Friday, 14 August 2009

Power Tools and Warranties

All power tools come with a warranty of some kind but it varies from manufacturer to manufacturer. Most trade power tools are designed to be used on site for hours at a time, 5 days a week and are designed and warranted for this type of operation whereas DIY power tools are only designed to be used for shorter periods of time.

When you calculate the overall usage of both types of power tools, the trade versions run for an average of 960 hours per year (4 hours per day x 5 days x 48 weeks) whereas the DIY tools only run for 144 hours per year (1 hour per x 3 days x 48 weeks). These figures are based on averages and it is appreciated that some DIY tools are used much more but then the daily use of trade power tools can often be much greater.

If you equate these numbers to the warranties, trade power tools often come with just 1 year warranty but this is valid for 960 hours of use while a DIY warranty can often be up to 3 years giving 432 hours of warranty. As you can see from these figures, a 1 year trade tool warranty is better than a DIY tool 3 year warranty.

In summary, when buying power tools, having a longer warranty is only part of the decision, price and quality also factor in and these have to be considered when making the purchase.

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