Because of market competition, you won't go wrong most of the time if you go by price as a guide to quality when buying tools. If you're pondering whether to buy the $100 or $200 tool, go with the more expensive. Quality tools are a joy to work with and, properly adjusted, they will produce superior results. Also, it's less expensive to buy a quality tool the first time than to replace a lesser tool with a better one later on.
Removal of old paint by sanding, scraping, or other means may generate dust or fumes that contain lead. Exposure to lead dust or fumes may cause brain damage or other adverse health effects, especially in children or pregnant women. Controlling exposure to lead or other hazardous substances requires the use of proper protective equipment, such as a properly fitted respirator (NIOSH approved) and proper containment and cleanup. For more information, call the national Lead Information Center at 1-800-424-LEAD (in US) or contact your local health authority.