This is really basic to most of you guys. But you know, I’m not really a tool guy. Yeah, I know I was a dealership mechanic/votech teacher/tech instructor/tech writer/training developer and I owned a great big chest of tools but the truth is I got into those other things because I hated working on cars so very much. Never really was particularly good at it. Mostly I have tools for the same reason I have hats and shoes, and with about that much emotional attachment.
Between us, I always wanted to be a rich reclusive novelist. The only tools required were a typewriter (kids, ask
your parents Wikipedia), some means of transportation for acquiring paper, and an agent with big boobs and a heart of gold who was secretly in love with me. This was, believe it or not, why I took typing classes (multiple classes!) in high school. The other guys thought it was because I was queer, but it was actually because I wanted to be Ernest Hemingway when I grew up. And he was definitely not queer.
Also, I was the only guy in any of those classes. Didn’t help, though, because all the girls thought I was queer, too. I soldiered on and became one hell of a good typist, though not a rich or even very good novelist. And who had the last laugh? Huh? Huh? Now everybody can type, but I do it better.
But I digress.
Anyway – since I’m not really a tool guy I’m often late to the party about things that could really be of service. The only cordless driver I ever used was a Ryobi with Nicad batteries and the experience of using it was all about its limitations. At no point, working with it out in the boonies, did I ever exclaim, “Oh, what a joy is work, since I can use this tool!” No, it was more like “Oh, how I wish I had a generator, so I could use a decent drill.” That being my only example, that was pretty much my attitude toward cordless drills in general.
That thing I had to take apart this morning rested about fifty yards from my front door, which in terms of power tools may as well have been on the Siberian steppe. But a little more than a year ago my brother sent me a decent cordless drill…
…and oh, what a joy is work, since I can use this tool!
Seriously, it does make a short job out of a long one. I’m prepared to say that if you live off grid but have any access to electricity at all, a really good cordless drill is pretty much a necessary tool. Can’t believe I went so long without one.