Power Tools for Kids: Cordless Drills
Power Tools for Kids?
Kids and power tools? Conventional wisdom seems to suggest that kids and power tools don't mix or is a recipe for disaster. Many parents of eager children interested in what Daddy is doing in the garage opt instead to purchase very kid friendly tool toys. Maybe too kid friendly. Cordless drills are a perfect example of a power tool that can be kid friendly as well as a handy extra power tool to have around the house. If you think your household might be in the market for a proper power tool for one of your kids, here are some helpful hints for selecting the perfect drill.
Drill Size and Weight
The size of a cordless drill you intend to purchase for your children is a very important consideration. Manufacturers often define the size of their cordless drills by the voltage associated with it. To be considered a cordless drill rather than a cordless screwdriver, a voltage of at least 12-volts is nominal. Despite a slight appearance, don't let these mini-monsters fool you. 12-volt cordless drills pack a serious punch of torque in a nicely weighted, tight package. Another benefit of buying in the 12-volt class is that many retailers including Amazon sell 12 volt cordless drills in multi or combo packages that offer two or sometimes up to 5 different cordless tools at one discounted price. If purchasing a singe drill, make certain it has two batteries and a carrying case for easy transport.
Regardless of brand, you can expect a great deal of torque power from a standard cordless 12-volt drill. Power ratings for an average 12-volt drill range from 275-325 pound feet of torque. Bear in mind that this purchase is primarily for your child and too much power is unnecessary and potentially dangerous. Kids will have the tendency to hold the trigger on the drill longer than necessary while fastening a screw. A drill that has too much torque could pull the drill right out of their hands and cause injury. That brings us to the safety precautions.
Let me state very concisely that following. I in no way advocate or encourage the use of any power tool by kids without adult supervision. Home improvement is a useful hobby that your kids would benefit from learning. But only if the education is provided by an adult who uses strict safety habits and equipment. It would be smart to start off by letting your children squeeze the trigger of the drill while you hold it steady until they feel comfortable with the torque and operability.
If your kids aren't ready for power tools yet, consider purchasing a starting set of hand tools and a tool belt.
Buying a cordless drill specifically for your kids can be a great introduction of a hobby. Valuable skills passed down by you can last a lifetime. Let size, weight, and power or torque be your guide in the purchase process and always, always keep safety at the forefront. Always supervise any activity that involves power tools. Please see take a look at a few tutorials below that highlight benefits of 12-volt cordless drills. Happy Drilling!
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