You Need the Right Tool for the Job

power-tools-drill-bitsChoosing the Right Tool for the Right Job

You would not try to split a 10 inch diameter log with a hatchet instead of an ax.

By the same token you would not want to try to drill a 3/4 inch hole in cement with a standard 1/4 drill.

You hear people all the time bad mouthing a particular tool because it did not work well when the real problem was the user. They did not choose the right tool for the job at hand.

Most tools, if not all, were made for a specific range of jobs to perform. When you try to use it beyond the range it was made and designed for, you start having problems. Then it is human nature to blame the tool or the manufacturer when the fault really lies with the person using it.

electric-drillThere are always exceptions in tool usage as well as in all other walks of life.

For example, I have a 1/4 inch standard electric drill that I have owned for twenty plus years. I have used it for everything from drilling a one inch hole in cement and metal to driving a # twelve four inch screw into hard wood and it still works fine. It was and still is an exceptional tool. With the beating I gave it, it should have failed long ago but it is one of the exceptions we come across in life. There is no answer for it.

All manufacturers of tools will have specifications on their tools such as amperage, RPM, size, weight, capacity and etc., etc. They are there for a purpose, to help us choose the tool we need. In a lot of cases price is the determining factor when we buy and not what the item was designed for.

When we don’t read the specs to determine if the tool is the proper one and buy because it is cheaper, we are setting it up to fail. Then we blame the manufacturer for such a bad tool.

power-tools-saws-true-value-hardwareSometimes a little overkill is not a bad thing. When it comes to using tools, even though the weaker one will do the job, a stronger one is better for it will not put stress on the tool.

How long a tool will last is dependent upon how much stress it is put under on a daily basis. Sometimes bigger is better. The bigger, stronger and more powerful the tool that is used will sometime make the job easier and not put as much stress on the tool, therefore making it last longer.

You could probably pull a loaded fourteen foot trailer with a 1/2 ton pick-up truck without any problem but a tandem wheel 1-1/2 ton truck would be better. The same scenario holds true with construction tools.

So the next time you plan a project, take into consideration the proper tool to use and everything will work out better in the end.

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Ted has always been passionate about tools. He totally digs construction tools. He currently helps run:

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