Ensuring you have the right tools for the right job is more than half the battle when trying to get something done properly and any tradesman will testify to the fact that if the tools are not up to the job it’s essentially just a waste of time and money for everyone involved. Having said that, it’s not just the tools that can make life easier but it helps if all of the accessories are spot on too. Being on site with the best drill on the market is pretty pointless if you don’t also have a batch of spare drill bits!
So, as a handyman/woman or professional tradesperson, what accessories would you expect to have with you in preparation for work?
Spare batteries – As wonderful as cordless tools are, if you are working on anything significant, you will require a supply of spare batteries. There’s little worse than making great progress only to be stopped in your tracks because your battery has run dry and you don’t have a spare!
Battery chargers – If you keep your battery charger handy, the problems mentioned above should rarely trouble you. Just make sure you have the right charger for the right tool.
Safety Glasses – If you are working on modern building site, it is likely you won’t be allowed to work without your safety glasses on and you really should employ the same sensible measures if you are working at home. It only takes one tiny shard of metal or wood to damage your eyesight or do other serious damage, so never be without your safety glasses or goggles.
Torches and lights – If you are on a big contracting job, then you might be lucky enough to have major lighting provided but any job at home or at work might leave you in the dark, so carrying a torch can make the difference between getting the job done easily or struggling through and taking much longer than is needed.
Bits, Blades and Belts – The three “B’s” you certainly don’t want to be without, especially if you are out on site without any quick access to either your tool shed or specialist store. You can almost guarantee you will need spare drill bits and saw blades on a regular basis, so make sure you are stocked up before you start work.
Work belts – Sometimes called pouches, your work belt will serve as your very own portable storage container. A place to put many of those crucial items we have already mentioned such as spare bits, torches and other Makita accessories.