Posted by Brittney Terrell at Saturday, December 12th, 2020 - 01:27:07 AM in Power Tools
Other considerations when choosing the appropriate tool to use include the power source and the speed specification. Different tools use different power sources such as electricity, battery or fuel and hence the proper tool should be selected depending on the available power source. Different machines operate at different speeds depending on the work they are designed to perform for example a combination hammer has a high speed that delivers a high impact force and is ideal for chiseling or drilling in hard concrete walls.
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.
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 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.
Another example are saws. There are many types like circular saws, reciprocating saws, jig saws, band saws, cut-out tools, multi-tools, and chain saws to choose from depending on your needs. Here again there is a saw that fits the needs of different situations. If you use the proper one for the job, you will spend less time on the job and not have to do more work to clean a rough job up afterwards. Believe it or not I have seen some folks do demolition work with a chain saw and ruin the chain when it hit nails, whereas, a reciprocating saw with the right blade would cut through that like butter.