2 Indispensable Tools For Any Construction Project

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When you're in the middle of a construction project, nothing makes quite as big a difference as having the right tool for the job.  Unfortunately, it would be impossible for even a professional contractor to own every single tool. In that case, what tools should be considered indispensable? If you would like to improve your tool collection, read on. This article will introduce two must-have tools.

Bolt Cutters

The hallmark of a great tool is cross-functionality—in other words, a tool that will prove useful in a wide variety of scenarios. Few tools possess this trait to the same degree as bolt cutters. Don't be fooled by their name, bolt cutters are capable of cutting way more than just bolts. They're just as handy for cutting such items as:

  • chain-link fences
  • wire, ropes, and chains
  • padlocks
  • small diameter tree branches
  • metal and PVC pipes

When it comes to buying a pair of bolt cutters, be aware that there will be a wide range of sizes for you to choose from. The size you pick should reflect your most likely uses, so it's important to analyze your needs carefully. Plan to purchase a pair of cutters slightly larger and tougher than what you think you need. This will ensure that the strain placed on the bolt cutters is kept to a minimum.

Circular Saw

Circular saws are the most useful tool for cutting and processing lumber. This single tool will allow you to successfully construct anything from a birdhouse, to a shed, to a whole new room on your house.

There are two main types of circular saws: sidewinders and worm-drive saws. Unless you're an experienced wood worker, you'll probably want to opt for a sidewinder. Not only are these less expensive than worm-drive saws, but they're lighter and easier to use, making them perfect for casual use.

Most circular saws have a fairly standard way of working: you pull a trigger in the handle and the saw begins to cut. Yet better saws come with the ability to make a few important adjustments. Look specifically for a saw that allows you to change the angle and the depth of the blade, as this will greatly expand the saw's potential applications. Well-designed saws will allow you to control these settings using levers—as opposed to knobs—since these offer and easier way to adjust settings while the saw is in your hand.

Bottom Line

It's not necessary to spend a fortune on specialty tools. By making smart, selective purchases, you can easily end with a tool arsenal capable of handling most any construction job. The two tools discussed above should prove indispensable, whatever your needs. For more tips and suggestions on tools for your trade, contact resources such as Bourget Bros Building Materials.

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