7 Things to Consider Before Choosing the Right Power Tool

7 Things to Consider Before Choosing the Right Power Tool

To select power tools, you need to know what amp hour is, the difference between wireless and wired brush tools.

In our daily lives, for any DIY projects, many people use different tools. For beginners, it might become challenging to select a specific tool from a wide variety.

This phenomenon is especially true if it is a power tool. There are thousands of brands in the market, trying to satisfy the massive demand for power tools. This makes choosing the right tool difficult and hinders the project. Also, a lot of money gets wasted. Therefore, it is very crucial to select the perfect power tools before buying anything that seems to be useful.

To help you out, we have put together a list of factors to look for when shopping for a power tool.

1. Wired Tools VS. Wireless Tools

Some tools do not require any cords and run on batteries. These wireless or cordless tools are mobile and easy to transport from one place to another. This is great when you need to move while working on your project.

Being cordless, this is a convenient tool, but there is a risk of running out of power as it runs on a battery.

On the other hand, with corded tools, you do not fear running out of power as it is connected to an electric socket with the cord. This comes by sacrificing mobility as the wires make it a bit difficult to move and is quite disturbing when moving around the workspace.

Wired and wireless may be the main two types, but thousands of brands in this category provide multiple options. Choosing the right brand can be a hefty task. While choosing from long standing brands, be sure to do some background checks to learn about their authenticity.

Now that you know which is what and you also have an idea about your project, you can get whichever you want. For mobility, get cordless, and for continuous power, get corded tools. For large scale renovation projects, you will need both wired & wireless tools.

2. Tools That Have Brush And Tools That Do Not

We are all very familiar with brushed power tools. They are small motorized tools with a brush on top of them, which spins rapidly. You usually use these brushed tools to clean something, and you need to reach someplace deep.

Brushless tools are, however, the same thing but without the brush, hence the name brushless. These are cordless power tools that run on batteries, and the speed at which the motor will spin will depend on the power of the battery.

3. Lithium-Ion Tools

Most tools that use Lithium Ions are generally a variant of the cordless power tool. As the name suggests, Lithium is used to keep the battery’s charge and use it whenever necessary.

Compared to other batteries like zinc-based ones, they have a lot of benefits, which include-

  • Weighs less
  • Rechargeable
  • Can provide great power
  • Long-lasting charge

With all things considered, it is wise to select a lithium-ion battery cordless tool until a device with a better battery system appears.

4. The Meaning Behind Amp Hour

This is also a term that correlates to cordless tools. Generally, amp-hour means how long the battery can go without being charged. The term Amp Hour is symbolized as “Ah.”

If your tool has a high enough Ah, that means that the tool will run for a long time after being charged once. The vice versa can happen as well.

However, this comes with a major drawback. If a tool has a higher Ah, then that means that it will also have a larger battery size. This large battery size will make the tool heavier and make movement a bit harder.

5. Tools Based On Different Projects

It is not always about the tool, but also about the work the tool will be doing. What sort of project you are doing and your specific needs will also determine what tool you require.

Therefore you also need to have a clear idea about your project. A larger project will require heavier and bigger tools that deliver a bigger punch, while small DIY projects can be done with almost all sorts of cordless tools.

DIY projects mostly require small, portable tools since you will not have enough space to work. Even if you are working in an empty, spacious garage, you can not just swing a power saw comfortably.

6. Check The Safety Of The Tool

While buying a tool, you also must research about that product and about that company. Customers often get cheated and purchase a mediocre tool that cannot do anything properly.

So it is advised to buy your power tools from a reputable and reliable retailer.

Many companies are even proud of their safety ratings, and confidently speak about the safety and effectiveness of the tools they manufacture and market. Therefore, while going out to buy a tool for your project, you must research and acquire in-depth knowledge about the product.

7. The True Cost Of A Tool

When you buy a tool, of course, you will consider the price and think that to be the cost of owning the tool.

However, you need to consider the cost of owning such tools beyond the price you pay at the time of buying. To determine the true cost, you will need to think about all the different things you need to buy for the tool, like blades, sharpeners, belts, and any other repairs you might need.

Final Thoughts

Various tools can be used for different purposes. All tools are unique in their own way, and they all do different works. So, it is crucial to do your research and learn everything you need to know about the tool before committing to buying it.


Eric is the creator of At Home in the Future and has been a passionate fan of the future since he was seven. He's a web developer by trade, and serves as the Director of Communication and Technology for a large church in Nashville, TN (where he and his family are building a high tech home in the woods).

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