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3 Power Tools To Start Off Your Collection
Author Name: ruthrobinson
Date added: January 16, 2011 02:57:14 AM
Category: Arts & Humanities

Depending on the types of projects you do, you will probably need the three basic power tools: drills, sanders and saws. There are different types of each. Choosing the right one is sometimes a matter of personal preference; otherwise, it depends on what you want to accomplish. Drills The main purpose of a drill is to put holes in things. When you are contemplating power tools, this should top your list for basic needs. There two basic types of drills, with several subcategories in each. Read the packaging to find out what materials it works with and what drill bits are included. You may need to purchase additional drill bits to get the job done. • Cordless Drills - The cordless drill is more versatile than an electric drill because you can take it anywhere without being limited by the power cord. On the other hand, the cordless drill is typically less powerful than its electric counterpart. Use it for driving screws and making holes in light materials, such as wood or thin metal. Some drills are simply battery-operated screwdrivers that make projects much easier and faster than manual screwdrivers. More advanced power drills, such as an impact driver, pack more torque for more solid surfaces. Hammer drills can make holes in concrete or heavy metals. • Power Drills - Using a corded drill gives you more power and speed. You sacrifice the convenience of cordless power tools, but gain the ability to put holes into just about any surface. Consider what types of materials you will be using and find the right model. Some work best for light materials, like wood or plastic. Heavy duty models can go through nearly anything with the right drill bit attached. Sanders Sanders help to shape things and take off the rough edge. There is no multi-purpose power sander and they are best-suited for wood. • Palm Sanders - The palm sander is a light touch for soft and fine wood finishes. Use it for projects that will be stained or require no further finish. • Disc Sanders - The disc sander is helpful for heavy duty projects. It is efficient in preparing round or curved wood surfaces for paint, such as fence posts, porch railings or siding. • Belt Sanders - Perhaps the most versatile type of sanders, use the belt sander to prepare large flat planks or surfaces for painting projects. They can pare down and smooth a surface rather quickly for decks and tables. • Orbital Sanders - The orbital sander is used for a clean finish on flat surfaces. It creates a nice transition for spot areas with peeling paint. Saws Simply put, saws cut. Depending on the type of project, they are used for reducing size or removing unwanted pieces and parts. These are a few of the more useful types of saws for a new power tools collection. • Reciprocating Saws - The reciprocating saw is the powerful answer to the old hand saw. It moves back and forth, cutting through nearly any material, such as wood, plastic or metal. • Jigsaws - Use a jig saw for following a pattern or curved line on thinner materials, especially wood. • Circular Saws - Use this power tool for cutting straight lines through thick surfaces. • Chainsaws - Use a chainsaw for cutting down trees and limbs. They are very powerful and can also work through hard surfaces, like car roofs and fallen telephone poles. When choosing which power tools to buy first, consider how often they will be used and whether you have alternative tools to do the job in the meantime. AguidetoPowerTools.com Power Tools, Power Drills


Power tools are supposed to make fixing and building things faster and easier. Stocking your tool shed or garage with the right ones makes a difference

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