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Old 04-27-2016, 09:26 AM   #1
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Which Power Tools Should DIYers Have?


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"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." The Top 5 Power Tools Every DIY-er Should Have
Which power tools do you think homeowners just getting started with DIY should have? Why?
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What seems to be working well for me is: whatever I have to buy for each project.

It helps me justify doing it myself. Often I can get it done for less than or equal to hiring someone out, AND I get to keep the tools that go into that cost which keeps me happy.

One of my pending projects is to sister a couple joists onto a broken one that is being held up by a jack at this point. I'll need a framing nail gun for that.

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My son just bought a house, and I'm trying to slow him down with buying tools.

He has a battery pack drill, circular saw, and a sawsall.
Right now he has my chainsaw, 4 wheeler and trailer to clear some trees.

He is trying to catch up to me, but I have many years worth of stuff, and he is starting out.
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Ayuh,..... I've got 'bout one of every tool known to mankind,...

My collection happened as I did things, 'n needed a tool, that's the tool I bought,....

If yer buildin' a deck or something outa wood, the saw Cricket posted is a Great start,....

If ya got a plumbin' problem, ya probably oughta start with a couple of pipe wrenches 1st,....

Diyin' is diverse, so whatever task yer wantin' to do, requires a different thought on which tools to buy, or rent,....

The Universal tool to 'bout All the trades, is a Hammer,.....
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Sorry, but I think the article is a bit off.

Air compressor? Nice to have...but only if you're using air tools like impacts or nailers.

#1 tool? Shop vac. No matter what tool you are using, or what job you are doing, it's sure to make a mess. Keeping the work area clean is a matter of mental survival....and marital bliss.

#2 Cordless drill (I have 3...along with 2 corded drills)

#3 Sawzall

#4 Compound Miter

#5 Circular Saw. (I have two, corded and cordless)

After this point it becomes an issue of tools for a specific task....woodworking, framing, etc.

If you are a woodworker....then...
Router (I have 3)
DA Sander (I have 2)
Table Saw
Drill Press
Band Saw
Pocket Hole Cutter
Biscuit Cutter
Radial Arm Saw
LOTS of clamps

If you are into construction....
Compressor
Nailers...all 4 types...Framing, Finishing, Brad and Palm
Paint Sprayer

Then you need a big garage to keep it all in......


It's a vicious cycle....it never ends.
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I'm a single 34 year old guy who bought my first house last summer and I admit - I have a tool addiction. I buy tools like women buy shoes! The inside of my house is barely decorated (I hate decorating and I stink at it). I don't even have a kitchen table yet... instead I bought a Dewalt table saw (my logic... well now I have the option to build a kitchen table, lol).
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I don't think air compressor is the #1 "power tool" to purchase. A little funny because the rationale was for nail guns and pneumatic tools . . . none of which were on the list.

Someone once told me that each job around the house requires a new purchase. That could be a spade bit or a laser line level, depending
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Computer (to look up how to do stuff)

Cell phone (to call a pro to fix your mess, or, worse yet, 911)

With those things in place, I recommend a decent set of cordless tools. I bought a set of Milwaukee M18 tools, with a circular saw, SawZall, drill, impact driver, and yes, the stupid flashlight. I just finished building an entire house, and used the cordless tools 95% of the time. Of the set, I used the SawZall the least; all of the others were used daily. I use my shop vac every day as well. If you get into air nailers, of course you need a compressor. Building the house, I have 6 different nailers. Framing, siding, strap shot (for metal connectors), flooring, 15 ga. finish, and 18 ga. nailer. Now that I'm done, I'll sell the flooring nailer, as I have no plans at age 62 to lay another floor!

Over the years, one of my favorite tools is a saber or jig saw. You can do a lot with one. My most recent tool was one of those oscillating tools that started out as corner sanders. They are incredibly handy, performing cuts that can't be done with other tools.

Looking back, my first power tools many years ago were a drill and a saber saw. I got along with those for many years before buying everything else in the catalog. If you're a homeowner, like fixing and building stuff, have the time and the aptitude, buy GOOD tools. My corded drill (Milwaukee) saber saw (Bosch), and belt sander (Makita) were all pro-grade tools, and I've been using them without trouble since the 1970's. I don't know if today's tools are built to last 40 years, though!
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What seems to be working well for me is: whatever I have to buy for each project.

It helps me justify doing it myself. Often I can get it done for less than or equal to hiring someone out, AND I get to keep the tools that go into that cost which keeps me happy.



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my thoughts exactly!
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You'll end buying whatever tool necessary for the job but the top 10 "everyday" tools I use most around the house are:

1. Screw driver
2. Ear plugs
3. Work/Mechanic gloves
4. Socket set (with ratchet of course)
5. Tape measure
6. Pencil and paper
7. Impact driver or drill (with phillips bits)
8. 10" or larger compound mitre saw (I'd suggest the sliding compound mitre saw)
9. Hammer
10. 7" Variable speed polisher/sander (with hook & loop polishing pads and sanding disks)
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I would really like one of the wives who seem to be somewhat handy and run some "DIY" blog. That would be the #1 tool, IMO. I could come home and have a bunch of work that got done during the day. I'd then sit down on the couch and instruct her on the finer points of proper joinery and to throw out the stupid pocket hole jig. All done from the couch of course ("Hey babe, top me off when you're done with that sawzall").

Back in the real world, my number one tool is my table saw.
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Everyone has given great lists of tools.

I would add that some of the simplest of tools come in handy as well. I recommend buying a multi-tool of some sort. Something with pliers, a knife, screwdriver, etc. Put it in your pocket and you ALMOST have a tool box.
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For the past few years, I have been building cabinets for our house, sis-n-laws house and my mom's house. Along with that, I have built all sorts of projects.

Some of my favorite tools are the 12 volt Lithium Ion version drill drivers/impact Dewalt carries. See pics below.

Recently I bought the 18 v XRP reciprocating saw and the matching jig saw. They work great!

Good luck.
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My top 5 would be:

1 - Hammer drill
2 - Compound miter saw
3 - Sawzall
4 - Sander (belt or orbital, you pick)
5 - Wet/Dry vac (with bags that can handle drywall dust)

Based on all the DIY projects I've done over the years, these are the 5 power tools I've used the most. #6 would probably be the beer fridge.
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Drill
Circular saw

Those are what I use most. Sure, the miter saw is a nice convenience, but most cuts that I do could be completed with the circ saw and a guide.
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