Top 5 Power Tools Every DIYer Needs
The five power tools you need to get started with at home repairs and DIY
If you're getting started doing home renovations or DIY projects, the number of choices you have to make can seem overwhelming. What tools are the most essential for starting out? We put together our list of the top 5 tools we would recommend to any DIYer in the following video, as well as the written guide below:
A drill might be the most essential tool in any tool shed. Even if you aren’t going to be doing any cutting or building, a drill has many basic applications from changing doorknobs to hanging a picture! A power drill can use a screwdriver tip to turn screws or a drill bit to make holes in metal, plastic, or wood.
The sander is essential to finishing up many jobs. Whether it's trim work or refinishing your furniture, a good sander is what is going to take it to the next level and give that beautiful smooth texture. There are many different types of sanders, each with their own purpose, including belt, palm, and orbital. The palm sander is most versatile of these options and the one we recommend to DIYers only looking to purchase one style of sander.
A miter saw is a very versatile piece of equipment. It can assist in doing trim work and building pieces of furniture. Also known as a drop or chop saw, a miter saw is used to make accurate cuts at the angle you select. Before using your miter saw, make sure your saw cuts perfectly straight by inspecting the blade and cutting a test piece of material.
A circular saw is a little less accurate than a miter saw, but it is very portable. This portability makes the circular saw more versatile, and a great purchase for any beginner DIYer. When selecting a circular saw to purchase, ensure that you take note of the side of the blade that the motor sits as circular saws can be either right or left-handed.
The jigsaw is the perfect tool for cutting along weird curves, in a way which the circular saw and miter saw cannot. This makes it a great tool for doing flooring. Although it’s not as versatile as the other saws, it is still very important to have for any home installations. Jigsaws are best used for materials between 3/4" and 1-1/2" in thickness and have interchangeable blades depending on the material you are cutting.
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