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Old 04-29-2016, 09:40 AM   #16
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Which Power Tools Should DIYers Have?


1. Cordless drill/driver. If that's the only cordless tool you'll be getting a 12v will be just fine. If you're getting heavier duty cordless tools, step up to 18v.

2. Cordless reciprocating saw. I have a cordless Milwaukee, not even a Fuel, and it works just as good as my corded saw. I also use it for pruning so not dragging a cord everywhere is nice.

3. Circular saw. I'm not sold on cordless here, but I haven't used a brushless model yet. Decent ones can be found at yard sales and thrift stores for not much money.

4. Wet/dry vac. Because cleanliness is next to Godliness. I've had good luck with Craftsman but I'm not confident in that brand overall anymore so I'd point people toward Ridgid.

5. Random orbit sander. You don't even need to be a woodworker to have one, they're also nice for craft projects, paint prep, and a lot of other things. DeWalt is a good entry level brand, but like a lot of things, the more you spend the better the tool.
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I didn't know anything about home improvement until about 7 years ago. Now there is very little I don't tackle myself. YouTube videos and forums like this are a godsend.

The answer to this question really depends on what kinds of work you are doing and how much money you are willing to spend. In regards to money, you will see great returns. Like someone else already said, the cost of a pro to do even a simple job could be put towards tools that can be used over and over. Most of my savings came in the area of plumbing. For the cost of a Roto Rooter visit, you can buy a new toilet. $75 in plumbing tools and a little knowledge can literally save thousands over the years.

Aside from that, get good with drywall. Being able to demo and repair drywall will serve you well in so many projects and again the tools are cheap. Get a good box cutter, scorer, putty knives, joint compound tray and you're ready! Even if you pay someone to fix what's inside the wall, you save money on fixing the wall.

You don't need to rush out to buy an inventory. Buy what you need for each job, and the inventory will build itself. My two pieces of advice are: the right tool for the job saves frustration and money, and don't be cheap. Quality tools are a good investment.

I assume you're mostly concerned with power tools since they cost the most. Here's my prioritized list:

1) Cordless lithium ion drill: You want powerful and compact. 18-20 volts handles most jobs easily. Multiple batteries are a must so you always have one charging. Look for a brand that has a family of tools that use the same batteries.

2) Circular saw: Buy good blades, and buy the right blades for the material and cuts you are making. Table saws are wonderful for long cuts, but a circular saw with a straight edge guide and clamps will suffice in most applications.

3) Miter saw (chop saw): The only reason this ranks behind #2 is because it's more expensive. As far as larger tools go, I use this more than anything else. Blades for metal and stone makes the chop saw useful far beyond lumber.

4) Shop vac: I use this on just about every job. You can also connect shop vacs to woodworking tools like miter saws and routers to prevent the need for cleanup all together. The shop vac is also great for cleaning up pet stains and paint spills. $20 for one extra horsepower? Yes please!

5) Jigsaw: Imperative for making all those wacky cuts you run into. Use the right blade for the right material and you can cut all kinds of things.

6) Multi-tool: You will literally feel your hands and forearms weaken from lack of use after you buy one of these. From grout removal to paint scraping this tool cuts down on the need for elbow grease on countless jobs.

7) Air compressor: I saw there was a big debate on whether this should make the list. Hell yes it should! I bought one just to power a trim nailer and floor nailer and it paid for itself after 1 bedroom reno. Paint sprayers are great for doors, trim and intricate projects. Get a 50' hose and you can run power to tools to any room in your house without even moving it. It's also nice to be able to fill the car tires at home.
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Pretty much everyone recommends a drill, and I wanted to clarify that if you're only going to have one, make it a hammer drill. At some point, you will need to drill into a concrete, cinder block, or brick wall and you'll be glad to have the hammer option.

The cordless ones are nice, but I like the corded ones to give you a little extra oomph if you need to drill into really tough concrete.
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Pretty much everyone recommends a drill, and I wanted to clarify that if you're only going to have one, make it a hammer drill. At some point, you will need to drill into a concrete, cinder block, or brick wall and you'll be glad to have the hammer option.

The cordless ones are nice, but I like the corded ones to give you a little extra oomph if you need to drill into really tough concrete.


I'd disagree with the need for a corded drill. My Milwaukee Fuel hammer drill has no problems drilling through whatever I need it to. The only thing it doesn't have that my old corded Makita does is a trigger lock, which is nice for when I'm using a wire wheel. Power is no contest.

Cordless technology now is akin to computers in the 90s. It's advancing so fast that if you had a cordless drill 10-15 years ago and compared it to a new one, it's like we were living in the Stone Age.
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https://www.blackbookoftools.com/ They have stuff Home Depot/Lowes never heard of.

Best, the salespeople know what tools are the best buy.
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Pretty much everyone recommends a drill, and I wanted to clarify that if you're only going to have one, make it a hammer drill. At some point, you will need to drill into a concrete, cinder block, or brick wall and you'll be glad to have the hammer option.

The cordless ones are nice, but I like the corded ones to give you a little extra oomph if you need to drill into really tough concrete.
Just to add a note. I bought the 1 inch corded model from Harbor Freight. That thing is a beast for a homeowner. I tore up some bricks that had been a small step just outside my patio door. Drill into concrete? You betcha. And it was cheep. Under $60. ( HMMM...I see it is a little higher now). I don't use it very often, but it is in the drawer just waiting for some action.
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