Top 5 Power Tools Every DIY-er Should Have

The Top 5 Power Tools Every DIY-er Should Have

Hiring a handyman or a contractor can be very expensive, even for a simple project. Add to that the hassle of actually finding someone who will return your calls and who can fit you into their schedule and you may find yourself questioning whether it is really worth it.

If you have a few simple power tools on hand, there are many household repairs and projects that you can complete yourself – especially with a wealth of DIY instruction guides on the internet. In this article you will receive a list of the top 5 power tools every DIY homeowner should have.

1. Air Compressor

While some might argue that an air compressor isn’t exactly a power tool, it is definitely something you will need if you plan to use pneumatic tools like a nail gun. While a large air compressor could cost you hundreds of dollars, a portable 150-PSI compressor will likely cost you no more than $100.

If you shop smart, you can probably find an air compressor kit that comes with a nail gun or another useful power tool. Just be sure that the compressor you buy comes with the hose and any hookups you’ll need to use your pneumatic power tools. With an air compressor and a pneumatic nail gun you can do everything from installing baseboard and crown molding to building your own headboards and other projects.

2. Miter Saw

You may be surprised how many DIY projects require the use of a miter saw – especially for woodworking projects like installing molding and baseboards.

A miter saw is the tool you need to make angled cuts and it is very easy to use. You can find miter saws in all different sizes but a small one shouldn’t cost you any more than $100. Miter saws can either plug directly into the wall or you can find a model that runs on a rechargeable battery pack.

3. Rotary Sander

If you do any kind of DIY project that involves wood you should be prepared to spend a good bit of time sanding. If you have a rotary sander on hand, this part of the project will go much faster. A rotary sander is a handheld device – this is why they are sometimes called palm sanders.

Different models have heads that are rounded or pointed and they generally use replaceable sanding pads that come with different grits. This power tool will cost you less than $50 unless you buy a very large model.

4. Oscillating Multi-Tool

The name of this tool alone should be enough to convince you of its versatility. An oscillating multi-tool is a device that vibrates at high speed and it comes with interchangeable heads that can be used for sanding or cutting.

The cutting blades can be straight, rounded, or angled depending on the project at hand and the sanding heads come in different grits. This tool is a great option for smaller and more precise cutting jobs where a circular saw just won’t cut it. You can buy a quality multi-tool for under $50 or, for a little more, you can probably find a complete kit that comes with a large set of tool heads.

5. Circular Saw

There are many different types of saws out there, but a circular saw is a good basic option to have on hand for DIY projects. A circular saw is the tool you will need to make long, straight cuts and it is ideal for people who don’t have the space to accommodate a table saw.

For circular saws, there is no reason to spend a small fortune – a basic model will be very affordable and it will get the job done. Circular saws can be used with different types of blades for specific projects, so keep a few different kinds on hand.

When it comes to power tools there are an endless array of options. If you have a limited budget to work with, however, or if you want to know how to start your collection, these five basic power tools are a great place to start.


  • Henry Zimmerman June 16, 2016 at 9:55 pm

    For the dollar amounts you quote you will get a piece of junk that will be hard to use and yield poor results. Rent or borrow quality tools if you can’t justify or afford the cost but don’t buy junk. It just makes that much harder when you move up to bigger more demanding projects. Many a DIYer has given up because he bought the cheapest crap and it didn’t do the job.

  • Dave Musgrave June 17, 2016 at 9:04 am

    Great tips. I personally would put a 20-volt cordless drill at the top of the list. I use mine multiple times a day. The lithium ion batteries last an unbelievable amount of time. A good array of screwdriver bits and drill bits, along with a quarter inch socket set allows easy tackling of any repair project.



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