Electrical Power Tools

Use the Right Tools

One of the biggest mistakes people make when using power tools is not using the right tool for the job-at-hand. It may seem like a time-saving idea to grab the closest power tool nearby – or continue using the same one job after job – but it’s not. Not only will it not work, it’ll probably damage the tool, and could injure the user. No matter what job is being done, take time to find the right power tool.

For help, reference an owner’s manual. These often provide work capacities and other tips to prolong tool life. Before using any power tool, check the power rating on its nameplate to ensure it matches the power source. Most power tools are designed to operate at specific voltages. Attempting to use power tools below their voltage limits could result in loss of power, overheating, and damage to the tool.

Be especially careful when working with generators or extension cords. Both can affect voltage and power tool operation. Users should also be aware of any worn or damaged cords: it’s best to replace these immediately.  Safety tips for power tools: Inspect your tool prior to each use; Pick the correct tool for the job; Wear your PPE; Don’t alter or change your tools; Handle with care; Keep your distance; Pick up and replace after each use; Unplug and/or disconnect after each use; Keep your workplace clean; Make sure your are properly trained to operate the tool.