There is an old saying “it is a poor carpenter who blames his tools” and while there is lots of truth in this saying, having the right tool for the job certainly makes things easier. Most DIY cottagers and homeowners will require a power saw for their project, but which type of saw should they get first?
Miter saws are great for cutting angles in roof trusses or moulding, table saws are ideal for ripping sheets of plywood and jig saws are perfect for cutting out holes. Depending upon the project you may need all three types of saws or you may be able to get by with just a versatile hand held skill saw. Most DIY folks will acquire a repertoire of various saws, drills and other power and hand tools over the years as they graduate from one project to the next. The quality of the tools you purchase will have a big influence on how well they work and how long they last. Cheaper tools will not give you the precision and power needed to complete some tasks and their marginal construction will not take much use or abuse. Usually they are non-repairable throw away items, but they do cost less initially. Quality tools run smoother and quieter, don’t need to be forced, have more accurate adjustments, will last much longer and can be repaired. They are the smarter choice if you want to gradually build a supply of tools that will meet the needs of your projects for years to come.
If you need a tool for one specific job and are not likely to use it again then tool rental is the way to go. Most rental companies have a wide selection of bigger tools for sanding floors, digging post holes, cutting concrete or any other “do it once” type of project and they will give you some training on how to use the tool safely.
In the Parry Sound, Mactier and Georgian Bay area visit Mactier TIM-BR Mart for expert advice on tools, rentals and all the building supplies you will need to get the job done.