Power Tool Accessories.
History and Development
As we mentioned in the Spanners, sockets and wrenches module, led by the UK in the later part of the 1700s, the world's manual labour-based economies began to change into one dominated by industry and the manufacture of machinery.
So, there was a massive explosion in machinery, vehicles and equipment all requiring screws, nuts and bolts to hold them together. At the same time construction of factories, commercial premises and housing increased dramatically.
Needless to say, there grew a huge need for tools for tightening and loosening the various screw fastening systems, talked about in some detail in the screwdrivers module. There also grew the need for cutting, shaping and drilling the huge range of materials used in industry, construction and around the house.
Hand tools were fine but relatively slow. Competition drove the need for faster and more efficient ways of working, leading directly to the development of a vast array of power tools and their accessories.
Early industrial revolution-era factories had power tools such as lathes and drills, driven by belts from overhead shafts. These were in turn powered by a water wheel or later a steam engine. The introduction of the electric motor (and electric distribution networks) in the 1880s made possible the static and portable power tools we know today.
Today, we take for granted the availability of corded and battery powered power tools such as drills and jigsaws. There is no tradesperson or keen DIYer who doesn’t own a power tool and the bits to use in them.
Multitools, also known as oscillating tools, are being used more frequently and are popular with both hobbyists and professional tradespeople. There are a wide range of accessories available which are used for a variety of jobs from cutting to polishing, which can be done with more precision than by using a drill, jigsaw or reciprocating saw.
But, it’s all very well having a fabulous power tool, but if the quality of the blade or drill bit being used in it is poor or not designed for the material being cut, the result could be wasted time and money, not to mention damage.
How can this be avoided? – Using C.K power tool accessories would be a good start, so next we'll have a look at the products in detail.