Power Tools

Articles on how to use your power tool to tackles those DIY projects that you have been waiting to do.

  • How to Use a Chain Saw

    How to Use a Chain Saw, safety should always be your no.1 priority #Powertool Come and speak to us at Randburg Midas for all of your power tool requirements. A chain saw is one of the most versatile tools you can own, but it cuts both wood and flesh equally well. Before you cut up a fallen tree, learn how to use this powerful tool safely. Using a chain saw Chain saws are the perfect tool for cutting up fallen trees and large branches. But figuring out where to start and how to go about the job safely is a challenge. We enlisted a chain saw expert to walk us through the process of cutting up a large fallen tree. We’ll show you what we learned, including techniques for removing branches and cutting up the trunk. Of course, safety is the most important consideration when you’re using a chain saw. See “Safety Tips” for key precautions I’ve taken to heart. But in addition to these tips, be sure to read and follow the safety precautions listed in your chain saw owner’s manual. Cut with the top or bottom of the bar and chain, but avoid the kickback zone Cutting with the chain on the bottom of the bar is the most common and natural-feeling way to cut. The saw pulls slightly and is easy to control by maintaining a firm grip. Cutting from the underside of a branch requires you to cut with the top of the bar. This is a little unnerving at first because the saw pushes toward you. But it’s safe as long as you’re well braced and follow all other precautions. However, there’s one spot on the bar that you should carefully avoid. This spot, called the kickback zone, is the top half of the bar’s tip. If the kickback zone comes in contact with something while the chain is moving, the saw will kick up and back toward you. That’s why modern chain saws are equipped with a chain brake designed to stop the chain if a kickback occurs. The most common chain saw injuries to the thigh and left arm can be virtually eliminated with just a few simple precautions. First, always wrap the thumb of your left hand around the front handle while you’re cutting. This encircling grip keeps the saw under control in the event of a kickback. Second, when you move…

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  • The Ultimate Power Tool Checklist

    We have put together the ultimate power tool checklist. There will be no project too big or small for you to handle #Powertool For all of your power tool needs, come and see us at Randburg Midas. Power tools make household repairs, individual tasks, and construction projects considerably easier. Different uses dictate the specific power tools that should be on hand, but having the right tool for an unplanned repair or impromptu project saves the hassle of a trip to the local home center. Manufacturers produce a power tool for just about any application. Some are hand-held and portable while others are freestanding. Portable power tools offer convenience and versatility while table mounted tools produce more accurately cut or shaped products. They may be battery powered or plug in to a wall or generator outlet. By planning homeowners can stock their workbenches with a variety of equipment to cover an extensive array of projects. Do-it-yourselfers and handypersons alike will find dozens of uses for the power tools below. Air Compressor A power tool that pressurizes and emits blasts of air, an air compressor can power such devices as paint sprayers and impact wrenches. For homeowners with lots of square footage to paint, a sprayer attachment on the air compressor can cover it as much as 10 times faster than a brush alone. Bandsaw Most models of this electrically powered tool are free standing due to the accuracy required for most applications, but hand-held bandsaws are also on the market. The tool cuts by virtue of a continuous, single-edged metal saw blade. A bandsaw is a handy power tool to have in the home workshop for cutting wood and metal shapes as required for various woodworking and crafts, from cutting house numbers to tracing letters for signage. Belt Sander Some belt sander models are hand-held, and the operator moves the sander over the wood surface to prepare it for finer finishing work. Stationary belt sanders can be free standing or mounted on a workbench. The operator moves wood across the circulating sanding belt on a stationary sander. This electrically powered tool is a must for rough finishing furniture, doors, or trim. It also removes old finishes quickly and effectively. Ceramic Tile Cutter Tile repair and bathroom remodeling are not infrequent occurrences in many homes, and those in possession of ceramic tile cutters need not break a sweat on these types of projects. Like belt sanders,…

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  • Air Compressor

    We take an in-depth look at how your air compressor works #Powertool Come and speak to use at Randburg Midas for all of your compressor needs. We have you covered from hoses to coupling to complete compressors of any size! Years ago, it was common for shops to have a central power source that drove all the tools through a system of belts, wheels and driveshafts. The power was routed around the work space by mechanical means. While the belts and shafts may be gone, many shops still use a mechanical system to move power around the shop. It’s based on the energy stored in air that’s under pressure, and the heart of the system is the air compressor. You’ll find air compressors used in a wide range of situations—from corner gas stations to major manufacturing plants. And, more and more, air compressors are finding their way into home workshops, basements and garages. Models sized to handle every job, from inflating pool toys to powering tools such as nail guns, sanders, drills, impact wrenches, staplers and spray guns are now available through local home centers, tool dealers and mail-order catalogs. The big advantage of air power is that each tool doesn’t need its own bulky motor. Instead, a single motor on the compressor converts the electrical energy into kinetic energy. This makes for light, compact, easy-to-handle tools that run quietly and have fewer parts that wear out. Air compressor types While there are compressors that use rotating impellers to generate air pressure, positive-displacement compressors are more common and include the models used by homeowners, woodworkers, mechanics and contractors. Here, air pressure is increased by reducing the size of the space that contains the air. Most of the compressors you’ll run across do this job with a reciprocating piston. Like a small internal combustion engine, a conventional piston compressor has a crankshaft, a connecting rod and piston, a cylinder and a valve head. The crankshaft is driven by either an electric motor or a gas engine. While there are small models that are comprised of just the pump and motor, most compressors have an air tank to hold a quantity of air within a preset pressure range. The compressed air in the tank drives the air tools, and the motor cycles on and off to automatically maintain pressure in the tank. At the top of the cylinder, you’ll find a valve head…

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