THE construction industry is a powerhouse in the UK, and a key driver for economic growth in a society that rewards infrastructure. It is also an extremely lucrative industry in which to build a career, with plentiful skilled work and boundless opportunities for growth and specialism,
The market is ripe for freelance tradespeople and new enterprises, too – in recent months, freelancers and contractors alike have been able to offset supply costs and other inflationary pressures and grow their income. But operating on your own accord in construction is not as simple as incorporating a business.
Indeed, there are numerous variables at play that impact the successful of a new trade enterprise, from skills and experience to the tools themselves. Here, we are concerned with the latter. Why is it so important for a tradesperson or new construction enterprise to invest well in their equipment?
The Right Tools for the Job
“The right tools for the job” is a phrase rightly applied to understanding which tools will achieve the right outcome in your work – and to avoiding ‘making do’ with inappropriate equipment. But its meaning can also be extended to the constitution of the tools themselves. A screwdriver is a screwdriver is a screwdriver, but a cheap screwdriver is more likely to deform than a reliable one – and a cheap drill, likewise, more likely to fail.
This is why brand recognition has such power in the construction industry. Milwaukee power tools have a strong reputation for a reason, and are a go-to for many construction businesses owing to their suitability for regular usage. But what makes a brand of equipment better than another? What are the metrics by which a tool is more suited to work?
One of the leading reasons to invest in higher quality, branded equipment is the durability they usually possess. Construction sites are hectic places, and many construction tasks involve engagement with tough materials and environments. Your tools need to hold up against these difficulties.
Inexpensive equipment is more likely to fail sooner under these circumstances – something a casual DIYer may not notice, but something which can hold up a project no end. Higher-quality tools are more durable owing to a higher quality of build, from stronger materials to better construction.
As an offshoot of durability, sheer strength is another key element to the equation. Rather than being well-suited to their task, strength also covers their ability to withstand damage. Certain steels are more resilient to impact damage to others, and certain power tools less likely to break from fall damage.
Well-designed tools naturally allow a job to go smoother. Cheaper tools often exhibit design flaws as a consequence of their price. These flaws can cost a serious amount of time over the course of a project, whether a sticking safety button on a drill or an unremovable chuck. Careful investment in the right tools enables you to benefit from quality engineering, and the conveniences that result.