Review Your Power Tool Basics
Create a “Power Tools Review List” and make sure you have the tools you need and they have the features you want.
There are three essentials every homeowner should include in their power tools review list. If you plan on doing any improvements, remodeling or home repairs yourself, you’ll need a drill, a sabersaw, and a circular saw.
The drill will let you drive screws and drill holes and the two saws will allow you to cut almost every material available with both straight and curved cuts. Bits and blades should be on your power tools review list, too.
When choosing a drill, make sure you get one that’s reversible (screws in, screws out) and variable-speeds (slow to fast in a smooth pull of the trigger), A 3/8″ chuck and rated at 3.5 amps or higher.Remember: more power is always better than not enough power. This is the most important of all the power tools. Review yours and see if you need an upgrade.
Also, a keyless chuck (built into most drills today) will make your life so much easier. These do not need a key(the small device most users lose) to tighten the chuck around the shaft of the bit or driver. And a built-in level along with a die-cast clutch ring—for torque adjustment— are great features for drilling more accurately.
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If you’re purchasing a sabersaw (also spelled “sabresaw, and sometimes called a scroll saw or jigsaw), take a look at the baseplate and make sure its solid and doesn’t move when you twist with medium pressure. An unstable baseplate can make it tough to keep your blade vertically aligned. Sabersaws that pull at least 3 amps are good choices, as (again) more power is always better than not having enough power. A great feature to have isvariable speed, which will allow you to cut through everything from thin plastic to hardwoods and metal with much more accuracy and precision.
Look into saws with tool-free blade replacement, and check out ones that “pop out” the used blade. If you’ve ever removed a hot blade with bare fingers, you’ll know how important this can be. Some Sabersaws come with dust blowers, which makes cutting intricate designs much, much easier, and a lock-on trigger relieves finger fatigue. If you own a sabersaw, check your power tools review list to see if yours has everything you want.
For the circular saw (sometimes called a Skill saw—which is the name of a company, like Kleenex), check the metal baseplate to ensure it is made of cast or extruded metal so it won’t warp. You’ll want to purchase a saw that pulls at least12-13 amps (yeah, the plug ins are power eaters) and has a 7-1/4″ blade. Speaking of blades, a typical 7-1/4″, 24 tooth blade spins at about 5800 RPM … hitting the wood at nearly 125 MPH! This should remind you to not buy a cheap circular saw. Although there are different price ranges, usually a mid-priced one, from a company whose name you recognize, will be the right choice for most home improvement projects.
These saws come with many features, including laser guides, blade brakes,trigger guards (to prevent accidental starts), dust chutes (for attaching a bag or hooking to a vacuum) lever adjustments and adjustable kerf indicators. Talk to someone in the tools department of a big box retailer, or search “circular saw review” or “brand name circular saw (ie; “dewaltcircular saw”, etc.) using the Bing Custom Search box right.
Today there are power tools for women that are specifically designed to make it easy for a woman to use. Many of these are designed by DIY women and cater to the unique needs and physical nature of the woman.
Budget is always a consideration, so it is worth your while to compare prices, and one option you may want to consider is used power tools. New tools are great, but they’re only new until you use them once.
A Corded vs. Cordless Power Tools Review:
On that power tools review list should also be whether you want corded or cordless. Of course, there are pros and cons to each option. With cordless power tools, you get the benefit of being able to move around easily without the confines of a cord. Pick the tool up and (without having to unravel a cord or find an extension cord and an outlet then plug it all in) get right to the job at hand.
Many find cordless tools safer as well, since you don’t have to worry about falling, cutting or tripping over a cord.
However, you will pay a little more for cordless tools, they’re slightly heavier and if they aren’t charged, they don’t work! Corded power tools are cheaper, lighter, and will always work when plugged in (to a live outlet). The main drawback is that the length of the extension cord determines how far you can go from said outlet.
A power tools review list just to help you decide whether to own cordless or not is really a good idea. When you buy a cordless tool, get an extra battery so you can have one charging while you’re working with the other.
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