What do you need in your tool Arsenal?
When deciding if you should spend a little more on a better quality power tool, you have to first take into consideration what you are using it for and will be using it for in the future. You want to prevent from having to buy another one down the line and save money now. Personally, I LOVE my girly power tool, but there are jobs that I wanted to do that I wish I had the right powerful power tool for the job. Sometimes an all in one workhorse is just what you need and it's worth spending extra on it.
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There are many reasons why you may want to invest in a power tool and those reasons may go a long way to dictating how much you want to spend on the tool involved. See more info at Gotstock. You need to think about this when you’re considering your purchase.
You may be one of those people that really wants to have a go at DIY in a big way. This could be because you want to save the money you would spend on hiring a professional or it may be just because you want the satisfaction of completing the work yourself. I love the pleasure I get and sense of independence it gives me when i can fix, hang up or make something myself.
You may have a one off job in the house that needs doing and want to buy a tool specifically for that job and not because you think you’ll ever have to use it again.
What difference does it make?
You may be wondering what the reason for purchasing a power tool has to do with what type of tool you should buy. Simply put, if you’re going to be using a tool on a regular basis then you’re going to want one that is built to last with reliable parts. You’re also likely to want a genuine warranty from a reputable provider. Power tools such as drills, saws and sanders are the ones which the majority of people use most often.
If you’ve got a specific job to complete, and you want to buy a tool for that reason and not for any further use, then it isn’t going to matter too much if you wear the tool out in that one job. In this case it may be worth considering looking at the products of less well known brands that are more affordable.
Is there any way of getting a well-known brand tool cheaply?
You may be thinking that you don’t want to use anything other than a tool from a well-known brand, even for a one off job. But you may not have a huge budget to spend. Of course it’s possible to buy tools second hand or refurbished and they may work perfectly well, but you’re always taking a chance doing this, especially if the warranty has expired.
Probably the best way of getting a top brand tool for a one off job is to borrow from someone you trust. Of course you don’t have the advantage of being able to keep hold of the tool ‘just in case’.
What if you want to build up a tool collection?
If you’ve decided to be self-sufficient with your DIY then you either have to take the plunge and invest in tools from the well-known producers or you have to do some extensive research. If you check out some of the DIY forums then you may just find some positive chat about a less expensive tool that does the job well. Getting advice from those people who actually use the tools is always a great way of establishing their effectiveness.
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