A Guide for Hands Tools
These are tools powered by hand instead of an engine. Hand tools are less dangerous when compared to power tools. Humans have used hand tools since Stone Age, at the time when stones were used to cut or to hammer. Since them, many tools were developed and improved to suit different needs. A good example of hand tools is gardening tools and power tools. In this post, we shall discuss different handheld gardening tools, as well as hand-held power tools.
Handheld gardening tools
It can be easy for you to collect gardening tools just like the way you are used to collecting the latest tech gadgets. Gardening tools will help you to eliminate all your gardening woes. Do you want to have the best garden in your neighborhood? Here are tools you should consider having:
A pair of rustproof or stainless steel scissors will do wonders in your garden. You can use the scissors to cut herbs, de-head flowers, and prune small plants, and more. It is easy to use scissors than small garden pruners even though they all perform the same tasks.
This is an open metal loop with a wooden handle. Even though some of them come in short versions, it’s always better to get the long –handed ones since you can use them easily even when standing. In one motion, a loop hoe will dig up the garden weeds by the roots. You will swipe and then handpick the weed debris with a shovel or by hand. Before you know it, you will have covered a large area.
A lightweight gardening bucket will help you to collect weeds and fallen leaves as you work on the garden. You should opt for a bucket that won’t rust since most of the weeds could contain moisture. Some versions will be made using recycled materials so, select your bucket carefully.
Even though metal buckets are heavy, clunky, and undesirable, a metal watering can is better than the plastic version that can crack anytime. Watering cans are used to transport small water amounts to thirsty or newly planted plants particularly when a hose is too cumbersome. This can also be used to rinse away spills on any hardscapes.
This is a handheld shovel that is small in size. It is ideal for digging holes for seeds and can also lift the dirt away. This tool is essential especially when you are gardening with kids.
Shut-off nozzle for the hose
A hose is used for watering spots that are hard to reach, bathing animals, and cleaning large spills on a patio. A shut-off nozzle regulates the flow of water. This way, water will just flow at normal pressure and flow where it is needed.
If a plant grabs your attention at a local nursery and you would like to plant it, you will need a good shovel to handle the task. To use a shovel, the needed hole must be big enough. While shovels come in different sizes, it’s always better to own an all-purpose standard one. But a sharpshooter or trench shovel with a skinner blade is more suitable if you just need a shovel for digging holes for plants or channels.
Hand pruners will handle the tasks scissors can’t. It can be used for thicker stems and branches. You will find different sizes of hand pruners. Some will be utilized with one hand while others will need two because you will use it to cut bigger plants.
Power tool guide
These are the tools that are equipped with the engine, but they need to be held by the hand to function. It’s important to exercise caution when buying this kind of tools so that you can get one that will serve you for many years. Ensure you check power tool reviews before you can buy them from online stores.
Handheld power tools
Corded power drill
This tool is used to drill holes in plastics, metal, stone, wood, brick, glass, concrete, and tiles. It uses various lengths and types of drill bits to function. The kind of drill bits used will depend on the material to be drilled. Flat bits are for wood, high-speed steel bits (HSS) are for metals while masonry bits are for concrete.
Jigsaws are used to cut metal, wood, plastics, and other kinds of material. Different kinds of blades are used depending on the material being cut. The blades used are narrow and slim.
This is a tool used to cut plastic timber and metal. The rip saw is similar to the jigsaw but it is usually higher powered, and its blades are longer. This tool is slim and long and will need the support of your hands for better control. It is used to cut lengths of timber, floorboards, metal bar, plastic piping, and for demolition work.
A hand or angle grinder is a tool used to cut plastic, metal, masonry, roof sheeting and tiles. It can also be employed to grind the same materials. It can cut both lengths and sheet material
Rotary tools (Dremels) are the DIY equivalents of die grinders. Toolmakers use die grinders to shape dies and molds used for a metallic process like pressing and cutting. Using a rotary tool, you can sand, drill, cut, curve, router, slot and sharpen.
Sanders are tools used to smooth down timber, sand metal and remove paint. There are two types of sanders:
- Belt sander – contains a looped sandpaper belt that is motor-driven.
- Orbital sander –uses sandpaper sheets and is driven in a circular motion when the tool is applied to the surface.
When buying a power tool, you need to purchase a professional model especially if you intend to use it often. Professional models last longer since they are built sturdily, and the internal components are heavy duty and durable. However, if you’re going to use the tool occasionally, consider getting a DIY model. Just evaluate the scope of your work and then decide how powerful you want your power tool to be.