Power Tools!

electric circular sawYou can get power tools for every job! Why graft away and give yourself blisters when you can probably cut the job time in half, use half the energy and be back relaxing before you know it.

The advantages to power tools are obvious but most people don't realize that you can actually get a power tool to replace almost any hand tool.

Its not just electric drills and screwdrivers. You can get electric sanders, electric planers, even electric shovels and gardening tools!

When you decide to buy a power tool there are a few things to consider. The first thing is, what you need it for. Some tools are multi-purpose and others are specific to the job. An electric sander, for example, will only be useful for sanding. An electric drill may be used for much more than drilling. Having attachments for screwdrivers, wrenches, sanding etc.

battery drillThe next thing you might need to consider is the power source. Most tools are available as mains powered devices but you might be better off with battery power, or even gas powered if your work is going to be in remote locations. Some power tools actually suite being gas powered. Lawn mowers and gardening tools for example are often gas powered.

Each power source has its advantages and disadvantages and obviously there are cost differences between them all.

Power tools with an extension chord that plugs into the mains supply will always be cheaper. There are fewer parts and it is tested and proven technology that hasn't really had research and development cash ploughed into it. Gas and battery powered tools are often more expensive but offer the convenience of having no chord, and you can use them anywhere. An obvious advantage to gas power is that it takes seconds to add more gas whereas batteries take a while to charge. However, gas is messy and you need to store it safely.

Most people opt for batteries as it is often seen as the safest, cleanest and most convenient. Below we have a breakdown of the advantages and disadvantages of the different power sources.

Mains Power Tools

Mains powered tools are the devices that have a chord attached and are plugged into a mains socket outlet. They usually run on 120 volts AC.

Advantages

Often Cheaper

No stopping for re-charges or filling up with gas

Usually lighter

Higher power is available

Disadvantages

It has a chord!

Chord attachment means you need to be near a power outlet

Battery Powered Tools

Battery power is the latest innovation in tools. Batteries are becoming the most popular power source for tools. Modern tools use lithium ion technology which is reliable and high enough in power to make it usable. The battery life is reasonable and offers enough power for most tools.

Advantages

No Chord!

You can use these power tools anywhere

Disadvantages

Often more expensive than mains powered

Sometimes the batteries are heavy and add a little bulk to the tool

batteries run down, often at the most inconvenient time

Power dies as the batteries run down

Gas powered tools

Gas is usually reserved for use in garden tools. This is due to the fact that the tools will probably be used in remote locations and gas is usually available to buy anywhere and is easily transported. The tools usually have a gas powered engine rather than an electric motor.

Advantages

Instant recharges!

Often professional tools

You feel like a man when you start the engine

Disadvantages

Fuel is messy and needs to be stored

Very loud, requiring ear defenders

The engine likely requires some maintenance