Use the right tool for the jobon July 20, 2012 @ 12:54 pm (Updated: 1:01 pm - 7/21/12 )
Not a comprehensive list by any means, but a great start for those people looking to stock their new home or shop with the essentials. Keep in mind that those tools that include secondary fittings such as drill bits or saw blades have reduced strength- that is to say, no matter how strong the power tool motor is, it remains only as strong as its weakest part (in this case, a bit or blade). Understanding the types of fittings that are rated for your tool is just as important as understanding the strength of the tool itself.
It's important to recognize that different processes require various strengths of power tools. For instance, sinking a screw into drywall is different from sinking one into concrete backer board. You can get into trouble sometimes if you use a power tool for a task it isn't rated for, so make sure to understand more than just what the tool is, but what's inside it as well. As a general rule, think about the three types of power tools as dictating strength. The three main types of power tool are electric, cordless, and air. As you might expect, electrical tools such as chop saws, Sawzall®, and electric power drills are going to be heavier duty than their cordless counterparts. What is more, air driven tools (which require an air compressor) are usually a little closer to standard strength.
Please remember, power tools are dangerous and should be approached with caution. For a number of tools, it is often essential that the first time user gets training time with them. Approaching a retailer or specialist is often a good way to get a free tutorial and make sure that your home project does not end with a trip to Harborview.
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