Tools on Tools

Apprentices out there –  have a look at the KINCROME Tools for Life catalogue.  Did you know you can apply for government assistance for the of a tool kit? For each year of your apprenticeship the details change a little, but it will make it easier acquiring all the tools you need at the same time. All neat and organised!

Safety Tips

STAY SAFE IN THE WORKSHOP, WITH THESE POWER TOOL SAFETY TIPS

Power tools are awesome, cool and extremely dangerous when not handled correctly. Using a high-powered machine requires a degree of safety knowledge and know-how, which is non-negotiable in the workshop. Considering the wide array of tools out there and the many varieties you get of each one, safety and meticulous attention to detail is essential. Gasoline, electrical or air compressed power tools need to be handled properly and with caution.

Here are a few safety tips to get you started on your road to power tool dominance:

BOTH HANDS

A simple but effective tip. Use both hands to hold power tools. Using only one hand is a sure-fire way to lose control of a machine. Two hands offer more stability and control over the environment. Never attempt to operate grinders, hammer drills or sanders, with one hand because you’ll lose that fight for control.

WEAR GLOVES

Power tools can get extremely hot so always use gloves to protect your hands and your skin, which can burn easily on fast-moving machinery parts. You definitely want to ensure that, when using tools such as orbital sanders, your skin is sufficiently protected.

CHECKS

Always check the power tool before using it to ensure there are no missing parts, chips or cracks. Replace damaged parts before turning the tool on, otherwise parts could spin off in various directions, which is extremely dangerous. Nails can snap if drilled too hard or placed incorrectly in the wood, and your tool could burn out.

WEAR GOGGLES AND A MASK

Protect your eyes from flying objects, and your lungs from dust. Sanding produces a fine dust that is easily inhaled, and can also irritate your eyes. Nails can also snap and fly through the air, which means your eyes need to be covered. Always be vigilant and keep your eyes and mouth protected.

PACK AWAY

You cannot work safely in a space that is covered in wires because you could trip and fall against or into a powerful machine. If you are finished using a power tool, ensure you pack it away correctly. Don’t leave tools lying around, it’s asking for trouble. Aside from the safety aspect, it’s also common courtesy and convenient to keep the workspace clean.

UNPLUG MACHINES

If you are finished with a drill, sander, router or jigsaw machine, or even if you’re just stepping away for a simple tea break, switch it off and unplug it, just to be on the safe side. Never assume your colleagues or kids know the machine is off because; that is a common and, often avoidable accident, waiting to happen.

  • Electric Tools

Avoid using electric tools of any sort while standing on wet spots or damp surfaces. Double insulation of the wires is essential to prevent water leaking into the structure and causing electrocution. Inspect the wires and cords before use. If you see any fraying edges or cracks then do not use the machine until the power cords are correctly secured.

  • Pneumatic Tools

If not used correctly, electric tools can be hazardous, especially when it comes to flying bits. Always ensure bits are correctly used with electric tools. The power of these machines can be brutal if used incorrectly. Pneumatic tools use compressed air and need to be firmly controlled.

  • Gasoline Tools

Fuel is explosive so you need to handle gasoline power tools with caution. Always refuel this kind of tool in a neutral, cool area that has full ventilation and is away from heat and spark sources. Working in an area that has a build-up of fumes and gasoline spills can be dangerous. Always work in a ventilated space and clean up any mess promptly. This will help ensure your safety.

When buying your power tools from L&T Venables, their ranges are vast and their safety knowledge vital, so always enquire about the best way to deal with power machines. Working with high-powered tools does not have to be daunting at all. Showing safety savvy in the workshop will see you carefully whipping up those cupboards, tables and chairs in next to no time.

Must have power tools

FROM NAIL GUNS TO CORDLESS DRILLS, YOUR GUIDE TO SETTING UP YOUR HOME WORKSHOP

Are you tired of asking the pizza guy to drill holes in your wall every time he makes a delivery to your home? Are you embarrassed of asking your mother in law to bring her tool box every time she visits you? Well it’s time to step up to the work bench and get your own tools. Release your DIY mojo and start doing it for yourself. No need to go completely crazy and buy every power tool at the hardware store; here are five power tools that every self-respecting DIYer needs to get started.

CORDLESS POWER DRILL

An obvious one, every DIYer worth his/her salt has a decent power drill. Even if you don’t know how to use it, at least your pizza delivery guy doesn’t have to hang your pictures for you. It’s definitely recommended to get a cordless drill, because who needs cords lying on the ground when you’re on a ladder with a power drill in your hand. Also, decent branded drills last longer. You don’t need to buy the biggest, baddest drill around, just something that is solid, durable and capable of helping you drill holes into various types of walls. Oh, don’t forget a decent set of bits that will give you all the drilling options you’ll need.

CIRCULAR SAW

Now that you’ve decided to build stuff, you’re going to need something to cut wood. How else are you going to manufacture a desk/bed/cupboard for your kid? Start with a circular saw, a must-have tool for the wannabe carpenter. This will allow you to cut long pieces of wood accurately and safely, they are powerful, relatively easy to use and can also cut many non-wood materials. It’s recommended to choose a model of at least 2hp to ensure you have enough oomph to get the job done, without losing control at the same time.

SANDER

If you are attempting that wooden project, see point two above, then you will probably need this tool. It may not appear in everyone’s top five power tools, but if you are working with wood then the finish is just as important as the assembly. You will need to sand the surface, and sand paper just doesn’t cut it anymore. A palm sander will give your wood projects a beautiful smooth finish, allowing you to paint or varnish with ease and really make a lasting impression with your guests. People will overlook all other imperfections on your projects as long as it’s finished properly. FACT!

You can get a sander with a bag attached to it to catch the saw dust, or you can work outdoors and let the wind do the clearing.

5 INCH GRINDER

A 5 inch grinder is another must-include tool in your home DIY kit. Use this angle grinder to cut tiles, mortar and pavers. They are also extremely useful for rust and loose paint removal, to sharpen blades and cut or grind steel. Grinders come in different sizes with different motors, but we recommend the 5 inch grinder for its versatility and ability to handle different accessories.

JIGSAW

A jigsaw will complete your start-up home DIY kit and no workshop is complete without one. Jigsaws are remarkably versatile, with the ability to cut through sheet metal and timber as well as ceramic tile. As long as you have the right collection of blades, your options for usage are wide spread. When you buy blades for your jigsaw, they are always labelled so you can avoid using the wrong blade with the wrong material and doing damage to your jigsaw or yourself. So you know for future reference, the more teeth on the blade the finer the cut.

There you go, get to work. Be safe, have fun and impress your family and friends with your new tools and projects.

If you want the best advice and the best tools at affordable prices contact your local power tool specialist.