For The Love of Tools

Ever since I can remember I have been obsessed with tools. Tools for all trades, in all shapes, colors and sizes. All with one thing in common, QUALITY I cannot stand using low quality tools for any reason. Why, you ask?  Well that is a good question. There are many reasons why I will only purchase quality tools starting with safety. Other reasons include: getting professional results, durability, ease of use, and they look and feel better than a low-grade piece of junk. As with anything in life, you get what you pay for.  If you buy the cheapest tool in the rack you will own the cheapest tool in the rack and be assured, you will regret it some day.

Tool Safety is one of the biggest concerns with cheap tools. Having enough power is very important when making cuts in almost any material. And this is the major difference between grades of tools. As “Tim The Tool Man Taylor” used to say “More Power”!  While this is a fun, manly thing to say and feel it does ring true in the power tool world. However, there are exceptions to the rule.  For instance, the Eskimo I saw on HGTV the other day converted his Snowmobile engine into a chain saw. This may be a little excessive and very dangerous, but it sure looked cool.  So remember buy quality, safety first, read all instructions that come with your tools and always wear your safety glasses.

Using your tools properly and using the right tools for the job are some of the most important factors in achieving professional results. Let’s say you want to replace some molding in your house. You can buy a handsaw with a miter box and some hand nails for under $30. For most beginners the amount of extra work involved using all hand tools and the unprofessional look of the final product will make you not ever want to try it again.  If you aren’t sure you want to invest in the tools, consider just renting a power miter saw and a small nail gun.  It would still be under $100 and perhaps take one weekend instead of two.

Some great tool manufacturers include Dewalt, Makita, Bosch, Porter Cable and Milwaukee.  Costs can vary from store to store, depending upon your location. No matter where you are in the world, has great deals on all types of tools and accessories that can compare to Lowes and Home Depot. Great deals can be found on tools if you know where to look. Pawnshops have provided me with many tools over the years and I haven’t had a dud yet. Look for name brands of commercial grade, these tools are made to take a beating and keep running. I have also found many deals in Lowes and Home Depot in the returned and re-built section.  Because the good deals go quick, you have to be in the right place at the right time, so check these stores often and make friends with the guy in the tool section.  Great deals can be found. I have gotten up to 50% off new tools many times.

Whether you are remodeling your kitchen, building a deck, gutting your bathroom, or just painting your kids bedroom (again) having the right tools for the job is very important. So, buy the right tools for the job, use them correctly, use them safely and intelligently. And don’t forget to LOVE YOUR TOOLS!

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