Now a days the market is saturated with variety of power tools from several different manufacturers and it can be a real tough decision to choose the right one for you. The problem is that sometimes walking into a store filled with tools is like taking your child into a candy store. You want them all.
However, to get the most from the power tools you purchase, you might want to follow these guidelines and write down a list of features that you want on that new tool to complete the task you have in mind.
They will also help you get the best deals on the tools you do decide to purchase.
Listed below are some basic areas of comparison that you want to take into consideration before purchasing any type of power tool.
Cost of Buying and Using the Tool:
First of course, is the purchase price. It doesn’t matter how great a power tool is, if its more than your budget will allow, then it can’t even be considered. Most power tools are reasonably priced, but you are going to run across some heavy duty, top of the line wood working tools that have a price tag that might be out of range of your budget.
Keep in mind that the cost is more than just the purchase price. You need to consider the extra costs of things like essentials and accessories as well. Depending on the type of power tool, these essentials can be things like sandpaper, belts, blades, bits, or a number of other items. Optional accessories are also something to consider to improve the use of the tool.
Since most power tools are designed to last a very long time, you want to find out about the availability of replacement parts. You also want to find out about customer support. It can be over the phone, by mail, or on the internet. It is important that customer support is available to you in the event you have questions, comments, or complaints about your power tool purchase. Manufacturers who have been in business for a very long time are likely to still be there down the road when you need a replacement part for your power tool.
What Features Do You Really Need?
Second don’t get caught up in all the features that only one tool has to offer. You may end up paying more for features you might never even use. Take a good look at several different models and the different features they have to offer, because you might find a few you could really use that you didn’t think of. That will definitely make a particular model more appealing to you over another.
The Quality of a Power Tool:
Another is to compare the quality of a particular type of power tool you are considering. A good way to do this is to check reviews online and from other consumers. These reviews are free to look at and very unbiased. You can also check with magazines that do comparisons such as Consumer Reports. However, you will probably have to pay for a subscription to get this information. Their monthly magazine has features for a variety of products. You can search their archives online to find articles and reviews about power tools. The best way is to research and read reviews online from several different sites since many of these are free.
What is Their Safety Rating?
Safety should be a top priority on your list when it comes to selecting your power tools. How many accidents have occurred with a particular model? What safety features does the power tool offer you? All power tools on the market have basic safety mechanisms in place, but keep in mind that some only offer the bare minimum as regulated while others go the extra mile to ensure their customers are safe while operating them.
How Does the Tool Feel in Your Hands?
It is a good idea to purchase a particular model and brand of power tool only after you have physically looked at it and touched it. It is too heavy? Does it seem to flimsy for the job you plan to do with it? How noisy is it? Does it fit properly in your hands? These things are all very important and will affect how compatible the power tool is for you.
But Remember don’t be blind sided by the brand name or the design of a particular power tool. Take the time to find out exactly what it has to offer you before buying.