Ep.08: Tool & Equipment Reviews with Dave Frane
Acquiring and maintaining an inventory of tools can be a critical measure in the early and ongoing success of a remodeling company.
Many in the production side of the business feel the need to have the “latest and greatest,” while others appreciate their original set of tools and stick with what works best for them. In either approach, keeping an eye on the bottom line and balancing cash flow as you invest in the right tool for the right job is key.
Remodeling business owners and production teams rely on industry professionals who test, compare, report on and review these tools for safety and performance.
In Episode 8, Tim and Steve welcome Dave Frane, former editor of Tools of the Trade Magazine, to the show to discuss the process he has used to provide this critical type of feedback
Dave spent 20+ years as a carpenter, carpentry foreman, and project manager before working as an editor for JLC and Tools of the Trade Magazine. He currently works as a freelance writer/editor and has provided tool and design related content to Fine Homebuilding, Pro Tradecraft, Toolguyd, and Core77.
Tim, Steve and Dave explore many different aspects of the tool industry, including:
- Looking at how tools and technology are changing – some for safety, some for efficiency
- Keeping an eye on cash flow and investing good, solid tools that won’t break the budget
- Remaining Brand agnostic while providing non- biased opinion and information
- Discussing East Coast – West Coast differences in brands, tools, how they are used, purchased, distributed, etc.
- Looking at the manufacturing process by visiting factories and production facilities.
- Stressing the importance of safety and adherence to guidelines
- Seeing differences in Big Box vs. General Manufacture brands
- Emphasizing the Importance of organization and care of tools
- Providing tools vs. a Tool allowances for production teams
Whether you are a “tool person” or not, a great episode for any remodeler out there looking to provide the right tool, at the right price for the right job at hand… without breaking the bank. Enjoy!
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