Power Tools

Corded or Cordless Tools

There are plenty of power tools available and they more or less fall into one of two groups - corded or cordless. There are also many manufacturers and some of them are well known and include Makita, Bosch and of course Dewalt. There are others of equal quality that should be considered such as Hitachi, Ryobi and AEG. Between them they make a large selection of drills, circular saws and routers and other popular products like jigsaws, angle grinders and sanders.

Quality branded cordless tools have increased in popularity in recent years and because of this prices have dropped to an affordable level. It is well known that these tools will quickly pay for themselves, 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 been designed with easy to use controls. (continued below)

Training and Using Electric Tools

Most electric tools require little to no training and will enable you to work much faster. They have each been designed for a specific task and are essential to the construction industry. Cordless tools are often chosen over corded tools because they can be used without the need for mains electric power, making 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 or trip over and injure workers. And cordless tools are much lighter, which means they are easier to manoeuvre and use for long periods of time.

Safety and Electrical Operated Tools

All electrical tools can be dangerous, so it is important to follow all the safety procedures. Before using corded 230V tools you should always inspect the electrical cord and ensure it has not split, cracked, frayed or pulled out of the tool housing or plug top. All corded tools that are used inside or outside should have RCD protection to help prevent electrocution. And they should be disconnected from the mains electricity supply before any repairs or blades and drill bits are changed.

It is important to remember to wear the appropriate safety clothing and equipment for the protection of ears, eyes, face, hands and any other parts of the body that may be at risk. Most of these tools have been designed to be operated using two hands and this will reduce the risk of injuries to wrists and arms. Finally always clean and lubricate power tools before they are packed away and make sure you use them in accordance with the manufacturers instructions.

 

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