When you’re building a garage workshop, you’re presented with a multitude of tools and gadgets that can be used to do a million things. Unless you’re Jeff Bezos, then you probably have some sort of budget. This also means that you need to pick and choose which tools to buy and which you can wait for. Here are a few tools we think can simplify any job in your workshop, and thus are essential.
Skip The Wrench And Get And Adjustable Ratchet Instead
If there is a tool that greatly simplifies the mechanism of its use, it’s a ratchet. Instead of constantly removing a wrench to turn a bolt, ratcheting is a much easier process because the ratchet has an inner ring that re-adjusts every time you swing the ratchet. It will save you time and energy whenever you need to tighten to loosen bolts.
If You Can Afford It, Get Power Tools or Pneumatic Tools
To further make things easier, you can get yourself a set of power tools. They speed up any process you need to do, and reduce the manual labour involved. Of course, they do come with a higher price tag, so you need to consider whether the investment is worth it. A cheaper option is to use pneumatic tools. That is, tools that are powered by air rather than electricity. You’ll need to buy an air compressor, but the individual tools are cheaper to buy. They are also much lighter to carry and use. The only disadvantage of pneumatic tools is that you would be limited to the distance between you and the air compressor, which can be a little inconvenient sometimes. Nonetheless, you should think about getting either power tools or pneumatic tools to help you around the workshop.
A Proper Workbench Makes Everything Easier
Too many people forget how important a workbench is to properly working on whatever project you have. It is an essential part of any workshop that is often overlooked, many people thinking a standard table will do. A real workbench will be able to handle the workload of heavy objects and equipment, and it will also make things easier for you.
Extra Long Extension Cords And Proper Lighting
There is no need to inconvenience yourself by working from awkward angles because extension cords (even the high power ones) are relatively cheap. Having one means you never need to worry about reaching something. Also, it’s always best to have adequate lighting in your workshop because dimming the lights will only put you at risk of injury – and workshop injuries are no joke.
When you are building your workshop, make sure to keep in mind that you don’t need to buy all the tools and equipment. Only buy things that you consistently need and use. If you notice that a particular piece of equipment tends to collect dust – then you might be better off selling it for something more useful. Don’t compare your workshop with that of others, because everyone has their own needs and preferences.