As a homeowner, selecting the right tools for a project can be confusing. Many times, you will know what you want to accomplish and what implements you will need. However, when you go to the home store to pick the tools out, you're met with a gigantic warehouse full of huge displays and no guidance. Not to worry. When considering a tool purchase, whether it be a simple screwdriver or a complex power saw, the core points you want to consider are safety, value, and usage.
Safety is your number-one concern when selecting the right tool. For power tools, you want to look for sturdy, rubber-coated cords and safety mechanisms built right into the controls. If it has a blade, does it stop immediately when you release the trigger or choke, or does it continue to operate for a few seconds? Does it have a safety latch for added security? For hand tools, the shaft and the handle, if any, should be tightly joined. For all-metal hand tools, make sure to choose a brand you trust. The last thing you need is to have a tool bend or snap when you're using it, costing you skinned knuckles, bruises, or, worse, broken fingers. Another safety concern is repetitive-motion injury. With hand tools, choose one that fits in your hand comfortably and is neither ill-balanced or too heavy. Pick one that feels right in your grasp. If you're left-handed, be doubly cautious.
No one is happy with bargain tools that break after one or two home projects. Value is paramount when choosing the right tool. While the least-expensive option is sometimes a fine choice, be aware that least-expensive all too often equates to cheap. A cheaply manufactured tool is a waste of money. Not only may it hurt you by breaking or shorting out, but it must also be replaced. Don't be afraid to study the differences between low, medium, and high-cost tools. A more expensive tool can be a bargain if it lasts twice as long as the cheaper competitor. Be astute, but never thrifty, when choosing your tools.
Finally, consider the usage of the tool before choosing. For power tools, see if it can serve multiple purposes. For example, a drill may also sand or buff with other attachments. A garage full of single-purpose tools may be a waste. The same can be applied to hand tools such as socket sets, saws, and screwdrivers. Many come with attachments, making them useful for more than one task. Before you choose, see what else the tool is designed to do around the house.
By being conscientious of safety, usage, and value, you're far more likely to be pleased with your tool purchase now and for many years to come. A tool, no matter how large or small, is an investment. Don't be seduced by low prices or cheap workmanship, invest in a quality implement. By being careful in your selections, you will save money in the end and suffer no injuries from cheap tools.