7 Tools to Lose and Replace

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When was the last time you replaced or got rid of the old tools and started working with something new? Get to know more about the tools you should be buying and take this chance to upgrade.

The Tools to Lose or Replace

Take a look at your toolbox and the items you use when you’re doing home improvements and repairs. Isn't it time to upgrade your tools?

There have been a lot of innovations and inventions in tool tech in recent years. You may be using some really outdated items, and you might be hanging onto some tools that have been way outpaced by new tech.

Step into the future of DIY with newer upgrades and cool new tools and gadgets that make it much easier to get jobs done efficiently and professionally. Find out which tools you need to lose entirely or replace in and upgrade your toolkit.

They say the future is now. Isn't it time your tools reflected this reality?

1. Cordless Pruning Shears

Cordless tools are the way of the future, something that a vast majority of professionals agree on. Some companies are proving it with cordless pruning shears, a gardener’s perfect tool.

Power pruning shears have become more refined in recent years, offering more control over what you're doing to allow for more precise cuts. They’re also much, much easier to use than all previous options.

Stop using the old-fashioned hand-powered pruning shears. Save your muscles and your energy and actually let the tool do the work.

Gardening and lawn care are definitely hard enough. Cordless, powerful pruning shears make the job a lot easier, and they are completely mobile.

That bush way in the back of your property? That overgrown mess by that tree in the corner?

There's no spot you can't reach with cordless pruning shears.

Cordless pruning shears are like miniature cordless chainsaws. Remember that you should always wear eye and hand protection while working with any power tool and be exacting and precise in what you are doing.

2. Power Blower

man holding electric leaf blower

The days of using corded blowers are over. New power blowers are designed with more power, more max air volume, and more nozzle attachments, so you can take on all kinds of different yard debris and handle it poorly.

Power blowers are made for power, and in the newest designs, that's exactly what they've got to offer. It's definitely past time to ditch your old blower and get a cordless power blower, a tool you can take anywhere to take on all sorts of cleanup jobs.

It's going to be much easier to clean the gutters, get the dead leaves out of the way, and clean out your outdoor spaces with a power blower that can literally go anywhere. Lose your old power blower, or chuck it off a cliff, and go cordless so you can do a lot more DIY jobs.

3. Hybrid Impact Tool

Do you not already have a half-wrench, half-driver? Though this tool was invented a few years ago, new tech has made hybrid impact tools more powerful and more capable than ever.

The new hybrid impact tools have more torque thanks to new battery technology that provides more power. And when it comes to power tools, isn't more power the point?

The hybrid impact tool is a highly useful item for all kinds of DY tasks. Keep one handy, and you'll be surprised by how many different opportunities you have to put it to use.

4. Nail Set

Though it's not a new tool or very new tech, a nail set is an essential toolbox item. If you haven't already got one, it's time to get one.

This small tool doesn't take up much space, but it performs a big duty: it extends your hammer reach. With a nail set, you can hammer a nail flush to or below a surface without hitting the nail with the head of the hammer and potentially hitting the wood or the around the nail with the hammer, too.

Set the nail into the nail set and hammer into the nail set, rather than the nail. It's simple and not as fancy as some of the tools using smart technology and space alien batteries, but it is incredibly useful.

Not everything has to connect to the smartphone, after all. A simple nail set is a tool you will use over and over and over again, so it's definitely time to add this to your toolbox if you haven’t already.

5. Cordless Table Saw

Cordless table saws aren't exactly brand-new but not many tool manufacturers have been making them...until today. You can expect to see more cordless table saw options on the market and now is a great time for an upgrade.

The new cordless table saws are powerful and chock-full of safety features, including modular blade guards, anti-kickback features, and overload protection.

Better still, cordless table saws are made to be portable. You don't need power and you don't need to drag all your work to the table saw.

Now, you can take the table saw to your work. This is a serious game-changer and it’s going to make a lot of jobs a whole lot easier.

6. Digital Level

laser level tool

Time to upgrade your toolbox for the 21st century with a new level.

Forget about the old bubble levels. It's all about going digital in this day and age, right?

Well, your toolbox is begging for a digital level.

These things take all the guesswork out of getting everything level, measuring perfectly to a straight line so you won't be even a hair off. Digital levels are auto-calibrated and incredibly accurate.

