7 Questions to Ask Yourself Before Buying Power Tools
Before you purchase that next power tool, ask yourself the following questions.
High-quality power tools can be expensive, but they’re worth it if you’re serious about DIY projects. Professional power tools are built to last, more efficient, and feature more advanced safety mechanisms.
Less expensive power tools might look like their high-quality counterparts, but oftentimes, you’ll find that the cheaper version starts to wear out after a few months of use. Instead of having to replace or repair a cheaper power tool, it is sometimes worth the price to buy a more expensive tool.
If you’re considering a high-quality power tool, however, you’re going to want to do your research beforehand. You don’t want to make a purchase and then realize it isn’t wasn’t what you were expecting.
So before you purchase that next power tool, ask yourself the following questions.
Does it have all the functions I need?
The first thing you’ll want to consider is if it has all of the functions you need. For example, if you move around to different construction sites, you might need a portable bench-top table saw instead of a traditional table saw. Always think about how you’re going to be using the tool and whether or not it actually has those features. There’s no point in buying it if it isn’t going to be of any use.
How long will I use this tool?
You’ll also want to consider how long you’ll use the tool. If you’re working on a project and you’ll only use the power tool once, you don’t need to purchase that tool. Instead, you can use the hand tools you already have, borrow the tool from a friend, or rent it from a home improvement store. You should really only purchase tools that you’re planning on using for years to come.
Will I use this tool often?
This is very similar to the above question, but you should also think about how often you’re going to be using the tools. If you anticipate it being helpful for future projects but aren’t sure how often those projects will occur, it might not be worth buying the tool. If the tool is primarily going to sit in your garage and only be used once a year or so, it might be more cost-efficient to rent the tool instead.
What does the warranty look like?
Once you determine that you will be using the tool often and that it has all of the functions you need, look at the warranty on the tool. Most brands offer a warranty where the tool can be returned within 90 days if it doesn’t meet your expectations, as well as a period of time where they’ll cover repairs. Some brands even offer lifetime warranties! Don’t settle for a tool that doesn’t have a warranty.
Is there a difference between brands?
If you’ve been crafting for a while, you might already have loyalty to a certain brand of power tools. However, it is still a good idea to check out multiple brands before deciding on a tool. You’ll want to consider every aspect of the tool—you should make sure it has the right functions, what the warranty looks like, and if the price is right. While you should never settle for a brand you’re unhappy with, sometimes brand comparison makes a difference.
Does it have good reviews?
It is always helpful to read about what others are saying about a tool. If you’re considering between multiple drill press tables, an online review might mean the difference between purchasing a good table over a bad one. Other customers are often more honest than companies when it comes to potential flaws of tools.
Can I afford it?
Finally, if everything seems absolutely perfect with the tool, the last thing you’ll want to consider is whether or not you can afford it. If the tool is going to put you in debt and you don’t anticipate getting your money back from it, it might not be worth buying. But if it seems like a good investment and you’re still struggling to come up with the cash, most stores offer payment plans. If you don’t have the funds but want the tool, talk to the store about what your options are.
Fully thinking through your purchase before committing to a specific power tool can help ensure that you get the most bang for your buck. You want a tool that is going to last you for years to come—and if it does malfunction, a good warranty can help save you money.