Construction Tools Every Contractor Should Own
There’s an old adage that goes “There’s a tool for every job,” and there’s no stronger proof of this than the aisles of construction materials and equipment in any decent hardware store. For a beginner builder, collecting tools from this seemingly endless sea of choices can be one heck of a job in itself.
Shopping around doesn’t seem to help either because as you walk through aisle after aisle of hammers, saws, nails, screws, and drills, it’s difficult to stop yourself from just buying out the entire store. You don’t need to be an expert to know that this is a bad idea. In fact, you’ll run out of money faster than the store runs out of tools.
How do you even get started filling up your toolbox? How do you determine which tools are essential and which ones are not? Here are the top tools every beginner should have:
Hammer and Nails
These have been around for centuries, and for good reason. This is perhaps the number one item in any essential list all because of its uses. A good hammer and a few pieces of nails can already help you build something right from the get go and most building jobs (provided all parts are pre-cut) are achievable with just good old fashioned hammering.
Herrick Industrial Supply and other industrial suppliers say that no industrial supply is complete without a trusty measuring tool. This essential tool is a must-have for pre-planning, as it can save you a lot of guesswork and an equal amount of headache whenever you’re on the job. Like the old saying goes, “Measure twice, cut once.”
Most jobs can be done with your hammer and nail, but screws are always a reliable option. The only thing is these strong little buggers need a pre-placed hole where they can fit in, and that’s where power drills shine.
Saws and Cutting Tools
This one can be complicated because there’s a large number of options to choose from, but if you’re building a basic toolbox, a good old-fashioned saw would do the trick. For more complex cuts, a circular saw can be a good alternative as its easy shape can handle even the most complicated cuts.
These are just some of the most basic tools any contractor should have on their belt. Getting these top items can already nab you several jobs in the bag and as soon as your need grows, you can always add more to always have a tool for any job.