Plan Power Tool Purchases Patiently
Acquiring the workroom of your dreams is possible with a methodical,
well-planned approach to your shopping. But, be prepared to plan ahead for
important power tool purchases. It’s an expensive part of equipping a
great do-it-yourself workshop.
Good Tools Make Home Maintenance Easier
A well-stocked workroom is the dream of every "do-it-yourselfer" and
having the right tool for a particular project certainly makes home repairs
easier. For the average person, stocking that workroom takes some time
because it is an expensive process.
Purchasing power tools increases the costs dramatically. Acquiring the
workroom of your dreams, however, is possible with a methodical, well-planned
approach to your purchases. Here are some tips for making the process
rational and easier on your wallet:
When beginning your collection…
- Determine which tools you will actually use on a regular basis. Tools
that gather dust are never a wise investment.
- Be sure to purchase tools made by a reputable manufacturer, and don't
be lured by bargain tools. This is not the time to scrimp on
- A good rule to follow when buying power tools is to purchase the most
powerful tool your budget will allow.
Professional Grade or Non-Pro?
- Two main gradations of tools exist in the power tool arena:
professional and non-professional.
- Consider the type of work you will typically be performing and use that
to determine which kind of tools you need.
- Professional tools will cost about 50 percent more than
non-professional versions, but they will come with more features than
their non-professional counterparts.
- A professional drill, for example, will come with an extra battery pack
and 16-position clutch, while the non-professional will not have an extra
battery pack and will have only six clutch positions.
Cordless or Traditional?
- Cordless tools are another option to consider in stocking your
workroom. They are convenient, mobile and an energy-wise purchase.
- Even the most powerful cordless tools cost little to operate.
Recharging a 14.4 volt drill/driver for 50 minutes of use requires less
than one cent of electricity
- When purchasing cordless power tools, buy only tools within the same
manufacturer line and of the same voltage. This way you can interchange
the batteries from one tool to another, which eliminates scheduling your
home repairs based on the recharging needs of your battery.
- Before you buy a cordless tool, find out how long the battery takes to
recharge. Tools with a fifteen minute recharge time are optimal since
corresponds nicely to the time it take to get a cold glass of lemonade
and rest a bit between projects.
Building the ideal workroom for your needs may take some time, but with
smart choices and sound purchases, you can make it happen. Plus, (hint-hint)
they make great gifts!