As an amateur trying to keep your house together on your own, you’ve likely heard about power tools and their importance, and how to shop for the right ones. You will find tips everywhere on the Internet – buy refurbished tools, compare prices, wait out for discounts, get tools that use the same battery, etc. etc. etc.
One question that isn’t taken up as frequently however is, which power tools are good to begin with for a rookie DIY’er? Below are five you can consider:
If you go by tradition, a drill/driver is the first thing you should get. And it makes perfect sense, knowing how much it comes in handy for common tasks like hanging things on the wall. Start with something built on intuitive technology that instantly determines when a screw is flush with wood. It usually has no physical clutch since the tool can make the adjustments itself.
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Interested in woodworking? A power sander will be one of your most useful power tools. Sandpaper and a sanding block should work great for small areas or some fine sanding, but for larger flat areas such as table tops, you need a power sander. Buy one with different speeds and a dust bag that makes it easier to contain the mess.
A jigsaw is perfect for cuttings different shapes, but with a guide, it can also work well for making straight cuts. It may be useless for ripping long sheets of plywood, but it’s still more preferable over a circular saw in general. For more control over accuracy and speed, buy a jigsaw that comes with different orbital settings.
There are many things you can do with a rotary tool, from grinding to cutting to sanding to polishing, and for basically all minor repairs around the house. The trick is to have several accessories and attachments. There are many high quality brands whose kits come with everything you need to get started.
Yes, it’s possible to driving screws using a cordless drill/diver as long as you have the right bit on it, and it’s the best tool you can have for tougher work, like driving a screw into a stud. But you can store a cordless screwdriver in a kitchen drawer so that it’s easier to find when anyone in the family needs it. Simply put, this tool can help you avoid fatigue on frustration that usually comes with using an old-fashioned screwdriver. Get a cordless screwdriver with an adjustable handle as it will be more useful.
As you know, there are more power tools out there that you can explore. But the above will be more than adequate for a beginner trying to find their rhythm.