Buying Your First Set of Power Tools? Note a Few Quick Tips First

If you've moved from an apartment to a new home, you'll probably need some tools to handle your own home repairs. You may also want some power tools for woodworking and other such hobbies. Because they're often so expensive and are considered an investment that should last for years, you want to ensure you choose the best tools for the money without overspending on features you don't need, while also avoiding tools that are going to break sooner rather than later. Note a few quick tips for those just starting out with power tools.

Store brands

Store brand tools are usually less expensive since there is less markup needed for the store to make a profit. In some cases they can be as good as any name brand tool, but consider the cost and ease of finding replacement parts. Drill bits, saw blades, and parts that work the internal motor may be more costly and harder to find with store brands than name brands. In many cases, it's good to make the investment of the name brand so you can more readily find replacement parts when they're needed.

Latest models

You may see a new model of power hammer or drill that was just released on the market, but be careful about buying it right away. As with new cars, the price may drop as that new model gets a bit older and sellers need to clear their inventory to make way for an even newer model. Look for older models that offer all the features you need and that are made with high-quality parts, but which may be cheaper simply because they're not the latest model on the market. This can save you money while you still get everything you need from a power tool.

Plastic versus metal

Some tools will feel very lightweight and be cheaper because they're made with plastic parts inside; this can be good for lightweight jobs and occasional use. If you only need a power hammer to assemble the occasional piece of furniture or hang pictures, you can get by with plastic parts. However, those plastic parts don't hold up so well under the heat of the motor inside power tools and may wear out more quickly than metal parts. If you know you'll be using your tools every weekend or are looking to tackle a big renovation project, look for metal parts including connectors, springs, and outside casings that hold the tools together.