You can have the biggest set of tools imaginable, but it all means nothing if you have the wrong accessories. Ensuring you’ve packed all of your drill bits, screws, nuts, and other handyman essentials will make sure you’re prepared to handle any job that comes your way. Remember, larger power tools often rely on accessories like saw blades or drill attachments in order to perform with maximum effectiveness. Many of these accessories are also very effective sans a power tool. Here are some of the essential accessories you’ll want to keep stocked in your toolbox.
Screwdrivers and Drill Bits
It’s a tool everyone either professional or nonprofessional has used: the screwdriver. While it sounds like an obvious tool to keep available, you’d be surprised how many handymen overlook the multitude of tasks a screwdriver can handle. Most people mistakenly think a power drill with dozens of drill bits can get just about any job accomplished. While power drills are certainly useful, screwdrivers are always a great backup solution in case your cordless drill’s battery runs out. Rather than buying three or more screwdriver types, buy an interchangeable screwdriver. This will save money and allow you to save space in your toolbox. With an interchangeable screwdriver, you can easily swap out a flathead, Phillips head, or hexagonal screwdriver head.
For most tightening jobs, a high powered drill can handle the job, but keep a screwdriver handy for more fragile tightening and loosening assignments.
In addition to a screwdriver, make sure you have a varied amount of drill bits for your power drill.
Your drill is only as good as your drill bit set. Make sure you buy a drill bit set with a variety of attachment types as well as gauge widths.
A grinding wheel is a cutting apparatus that is similar to a saw, but a grinding wheel cuts with abrasion rather than sharp edges. Grinding wheels are composed of super strong alloys, and they will help cut the toughest of materials. Keep several grinding wheels in your workshop so you can cut through different kinds of metals. Since certain grinding wheels cut through certain materials better than others, stock up on wheels that cut through the materials that you’ll be most likely to encounter.
Unlike many cordless power tools, grinding wheels are primarily found in stationary machines. If you’re looking for a portable solution, grinding wheels may be inadequate.
The more work demanded out of your saws, the more frequently you’ll have to replace them. Regardless of the saw type, all blades eventually need to be replaced. You can mitigate the dullness of your blades with sharpeners, but a sharpener is just delaying the inevitable. With enough sharpening, you’ll eventually wear the blade down. Replacing the entire blade will provide a more natural cut and higher quality finish.
Replacement blades should be purchased in multiple sizes and lengths. For example, if you’re looking to replace the blades on your reciprocating saw, try to find a bundled pack of replacement blades. Suppliers typically sell blades and other Melbourne tool spares in bulk to reduce cost and to be of more convenience to customers.