It can be difficult to know when the time has come to replace your trusty toolset, especially if the tools were investments made to last a lifetime – and that lifetime has arrived. Sometimes it can even be emotional, parting with tools that have gotten you through the years and so many finished projects.
When it comes time to re-invest in tools it’s important to always purchase the highest quality professional hand tools. When you purchase lower quality tools they can get ruined extremely quickly, which means you’ll have to keep buying the same tools time and time again. It can actually end up a better investment to buy the more expensive tool up front. If you’re a professional construction worker or weekend warrior, an investment in well-made hand tools can go a long way.
Below are warning signs that your tools need to be replaced, as well as how continuing to use old tools can actually have a negative impact on your projects.
How can I tell when it’s time to replace an old tool?
Sometimes it can be difficult to distinguish whether you need to replace your old tool, or if you can continue to use it with the same efficiency. If you’ve invested in a quality tool most are guaranteed for life, so even if they are showing signs of wear, you can usually get them replaced.
That being said, when thinking about replacing your hand tools there are some warning sigs for which to be advised. For instance, if a tool is showing signs of rust, it’s time to get the tool replaced. Rusting can ruin the integrity of the tool, and make it lose effectiveness.
Also, if you notice your cutters are dull and aren’t cutting through materials or performing like they once did, it can be a good idea to get them replaced. If you use cutters that aren’t sharp, you’ll end up exerting more force than you need, which can result in injury. You can even damage the material, which could lead to a delay in project completion.
It’s also important to take note of the grip on your tools. If the grip is falling apart you can be left with a tool that is more likely to injure you. Grips will help to minimize any strain you might endure and also help avoid any slippage that might occur.
If you’re working with power hand tools there are other things you’ll want to watch out for, as well. For instance, if you’re using a drill or saw and the power cord is damaged, look for a replacement. Or if you have a saw blade that is incredibly dull, you’ll be spending more time trying to cut. Replace it.
You should also keep in mind that it’s possible to replace your tools too often. A lot of times shopping for tools can become compulsive, and you’ll find yourself replacing perfectly usable tools, simply because there’s a newer model. When you’re about to replace a tool make sure it’s because of one of the reasons mentioned above and not simply due to your desire to buy a newer model. This will save you money and cause you to shop around with a more informed mindset.
Can old tools have a negative impact on my project?
If you decide to continue to use older tools you can run into a whole host of issues. For instance, an older tool can end up breaking or damaging your project materials, or even end up injuring the user. Both of which will mean project setbacks.
For example, you could assume that your dull saw can still get the job done. However, you’ll end up spending more of your time on the cutting table, and less time actually building. By using a tool past its breaking point you expose yourself to more potential injuries.
At this point, hopefully you have a better understanding of how and when to make the decision to replace your tools. Replacing your tools can be an enjoyable process, even if you have a sentimental bond with your current fleet.
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