Any time you have a power tool that you use either for your profession or just in jobs around the house, you’re going to want to take as many steps as possible to extend the useful life of that power tool. However, all tools eventually reach the point where it makes more sense to simply replace them rather than trying to put the money and effort into repairing them.
So how do you know when the time for power tool replacement has come? Here’s some information from an equipment rental company in Monroe, LA.
Making the decision to replace your tools
There are varying philosophies regarding not just when to replace a tool, but how to track the time during which a tool has been used. Some people go by the number of hours the tool has been used, while others go by the number of days the tool has been used. In either case, the more time you’ve logged with a particular tool, the more likely it becomes that you’re going to need to make the replacement sometime soon.
Of course, you should also always be on the watch for any faulty tool conditions, whether it’s something with the cord or the mechanical elements of the tool itself. If the tool is damaged in any way, this is something you should note, whether it’s a tool of your own or one you’ve rented for use. If it is a rental, the company is going to need to know about that damage as soon as possible so it can make the necessary replacement arrangements.
It is your responsibility as someone who regularly uses power tools to monitor their condition and make sure that they’re not just getting the job done effectively, but that they’re also safe for use and will continue to be into the future for some time.
So at what point does it become clear that you need to make a replacement rather than attempting to repair an aging or damaged tool?
One standard used frequently by professionals is that if the repair cost would be more than 50 percent of what it would cost to purchase a new tool to replace it, it’s no longer worth it to make the repair.
The decision can become a little bit harder if you’re dealing with any specialty tools or items that are a little more difficult to find. On the one hand, replacing the item might be more costly, because it’s not as common of a tool. On the other hand, repairs might also be more expensive, because a tool that isn’t common is also not likely to have readily available replacement parts.
These are just a few of the factors that go into determining whether you will repair or replace a power tool that is aged or damaged. For more information about this decision or to get some advice from the experts, we encourage you to contact Ram Rent-All, Inc. or visit our equipment rental company in Monroe, LA.