Let’s face it, DIY is big business and as a nation we just love our power tools. The trouble is that often our fascination with power tools can leave us buying something that we’ll probably never use, only to see it gathering dust in the shed. If this resonates with you then you may want to read on. Whilst the right power tools make light work of projects by cutting down time and energy, the wrong tool is likely to be to be an expensive mistake. So just how do you choose the right power tool for the job in hand? Here are some tips.
Before you get carried away with the nicest, shiniest power tool in the showroom, try asking yourself is this project going to be something you’ll do more than once? If the answer is no, then you may be better off renting or hiring. If on the other hand you can see yourself carrying out similar projects in the future, then you may want to go ahead and make the purchase. It could be a wise investment.
Size and Weight
You may think that when it comes to boys toys, the bigger the better, right? Well not always, especially when it comes to power tools. If the tool feels heavy in the shop, just imagine how it’s going to feel after a couple of hours use at the weekend. Instead, think about the smaller and lightweight versions. They’re often better than the really heavy-weight ones.
If you’ve decided that you need a specific power tool, then it’s always best to go for quality branded tools. There may well be many cheap foreign imports that are a fraction of the price, but don’t be swayed. More often than not, you really do get what you pay for. Branded tools have an established reputation and are generally built not only to make light work of the job in hand, but also to last. So if you don’t want to be forking out for the exact same tool next year, then pay that little bit extra for quality.
Look it up Online
Before starting a project and buying a power tool, get yourself online and onto a reputable site like Anglia Tool Centre to find out exactly what tools you need for the job and when the next tradeshow is. You can get some great deals and expert advice at tradeshows. Then look for reviews. If you do your homework you’ll find some pretty useful information about how to best carry out the project.
So there you have it, four great tips on how to choose the right power tool for the job.