Using the right tool for the job can make the difference between a back-breaking, time-consuming and quite possibly dangerous struggle to get a job done and a trouble-free, efficient and safe working day, at the end of which you can look at a job well done and nobody injured. On construction sites, it’s vital that the right tool is used because it makes for a safer working system; luckily, plant hire in Essex is easy to arrange.
Analyse the Task You Need to Complete
To make sure you’re selecting the correct tool, it often helps to analyse the task you’ve got: firstly, the material you’re working with; and secondly, the operation you need to carry out on it – cutting, sanding or whatever it is. If you’re clear about this, it doesn’t matter whether you’re hiring or buying, you can assess construction tools for their suitability, robustness and economy. PPE is always a part of the work process, so your analysis should include the specific PPE for the job – whether that’s gloves, eye protection, hard hats, rubber-soled shoes or proper working overalls.
The category of cutting, sawing and grinding tools includes jigsaws and sanders. Cordless drills are widely used on construction sites because there may not be a convenient power source, but look at a combined drill/breaker where you need a heavier-duty action. The availability of power can be a headache, so on many sites contractors hire a transformer to enable them to run flood lights and a splitter box that can be used with extension leads to deliver power to the remoter bits of the site.
If you’re running a lot of power tools on site, you’re probably going to need a generator. These are available in petrol or diesel versions – the Honda products have the same engine reliability as the cars, so they’re generally a good bet. If you’re looking for plant hire in Essex, make sure that any generator you hire or buy meets your site safety regulations – the Honda ones are quiet, so again, they’re worth looking at.
Avoid a Bad Back – Get the Right Tool
How many construction workers have bad backs? Lots. If you’re working on driveways or heavier flooring, block splitters and vacuum slab lifters will save everyone’s back from unnecessary strain and injury. Even simple jobs, like stripping slates or tiling from roofs, are much easier if you get the appropriate tool – try a slate ripper.
With summer finally here, there are lots of fencing and post renewal jobs around. The simplest tools are often the most effective – try out a hand augur. Like a giant corkscrew, it makes an easy task of boring post holes. And to get that post rammed home, there’s a post rammer which will do the job quickly and with minimum effort.
There are dozens more tools we could talk about, but hopefully you’ve got some idea of the kind of help you could be enjoying on your next job.