Affordable Tools was started eight years ago by an energetic local West Texas entrepreneur. Our business philosophy is simple, "Treat your customers right and they'll keep coming back."
By doing this we have been able to grow the store and our customer base a lot of the last 8 years. Affordable cuts out the middleman and buys direct from the supplier to bring the savings to our customers. Our prices are competitive and the store offers a quiet clean relief from the crowds and roaming the Big Box stores looking for knowledgeable salespeople.
If you're in Midland Texas looking for tools to use in the oil-field and need to outfit your roustabout or welding truck or need tools for your mechanics, you will find the enjoy the personal service from a small shop that knows you by your first name. We offer a great inventory of high-quality tools at competitive prices.
Having good quality tools can be an investment. Affordable tools wants to show you how to take care of them, so they can continue to take care of you for years to come.
Taking care of your tools by keeping them dry, clean and maintained, will save you time and money in the future.
No matter what type of tools whether its hand tools, power tools, or gardening tools, our tips will apply to them all!
#1 - Store Them Properly
Using a pegboard is a great use for storing tools. It give you the chance to see all your tools at a glance while also saving space.
If you don’t have enough wall space for the pegboard, a toolbox also makes great storage. While some prefer one large standing tool box, others may enjoy having a tool box for each level of DIY needs.
If you use a cloth style tool bag, always be sure to keep it in a very dry area. Unlike metal or plastic tool boxes, the cloth can create harm to your tools if it gets wet. Keep them off of the floor and away from moisture.
#2 - Keep your Tools Dry
You may think your keeping your tools in a safe environment but some of us forget how damp a basement or garage can get due to humidity. If you have no choice but to store your tools in a humid environment, consider investing in a dehumidifier or keeping them stored in a dark cool space within the humid area.
Always hang your garden tools. Your garage may seem dry but moisture easily creeps from concrete floors. Don’t let your garden tools rest on the concrete if possible.
Another tip to consider is to always store your power tools in their original cases. It helps keep them protected from damage and humidity. You can also use silica gel packs that come in most packages to help keep moisture at bay. Just simply toss one into your tool case or drawers that are holding your tools.
#3 - Keep Your Tools Clean
After each use, it is wise to clean your tools. If you’re prepared, the job can be simple and fast at the end of each use.
For hand tools, simply use a rag to wipe them down and if they are dirty, use soap and water. Always dry them very well after a wet cleaning. Using a small amount of WD-40 on them after washing will prevent them from rusting.
Garden tools simply need a good rinse or wipe down as well. If your garden tools have wooden handles, be sure to give them a good oil after every other use. This will prevent the wood from drying out, cracking and becoming brittle.
Power tools can be a tad harder to clean. Always make sure the tool is off or unplugged before cleaning. Keep dust off by using an air compressor or can of air to blow off all dust and dirt. Wipe down the surface with a dry rag and use a lubricant to lubricate any moving parts.
Are you experiencing the pain and agony of a stubborn and impossible to remove fixing? Whether it may be due to corrosion, fretting, or awkward angles, breaking lose these nuts or bolts could take hours of your time and a box of band aids later, you want to give up. That’s where the Impact wrench comes in to save the day. There are a number of factors to consider before choosing which type you of impact wrench you should buy so we will help you decide.
What exactly is an Impact Wrench?
The impact wrench is used to aid in tightening and loosening nuts or bolts that otherwise seem impossible to turn. It reduces the effort required by the user while it applies rotational force in short bursts or impacts. They are driven using a motor that is powered by air, battery or electricity.
What type is right for you?
Of the three types, air, battery and electric, they each have their own advantages over one another. When impact wrenches began, it started with air impact wrenches only. They were used by people such as race mechanics and professionals. They require a large amount of high pressured air supply to operate and maintenance. These style of impact wrenches are not very suitable for home use or someone who only needs the tool sparingly. They must be attached to an air supply at all times and this can become difficult if they need to be moved around frequently.
The corded electric impact wrench is fast and powerful but does have less robust than the air tool. This tool also requires being attached to a power supply and cannot be used in the absence of an electrical supply and does cost less to use, which makes it a great choice for home use.
Lastly, the most popular in recent years is the cordless impact wrench. These tools are being made to sustain as much power as the air tool without the cost of air supply or cords for mobility and portability. They are used with ease in workspaces and hard to reach places. This impact wrench can sometimes be the most expensive of the three and they are slightly heavier due to their battery packs.
So now how do you choose?
With what you have just learned, you can now determine what size or strength you may need. This task can be difficult and sometimes confusing. Affordable Tools in Midland Texas is always available to help you decide. We will help you decide the size, strength, and design that will fit you best. Impact wrenches are great investments and can help you save time and money in the long run.
You can find all these great tools and more at Affordable Tools in Midand Texas. Come see us today!
908 S. Garfield St. - Midland, Texas 79701 - 432-520-4772
Newly redesigned pliers coming out this year. Most of the redesigns are built with slimmer grips and trade application specific features. The are also up to 30% lighter that the existing models. These pliers will start arriving in stores mid March.
New Milwaukee Pliers Models
New Milwaukee Cutting Pliers Models
Like the M18 6-Bay battery charger, this new one is a sequential charger. It charges one battery at a time. The new M12 4-Bay Battery Charger (Model 48-59-1204) is great for putting in your batteries at the end of the day or used throughout the day, making sure you have a constant supply of fully charged batteries.
If you're looking for more bays check out the Milwaukee M18 and M12 Rapid Charging Station. A 6-Bay Charger that charges up to 3 batteries at once!
The M12 4-Bay Battery Charger hits the shelves in March!
This new cordless Sawzall reciprocating saw (Model 2621) was designed to replace their previous brushed motor saw (2620) and offer some new updated features as well. A new inline cutting action provides more control and faster starts in metal. The M18 gives 30% faster cuts in key applications and delivers up to 50% more cuts than competitive reciprocating saws per battery charge. Also as a feature for the M18 is a Quik-Lok blade clamp for tool-free blade changes as well as battery gauge built right in.
The M18 Sawzall Reciprocating Saw is hitting the shelves now.
"Torque Lock" locking pliers which includes 3 sizes and styles as well as 4 sizes and styles of locking clamps all come with the new feature of the larger hand-friendly loop which can be used for extra tightening.
Milwaukee Locking Pliers
Milwaukee Locking C-Clamps
Fast-Release Locking Pliers Sizes and Styles
Looking for new tools? We can get them for you.
Stop in and we'll get you the tools you need at an Affordable Price!
Need to put some drywall up? Need tools? At Affordable Tools, we have everything you need for installing and finishing your drywall.
There are a few options on what tools you need, if you are on a tight budget you would be able to do the job with a few selected tools, but it might require a little more time and work. Simple items such as a razor knife, tape measure and some drywall knives for the drywall compound (putty).
There is a more advance set of tools we suggest that will make installing and finishing your drywall much easier. Included are drilling attachments that will set your drywall screws at the required depth in the drywall, Keyhole Saw (for cutting out spots for electrical outlets) and more.
Here's the basics of tools you need for completing your drywalling job. Some of the tools are basic things that most people would already have at home.
When planning out your drywalling project make sure you have your list of everything you need and your plans. Come to Affordable Tools and we'll help get everything you need for your drywalling project.