Posted on February 24, 2019
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Tool Reviews & How To Use Them
You might have heard from more experienced people, even tradesmen, who will advise, "Buy the best tool you can afford."
You might do that — spend hundreds of dollars on professional-grade power tools — but the question always remains: are they really worth the extra money?
The answer is no, it isn’t always worth buying the best power tool you can afford. Sometimes, yes — mostly, no.
A top-quality professional-grade cordless drill is a good investment. You'll use a drill all your life, and since it's very easy to push a drill to its limit, you'll appreciate the extra power and durability of a pro tool. Drilling masonry, for instance, can severely damage a light-weight drill.
For other power tools, though, you’ll generally do ﬁne with a top-of-the-line consumer tool. Take circular saws, for example. A good consumer tool will have all the power you'll need and cut just as well as a pro model — quality of cut being mainly in the blade, after all. Furthermore, professional circular saws are quite a bit heavier and they lack the safety switch commonly found on consumer saws.
A jigsaw just doesn't get used much, and when you do use it, you aren't likely to overload it. Save your money on this tool.
With sanders and routers, it’s a tossup. They don't normally get used enough in home improvement projects to make it worthwhile buying expensive professional models. Get a good consumer-grade tool and you'll do ﬁne. If you intend to do a fair amount of woodworking, however, a larger, professional-grade router will allow you to do much more, and a pro-grade belt sander will give you much better results on delicate work.
Finally, it’s just a good rule not to buy more tool than you need. When you're ready to move up to a bigger or better tool, do it then.