Power tools are very expensive. When said and done, all the tools can add up to be a big expense.  So when buying a power tool you want to make sure you are getting the most for your money, and also that you are buying the right power tool.  You don’t want to buy a tool that is pure overkill on power or even worse, underpowered.  That’s why when you buy a power tool you want to look at the important aspects of the tool. Sometimes this can be confusing.  One important question to ask yourself is, “What kind of user am I ?”  Once you find this out, choosing the right brand of tool is a lot easier.  After you decide what kind of user you are, you need to look at some important aspects, such as corded vs. cordless, amps and horsepower, return policies and more.

Kind of User

A power tool is an extension of your hands, like Edward Scissor Hands.  If you have the right tool and a quality tool, you can create or fix just about anything.  One important question you need to ask yourself is, “What kind of user am I ?”  If you are a light homeowner user, you can get away with a less expensive brand such as Black and Decker.  A light homeowner user probably will not put a lot of use and abuse on the tools. In addition, power is not as  big a deal.  Remember more power usually means more weight in the tool.  Black and Decker designs their tools for the light homeowner use.  They are quality built and inexpensive.

If you are not a light home owner use, but aren’t a serious user, Craftsman makes an exceptional tool.  Craftsman actually has other companies make these tools for them. You can see their manufacturers through the source code.  Craftsman makes a good quality tool that has a lot of features and good power.  Plus, they have a great return policy if something happens or you are dissatisfied with the tool.

If you are a serious home user or contractor, go with a good brand name such as Milwaukee, Dewalt, Bosch, Porter Cable or Makita.  These manufactures pride themselves on making the best tools.  They are constantly putting money into their research and development process to make these tools even better.  These professional power tools cost more, but they are made with better technology and materials.  They also have a better design that causes less fatigue on the user. In addition, these tools are made to last a life time.

Quality Tool

The tools mentioned above are good quality tools.  I would suggest staying with one of the manufacturers above for a couple different reasons, but the main reason is efficiency.  These power tools will last you a lifetime.  They are designed by companies who have been in the business for  along time and they understand power tools.  They understand quality, safety, and what makes a good tool.  These tools are more efficient, meaning they can actually transfer more power from the input or battery to the output.  This means less work and less frustration for the worker.  If you would like to learn more about the difference between cheap power tools and professional power tools, please see this article.

Corded Vs. Cordless

Corded power tools tend to have a little more power, while the cordless have the versatility.  At least this is the case now.  Milwaukee just came out with a new battery technology that might change everything.  Cordless power tools are becoming more and more common as they are increasing their power, while lowering their overall tool weight.  I would suggest going with a cordless tool because of versatility.  The only reason to go with a corded tool is if you will be using the tool for long periods of time or the tool you are looking for has a substantially more power capability in the corded version.

Return policy

Power tools are expensive and no matter how carefully any company watches for defects, they will always get one or two that pass them by.  You never know what will happen.  These companies do a very good job and have very low returns on their products, but as a consumer you always want to be prepared.  I would suggest going with a store that has an exceptional return policy, such as Amazon.  They have been voted year after year as one of the most return friendly stores around.  Amazon is also a good place to go because they have user ratings from real people who have used the tools.  Just make sure you know your return policy from what ever store you buy from.

If you would like to research more information about power tools, please see the Power Tool Guide.