With power tools a task can be completed in a tenth of the time it would have taken with a hand tool and that should warm the cockles of any DIYer’s heart. How does a power tool differ from a hand tool? Well for starters it operates using some form of a motor. The motor can be powered in a number of ways, i.e. batteries, electricity, compressed air – or even the burning of fuels or propellants. Power tools are classified as being stationary – they sit in place and cannot be taken anywhere such as a table saw, a lathe or a bench saw or they can be portable – that is one can be carried around as needed. Examples of portable power tools include drills, angle grinders, and electric sanders, nail guns, and paint sprayers.
Here is a list of some of the most common power tools you will find:
Drills, Drill presses, Circular saws, Bandsaws, Chainsaws, Concrete saws, Tile saws, Belt sanders,
Disc sanders, Floor sanders, Electric screwdrivers, Nail guns, Paint sprayers, String trimmers (whipper snippers), Blowtorches, Angle grinders, Impact wrenches, Jigsaws, Routers, Lathes, Power wrenches, random orbital sanders, Table saws, Planers,
Power Tools and Safety
While power tools are marvellously convenient and make just about any job around the home easier and faster to complete, it is important to use them safely because power tools can be quite dangerous. Firstly, you should wear hearing protection as many tools operate over the safe decibel limit and can cause hearing loss. It’s also important to use eye protection and work with gloves on. Don’t rush and follow safe operating procedures such as ensuring that the “danger end” of the tool is facing away from your body. Turn off the power tool whenever it is not in immediate use.
Buying Power Tools
When buying power tools – don’t necessarily go for the cheapest. If your power tools are going to be used frequently, it is better to go for those which are sturdily built, safer and easier to use. Cordless power tools maybe better to work within space limitations but corded power tools are often more powerful, and you don’t have to worry about the batteries running out.