Power Tools – 5 Must-Haves for Every Newbie
If you’re an amateur trying to renovate your house one step at a time, you’ve probably read about the importance of power tools, why you should have some, and how to get the right ones. Everyone online, you will find tips that attempt to help – compare prices before buying anything, shop around holidays, buy tools using the same battery so you can stock batteries for an entire set, and all the rest.
A less frequently answered question though is, what power tools should be first on your shopping list as a newbie DIY’er? Below are five you can consider:
If you go by tradition, a drill/driver is the first thing you should get. Which makes perfect sense, because you’ll need it for some of the most common tasks, such as hanging frames or mirrors on he wall. Begin with something that works on some kind of instinctive technology that automatically determines when a screw is flush with wood. Usually with no physical clutch, the tool is self-adjusting.
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Interested in woodworking? A power sander couldn’t be more useful. You can do with sandpaper and a sanding block for fine sanding or to work on small areas, but for flat and larger areas like table tops, a power sander is worth the investment. Get one with variable speed and a dust bag to help you control the mess.
Though used to cut curves and shapes in most cases, a jigsaw can also be great for making straight cuts with the help of a guide. It may not be the best tool for ripping long sheets of plywood, but it’s still generally preferable to a circular saw. Buy a jigsaw with multiple orbital settings for maximum speed and accuracy control.
You can do many things with a rotary tool: sanding, grinding, cutting, polishing, and mostly all kinds of small repairs around the house. The secret is having a lot of attachments and accessories. Many good brands sell kits that come complete with everything a newbie would need.
Yes, you can use a cordless drill/driver to drive screws if you have the right bit on it, and it’s also the perfect tool for tougher tasks, like driving a screw into a stud. But your cordless screwdriver can always be kept in a kitchen drawer for the whole family to use. In simple terms, this tool can put an end to the fatigue and frustration that using an old-fashioned screwdriver usually brings. Preferably, buy a cordless screwdriver that has an adjustable handle that makes it more useful.
As you know, there are more power tools out there that you can explore. But the above will be more than adequate for a beginner trying to find their rhythm.