One of the most popular pastimes in the IO Magic office is to turn to a bit of DIY when we’re relaxing at the weekend. It’s a great escape from talking microchips and data transfer speeds, and while improving our IO speeds and overall processing performance will always be our number one passion, getting down and dirty in the garage with a mitre saw and a dust sheet isn’t far behind.
For some of us, we’re married with kids and it’s more about hiding from everyone for a little ‘me time’ when we’re fed up with our offspring swinging from our arms in the house, and for others it’s genuinely about an enthusiasm for creating something unique, functional and stylish to improve the appearance of our homes.
For me, I’m quite happy with my middle of the road power tools, I’m not after anything particularly special. I just want to make the job easier when I’m cutting wood, hanging shelves or doing anything else that would require a good level of skill and a steady hand to do manually. A good example is my latest purchase after my trusty old drop saw went to the great toolbox in the sky. Having done a little research, I chose Bosch as they’re a well known and reliable brand. I read a few of their drop saw reviews from the experts on the web, and settled for the GCM8SJL mitre saw simply because it was a really popular choice.
Some of the more ambitious members of the team chose to buy much bigger and more powerful models, but that really isn’t a great idea for me for a number of reasons.
First and foremost, the bigger the power tool, the greater the risk of injury. I’m clumsy at the best of times, as my colleagues well know. If you hear the sound of a mug of coffee getting knocked over, anything you can imagine getting dropped, or even a nudge in the car park, there’s a very high chance I’m in the area. Call me a wimp if you like, but when there’s a huge, sharp fast spinning blade, I shouldn’t be going for any more power than necessary:
Secondly, I don’t get excited enough about DIY to spend any more than necessary. I’m very much a fair weather handyman. From time to time the motivation comes, but most things I buy turn out to be fads, so spending more than a couple of hundred pounds on a single power tool is excessive in our household.
If you’re getting the urge to head out to buy something from the huge range of power tools on offer, I can highly recommend giving the web the once over, particularly if you’re in the market for a mitre saw like I was. I particularly found the Mitre Saw Zone reviews helpful, as they went into a huge amount of detail about their favourite ones on the market. I’m sure you’ll find similar sites covering all manner of tools, not just power tools, and it’s really helpful to be able to read them at your own pace, especially to compare and contrast the features at your own pace, rather than with a commissioned salesman in the shops!