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Power Tools - Learn all about the different types of power tools and their uses

Do not worry if you are not mechanically inclined, here is a short guide to educate you on the different types of power tools available to buy, their features and uses.

Different types of power tools and their uses

Mitre Saw:

If you are making frames or putting trim around the ceiling then a mitre saw is a must have. Also known as a chop saw, drop saw, or mitre box, this machine uses a back stop or fence to prop the wood against. It has a handle for lowering the saw blade to cut the wood. If you need a special angle or bevel cut, just move the levers to adjust the angle on the mitre index before cutting.

Special features to look for are a blade guard, dust bag or shop vac attachment, safety clamp, and a laser cutting guide.

Circular Saw:

The next must have is a circular saw. This tool uses a steel toothed, tungsten carbide tipped blade that spins on an axis to cut wood. The blade leaves a clean cutting line, but it does leave a rough surface on the cutting side. Other blades may be attached to cut metal, masonry, and plastic. This saw is a hand held tool, but it can be mounted or attached like in the table saw.

Key features to look for are a blade guard, a cutting guide or rip fence, a carrying case, a vacuum attachment, and a spindle lock.

Angle Grinder:

If your partner loves to work with metal and masonry, then an angle grinder may be next on your list. This hand held tool is used for polishing, cutting, and grinding materials. By inserting discs that spin perpendicular to the handle, users can swiftly move from one task to the next. This machine runs on compressed air (pneumatic) or electricity. Usually, electric grinders are larger and use bigger discs. Pneumatic grinders tend to be smaller and use smaller discs.

Some key things to look for are the size and kind of the motor, size of blade or disc, the type of handle or additional handles, a blade guard, and dust ejector.

Cordless Drills:

This last group of tools is featured in every handyman show and almost every horror movie. Cordless drills just get the testosterone revving. The drill works by placing a cutting tool also known as a drill bit into the chuck. The chuck grips the bit tightly and rotates it while the other end is pressed into the drilling material. Drills can be used to place holes in almost any surface including wood, masonry, metal, plastic, dirt, and stone.

Key features to look for in a cordless drill are the size of motor, bits, hammering ability, type of handle or additional handles, size or type of battery, safety switch, angle of head, and carrying case.

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