The safety features that go into the latest power tools are designed to ensure you’re as safe as possible. Here we take a look at some of the tools that are often considered to be more aggressive and which safety features you should look out for to make them more manageable.
If you’ve ever had a drill bit jam when drilling into masonry you’ll know how painful it can be on your wrists as the drill tries to spin round. Many SDS drills and combi drills are now fitted with an overload clutch to prevent this happening but it’s important to check as it’s not always fitted on cheaper models. A critical point to consider is if you’re up a ladder and the bit jams without a safety clutch it doesn’t bear thinking about.See how kickback control works...
When looking at plunge saws, as well as the quality of the cut modern safety features ensure that safety is optimised. The TS55R is widely regarded as one of the best plunge saws on the market and it includes features such as a blade brake that reacts in super fast time for a safe cutting performance. The built in riving knife also extends behind the cutter to prevent the blade from binding which is particularly useful when cutting thicker stock.View product
A useful accessory is the Festool kickback stop which prevents the saw from coming off the rail on the very rare occasions that the blade catches while making a plunge cut. To be as safe as possible it’s good practise to always have the saw set up with the kickback stop to prevent this from happening.View product
It’s important to remember that power tools should always be treated with respect and handled carefully. Knowing you have these safety features in place shouldn’t mean you’re any less careful but they should give reassurance that you can pick them up with confidence as you have the best safety features available. As added security always protect yourself in the best way possible by wearing the appropriate health and safety equipment.