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. Tips like buy tools that use the same battery, buy refurbished, wait out for the best prices, shop during the holidays and so on and so forth, are all over the Internet.
One question that isn’t taken up as frequently however is, which power tools are good to begin with for a rookie DIY’er? Here are five suggestions:
If you go by tradition, a drill/driver is the first thing you should get. Which is absolutely reasonable since you’ll be using it for the most common of tasks around the house, like hanging pictures on the wall. You can begin with something that uses some kind of intuitive technology that can tell when a screw is flush with wood. It usually has no physical clutch since the tool can make the adjustments itself.
Random Orbital Sander
Are drawn into woodworking? One power tool you shouldn’t be left without is a power sander. You can do with sandpaper and a sanding block for fine sanding or to work on small areas, but for flat and larger areas like table tops, a power sander is worth the investment. Go for one with adjustable speed and a dust bag for controlling the mess.
While often used to cut curves and shapes, a jigsaw is also useful for making straight cuts with a guide. 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.
You can do many things with a rotary tool: sanding, grinding, cutting, polishing, and mostly all kinds of small repairs around the house. The trick is to have several accessories and attachments. Many top quality brands sell kids where you can get everything you need as a newbie.
Yes, you can use a cordless drill/driver to drive screws if you have the right bit on it, and it’s also the perfect tool for tougher tasks, 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. For more usefulness, a cordless screwdriver with an adjustable handle will be great to have.
As you probably know, there is a whole world of power tools out there for you to explore. But for starters, the above will more than enough to get you in your rhythm.