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Old 08-08-2010, 01:05 AM   #1
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Three "must have" power tools? (IYHO)


This is my first post on this forum and I guess this is a good question to start out with. I would like to hear a few opinions on what you think are the top 3 power tools that someone needs to have. Also if you like a certain brand that you have found makes one tool better then others I would like to hear that as well. Thanks.

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A cordless drill is a must for anyone.

Other than that, it really depends on your trade and what you are going to do.

My second most used power tool is a cordless sawzall. There is a lot you can do with a sawzall, and it can replace many other saws in a pinch.

I have right angle drills and hole hawgs that I use sometimes, but those are more for electrical work and plumbing than other trades.

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For me,a remodeler,Drill,sawsall--Skill Saw,table saw---these are at the top of the list.
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A cordless drill is a must for anyone.
Gotta agree with that! Mine is used daily for most everything I'm doing. Second would be my DeWalt 6" cordless circular saw, also used almost every day. My table saw would likely be third for me. Po)

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I agree on the drill (cordless or corded) and the circular saw. Assuming you are looking for the typical home owner tools, you would probably want o go with a table saw after that. Cordless tools are convenient for most jobs, but the corded tools have more a$$ and endurance (I tend to buy both corded and cordless).

Stick with DeWalt, Milwaukee...Makita and Rigid are descent. Avoid Skil, Black and Decker, and Ryobi, unless money trumps quality and service life.
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Drill, circular saw...sawzall I think as the last
Since I mostly renovate & cut stuff apart to add on, expand

But my mitre saw has been a great addition
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Top three, Skilsaw, mitersaw, router.
close 4th...
Tablesaw, cordless drill, air compressor and these
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'If you only had three' is a lot different then 'three most-used.'

For instance, a Sawzall can replace a few other types of saws, but won't do as good a job at most tasks.

I only recently got a cordless impact driver, and now I don't know how I got by without one.
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I guess must haves is still a little too broad when this forum has a lot of professionals on here. I really just mean what tools should the every day average person have in there garage. Someone who will do general house work and some remodeling. I plan on avoiding electrical, plumbing and roofing since I am not a professional, so any tools that are specific to those trades might not help me as much.

Also another general question. Which would be better, a drill or nail gun and why? Does drilling something give it extra support?
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Yeah, I agree with OTP (that's your new nickname, you're stuck with it ).

A decent cordless drill is a must for a homeowner.
Hand tool are also very important.

After that, it really depends on the work you want to do.

Depending on the project you might prefer a circular saw, a jigsaw, or a sawzall. If you are going to do a lot of work then it might be best to go to garage sales or eBay/Craigslist and buy used power tools this way you have all of them available when you need them.

Then you have other things like sanders, planers, grinders, hammer drills, shotguns, studfinder, etc. etc. etc.
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I use a lot of hand tools
I built my entore 3 story addition with a hammer....did not use a nail gun
I actually bought one...and nails, friends compressor
But I was on the 3rd floor by the time I remembered I had it
People built houses long before power tools came along

I used a simple box mitre saw w/hand saw for years
But with the amount of trim I amd doing a power mitre saw made sense

Must have..hammer, screwdrivers, drill, skilsaw
If you need to cut a wall down or an opening - a sawzall
I also use mine to prune branches on trees
I've yet to own a cordless tool...aside from a small screwdiver
Sander has also come in handy...as has a heat gun
I also have a 1/2" hammer drill...I use that when I need a heavy duty drill
Drywall I have a bit for my 3/8" drill
I have a router & used it on my picnic table
...plus doing some trim here & there
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I think a power nail gun would be a long way down the must-have list. It's almost always better to use screws as fasteners.

Electric drill (cordless is nice, but not essential).

From there, it depends on what kind of work you might be doing.

Circular saw, table saw, miter saw, jig saw, reciprocating saw -- all handy to have around if you're working with wood.
Oribital sander, belt sander, router -- if you're going to do carpentry, especially.

If you're going to work on car stuff, an impact wrench (cordless or corded) is worthwhile.
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I've yet to own a cordless tool...aside from a small screwdiver

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Drywall I have a bit for my 3/8" drill
Wow, color me shocked


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Someone who will do general house work and some remodeling.
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I'd recommend the same three I can't do w/o. A sawzall, circ.saw and a cordless drill.
A sawzall could be replaced with a hacksaw until you run into enough projects that it will benefit you buying one. Nail guns mean buying hoses & a compressor unless you get an airless one.
Like mentioned, good hand tools. A good 6ft. & 3ft. step ladder. I use a 3ft. step almost every day.
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I do know how important hand tools are. I have 2 hammers, a phillips and flat head screw driver, another screw driver with multiple heads (or are they called bits?) you can put on as needed, a wrench set (though I've never used it) a level, tape measure etc. Pretty much the basics.

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