Tools can get expensive very quickly, so many people will keep them longer than they should. On the other hand, some people are always ready for the latest and greatest tools when they hit the market. Most people fall somewhere in between. For them, it can be hard to know if it's time to invest in a new set of tools, especially if you don't use them very often. Ask yourself these six questions to know if it is time to change out your tools for new ones.
Are Your Tools Safe To Use?
Safety should be one of the first things you consider when upgrading your tools. After all, a new extension ladder with great features is preferable to a shaky old one that might collapse with you on it. If a safety feature is broken or the tool in question has been acting up, it's probably time to invest in a new one. This is more of a concern with power tools or load-bearing equipment than hand tools, but anything can be unsafe in the wrong situation.
Do They Work As They Should?
Are your tools fully operational? If so, you might just need to do a little maintenance or buy replacement parts to make them look new again. For example, consider a hacksaw with a dull blade. You wouldn't replace the whole saw; you would just buy and install a new blade to make it as good as new.
Are Your Tools Covered By a Warranty?
Once upon a time, hand tools were covered by extended warranties — many even had full lifetime replacement warranties. Unfortunately, there aren't too many homeowner-grade tools that still offer that promise of durability. However, some tools are covered by a warranty. In that case, it's probably a good idea to replace them if they are showing wear or not working quite right. If you aren't sure, reach out to the manufacturer or store where it was purchased to see about a replacement.
Is There a New Version Available?
Sometimes, there's just a cool new tool out that you want to try. Today's tools have all sorts of great features to make them more attractive and functional. Maybe the new one has more power, runs on batteries instead of gas, or connects to an app so you can monitor usage. If you want those new features and it's within your budget, go ahead and treat yourself. Just don't be disappointed if, after a few weeks of regular use, your shiny new tool ends up in the toolbox within the others.
Will You Take Care of New Tools?
This is a serious consideration. If you tend to let your tools fall into disrepair, you might want to think twice before investing in new ones. Even the most basic hand tools require routine maintenance and cleaning, so stop and ask yourself why your tools are in bad shape.
How Often Do You Use Them?
Countless tools spend their days sitting on shelves in a garage or workshop, rarely to perform the tasks they are designed for. Instead of preserving them, lack of use can cause problems with several types of tools. That is why, in some cases, it may be better to rent certain items when you need them instead of buying them outright. If you only need it for a specific project, consider calling the rental counter first to see how much savings you could see.
It can be tough to know when it's time to replace tools. If yours are getting worn and outdated or are unsafe, it may be time for new ones. First, however, make sure you consider whether you will care for the new tools correctly and if you are better off renting instead.
Publish Date: April 7, 2022 9:03 PM