High Quality or Low Cost?

When buying tools, there a so many things to consider. What tools do I need? How much am I going to spend? How do I know if they will do what I need them to do? Do I look for high quality or low cost? Here we will guide you through the process of choosing the highest quality tools for the lowest cost, depending on your need.

What’s the Use?

For just about every type of project imagineable, there is most likely a tool made for it. From sockets made specifically for spark plugs, nail removers, screw extractors, to even plastic pry tools for mobile device repairs. Knowing the type of work you will be doing and how often you will be using the tools are good considerations to make when deciding between cost and quality.

To decide between cost or quality, ask yourself a few questions. What will I be using the tools for? How often do I plan to use them? Do I even care? Answering even these simple questions can help you decide which route is best for you, and can even help in finding balance between cost and quality if perhaps you fall somewhere between. We will discuss this ‘in between’ place a little later.

Say for instance you really only do things around your home when you absolutely have to. You don’t really do much as for working with your hands, and perhaps don’t really even want to. That is perfectly ok. There would be no need in researching quality or even shelling out any more money than you would really have to. Low cost economy tools would fit the scenario just fine.

On the other hand, if you are a weekend warrior, always doing maintenance, making repairs, working on hobbies – quality is the road you want to take. You want a tool that you can handle using for long periods of time, tools that will last. Without even seeing the name brand on tools, you can tell a difference between low cost and high quality. It just feels different. The cheaper tools don’t put as much effort in designing comfort and balance.

What to Look For

As with anything else in life, the best way to get desirable outcomes is to plan for them. It is no different when shopping for tools. Now that you have asked yourself those questions a little bit ago, hopefully you already have some answers.

Screwdriver Handle Grips

If low cost is you decision, you will want to research where you can buy for the least amount of money. You can buy cheap tools online at sites such as Amazon or Walmart, just as there are many department and hardware stores that offer the economy tool kits. If cost is all that matters, than the hardest part is going to be finding who sells them for the least amount.

If high quality tools is your game, then you will most likely want to research which brands have the highest ratings, the best warranties, etc. The characteristics I look for are comfort and ergonomics, balance, quality materials, ratings, and warranty. Can the screwdriver handle dig in to my hand when dealing with difficult screws? Do I use just as much energy trying to level the cordless drill as it takes to do the work in the first place? Will I have to change my hacksaw blades every third use or can I depend on the blades enough that they will do what I paid for them to do? Does the tool I’m about to buy have a lifetime warranty?

I Can’t Afford Quality

So, some of you might be thinking, “I can’t afford to buy high quality tools”. That is certainly not anything to be worried about. One of the easiest ways is to just go ahead and buy a tool or a tool kit you need, something that will get the job done for now. Buy cheap first, replace with quality over time. Say you bought a cheap kit that cost only about $20. No worries! After about a year, one of the screwdriver tips break (not an uncommon thing). Go online or to the hardware store and buy a replacement, one that you would rather have had in the first place. Follow the tips above for choosing quality tools. Eventually, you should have your tool kit just how you want it.

Some quality tools are still pretty expensive, no doubt. There are still ways to be able to attain them. Look for sales, look for coupons. Almost every retailer will have sales around the holidays. Some even offer rebates if you buy from them. Keep your eyes open and you may stumble upon deals you can’t refuse.

Low Cost Doesn’t Always Mean Cheap

There are urban legends out there that suggest that you have to pay for quality, that price and quality are directly related. This does hold some bit of truth in the extreme cases, such as if you buy a hammer for $2.50, don’t expect it to last through 100 nails without the handle breaking, or spending $35 on a hammer that is very well balanced and virtually indestructible.

There are happy mediums with tools. Whether you are looking for hand tools or cordless power tools, you will find that there is plenty of quality that won’t break the bank. For instance, read our review on the EGO HT2400 cordless hedge trimmer. We have found it to be very high quality without having to pay the cost of professional grade equipment.

Happy DIY’ing!

We hope that you feel more comfortable in choosing the right tool to do the work you need to do. Hopefully now you see that you don’t have to sacrifice dollars for quality, and that quality tools can be affordable. If you have any questions or want to leave a comment, we encourage you to do so. We are all in this together, so please don’t hesitate, and thank you as always for stopping by!





4 Comments Posted

  1. I am a bit of a nightmare when it comes to DIY and I have still got the same tools that my wife bought me 13 years ago which haven’t seen the light of day. If there is anything that needs doing I just ask my father in law so I will point him to this very informative post for him to read

  2. An enlightening post about the process to purchase tools. I like the example you gave about puchasing an inexpensive toolkit and gradually replacing the tools….Brilliant!
    Need a different mindset when buying tools. I would not put that much thought into buying a vacuum cleaner.
    Thank you.

    • Anything we can do to make life just a little bit easier is what it’s about. One thing I have tried to impress on those that worked for me in the past is to do everything on purpose. If you can put a little bit of thought into something, there is less chance of making a mistake. 🙂

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