Cordless tools are a great gift for yourself or your favorite
do-it-yourselfer. They make almost any job easier since they allow for
mobility. Since tools are very personal, selecting one for you or someone
else isn't always easy. Go into any home improvement store and you will
find an extensive array tools sans cords-from saws to sanders.
When shopping for cordless tools, be aware that you will encounter two
distinct types: professional and non-professional. In general you should
always purchase the best tool you can afford, so selecting from the
professional line of cordless tools is a good idea. You will notice that a
professional drill may have 16 clutch positions, while the non-professional
model may only have six. If you can afford to pay about 50 percent more for
the professional model, do so. And be sure to choose a tool with at least
12 or 24 volts. That extra power will definitely come in handy for future
With cordless tools in particular, but with conventional tools as well, it
is wise to pick one brand of tool and purchase exclusively from that line.
If you are purchasing for someone else, see if he or she is brand loyal.
Picking one brand is smart since the chargers and battery packs are
interchangeable, which allows you to swap a charged battery pack from the
drill to the circular saw. It is also important to see if he or she already
has a tool of a specific voltage. A 14 volt drill won't work with the
battery from a 12 volt circular saw.
If you are looking to become "brand loyal," research several product lines
to learn about the benefits of each line. Investigate the reliability and
reputation of the manufacturer as well as the life span and product
guarantee for a particular tool line. And be sure to go into a store to
test and handle several different tools. The tool should fit comfortably in
your hand and while it should be of substantial weight, it shouldn't be too
heavy for you to operate for several minutes at a time. Remember that you
don't need to outfit your work room in one shopping trip, but selecting a
brand name will help you effectively supply your work bench with interacting
tools in an organized manner.
When purchasing a cordless tool, look for a kit that contains the tool and
an extra battery pack. That way you can keep one battery pack charging
while you are working and then trade the exhausted battery out for the
recharged one. Your charger should be a high-tech rapid charger, which will
restore you to power in about 15 minutes.
Selecting cordless tools for the do-it-yourselfers in your life, or for your
own use, becomes much easier when you have a preferred brand as a starting
point. Once you have that, then the question becomes "What shall I choose
Sources used in this article include James Dulley at www.dulley.com and