Should I Buy Two of These?
Not a bad idea for power tools that are used daily in your trade. Or you could just buy better quality. The fact is, things are just not made as good as they used to be. I purchased a used reciprocating saw from a flea market and used it for 20 years. Since this saw delivered for so long, when it finally broke down I wanted another one just like it. I was amazed that the same exact saw, brand new, was actually priced cheaper than the used one from 20 years ago. After just 2 weeks of service from my new saw, I knew why it was cheaper. I went through these saws almost as fast as I used up the blades until I finally bought a high dollar one. Today, if you want quality tools, you have to pay. I have a mitre saw in my shop that is almost 30 years old. This saw is made of cast iron and cost about $300 new. I have never had to adjust it and replaced the drive belt only once. The new model is made of aluminum and costs about $80. I retired my old mitre saw and bought a new one because the weight difference appealed to me. I must say, the lighter version was much easier to handle but inferior in every other aspect. This saw barely made it a year. My 80lb dinosaur is still in the shop and I spent $300 to get another quality saw. I have had enough of the cheap stuff. When tools break down on the job, it costs money in more ways than one. Someone has to stop what they are doing to go buy a replacement. Trips to the store waste time, and time really is money. This is why it pays to buy the best tools in the first place.
The Best Brands
I have spent hundreds of dollars on different brand power tools to find the best quality that suits my needs. In my experience I have learned that one brand is not suitable for every type job because personal preference is a contributing factor. For example, you have the absolute best drill in the world but it is too heavy for the job you do or the grip is too small for your hand. You drill overhead all day and you need something lightweight and comfortable as well as reliable. So how do you figure out which tool to buy without wasting money? I think the best place to start is online reviews. Read what other people have to say about the power tools you are wanting to buy. If you are going to spend the extra money to buy the best power tools, find out as much information as you can before making a purchase.
Other Things to Consider
Something often overlooked is the motor amperage. If the motor is of a higher amp then it will require a heavier gauge extension cord than a lower amp motor. If you do a job that requires a long extension cord and you prefer the lighter gauge, it may be best that you don’t use the heaviest model tool. Running a high amp power tool with an extension cord that is too small will shorten the life of the tool and overload the electrical circuit. Since I usually have a nearby power source in my profession and I never use less than a 12 gauge extension cord, I always consider the higher amp power tools. When you buy a new power tool look in the manual for a chart with the extension cord specs.
Refurbished or Reconditioned Power Tools
I am a firm believer in factory refurbished or reconditioned tools. These are items that have been purchased and returned. The manufacturer will inspect, test, clean and repair as necessary then sell at a discounted price. Reconditioned power tools usually have the same warranty as the new ones. I have saved a lot of money buying these tools and have never had any issues with them.