A guide to common power tools
If you're a do-it-yourselfer or enjoy building things as a hobby, power tools will help you get the job done easier, with less strain on your body. In fact, it's a good idea to use power tools whenever possible, since they're safer than hand tools, on the whole, when used correctly.
An Overview of the Most Popular Power Tools
Typically, power tools are used for more complex construction projects; hand tools usually suffice for day-to-day repairs and minor fix-its.
If you need to do some precision cutting, power saws will help you slice straight lines and corners or fashion perfect round or oblong shapes. If the job involves smoothing surfaces, such as floors, ceilings or the frames around the doors you're replacing, a power hand plane can save you a lot of time and effort compared to a manual one.
Should you need a power tool with cutting, grinding, smoothing and polishing capabilities, a small angle grinder will make your job simpler. Power routers are extremely useful in carpentry projects, as they can quickly and efficiently hollow out pieces of wood; however, some carpenters swear by manual routers, saying they allow for better precision control.
If you're hanging a picture, portrait or wall decoration and have to find a stud in your wall, rely on an electronic stud finder to work its magnetic magic. And should you ever need to dig a deep hole in your yard, renting a power auger will save you a lot of backbreaking labor. However, you should be aware that the safe use of a power auger will require the help of another person.
Safe Use of Power Tools
You should always put safety first no matter what type of power tool you're using. Rapidly spinning blades, rotating heads and grinding planes can cause very serious injuries.
Never use a power tool until you've been trained in its safe, proper use. If it comes with guards, shields or other safety equipment, always use them. It's also a good idea to test the electrical grounding capabilities of power tools before using them.
Whenever you're using power tools, always equip yourself with personal protective equipment including dust masks, safety glasses, work gloves, steel-toed boots and earplugs or another form of hearing protection. Power tools can be very loud, and can cause hearing damage faster than you might think. Finally, your work area should be dry, clean and free of clutter and debris.