If you are a homeowner, owning a few power tools can be a great way to start saving money by reducing your need to hire professionals for jobs that you can do yourself.
The problem? There are a lot of considerations to take into account when looking to buy power tools, and if you are just starting out it can be easy to make mistakes. We are here to help with that. Read on for a guide of 10 things you need to consider when buying power tools!
What Are Power Tools?
The term “power tools,” is a fairly broad description that refers to a pretty wide variety of home improvement equipment.
Anything from drills to motor powered saws can fall into the category of power tools. While it may be hard to categorically define power tools, it is certainly a product that you recognize when you see it.
10 Buying Power Tool Considerations:
Let’s now dive right into ten buying considerations that will help you to purchase the perfect tools for your situation.
1. Safety Features
Power tools have a lot of you know…power. That being the case there is a big premium on safety features whenever you use them.
Look for power tools with components like an enclosed blade, a dust collection system, or a slow start feature to optimize the safety of the saw.
As is true with most products, you want to find a healthy middle ground between affordability and quality. Generally speaking, you can get a good product at an acceptable price but do keep in mind that just buying the cheapest tool you can find is often a bad idea.
For example, paying a little bit more for your power tools can help you to secure some of the safety features listed above.
3. Cost of Using the Tool
Sometimes buying a power tool can be a little bit like buying a printer: while you might like the price of the equipment, the cost of the accessories ultimately makes it unaffordable.
Depending on what kind of tool that you are considering, you may need to regularly purchase things like new blades, sandpaper, bits, and other accessories necessary to the function of the tool.
In order to make sure that you aren’t getting ripped off, check in to see what accessories the tool you are considering is compatible with such as Dremel 3000 and 4000.
If these accessories are affordable you might have a good buy on your hands. If not, keep looking!
By nature of the way that a power tool operates, it is exposed to plenty of wear and tear that can cause damage to the way that the tool is able to function.
A good warranty can potentially save you plenty of money on otherwise costly repairs so pay attention to the warranty offered as you engage in the shopping process.
5. How Does it Look?
Your level of confidence and comfort with your power tool is definitely nothing to sneeze at. An eye-pleasing design can empower you to approach your work with a little bit more confidence than you otherwise would have.
6. How Does it Feel?
The feel of a tool is also important. Many manufacturers will now optimize their tools to be agronomic—a feature that will make long hours on the job a little bit easier.
7. What Are You Planning on Doing?
Different projects and jobs require different tools. Are you just planning on hanging pictures, and tightening the occasional nut and bolt?
If that is the case then you might get by just fine with a drill and a few other basic tools.
On the other hand, if you are planning on building furniture or even completing a home renovation, you are going to need a diverse arsenal of tools, including planers, routers, and an array of saws and sanders.
8. Quality Counts:
The very best way to determine the long-term quality of a power tool is to see what people who actually own the equipment are saying about it.
If someone says that they have had a saw for five years and it still works the way it did the day they got it, you can bet pretty safely that you have a good tool on your hands e.g. Dremel and Rockwell compact saws.
On the other hand, if someone reports that their tool has required a lot of maintenance that might be a tool you should think about shying away from.
We talked about safety features earlier: slow starts, dust collection system, blade guards, and other components that make a tool much safer for inexperienced hands.
You cannot skimp on these features.
However, you will sometimes encounter more optional bells and whistles that will add more to the cost of the equipment without necessarily improving its utility.
Ultimately only you can determine which features that you need, and which you don’t. Once again, it becomes a matter of thinking about what jobs you need to get done and buying tools that can accomplish them.
10. Name Brand:
Last but not least, the issue of buying name brands. While you can definitely get good tools from the off the rack, there are a few things to consider about buying from an established company.
For one thing, the company is probably established for a reason. Chances are they will have a reputation for making quality stuff, and they will also have larger resources, which means better customer service.
There is also an innate risk of buying from an off-brand company. While buying from an established manufacturer ensures that you will always have access to replacement parts, there is no such guarantee when buying off brand.
If you do decide to go with a less than established company, do so at your own risk.
Well, as you can see, there is a lot to consider before you venture into the world of power tools. It may seem a little bit overwhelming, but don’t worry! In short time you will be well acquainted with the ins and outs of a variety of tools.
Once that happens, you can start saving money and enjoy the rewarding process of doing it yourself.