Petrol vs. electric construction tools

29 August 2016

Tools such as high pressure washers, conveyors and concrete mixers are available as either petrol fueled or electric powered options, and most construction rental companies will stock a selection of both kinds. Both varieties of power tools have their pros and cons, that will need to be considered before you decide which is the right type of power source for the job you need to be done.

Construction rental of petrol power tools

Petrol fuelled power tools pros:

  • Power tools and equipment fueled by petrol represent the best options in terms of portability;
  • By default, they are much more powerful and can handle heavy duty work more easily;
  • Living in South Africa where electrical load shedding becomes a problem from time to time, a tool that does not rely on electricity is practical.

Petrol fuelled power tools cons:

  • Petrol construction tools can be very noisy and have strong smelling emissions;
  • Their weight can make them difficult to handle, while the power of a petrol engine makes them a high safety risk;
  • They need a couple of turns for the engine to catch and requires cooling down before refueling.

Electric power tools and equipment

Electric power tools pros:

  • Instant start up at the press of a button, with low noise and no emissions;
  • Lightweight and easy to handle, with less risk of personal injury involved;
  • Some electric tools come in cordless varieties which increases portability.

Electric power tools cons:

  • Limited portability in the case of tools that need to be plugged into an electric socket;
  • Cordless varieties require recharging and do not have an extensive battery life;
  • Not as powerful as petrol fueled tools, therefore best suited to light duty work.

Talisman Plant and Tool Hire is a tool rental company offering a variety of both petrol and electric power tools. For information, contact us today.