding lawn mowers, wood chippers. However, tools that drill or puncture were also reported to be extremely dangerous. Individuals using these tools should make sure that the tools are equipped with automatic shutoff features and guards. With all power tools, however, it is important to identify ways to prevent injury through the proper use of tools and the appropriate use of protective equipment.
One of the most important precautions that should be taken is to make sure that the exposed moving parts of the power tool is covered and safeguarded, including belts, gears, shafts, pulley, sprockets, spindles, drums, flywheels, and chains. The greatest hazard of power tools, however, is electric shock, so make sure the tool is properly grounded before it is powered on. Also, it is dangerous to use power tools in damp or wet locations, as moisture helps electricity flow more easily through the body. This is one of the reasons rubber gloves and footwear are recommended when working outdoors when it is wet or damp.
With technological advancements in industrial equipment, power equipment are now stuffed with plethora of modern features that work wonders, in dimidiating your work. However, do not get carried away by the list of un-ending features. There is a possibility that you might not even use a dime of them. Therefore, figure out your usage first and, then search, compare and filter out the one that fits your bill.
Before using any power tool, wear safety goggles or safety glasses with shields which have been approved nationally. If there are many wood chips or dusty conditions, make sure you wear a dust mask. If you are working in a noisy environment, wear ear protection such as ear plugs. Those using power tools should refrain from wearing loose clothing or any dangling jewelry that can catch on the tool. Make sure your hair is tied back and does not interfere with the power tools.