Although there are numerous advantages to choosing tools based on many factors, safety should be the first factor to be considered.
Always choose the right tool for the job- Remember that tools have specific functions.
- Screwdrivers are not impact resistant and should never be used as a chisel or pry bar.
- Accessories used in cordless impact drivers must be rated for impact use.
Determine the scope of work- Consider where you will be working:
- Small or large project?
- What tasks will you be performing?
- How much space do you have to safely perform your tasks?
- What are the tools best suited to the tasks?
- What PPE is required for each task?
Material type and size- Choice of tools and accessories should be based on the type and size of material being used.
- Specially designed masonry drill bits, saw blades, and grinding wheels are used for masonry, concrete, brick and tile.
- Anchor bolts are rated by the amount of weight they will safely support, with many styles available for application with specific materials.
- A circular saw may be better suited for the task than a table or miter saw for small jobs.
- Do the material and tools to be used require an additional person to assist in the safe completion of the task due to the weight or physical size of the material?