Choosing high quality power tools for your woodworking needs isn’t as simple as choosing the item that has the most favorable price tag.
There are many factors that need careful consideration when selecting the best possible tools for your shop. In this blog, we’ll talk about the top six considerations for making a tool selection for your shop’s needs.
Project Type and Volume
First and foremost, you have to choose tools that match up to the work you plan to do. A hobby shop and a commercial shop have vastly different needs.
Even at the same volume level, different projects have different needs.
Refinishing antiques has a very different set of requirements when compared to the fabrication of new furnishings.
According to Woodworking Toolkit, there are fifteen essential power tools that every woodworker should have.
● Surface planer
● Drill press
● Radial arm saw
● Band saw
● Wood router
● Compound miter saw
● Bench grinder
● Circular saw
● Power drill
● Scroll saws
● Table saw
● Sabre saw
Laguna Tools make a variety of each of these appliances appropriate for any shop. You can build the shop of your dreams, whether you intend to scale your hobby into a side hustle or if you operate an industrial shop.
With any power tool, you will need to train your staff on care and usage. Also, wear appropriate personal protective equipment such as safety goggles and gloves to protect against hazards that can happen when using hand tools. For more details, click here.
Large scale tools are a major investment, and you want to be certain that you’re making the best selection. Look for a warranty that covers any possible manufacturer errors or defects on any purchase you make.
Laguna Tools offers a two year limited warranty on dealer machinery and a one year limited warranty on CNC machines. If anything goes wrong, we are happy to help you repair the machine and protect your investment.
You can review our full warranty terms and register your product directly on our website. You can also use our website to ask questions about warranty coverage and request support or service for your tools.
Ease of Installation and Maintenance
When you purchase a new tool, you want to get it up and running as quickly and efficiently as possible. And you want to keep it that way.
We offer a full video library that includes installation and maintenance videos so you can install and service your machines on your terms and at your own pace.
When it comes time to tune up or repair your tools, you’re not on your own. We also offer our product manuals online to make sure that you always have access to the information you need, whether or not you’ve held onto the physical paper copies of your manuals.
We also offer software tips to maintain the computer operation portion of your CNC machine systems.
Ease of Use and Scalability
By using a Computer Numerical Control (CNC) mechanism, our tools make for the best possible efficiency and performance for a variety of projects at any volume. CNC machines have a specific set of considerations for capabilities.
You want to consider the impact a new CNC machine may have to your current operations, such as differences in maintenance procedures and day to day operations.
You should not only factor in the ease of use of hardware, but also of software. The computer systems should have interfaces that are simple to understand for anyone in your shop who may need to operate them, as well as effective backup systems and storage for settings and job data.
The considerations with a CNC machine also extend beyond day-to-day use and into ongoing capabilities and scalability for your shop’s applications.
As with any major investment, price tag is a factor. However, it’s all about finding the right balance of features and cost. You don’t want to simply purchase the cheapest option on the market, as you’ll likely end up spending well beyond what you would have paid for a higher quality tool in maintenance and replacement costs.
On the other side of the coin, more expensive doesn’t necessarily mean higher quality. Choosing the product that offers the features you need within your price range is extremely important.
At Laguna Tools, we aim to offer the best possible value for the investment. Especially when purchasing a more expensive CNC machine for commercial use, it can be difficult to buy the appliance outright.
We offer several financing options for commercial tools, including agreements that offer 90 days of payment deferral. We also have a full market for used and refurbished tools at any Laguna Tools Outlet, which can offer extremely cost-effective options to get your shop up and running quickly for a lower startup cost.
When you invest in a large tool purchase, you should look for more than just a piece of machinery that sits in your shop. Laguna Tools offers in depth training and personal service for each tool you purchase, to ensure that you are able to make the most of your tools.
You can also take solace knowing that your tool purchase goes to support education efforts and growing the future of industrial machinists and woodworkers. Laguna Tools is committed to helping the next generation of woodworkers and machinists learn on the best machines possible.
We understand that school budgets can be tough to navigate, so we offer exclusive education discounts and plans to provide students with machines to learn their craft.
Selecting the Best Tools
So, how do you select the best tools for your shop? Laguna Tools offers fine craftsmanship, excellent durability, and superior service to every customer.
Whether a small hobby shop looking to take your craft to the next level or an industrial operation looking to innovate and enhance operations with powerful CNC technology, Laguna Tools is a partner you can trust.
We deliver the highest quality machines and accessories with the best possible expert service.
Ready to bring your shop into the next generation? Get in touch to discuss your projects and find out how Laguna can help.