Whether a person is an avid DIYer or homeowner who occasionally takes on household tasks, power tools help to get jobs done faster and more efficiently. For those who are just starting their collection of power tools, it’s important to keep these six things in mind before buying any tool.
1. Cord or Cordless?
There are both corded and cordless power tools on the market. Corded models include both electric and pneumatic. Cordless models, on the other hand, are powered by battery.
There are benefits to both types of power tools.
Corded models are usually more powerful, and they have a constant source of power. The only drawback is that movement is limited by the length of the cord.
Cordless models allow for more freedom, so users can work on projects from any angle or position they choose. The only downside is that cordless tools aren’t quite as powerful as corded models, and users need to worry about having to recharge batteries. Depending on the tool and battery, a lot of time may be spent recharging batteries.
Users should weigh the pros and cons of each one, and consider what they’re buying the power tools for. If they plan to use the tool for long periods of time, a corded model may be better. For projects that require the user to get into tight spaces, a cordless model, which provides more freedom, may be the best option.
2. What Features are Needed?
What types of features are realistically needed? Just like any other product, there are power tools that have unnecessary features that are nice to have but not essential.
Before buying any power tool, do some research to see which types of features most models have. From here, it’s possible to decipher which ones are really needed, and which ones are just nice to have.
If buying a drill, for example, a particular bit size may be needed for a project, or a certain level of power may be needed to work with the project’s materials. These are features that are needed to get the job done. Other things, like a comfort grip, may be nice to have, but are not absolutely essential.
3. What is the Safety Rating?
Safety should be one of the top concerns when buying power tools. Unsafe power tools can cause serious injury. Buying from a well-known brand doesn’t necessarily guarantee safety, so it’s important to do some research before making a purchase.
Reading through authentic buyer reviews is a great place to start. Find out how many accidents have occurred with the model being considered. Check the product description to learn more about the model’s safety features.
All power tools are required to have certain safety mechanisms in place, but these are just the bare minimum safety efforts. A good quality brand will go above and beyond to make sure that the tool has additional safety measures in place.
4. What Type of Battery Does It Take?
When looking at cordless power tools, users will find that they can buy what’s called bare tools. Bare tools are exactly what they sound like – just the tool itself. This means that the product does not come with a battery.
The nice thing about cordless tools is that they often use the same type of battery, so users can buy one battery and use it to power many different types of tools.
Bare tools – the ones without batteries – are often much cheaper than their battery-included counterparts. Consider buying tools that use the same type of battery and only buying one with the battery included. This will allow users to save money on the other tools by purchasing bare tools.
5. What’s the True Cost of Buying the Tool?
The true cost of buying a power tool often goes beyond just the sticker price. Depending on the tool being purchased, extra accessories and other essentials, like blades, belts, bits and other items, may need to be purchased.
Find out what’s included with the purchase of the tool, and consider the cost of any extras that may need to be purchased. Factor these additional costs into the overall cost of the tool to make sure it still fits into the budget.
6. What Types of Projects Will the Tools be Used For?
One of the most important things to consider is the types of projects the tools will be used for. Users who are working on a major project may need a heavy-duty or more powerful tool than what conventional models offer.
It helps to already have an idea of what’s needed so users can easily find a tool that fits the bill.
Consider These 6 Things
Consider these six things before purchasing any power tool. Don’t forget to consider quality and durability as well. A well-made tool will provide years of use and will be more reliable than their cheaper counterparts.