Never before has it been easier to find the right tool for the job. The Internet has removed all barriers in the search for the perfect tool. Now you can read reviews from others craftsmen about their favourite model. There are a wide variety of suppliers to choose from. Tools from all major manufacturers are available. This is the golden age of tools, and we’re all lucky to have access to so many.
You Always Need More Tools
Tools aren’t like some products. There’s almost no one who will buy just one tool and never return. Tool lovers collect tools. They have different tools that do almost the same thing. Since most tools last so long, it’s not surprising that people want to get their hands on new ones. Even the best tool could eventually get boring to use. As humans we seek new experiences. It’s fun to contrast how fast we can get the job done with a new tool. Power tools keep on getting stronger. Hand tools become more stylish. Even old school tools like a hammer can offer an array of features. The typical evolution of tools from toolmakers goes something like this. First you have a hammer. Then you have a drill. You combine them into a hammer drill. Next you add a motor and now you have a cordless hammer drill! Hybrid or combo tools take the best of both worlds from common tools and combine them into interesting new tools.
Look for Quality in Your Next Purchase
Tools are sold based on how useful and long-lasting they are. It’s common for a tool to carry a limited lifetime warranty. You may be tempted to buy cheap tools online. Avoid the temptation. There’s nothing more frustrating than having your tool break when you’re in the middle of a huge job. It’s frustrating to have to drop what you’re doing to head out to find a replacement. Most of the cheaper tools do not have great warranties. It’s usually worth paying the premium for a better tool, especially it’s one you plan on using a lot. Tools like hammers and wrenches generally last forever. Power tools are a different beast because of their electric parts. Much of the wear and tear on a tool cannot be avoided.
Tools are a great investment. If you’re handy with your tools you can always pick up some extra money doing work for others. Skilled work is always in demand. If you have the right equipment and the time you can easily do jobs for others. If repairing and building things is just your hobby, you should still get the best tools. Since you don’t use them that often they’ll last forever. You can put your collection together slowly over time. You don’t need every fancy item day one. If you take good care of your tools and keep your collection organised, you’ll end up having a toolbox that makes you the envy of the neighbourhood.