A power tool is a power tool that is actuated by an additional power source and mechanism other than the solely manual labour used with hand tools. The most common types of power tools use electric motors. Internal combustion engines and compressed air are also commonly used.
Power tools are used in industry, in construction, in the garden, for housework tasks such as cooking, cleaning, and around the house for purposes of driving (fasteners), drilling, cutting, shaping, sanding, grinding, routing, polishing, painting, heating and more.
Power tools are classified as either stationary or portable, where portable means hand-held. Portable power tools have obvious advantages in mobility. Stationary power tools, however, often have advantages in speed and accuracy. A typical table saw, for instance, not only cuts faster than a regular hand saw, but the cuts are smoother, straighter, and more square than what is normally achievable with a hand-held power saw. Some stationary power tools can produce objects that cannot be made in any other way.
Whether you're a weekend warrior or beginner do-it-yourselfer looking to save on the cost of hiring a professional, using power and hand tools to do small (and large) jobs around the house is something the majority of Americans have done and will continue to do. Power tools make lighter work of difficult jobs and are essential to those in the skilled trades.
It's important to keep in mind that many tools can be quite dangerous when used incorrectly or without the right amount of knowledge or skill. Even with proper training, even the most expert tradesmen can still have an accident.
Do not operate power tools when over tired or if you're under the influence of drugs or alcohol as the risk of injury will increase.
Tie back any long hair and remove loose clothing or jewellery. If a tool calls for specific safety equipment, such as glasses or a hard hat to be worn when operating, do so. If you're going to be using a loud power tool for an extended period of time, consider using earplugs or noise muffling headphones in order t-o protect your hearing. You might also need a dust mask, depending on the power tool you're using.
Ensure the power is turned off to any tool before plugging it in or installing a battery pack.
Be aware of any safety symbols or warning icons on your tool and follow the recommendations for safe operation. Only use a power tool for its intended job.
When using a saw, ensure you do not use your hands to push material through to the blade, but rather use another piece of ‘junk' wood to push an item through.
If necessary, use clamps to hold material in place. Always wait for all moving components of a power tool to stop before removing clamps or changing any parts.
Keep all power tools out of reach of children, and do not operate near wet or otherwise dangerous surfaces. A safe work area is essential.
If using an extension cord, ensure it is out of the way and not a trip hazard. Outdoor use of power tools calls for an outdoor-rated cord. And, don't forget that 3-pronged (grounded) tools must be plugged into the proper outlet – never under any circumstances should you remove the third prong or modify a plug in any way.
Unplug your power tools before cleaning in order to prevent any nasty surprises. Take them to a professional if you are nervous or unsure about cleaning them yourself. Maintaining your tools properly can help prolong their life and keep them safe for many years to come.
Take extra care when cleaning or changing out the blades of cutting tools such as saws. They will be especially sharp and can easily cut you.
Always read and follow the manufacturer's instructions for use and cleaning of your tools, and don't hesitate to contact them if you should have a question about something specific that isn't covered in your user manual.
At Jamac, we stock a variety of power tools from brands such as: Hitachi, Makita & Metabo.