Top 4 Things to Remember When Buying Power Tools And Equipment

For many people, power tools are a way of life. A moment of browsing #powertools on Instagram is enough to witness the collections people display-and many actually use!-day in and day out. For others, power tools are a borderline dangerous mystery best left to the professionals. At Helton Tool and Home, we feel that everyone should have some knowledge and understanding of power tools, because one should not put off or hire out a task that may be easy enough to accomplish on one's own (with the help of a little power).

Voltage Requirements

Knowing how much power is needed for the task is important when buying Power Tools and Equipment. There's no need to go all out for a 20V when a 12V drill will provide enough power and runtime to complete the most arduous task it may ever be expected to accomplish. For most casual power tool users, a 12V tool is plenty for quick drilling, driving, and fastening without issuing so much power the user risks over-doing it and causing damage.

Dewalt DCD910 12V NiCd XRP 1/2" Cordless Drill Driver, Tool Only

Dewalt DCD910 12V NiCd XRP 1/2" Cordless Drill Driver, Tool Only

The Bosch BAT414 12V lithium-ion battery charges quickly and provides all the power of a NiCd battery at a fraction of the weight.
Bare Tools vs Bundled Tools vs Tool Kits

Often, tools of a similar brand, voltage, and chemistry can all be powered by the same battery. Therefore, a user could hypothetically buy one tool kit (complete with tool, charger, two batteries, and a case) and then build onto that collection with Bare Tools Items or Bundled Tools.

When it comes to bundled tools, we group compatible items that run on the same battery or require the same charger, so users can purchase only the components they need for their specific tasks, and no more.
Bosch CFL180 18V Lithium Ion Flashlight Work Light - Bare Tool

Bosch CFL180 18V Lithium Ion Flashlight Work Light – Bare Tool

The Bosch CFL180 is a compact and durable 18V flashlight that features a 360-degree rotating handle with seven detents for easy positioning in various preset positions.

Brushes vs Brushless
Don't forget the maintenance required to keep tools looking and performing at their peak. Many power tools today are manufactured with brushless motors, which are more efficient and require far less maintenance than brushed motors. The only inherent downside of brushed motors is the initial cost of investment, as these more advanced motors understandably cost more. For users who do choose to purchase tools with brushed motors, it's important to remember to clean and replace the brushes with some regularity to keep the tool performing its best.
Milwaukee 2798-22CT M18 2-Tool Brushless Drill / Brushless Impact Driver Kit

Milwaukee 2798-22CT M18 2-Tool Brushless Drill / Brushless Impact Driver Kit

The Milwaukee 2750-20 M18 1/4" hex brushless impact driver is a great choice for users who want a powerful impact they can rely on in an industrial.

Corded vs Cordless
The idea of corded vs cordless seems a bit of a no-brainer with how many varieties of tools now run on lithium-ion battery power. However, battery power can only do so much. Many users may find the demands of their task are better suited for a corded tool, which-while less convenient as far as mobility goes-often packs more punch and costs less.
We hope these 4 things are at the forefront of our customers' minds when it's time to start a tool collection or add on to an existing one. What other tool buying tips are important to keep in mind? Let us know on Facebook!
Bosch BAT414 12V 2.0Ah Lithium Ion Battery - 2 Pack

Bosch BAT414 12V 2.0Ah Lithium Ion Battery – 2 Pack

The Bosch BAT414 12V lithium-ion battery charges quickly and provides all the power of a NiCd battery at a fraction of the weight.