Thursday, 12 April 2012

Hand Tools - DIY vs Professional

When it comes to purchasing hand tools, whether it be for DIY or trade use, the choice is often vast and  bewildering unless you know exactly what you are looking for. Most professionals will buy tools based on a brand that they are familiar in there chosen trade and the DIYer will purchase either by price or on a recommendation of a friend or colleague. This is by no means the rule and experience DIYers will often purchase a high quality branded tool for their task whereas a professional will often purchase a cheaper tool for a small job that is not in their main field of expertise.

Most types of hand tools can be purchased in one of three categories, entry level DIY, semi-professional and trade professional. The entry level DIY hand tools tend to be manufactured to a specific budget and are aimed at occasional use only. They are often made from less expensive materials and can be often heavier than their professional counterparts. The semi-professional and trade professional hand tools are usually made from modern, higher specification materials and are lighter and stronger than the DIY models. Due to the costs involved in manufacturing these tools, they are more expensive but are designed to be used on a daily basis.

A good example is that of a builder who will purchase a high quality Stabila Spirit Level as this will be used ever day of the week and will be replied upon to give good service for many years. That same builder might then purchase a DIY plumbing tool such as a pipe cutter as it will be required for just one job and probably never used again.

When it comes to parting with your hard earned cash, you have to be reassured that the tools you are buying are suitable for completing the task ahead and that they meets with your budget.

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