Uses and Types of Power Tools

Power tools come in two categories: portable or stationary. Portable implies handheld. These portable power tools have advantages in mobility. But stationary tools have accuracy and speed. Stationary power tools are typically big and cannot be easily moved. Portable tools are lightweight and can be used while being held by human hands. Stationary models have benefits of smoothness, power, and precision while portable ones of mobility and versatility.

Power tools can also be classified as per their purpose. Various kinds of power tools include the following:

Chain Saw

They are the ubiquitous power tool. Used to trim branches and cut trees, special versions are also available for cutting concrete and stone. These portable power tools make use of a tiny engine for pulling a bladed chain through a slotted guide bar. Modern chainsaws are powered by electric motors or combustion engines


They help in the fast cutting of circular holes. Types are cordless, portable drill and stationary drill press. Cordless drills may be fitted with adapters to drive screws or torque bolts or even be used as sanders.


These are special woodworking tools which use a saw blade to cut a thin slot into a piece of wood. The same type of slot is cut into another wood piece and the two wood pieces are joined together by fitting the slots together.


This tool uses special blades to cut the surface off a wood piece, rendering it flat.


They hold and spin materials such that they can be shaped and worked. Powered lathes can help the user focus attention on work rather than turning the spindle.

Nail Guns

These tools push out nails, manoeuvring them onto wood and other materials. They work faster than the traditional hammer.

Torque Wrench

This tool uses compressed air to turn nuts and bolts, powerfully and quickly.


They help in smoothing a surface by rubbing another rough surface on its top. They are the most different type of tools and come in versions like drum sanders, mouse sanders, disc sanders and belt sanders.


These are kinds of cutting tools. Powered saws move a band or blade extremely fast, leading to substantial cutting power. Various types of saws include a table, radial arm, and band.

With so many great power tools to choose from, finding the one suitable for your project will take some time and research. But generally go in for the most versatile tool, which will help you with maximum tasks.

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