Or else they’re just really intuitive about how many women are in the market for really good power tools these days.
I think this is love.
My relationship with power tools has always been twofold. One, I love them. Two, I know they will always be a little too big or unweildy to fit my hands properly, and that is just something I’ve learned to live with. I know there are a couple of lines of “power tools for women” but frankly, even I don’t want to buy them and I am a woman. I really just wanted to find regular tools that just happened to fit my hand comfortably. So I really can’t blame power tool companies for not catering to my niche of the market.
But let me show you something amazing…
That is my hand reaching both the trigger, and the directional switch, at the same time.
Do you know how amazing that is? This is what my hand usually looks like on a drill.
I’m not knocking my old drill (which isn’t even that old really). I’ve been saying I’m going to go buy myself a good drill for about three years. Then I was the beneficiary of a hand-me-down Craftsman, which worked okay, weighed about 7 pounds, and took two hands and a foot for me to get the battery off. I started whining again around Christmas last year, an MysteryMan got me this Power Smith, which has nary a scratch on it. It’s a great around-the-house drill, but any time I tried to drill into wood with it (which, okay, was a lot) the batteries were sucked dry in half a minute.
So I finally sucked it up and went out drill shopping, and holy hell did Makita ever come through on this one. This is a regular compact drill. Not a “power tool for women.” It’s 18v, 450 lbs. in., weighs 3.5 pounds, and it fits my damn hand. I don’t care who says what… Makita built this drill for women (or fifth graders). And also? Drills through wood like butter.
I can’t believe I lived my life this long without this drill. Now if you’ll excuse me, I’m sure there are things in this house that need holes in them.