Digital levels don't take up any more room than more standard, non-digital levels, but they are much easier to use, and they will give you an incredibly accurate reading.

7. Modular Storage

While you're replacing tools, think about changing the way you store them. Today, it's all about modular storage.

That means multiple toolboxes that fit and stack together in multiple ways. Modular storage boxes are truly the perfect solution for every homeowner.

Modular tool storage is everywhere, and this is only going to get more sophisticated as designs become more innovative. Vertical storage solutions are a great way to save space and make the most out of the space you have to store tools.

And since you're thinking about storage and looking for the latest in tool tech, consider investing in a smart toolbox. Smart toolboxes connect to an app and allow you to do lots of different things, such as set an alarm to protect your box.

You can even program some smart toolbox apps to tell you when tools are missing and what tools you have.

Tools to Lose or Replace

Make things easier on yourself and safe for yourself by upgrading your own tools and take advantage of the times. It’s the future, and the tool market is full of cool gadgetry, amazing devices, and tool innovations that make DIY so much easier.

There are all sorts of new innovations to take advantage of, so start doing it! Find out which tools to lose or replace, and soon, you will have a much more modern toolbox with tons of tech-friendly tools that will help you get all your DIY projects completed much more efficiently and professionally.

Tool FAQ

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Can power tools be waterproof?

Most power tools are not weatherproof or weatherproof and in fact, some manufacturers very strongly caution against using power tools around any sort of moisture.

There are DIY hacks that can help you add some weather-resistant protection to power tools on your own, and some manufacturers make power tools that are a little more water-resistant than other brands.

But unless a tool is expressly made to be waterproof and specifically marked that way, you should exercise extreme caution when using power tools around moisture or water or even when you're outside.

Can power tools be stored in a cold garage?

Power tools can be stored in a cold garage but they should not be taken from a cold to a warm environment and immediately used. What damages power tools is not the cold, it is temperature changes.

If you're storing your power tools in a cold garage, shed, or other chilly space, bring them indoors into a warm space for at least two hours before you use them. When power tools are engaged, the motors heat up and the metal parts heat up due to friction.

If the power tool is cold when it is put to use and warms very quickly, damage can and will result. This is why tools stored in the cold become damaged, not because they were cold in the first place.

Let tools warm up before using them and they will be fine if they are stored in the cold. However, the cold can drain the batteries in your cordless power tools.

To prevent battery drain, remove the batteries from cordless power tools and store the batteries in a warmer, more temperature-controlled environment. Do yourself a favor and very clearly mark all the batteries, so you know exactly which power tool they were removed from.

Gas-powered tools and machinery should be winterized before being stored in the cold. Gasoline and cold do not mix well, and gas can become hardened and "gummy," which can create engine damage once that engine is restarted.

To prevent this, drain the gas out of tanks and out of gas-powered engines before stopping them in a situation where they may be affected by the cold. You should also change the oil in engines that have oil and seal the fuel camp in order to prevent fumes from escaping.

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What's the best way to maintain hand tools?

Screwdrivers, wrenches, hammers, and pliers don't need a lot of maintenance but they do need some. First, clean your tools after every use.

Wipe the tool down throughout with a damp cloth and then a dry one after it has been used. Make sure there is no grease or dirt on the tool after every use.

Tools that have moving parts or adjustable parts, such as pliers, should be lightly sprayed with WD-40. This gives the tools some much-needed lubrication.

Wipe away excess oil before storing and take care to especially clean the handles of tools and make sure there is no oil on them. The oil helps to prevent rust, which is the inevitable fate of metal tools.

All tools should be stored in a storage container, on a shelf, or hanging on a wall, somewhere they can be kept away from moisture and relatively unexposed to extreme temperature changes.

The most important thing is to keep tools clean and to check them regularly for signs of wear and rust. Broken or rusted tools are dangerous to use, so take care of your tools so they will take care of you.

When are tools too old or outdated to keep using?

It's easy to fall in love with a particular tool. After all, some tools are just seriously superior.

However, all tools become old and unusable over time. Tools that are old or damaged are actually dangerous to use because they can end up hurting you and let's face it, they clutter things up.

Don't hang onto old or damaged tools. When they are splintered or falling apart or no longer functioning as well as they should, they have to be replaced... even when it hurts.

There's a whole world of new tools and new innovations out there, cool tech and interesting features, and new designs. Go explore them and lose or replace your old tools.

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