Power Tools vs Manual Hand Tools: Advantages & Benefits


Modern power tools have come a long way. Any manual DIY job you can think of – there’s probably a power tool you can use to make the job easier, save time and end with a more professional finish. There are drills, saws, power screwdrivers, hammer drills, angle grinders, circles saws, sanders. The list goes on.

But if you’re new to DIY, how do you know what to use and what the best power tool is for you?
Here are some benefits of a few power tools to give you an idea.

Power Saws – if you’ve ever tried to see something with a hacksaw or a manual handsaw then you know how much effort it takes. It’s hard work. If you’ve got a big bit of wood to cut, then you’ll probably end up with blisters and a sore arm. You’re risking splinters as well. This is where power tools save the day.

Power saws make the job easier. It’s far quicker to cut through large bits of wood with a circular saw. They make light work of an otherwise long-winded, tiresome task. But most importantly they’ll get a straight cut. How many times have you managed a perfect cut with a handsaw? Similarly, power jigsaws are ideal for cutting curves and patterns in the wood.

Cordless drills – power drills are extremely common nowadays. Most people have probably never even seen a manual drill, let alone used one. Electric drills have a range of uses and often offer hammer and screwing capabilities as well as various drilling abilities – through/into various surfaces. Cordless drills are becoming more and more common.

With longer battery life and shorter recharge time, they take on the convenience that we enjoy from the majority of our electronic products scattered around our house and in our life. You can use them for several jobs, then pop them back in the cupboard and not worry about plugging and unplugging. Heavy-duty cordless drills are available for tradesmen, making their lives easier as well.

Nail Guns – no more manual hammering. If you have plenty of nails to hammer home it can take time and plenty of elbow grease. A nail gun cuts down on the time it takes and saves your joints.

Power Sanders – Have you ever tried sanding something down by hand? It can take hours and you might not get the ideal finish for your surface, which is especially frustrating when you’re going to paint or spray the surface afterward. Power tools make light work of the task. You could breeze through the same job in a matter of minutes have ended up with superior results.

Of course, like other power tools, sanders come in a variety of shapes and sizes for every task imaginable. So you’ll need to choose carefully, although there are ‘multi-capable sanders which can do a variety of jobs, sometimes a special sander will do a specific job more efficiently. Have you ever tried to sand a corner? There’s a sander for that. Got some heavy-duty sanding work? Try a belt sander. Need an excellent finish? An orbital sander will probably work best.

Final Words

General benefits of power tools – modern power tools come with all sorts of safety features to prevent injury from blades, electric shock, dropping hazards, and other things that might put you at risk. There is a more inherent risk with power tools, but you can keep yourself safe with goggles, gloves, flooring knee pads and appropriate protective wear.

Of course, you’ll spend a bit more money on power tools than standard hand tools – but you’ll do a better job and save yourself time in the long run. You know what they say about time being money. Of course, when you’ve come home from a long day at work or are looking to do some DIY at the weekend, the last thing you want to do is spend hours with a hammer or some sandpaper in your hand.