Power tools can be very dangerous if used incorrectly so make sure you've covered everything on the safety checklist before you start up your power tool. Always wear appropriate safety gear, tie any loose hair away from your face and tuck in any loose bits of clothing. Depending on the project you’re working on, keep in mind that you may need to wear gloves, covered shoes, a dust mask, clear safety glasses, or ear protection. Do not buy a tool that is too heavy or bulky for you to use safely, and never use a tool you cannot control safely . To avoid injuring others, you should never leave any tool unattended: tools should be locked away when not in use.
Home renovation has always been popular in Australia, and our latest home improvement boom is proof that even in tough economic times, our love for renovating and adding value to our homes continues to grow i. Taking a hands-on approach to improving your quality of life can be more affordable than paying contractors and homeowners can have a real sense of ownership over the renovation project. And now, with the huge range of domestic power tools on the market, the average homeowner's Do-It-Yourself (DIY) projects are now safer, easier and quicker to get done.
At Big W, we understand that you need the right set of tools to get started on a project, big or small. That’s why we’ve come up with a guide for buying power tools to help you figure out what’s what, so you can get the most out of the right set of tools and complete your DIY projects with minimal effort and maximum results.
Big W stocks a wide range of tools that can help you with your project from start to finish. When it comes to choosing the right tool, you have to consider what you are using it for and whether it will be suitable for the task at hand. The right tool will be safe, easy to use, and specific to the job you are doing, so that you can finish off your project the way you envisioned.
Don’t underestimate the convenience of owning a saw; the right kind of saw can make heavyweight tasks simpler and a lot more manageable. While the general purpose of a saw is to cut through something, there are different types of saws for different materials.
There are many types of drills available on the market, both manual and electric, and it’s important to make sure you find one that suits the task at hand. Drills are designed to pierce holes in materials. Different projects may require different drills, so you may end up using a separate drill for renovations that is different to the one you use for your day-to-day handiwork.
Grinders are used for smoothing and polishing surfaces, or finishing off the shape of a piece of work. Grinders work by having a fast-spinning wheel that is moved over the surface of the object to remove excess material and smooth away rough parts of an object.
A sander uses the abrasive action of sandpaper to smooth down surfaces. As a power tool, sanders are more effective and require less effort and time than handheld sheets of sandpaper. Like grinders, sanders are more likely to be used in the finishing stages of a project.
Whether or not you’re a home improvement enthusiast, every home needs to be equipped with a screwdriver. While perfect for small quick-fixes, manual screwdrivers can be slow and tedious when used on a big project. With power screwdrivers - also sometimes called impact drivers - you can easily put things together or pull them apart.
A router is a rotating cutting tool used to hollow out wood from a surface. A router may be useful if you are working on cabinets or you want to give a fancy edge to a piece of furniture.
Non-powered planers are called planes, but these traditional planes required a lot of physical strength and movement to operate. A powered planer is definitely the way to go if you need to smooth, flatten or reduce the thickness of surfaces as part of your renovation.
These are great for anyone looking to take on a renovating job. Equipped with tools for sanding, scrapping and cutting, you’ll be sure to have everything you need for any sort of task that comes your way!
Big W has a wide selection of power tools for jobs of all shapes and sizes. Check out our power tools online or come down and see them in-store at your local Big W.
iIBIS World, 2011, Aussies Going Blockbusters for DIY
iiBurke’s Backyard, Fact Sheets: Circular Saws
iiiBurke’s Backyard, Fact Sheets: Chain Saws
ivBurke’s Backyard, Fact Sheets: Sanders
vBurke’s Backyard, Fact Sheets: Circular Saws
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