Should you get your power tools repaired?

YOUR power tools are the staple of your trade. 

They cut, drill, sand, apply fixings and make your life generally easier.

To get the most of your investments (you did not buy cheap tools did you?) you need to look after every aspect of them.

Managing tools and equipment in the construction industry can be a challenge. It’s hard to understand and predict exactly when they may need replacing. Stress piles up when your equipment, for one reason or another, stops working. There’s a lot at stake. One minute, the job is on track — the next, you have to frantically shift your inventory around just to keep on schedule. There is a lot of conversation going on globally about the right to repair. Providing another dimension to the benefits of putting your hard working tools into the repair shop for repair.

  • Save Money
  • The tools last longer
  • You are kinder to the environment
  • The cost of doing work reduces meaning overall more profit

What can go wrong with your power tools?

  • Batteries fail
  • Motors become warn
  • Gearboxes can clog
  • Power can fade over time

Be prepared for periodic servicing and to have some down time when a tool fails or is in for repair. If you depend on a specific type of power tool then extending redundancy beyond power packs would be the best option. Is having a spare drill really a bad thing if it keeps you going when another fails?

How to know when it’s time to get your power tools repaired?

Power tools are designed to last. But, depending on how often they are used and how much pressure they are put under, some parts tend to deteriorate over time. 

The two most common parts that often need repairing or replacing on power tools are the power cords and battery packs — which most tools will have at least one of.

Power cords often break due to improper use, such as being used to carry and move the tool. Most of the time, it’s more cost effective to get the cord fixed than buy a whole new tool. Even if the power still works, it’s crucially important that you get it fixed before using it again and causing any further (more costly) damage. Many professional tool repair services can have this issue fixed in no time and many offer competitive rates too!

Have you noticed your tool losing power?

It’s often down to the power supply. Although lithium-ion batteries are the most advanced in their industry, they still need to be replaced every couple of years. If you do notice this problem, the best route is buying a new batter pack and having this professionally fitted to get your tool back working at top speed!

Repair or replace?

The general industry rule is that if the repair cost is more than 50% of the replacement costs, it’s not worth the repair.

As a quick example, if a replacement blade costs £100, you’re best buying a new one if the repair would be more than £50.

Now this is only a rule of thumb and there are many other important factors that need to be considered.

You need to consider the actual value of the tool, because even if it is broken it may still retain some decent value.

By getting your tool repaired professionally, you are adding value back in your hands!

Where to get your tool repaired in the UK?

  • Protrade – Authorised Service Agent for all Power Tools they Supply
  • Powertool World Warranty Repairs for Major TOOL Brands including
    • DeWALT
    • Fein
    • HiKoki
    • Metabo
    • Panasonic
    • Senco
    • FESTOOL
    • Brennenstuhl
  • Numill Cutting tool Repairs
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