This post has been written in collaboration with AEG Power Tools
When you start out as an apprentice plumber, purchasing tools is a big strain on the finances, especially when you are on apprentice wages.
As you progress through your apprenticeship, and earn more money, your tool kit will start to expand as will the expectation of doing bigger jobs. Power tools are the most expensive tools to purchase, so today I thought I’d share three essential power tools all plumbers need. Although plumbers aren’t the only tradies that require power tools, this list is useful for homeowners and tradies alike.
1. Cordless Power Drill
A cordless power drill is essential and probably the first power tool you should purchase. Battery operated models mean you don’t require power when on site, but it does mean you need to be proactive in charging the batteries after use each day. Always keep the spare battery fully charged so you can easily change it after draining the first one. It’s also important to choose a power drill that will hold a ½ inch chuck so you can drill through the tit of a trap when installing dishwashers or using a hole saw. What’s a chuck? It’s the slot where the drill bit is inserted. You can get cordless drills from any local hardware store.
2. Hammer Drill
Hammer drills are used for drilling holes into concrete and masonry to install brackets to hold up water and waste pipes. A good quality, battery operated hammer drill is a must. When purchasing your hammer drill check the chuck size needed for the type of work you do onsite. Also check that it will drill through concrete with ease. You don’t want your hammer drill to sputter when drilling through hard materials. AEG have a range of hammer drills for different work applications.
3. Reciprocal Saw or Sabre Saw
Reciprocal saws also known commonly as Sabre Saws( pronounced saber) are great for cutting pipes in hard to reach places where there is not enough room to use a hack saw. They are also good for cutting through hard materials like gal, clay or copper pipes. Have a supply of different blades to cut through wood and metal to ensure you have the right blade for the job.
What power tools do you own and do you prefer corded or battery operated tools?
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