Power Tools: Choosing the Right Ones

If your idea of being a handyman is nailing a frame to the wall (albeit slightly crooked), then before you take on any sizeable project, you'll want to ensure that you have the right power tools to get the job done. Your hammer and roll of duct tape isn't going to help you build that deck.
When beginning any project, it is important to pick the right machinery for the job to ensure success and safety. But before you spend a fortune on handsaws, nail guns, and air compressors, it is much simpler to determine exactly what you need so you don't waste time and money.

Power tools are expensive investments, so picking the right ones now will help you in the future. To help you decide how to choose your first ones, either to complete a specific project or just for general purposes, consider the following questions:

1. How often will they be used? If you're taking on a single project and never want to touch them again once finished, you will either want to buy the bare essentials, rent some or all of the equipment, or simply hire someone else to complete the job. In some cases, it is more cost effective to have a professional do the work.

If this is only the beginning of your projects, you may want to consider buying a set of power tools or mix and matching to create your own collection. Many people will find that there are a few (for example, nail guns) that are worth the investment even if used sparingly.

2. How big is the project? Big projects need big tools. If you'll be cutting long, thick pieces of wood a tiny handheld saw won't... well, cut it. But it isn't only about size. You also have to keep in mind the scope. Building a big table with a simple design could be done with fewer tools than crafting a spice rack with an intricate design and structure.

3. How much room do you have? It's useless to buy a large table saw if you live in a tiny apartment. If you don't have adequate storage space your power tools will just be in the way and could potentially be a safety hazard. If you're considering storing your chainsaw in the extra bathtub, you probably should do without it.

4. Can you borrow power tools? Have friends or neighbors with an impressive collection of power tools? Borrowing them is a great way to cut down on project expenses and will help you choose which ones that will be a necessity to purchase, but expect to return the favor one day. Of course, if you find yourself borrowing your neighbor's drill more than two or three times a year, its better to invest in your own.

If you're still uncertain about what tools to buy for your next project, ask friends, check the internet, and don't be afraid to ask clerks at your local hardware store. Experienced handymen often have helpful tips that can help you pick out the perfect power tools.

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