How to Choose the Right Power Tool

It is essential to choose the right power tool. The wrong tool can end up derailing even the best-planned project. If you are new to power tools, you may not be fully sure on what to consider when choosing tools. Unless you are planning a large-scale demolition project, you will likely be using your tool for at-home projects. Your best bet is a versatile, easy to use tool that will allow you to drill through masonry, wood, metal and other materials.

Choosing the Right Power Tool

How do you go about choosing the right power tool? There are a few main factors that will determine the type of tool you choose:

Your overall requirements.

A DIY enthusiast will have very different requirements compared to an experienced power tool user who needs heavy-duty equipment. Something simpler such as a hammer type drill will be a good choice if you are going to be doing basic drilling. That doesn’t mean you should sacrifice performance, however. A good quality drill that has the ability to provide more power when you need it will always be a worthwhile investment.

The projects you are planning.

Some drills can be used for drilling into software materials but they would not work if you are planning to remove concrete in your front driveway, for example. You would not be able to use your basic cordless drill for this type of work. You would need a heavy-duty rotary hammer drill to drill into concrete. Doing lighter work such as woodworking or hanging pictures on walls can be done with a regular drill.

Key features and tool settings.

It will help greatly if you start learning about your tool’s key features and abilities. This can be confusing - especially if you have not used power tools before. Your drill will come with an instruction booklet that will give you the basic list of features and usage. It is still a good idea to do your own research as well. Important things to understand include rpm, torque, voltage and wattage. These will depend on whether you are using a cordless or corded tool. Tools with a higher wattage will be more powerful. Nm is the torque output and it is very important. This can be adjusted on your drill’s settings depending on the strength of the material. Rpm (rates per minute) can also be adjusted to give you control over the speed of the drill bits. 

Tool manufacturers. 

There are many tool manufacturers out there - all claiming to be the best. The simplest way to know which is best for your needs is to read reviews. See what customers are saying about product features, durability, quality, warranties, and other details. Look for trusted, well-known manufacturers that have a long-standing reputation. It is far better to spend more on quality tools than to buy cheap tools that will not last.

With the help of these guidelines, we hope it will be a bit easier to make your decision. Once you’ve got your power tool, be sure to stock up on premium drill bits at Ruwag.