Power Tools

Corded or Cordless Power Tools

There are hundreds of different power tools. And they fall into one of two groups, corded or cordless. There are also plenty of manufacturers, some of them you will know. Brands such as Makita, Bosch, Dewalt, Hitachi, Roybi and AEG. They make drills, circular saws, routers, jigsaws, angle grinders and sanders.

Quality branded power tools have increased in popularity in recent years. Because of this, prices have dropped to an affordable level. It is well known that power tools will pay for themselves over time. So, are an indispensable part of a tradesman's toolbox. They are also a favourite with DIY and hobby enthusiasts. Because they perform light and detailed work and have easy to use controls. (continued below)

Training and Using Power Tools

Most power tools need no training to use. Anyone can use them to work much faster. They're designed for specific tasks and are essential to the construction industry. Cordless power tools are often chosen over corded tools. Because they're used without mains electric power, it makes them safer to use. Power tools with long trailing leads can be dangerous, especially on building sites. The power leads can catch on sharp objects and cause short circuits. They can also trip up and injure people. And, cordless tools are much lighter. It makes them easier to manoeuvre and use for longer periods of time.

Safety and Power Tools

All power tools can be dangerous, so it's important to follow all the safety procedures. Before using corded power tools you should always inspect the electrical cord. Make sure it hasn't split, cracked, frayed or pulled out of the tool or plug top. All corded power tools used inside or outside should have RCD protection. It will help prevent electrocution. For inspections, you should unplug them from the mains electricity supply. Only then should blades and drill bits get changed and repairs made.

It's important to remember to wear the appropriate safety clothing and equipment. You will need the protection of eyes, face, hands and other parts of the body that are at risk. Most power tools operate using two hands. This will reduce the risk of injuries to wrists and arms. Finally, always clean and lubricate power tools before they're packed away. And only use them after reading the manufacturer's instructions.


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