Handy Guide to Buying a Woodworking Tool
Buying a new tool is a challenging task. Even experienced woodworkers go into “contractions” when it comes to buying tools. Just imagine the case of a novice and how he feels.
While buying anything the rule of thumb is ….” when you don’t know much about the product buy the cheapest or near cheapest price” or we pick a most powerful version with the belief that if 1watt power is good then 2 Watt would be better.
We all follow this rule, but working with power tools can be hazardous to your health.
One example of this is the daughter of our family friend. She after getting her first apartment decided to fix it up a bit on her own. She wanted to fasten a bookshelf to the wall and wanted to purchase a portable drill bit for that purpose. Like everyone out of so many options available she wanted to buy the best one and at the recommendation of the salesperson bought an 18-volt drill. She was operating it for the first time and in her first attempt bit caught something in the wall and twisted out of her control.
The intensity was such that she has to seek medical attention and was off work for a few days and in a sling for two weeks. The main reason behind all this is simple, the drill was too powerful to handle. Purchasing the power tools goes beyond looking at power.
Just ask the woodworker who purchased a portable drill and while using a battery pack, actually blew out the bottom of its case barely missing his leg. These are some of the incidents you hear from a so-called experienced woodworker.
Before deciding to buy anything, a bit of research would help in going a long way. When you go for purchasing, as a rule, the salesperson of tools usually possesses good knowledge on the best one, but remember from the business perspective, they need to sell the tools they sell and not the best one which you will be looking for.
So don’t get biased by the recommendations but take your decisions based on your research and inputs from the experienced woodworkers.
Without getting into too much detail on different tools, below are some points of consideration while purchasing the tools.
Search for tools that have a long or even lifetime warranty. This is just for the simple reason that manufacturers of such tools want to maintain their brand name and don’t want to see the tools coming back to them for repair or replacement. And these tools will definitely perform better.
Purchase the tools that are prices average i.e. “middle of the pack” and such tools actually give the best value for money. Often you can get a very decent tool with a good warranty that is competitively priced.
As noted above the bigger power is not always better. Go for the average-sized woodworker and don’t go for drill over 14 volts. This itself will be too powerful and heavy and can twist the arm of any normal size human being. In a nutshell look for what will do best for you.
Corded or cordless
Corded tools are generally cheaper and on other hand are less convenient. If your usage is limited go for corded which will serve the purpose. If your usage is heavy and battery power is good then go for cordless
Where to buy
Definitely using logic it’s always better to go with a reputed dealer who has a good collection from where you can choose and most importantly stand behind what they sell. If you follow the above suggestions while purchasing the tools, then definitely you will have a lower risk of owning poor-quality tools or tools that don’t serve your purpose.
Save yourself some time, money and definitely a lot of frustration.