Essential Power Tools For DIY Projects
Power tools come in a variety of types and prices. While many tools are suitable for professional tradesmen, the DIYer may benefit from buying a more refined corded version.
Are you new to the DIY game? Perhaps you’re a seasoned DIY enthusiast looking to upgrade your arsenal. Regardless of which side of the playing field you are on, we can all agree that power tools are God’s gift to avid DIYers worldwide.
From electric drills to orbital sanders, miter saws to cordless nail guns – the options are endless and, thus, sometimes a little confusing…especially if you’re new to the game.
Thankfully, we’ve got your back. To get you started, here are 6 must-have power tools you need to simplify your DIY process.
1. The multitasking cordless electric drill
An electric drill is a cordless power tool that any serious DIYer should have in their arsenal.
An electric drill is an ideal tool for drilling circular holes into a wide variety of different materials or for inserting screws and other threaded fasteners into walls.
Whether you’re trying to create holes in your wall to mount a painting or are looking to install new cabinet hardware, a power drill is an essential tool that will help you get the job done quickly.
While you’re at it, we also recommend investing in an impact driver, which adds percussion to your drill action when used in conjunction with a drill.
Thankfully, these two items are available as a combo kit which you’ll be able to find at any local hardware store.
Tip: If you are new to DIY, we recommend researching and watching a few videos on how to use your electric drill for the first time safely.
2. Work more innovative with a laser level
So the last thing you want is to devote hours to a do-it-yourself job.., only to realize that something is just a little off.
Keeping things straight is crucial in any project or DIY job, so we believe every DIY-er should invest in a laser level. Unlike a standard bubble level, a laser leveling device emits a beam that will give you a straight-line reference along any surface.
Depending on the laser level you choose, some can even project light horizontally and vertically, making them ideal for jobs requiring leveling on multiple sides.
As a bonus, most laser levels can be mounted to a wall or tripod, leaving your hands free to use a cordless drill, hammer nails, or anything else your project requires.
3. Keep things smooth with an orbital sander
It is no secret that hand sanding your projects can get extremely tiring and dull very quickly. If you are into woodworking, there is no better gift for yourself than a random orbital sander.
An electric sander can turn an hour’s job into one done in minutes, giving you extra time to concentrate on other parts of your (now incredibly smooth) DIY project.
In particular, a random orbital sander is an excellent choice for beginner DIY enthusiasts as it does not leave any noticeable scratch pattern on the wood.
Most brands of orbital sanders work by attaching sandpaper disks to the device with Velcro, making it easy to replace or switch between different grits.
For more information on how to choose the perfect sandpaper grit, be sure to check out this article.
4. A cordless nail gun
Another DIY essential worth the investment and will make your life a hundred times easier is a cordless nail gun.
Unlike its corded counterpart, which requires an air compressor, a cordless option is a great starting point for anyone new to DIY and isn’t looking to invest hundreds of dollars on one single tool.
A cordless nail gun offers you the mobility of moving from task to task without having to worry about wires, power points, and everything in between.
Depending on the brand you choose, a fully charged lithium battery generally will last you around 2-3 days, depending on the project.
5. Rotary Tool
A rotary tool is a convenient power tool with a fast-spinning motor tip that can be used for grinding, sanding, honing, and polishing various surfaces and materials.
Rotary tools also have a vast assortment of attachments designed for various tasks around the home, making them a staple in many DIY toolboxes.
Many people confuse a rotary tool for a drill but note that they are two completely different things, with the main difference between the two being torque and RPM.
Here are some of our favorite uses for rotary Power tools:
- Polishing jewelry and other items
- Engraving designs into wood, stone, or metal surfaces
- Etching glass to create beautiful tumblers, glass tables, and window panes
- Cutting drywall
- Sanding tight corners and intricate details
- Sharpening household items such as shears and kitchen knives
6. Circle back to the circular saw
Last but not least, no DIY arsenal is complete without this oldie but a goodie – the circular saw.
A circular saw may seem incredibly intimidating initially, but with some research and know-how, it will be one of your most-used tools in the shed.
A circular saw can cut through big pieces of timber or plywood, and an adjustable blade height allows you to score or cut all the way through, depending on your project needs.
Regarding the circular saw, you have two options – cordless and corded. A corded option will provide more power, while a cordless option offers more mobility and ease of use.
Again, we always recommend choosing the option that best suits your needs, lifestyle, and project.
Both are potent tools, and you won’t go wrong in choosing either model.
And now you have it: six really essential power tools for simplifying your DIY process. As a newbie DIY enthusiast, we hope this guide will help you make an informed selection the next time you visit your local hardware shop in search of power tools.