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Most power tools used in the USA are powered by 120 volt AC current. However, as NiCad and Lithium Ion batteries have improved in recent years, cordless tools have become popular. These tools offer greater flexibility and freedom of movement for home improvement and construction sites where AC power may not be available.
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The primary types of power tools include drills, saws, shaping tools, and impact tools. Drills are designed to make round holes by means of a revolving cutting bit. Saws are used to cut solid materials into specified shapes or lengths. Lathes are stationary tools that remove unwanted material from a workpiece by means of a turning operation. Sanders are meant for smoothing rough surfaces. Impact drivers, hammers, and wrenches typically use a powered cam and gear mechanism, and are designed to replace traditional screwdrivers, hammers, and wrenches for many usages.
Some power tools are quite versatile; others are very specialized. For instance, portable circular saws are used for a wide range of sawing applications, whereas scroll saws are used specifically to cut intricate shapes in thin pieces of wood. With such a diverse selection of power tools available, it is important to understand their intended uses in order to fully benefit from their many capabilities.
On Power-Tool.us, we feature convenient access to several power tool manufacturers as well as selected power tool suppliers. Power tools are inherently dangerous, and should only be used by persons who are alert and understand how to use them correctly and safely. Out of concern for our visitors' safety, we have included a series of basic power tool safety tips. However, these tips are no substitute for each tool manufacturer's safety instructions.
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