From saws to screwdrivers, files to drill bits, most workshops are packed full of useful bits of equipment to facilitate the successful creation of a product. With that being said, it is understandable that you might feel overwhelmed at the prospect of setting up a workshop, particularly if you do not have the budget to spend on tools that you may not get full use out of. To help you begin to build up your workshop from scratch, here are four essential tools for a successful workshop.
1. Drill bit set
A high-quality drill bit set is one of the most ubiquitous pieces of equipment for any workshop, whether industrial or residential. They are an easy way to ensure that you have all the accessories needed to complete a construction task. Look for a drill bit set that contains tools of a variety of sizes that are suitable for using on wood, metal, and masonry, depending on the materials that you work with. Drill bit sets are available at a range of price points, so invest in the best that you can afford. If you’re drilling in hard to reach places, a rolling platform ladder would be a great addition your workshop.
2. Cutting machine
Manually cutting materials with a hand-held saw can be time consuming and, unless done by an expert, yield less-than accurate results. Investing in a cutting machine will ensure that all materials are quickly and efficiently cut to exact accuracy – essential if you are following an intricate cutting design. There are different types of cutting machines available to suit your needs. A waterjet cutting machine, for instance, is suitable for cutting a variety of materials including metal, wood and stone, so it is perfect if your workshop handles more than one material. Check out Kerf Developments for more information on the different types of cutting machines available and what might be best suited to your needs.
Sanders are an essential tool for any workshop, for a variety of materials. For instance, you might want to remove old paintwork on a car hood or smooth down a wooden bench for a smoother and more attractive finish. The right sander can save you time and help you to achieve a uniform, high quality finish on your products. There are different types and of sanders for you to choose from depending on your requirements. For example, an orbital sander uses an oscillating action to provide a smooth finish and reduce the likelihood of sandling marks being left on your products.
4. Vacuum extractor
Your workshop is likely to produce a lot of dust as you work your materials. This dust can be extremely hazardous if breathed in, affecting your health and that of any other workers. Metal shavings are particularly hazardous and can all too easily get into your eyes. It is therefore essential that you regularly clear away the dust using a workshop vacuum extractor. Thanks to the flexible nozzle on many models. This can reach even the smallest nooks and crannies to remove all residual dust and make for a clearer, more breathable working environment.