From Chicago and Cincinnati to Leeds and London, all who undertake home improvements, understand that power tools can make the job considerably easier. Having the rights tools is an essential part of any job; these tools can be power saws, pneumatic drills, grinders and sanders. The utilisation of power tools an mean the timescale of a job is considerably reduced and the effort involved can be decimated. But for those heading out to buy power tools the choice can be overwhelming, knowing exactly which tool to use can in fact be half the battle. Hopefully this article will help 'DIYers' make the right choice.
When looking at power tools it is important to understand your needs for the job, additionally it is worth weighing up how often you will use the tool as the expense can be considerable. Buying the cheapest model may suit the one time user, but if buying a tool for regular use, it is normally worth making the investment and forking out. Any handyman worth his weight has a collection of tools that will help get the job done, making sure that these tools are of high quality and are robust is an essential element in the decision making process.
Most important is to consider how the tool feels when in the hand. Tools should always be comfortable to hold; after all, most tasks require use over hours rather than minutes, being uncomfortable after an hour is simply not acceptable. Part of this comfort includes an assessment of controls; where they are located on the tool and how accessible they are. Ultimately the controls should be easily reached; this could be the speed settings or the off switch.
Fundamentally power tools fall into two distinct categories; stationary and portable. Portable tools can be anything from a pneumatic drill to a belt sander. Stationary tools are items such as large circular saws and lathes. Stationary tools are heavy duty and in most cases will be situated in a garage or workshop. Ultimately they are best used when the power from a portable device will not be sufficient, usually they run off mains electricity and hence have more wattage and more power. For both types of tools it is always important to consider quality, there are many poor items on the market, but by sticking to well known and trade used devices it should be possible to always have the right tools for the job.
As well as this classification, power tools can be chosen along the lines of the power source they utilise. Normally they will either be electronic or pneumatic and depending upon the uses both have suitable applications. Pneumatic tools such as air saws and nail guns are favoured by those in the construction industry as normally they will have greater level of power. For instance a pneumatic nail gun will be able to penetrate far sturdier materials than an electronic version. Pneumatic tools however will need a ready air supply, for big jobs a compressor can be used but for smaller models it is normally possible to buy pressurised cylinders that fit directly into the device.
Electric devices are usually more suited to home improvement tasks as the power required is normally less. They are also a cheaper alternative and suitable for most household tasks. Ranging from cordless drills to handheld circular saws and planers the varieties are diverse. Thankfully with the wealth of information available on the internet it is always possible to find the right tool for the job. As previously stated all over the world power tools are used for both home improvement and construction, in Berlin, Chicago, London and Tokyo the power tool industry is booming. For the discerning 'DIYer', nothing else will do.
Home improvement expert Thomas Pretty looks into the benefits of power tools such as Chicago pneumatic devices and how they can help make tasks easier and quicker.