When you want to get the job done to a high standard, having the right tools is essential for anyone in the trades industry. With so much choice from high-end, well-known brands to cheaper producers, it can be overwhelming to know which tools to purchase.
High-quality tools don’t always mean an expensive price tag. However, the option to purchase slightly cheaper DIY tools seems to be a popular option but it can lead to higher costs in the long run. Small initial savings could cost you in down-time on a site, repairs and ultimately replacement costs.
To make the purchasing process a bit easier, we’ve got 4 things you should keep in mind when buying tools.
Start with researching which tools you need
There are plenty of brands and tool alternatives to select from in the marketplace, with many able to do the same job. The main go-toss of the cordless drill and impact drivers are generally made by major power tool brands. There’s a heap of models available, ranging from entry-level DIY to heavy-duty models.
Take a moment to do your research when it comes to the capacity of the tool you’re looking to buy. The larger, more powerful models may be great for a large scale, heavy job site but may prove to be a hindrance for everyday jobs.
Take the time to look into warranty periods and the availability of service agents if something were to go wrong with your tools. You want to be able to access components and assistance if your tools were to break down or have technical issues.
If something were to happen to your tools, take the time to consider the following
- How long can you go without working with your tools?
- How much is shipping and transport cost for repairs/replacement parts?
- Can you access back up tools while you’re without your own?
What type of work will you be doing?
Identifying what kinds of jobs you will be working on helps with fine-tuning what kind of tools you will need. There’s a tool for everything, so understanding the functionality and the kind of tasks you be doing helps build a well-equipped toolbox with the right tools for the job.
There will be some tools that you will be using every day and this is where investing in higher-quality products counts. You want tools that are going to be reliable and can withstand regular, heavy-duty usage.
Consider what type of job sites you will be working on? Will it be a requirement for them to have certain safety features like anti-spark? These are important considerations to take into account.
If there was one thing you should alter your budget for, it’s good-quality tools. Investing in good tools from the get-go could save you some serious dollars down the track. So be prepared to move the goal-posts when it comes to budgeting.
Talk to an expert
Word of mouth is invaluable when it comes to first-hand reviews of tools and like most things in life everyone has their own personal preferences and experiences. That’s why it’s important to have a chat with a tool specialist.
Having that chat with a specialist, is one of the most vital steps in the sales process and could end up saving you a fortune. Tools specialist understand the importance of getting the right tools to get the job done and can share their knowledge on which products are going to suit your situation.
A tool expert has the product training and experience to deliver advice on the specifications and functionality of the tools.
Why it pays to invest in quality tools
One thing that is essential to your job as a tradie, is working with quality tools. Taking the time to do the research and understanding what type of tools you need will help you create a well-equipped toolbox that will stand the test of time.
By having the right tools at hand, you can perform your best, creating high-quality work that you can be proud of, something which will help your business and its reputation for the long haul.
Protecting your purchases
Now that you’ve filled up the toolbox with your brand new tools, it’s time to consider protecting them with Tool and Portable Equipment insurance*.
Tool and Portable Equipment Insurance covers you for loss and damage to items of portable equipment associated with your business. These can include tools of trade and items of stock.
To receive a free quote and to find out more about Tool and Portable Equipment cover, jump online today. We provide quotes and minutes without the hassle of having to shop around or fill out mountains of messy paperwork.
*As with any insurance, cover will be subject to the terms, conditions and exclusions contained in the policy wording. The information contained on this web page is general only and should not be relied upon as advice.