Sometimes guys get a bad rap for not reading directions. Another one is applying brute force to something that requires finesse instead, resulting in breaking that something we tried to “coax” into working properly with muscle over mind.

 

When it comes to working with tools, some of us might remember our first lessons from shop class, “let the tool do the work.” When you’re spending your days concrete cutting and concrete drilling, you’re counting on the motors and engines powering those tools. You don’t want to burn them out prematurely.

 

However, “forcing” a concrete power tool to operate in a manner that goes against the manufacturer’s instructions – no matter the brand or from where it is purchased – can put undue wear on the concrete tool’s motor or other components. In addition to a greater chance of personal injury occurring, that kind of treatment of concrete equipment - no matter how perfectly engineered and manufactured - ultimately shortens its lifespan.

 

Hopefully, you or the outfit you work for have invested in quality concrete tools and equipment. Your day is hard enough without having to worry about tools failing to start or not operating properly once you get going.

 

What can you do to prevent being held up and frustrated by concrete equipment failure?

 

In addition to ensuring that the fuel tanks are full for the next morning, grab some cheap reading glasses from the corner discount store or a magnifying glass, and take the time to read the manufacturer’s instructions on proper starting, operating and maintenance procedures.

 

While it’s true that we are all tighter on time than ever, you invested in the thing and you want it to last as many years as possible. Some investments in concrete equipment can last you through your entire career, if you take care of that equipment.


 

WHY WE DON’T LIKE TO READ DIRECTIONS

 

Our shared disdain for reading product instructions begins with the endlessly shrinking time crunch we all feel, coupled with what seems like font size most of us haven’t been able to read since our early twenties. Plus, a lot of the material we do already know, and have known for years.

 

A big part of it for many of us, though, is the type of learner we are in the first place.  Some learn cognitively by reading information and thinking it through in their mind. Some are visual learners and absorb knowledge by seeing visual representations and demonstrations of the information. Then some, like those of us who gravitated to skilled physical trades, learn by doing the thing and figuring it out through trial and error.

 

As learners of action, that can have many benefits. It hones our instincts and makes us generally good at fixing things based on lessons learned from past successes and errors. Often, we can get from point A to B faster, when the trial and error results in more lucky guesses and interpretations of our instincts.

 

That’s fine when the stakes are low, but do you really want to take the risk of error with your concrete equipment that costs hundreds, if not thousands, of hard-earned dollars?  

 

It is particularly important to read the “Warnings” sections. Even if you’re the type to not care about your safety, ignoring the warnings in some cases can result in damaging the tool!

 

You may have noticed, like most industries the concrete business has evolved with technology and our concrete tools and equipment are more advanced and high-tech than ever. There is likely to be more new features that you’ve never encountered before, and therefore an instinct based on past experiences won’t really apply.

 

Please consider showing some love for your tools, by savoring your new purchase and giving those instructions at least a good glance over. Your tools are more likely to love you back for many more years as result. Meanwhile, you can check out the latest technology in concrete cutting tools from Husqvarna here

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