One of the biggest mistakes you can make when purchasing quality carpentry tools is buying cheap or poor quality ones. In this case you will live to regret the bargain you think you got. Poor quality tools cause pain, fatigue, and frustration when you are working. Quality tools last for years. While some carpenters leave tools in their truck, the safest bet is to take them home with you and lock them up.
The Basic Tools For Carpentry
What basic tools will you need for your carpentry work? If you have a serious carpentry project and being a carpenter I would advise the following tools and this would include rough and finish carpentry: tool pouches, carpenters pencil, tape measure, utility knife, speed square, chisels and puches, framing square, hammer, chalk line, cats paw, extension cords, generators, air compressor, framing and or finish nailers, circular saw, ladders, electric or cordless drill, and a reciprocating saw. If you are working at finished carpentry only, you may not need all this equipment. It is important to remember when buying extension cords that it is mandatory to get a 14 gauge cord to avoid a fire.
Some Good Advice
If you buy generic tools they can lead to breakage in the middle of a job. For instance a cheap tape measure will probably only last for one job or break in the middle of another job, whereas a professional quality tape measure will last for years. Professional quality carpentry tools will last five to ten times longer than cheap, generic tools.
When buying high end carpentry tools it is important to do your research into the various brands, what they cost, and what they are designed to do. Some tools appear the same, but they might differ in weight and the power they put out. A lighter tool may help you stay at a job longer and more power may help you get the job done better. Heavy tools may make you feel like you have just jogged for ten miles. Quality carpentry tools will make up for haste in doing a job. If you rush through a job you will compromise your reputation for excellence and word will spread ruining your professional standing.
Quality carpentry tools that are professional grade may add to your initial start up cost, but in the end they will be cheaper than having to cope with generic brands that you would have to keep replacing. A professional carpenter needs professional tools. An old saying that bargains can make you poor applies here.