3 Commonly Asked Questions About Buying Your First Set of Power Tools

8 December 2015
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When buying your first set of power tools, you may be a bit overwhelmed by your choices and options for each type of tool. At the same time, getting a good set of power tools can mean making household chores easier and faster. Note a few commonly asked questions about buying your first set of power tools so you know you get the right type for your needs and also invest in pieces that will last.

1. Can a circular saw cut through anything?

A saw is a tool that simply rotates and pushes a blade, and the blade itself is important to consider when cutting through any material, not just the saw. A drywall blade will have smaller teeth than regular blades, as these will cut through the material without actually tearing the paper that makes up drywall and without creating as much dust. Concrete or masonry blades are needed to cut through brick, stone, cement, and the like. These are usually diamond-tipped and strong enough to cut through these dense materials. When buying a circular saw, be sure you check the blades you purchase along with it and get the right blades for the job at hand.

2. Why do power hammers have different materials for the handle?

Wood is often considered softer and more comfortable in the hands and may absorb some of the impact of the hammering, so your wrist and hand are less likely to feel sore after a long project. However, plastic handles may last longer than wood, as they're less likely to split and break. They may also be more lightweight and easier for holding the hammer over your head. Choose a type that feels comfortable in your hand when choosing a power hammer.

3. What type of sander is best for home improvement projects?

Belt sanders move back and forth over a surface and may get a job done more quickly, but note that they can also be the most difficult to control and not always a good choice for those just starting out with power tools. Remember that one mistake with a sander can actually ruin a piece you're working on, so invest in an orbital sander instead. This may cover less area, as you typically use just one edge of the sander against your material, but an orbital sander is often easier to control. You'll reduce your risk of making a sanding mistake with an orbital sander.

For more information about different power tools, contact a local supplier. They can help you find the best tools for your needs.