How to Buy Power Tools

Does the thought of buying power tools excite you and terrify you at the same time? By taking the following steps, you can be well on your way to starting and building an enviable collection of power tools.


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    Decide what kind of user you are – occasional or serious user. An occasional user can get by with a less expensive tool, while a serious tool user should only buy professional power tools.
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    Look for a quality power tool to purchase. If you haven’t heard of the brand, either ask a sales person or research the name online.
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    Decide if you want a cordless tool or corded tool. The advantages of a corded tool is they offer more power, Are usually less expensive, and there are no batteries that need to be recharged. Most cordless tools will meet the needs of any user, however, they may need to be recharged before finishing a project. If this is a concern, you may be well advised to buy additional batteries.
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    Compare features of the same tool with other competitors. Power tools companies have patents on their features, and sometimes the extra feature is worth the extra money.
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    Buy from a store that has a return policy that states they will accept power tool returns.


  • Compare tools of the same size and power.
  • Batteries types vary and can cause drastic price differences depending on the quality. Nickel Cadmium batteries are the lowest quality followed by better quality Nickel Metal Hydride and Lithium Ion batteries.
  • Always hold the tool you plan on buying at the store - make sure that you can handle the weight and dimensions of the tool fit your hand; hold it the way you'll be using it. Remember that a cordless tool might weigh a bit more - you have to carry around the battery. The more expensive tools with a lithium ion battery are lighter than the cheaper ni-cad batteries.
  • If you decide on a battery or cordless tool you will need to maintain the battery. Not using batteries for a long period between projects will shorten their life. Replacement batteries are expensive for some of these tools.
  • If your tool requires a blade or extra pieces not included, make sure you look in the owner's manual to see that company's recommendations.
  • If you buy a cordless tool, see how easy it is to change the battery.
  • When comparing tools, see how well they're made - do they have a lot of plastic parts or more expensive (and longer lasting) metal parts.


  • Always wear eye protection.
  • Cutting and sanding tools produce airborne particles and some materials may be toxic when inhaled. If in doubt, wear a dust mask or respirator.
  • Some tools are also loud and you may need hearing protection as well.

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