How to Buy Power Tool Accessories for Industrial Use

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How to Buy Power Tool Accessories for Industrial Use

Searching for power tool accessories for industrial use, to the uninitiated, can seem a nightmare. With knowledge of the different types of accessories available, and for which tool they are appropriate enables the user to narrow down this search considerably. Traditionally, industrial power tools run from 110 volts, rather than the accepted 240 volts required for most home appliances.

With the incredible advances in battery and motor technology, it is now possible to own an industrial power tool that runs from batteries. While there is a plethora of battery power tools designed for the hobbyist, these tend to be powered by lower voltage battery packs. Generally, battery tools that run from 18 volts and have more than one battery supplied from new are for professional use. Regardless of which power tool accessory a buyer needs, learning about the different types of accessories and their uses only benefits the user. This makes purchasing the right accessory a much easier and more pleasant experience, resulting in the buyer getting the right accessory for the right job.

110-volt power tools abound on eBay, and the potential industrial power tool accessory buyer would do well to spend as much time as possible looking through these entries. Luckily, the accessories for these 110-volt tools also, for the most part, fit their 240-volt or battery driven cousins. Power tools and their accessories are generally used to shape or cut holes of various shapes and sizes, into metal, plastics, or wood. These range from power drills and saws to buffers and polishers.

Deciding on Power Drill Accessories

The drilling of holes into materials is an important use of power tools, so consequently there are hundreds, if not thousands, of accessories to choose from. The choice of drill bit is important when drilling into a material, and therefore a buyer must be sure to make the correct buying decision on what drill bit to purchase, for example. The table below gives drill bits and their corresponding drilling uses.

Drill Bit Type

Used for Cutting

Drill Bit Speed

Low carbon steel

Softwood

Low/medium

High carbon steel

Softer metals

Medium/high

High-speed steel

Sheet metals/hardwoods

High

Wood or auger

Wood

Low

Spur or brad point

Wood

Low

Tungsten carbide tipped

Stone and brick

High

Cobalt steel

Stainless steel

High

PCT (polycrystalline diamond)

Carbon fibre and abrasive aluminium alloys

High

Low and high carbon steel drill bits are cheap, disposable bits, used where the downtime required for changing bits is not an issue. Except where extreme low cost is an overriding factor, these bits are not normally used today, with many users preferring the longer-lasting, high-speed bits instead. High-speed steel bits are so named because they allow the worker to use much higher speeds whilst cutting, therefore decreasing the amount of time spent drilling. They are generally much longer lasting than their low or high carbon steel cousins, and are the drill bit of choice for many industries.

Wood and spur drill bits are used for cutting holes in hard and softwood, and because they are low-speed bits, they are generally used in hand tools. Tungsten carbide tipped drill bits are used for their stone and brick cutting abilities, and are used in heavy-duty power tools at high speeds.

The choice of which drill bit to purchase is governed entirely by the material to be drilled. Buying the wrong drill bit for a drilling job gives very poor results, and may well result in damage both to the work being drilled, but also to the bit itself.

Purchasing Power Saw Accessories

Power saws for industrial use range from reciprocating action to rotary saws, such as angle grinders and the like. Reciprocating saws tend to be industrial jigsaws and sanding or buffing machines.

Circular Saw Blades

Important things to consider for circular saw blades are their construction and blade type, which is very similar to that of drill bits, and their diameter. Also to consider in a purchasing decision is the make of the blades, as different circular saw manufacturers may have different fittings. If the purchaser is in any doubt as to the fitting of the blades, then he or she should ask questions of the seller. Also to note is that certain manufacturers insist that their own-brand blades be fitted to their saws.

Jigsaw Blades

When the buyer is considering purchasing jigsaw blades,, there are certain things that need to be considered before purchase. Firstly, the type of material that needs to be cut must be known. This determines the type of blade to be purchased.

Metal Cutting Jigsaw Blades

Metal cutting blades generally have much finer teeth than wood or plastic cutting blades, and in many respects, their teeth look identical to common hacksaw blades used for the hand cutting of metals. Metal cutting jigsaw blades may also be advertised as hardened, and these should be used for cutting harder metals such as special steels, heavy-duty plastics, and titanium.

Wood Cutting Jigsaw Blades

Wood cutting blades generally have much coarser teeth in a similar manner to rough cutting hand saws. Again, these may be advertised as being hardened or tempered, and these should be used for cutting hardwoods such as teak and the like.

General Purpose Jigsaw Cutting Blades

When the user is cutting a variety of different materials, and does not have the time to be forever changing blades, there are general purpose blades which allow a number of different materials to be cut. General purpose jigsaw blades are for the DIY enthusiast, and are not suitable for an industrial setting.

When looking to purchase jigsaw blades, the buyer must always be aware of just which jigsaw manufacturer the blades on offer fit. Different manufacturers often use different methods of fixing the blades into the saws, and this is reflected in the ends of their blades. If the buyer is in any doubt, then questions should be asked of the vendors, and they are usually only too happy to answer any and all queries regarding which jigsaws their blades actually fit.

Buying Sanding and Buffing Accessories

Sanding and buffing power tools normally either fall into one of two categories, namely orbital or rotary. So when the buyer is deciding on what accessories to purchase for sanding and buffing work, he or she should know if he or she needs the accessories for orbital or rotary power tools.

Orbital

Orbital sanders usually have manufacturer-specific accessories that only fit on their machines. The buyer is advised to check with the supplier to ensure that the chosen accessory actually fits the orbital sander that he or she is buying for.

Rotary

Rotary sanders are much more common accessories for power tools, as they generally fit a wide range of machines. These machines are usually power drills, and the rotary sanding head fits into the chuck of the drill in the same way as a drill bit. Sanding discs come in a wide variety of sizes and grades of abrasion. When the user is purchasing a sanding disc, he or she must ensure that the intended disc is the correct size to fit the backing wheel. Grades of abrasion are similar to those of hand-use sandpaper, in that the higher the 'grit number', the finer grade of abrasion is achieved. Thus, a 40-grade grit has a much coarser texture than, say, a 220 grade.

How to Buy Power Tool Accessories for Industrial Use on eBay

If the user is looking to buy power tool accessories for industrial use on eBay, the first thing that needs to be considered is the make and model of the power tool that the accessory is intended for. If it is for an unusual power tool, such as an orbital sander, then the buyer should ensure that he or she has the exact model before searching for the accessory on eBay.

If, however, the part is more generic, like a drill bit, then there is no need to worry about compatibility issues, and he or she should instead focus on the material that needs to be worked on. Questions such as whether the material is wood or metal, and if the material is metal, then just how hard is the metal, need to be answered.

Above all, the buyer should set aside plenty of time to view the hundreds, if not thousands, of possible choices found on eBay. If he or she sees something that may be suitable, but there is a point on which he or she is not sure, then the buyer should ask the vendor questions, which most eBay merchants are only too happy to answer.

Conclusion

When the potential buyer is faced with so many choices of accessories for power tools for industrial use, probably the most important thing is to take time to look over all that is available. Sometimes, what is wanted may not be listed in a category the buyer may first think of, so he or she should make use of the search facility on eBay, as well as the many categories and subcategories.

Careful and patient research results in the rewards of not only buying the correct accessory for the correct tool, but the buyer is sure to learn other facts about other tools. It is often these little facts that later spring to mind when the buyer is faced with a problem with a certain job or procedure. If the buyer is in any doubt as to whether an accessory will fit a specific power tool, then he or she should ask the vendor questions about the accessory.

 
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