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Power Tools – 5 Must-Haves for Every Newbie

As an amateur trying to keep your house together on your own, you’ve likely heard about power tools and their importance, and how to shop for 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.

One question that doesn’t get covered as often is, what power tools should you get started with as a newbie DIY-er? Below are five you can consider:

Drill/Driver

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. Start with something built on intuitive technology that instantly determines when a screw is flush with wood. It usually has no physical clutch since the tool can make the adjustments itself.

Random Orbital Sander

Interested in woodworking? A power sander will be one of your most useful power tools. Sandpaper and a sanding block should work great for small areas or some fine sanding, but for larger flat areas such as table tops, you need a power sander. Get one with variable speed and a dust bag to help you control the mess.

Jigsaw

While often used to cut curves and shapes, a jigsaw is also useful for making straight cuts with a guide. It may be useless for ripping long sheets of plywood, but it’s still more preferable over a circular saw in general. For more control over accuracy and speed, buy a jigsaw that comes with different orbital settings.

Rotary Tool

There are many things you can do with a rotary tool, from grinding to cutting to sanding to polishing, and for basically all minor repairs around the house. The trick is to have several accessories and attachments. Many top quality brands sell kids where you can get everything you need as a newbie.

Cordless Screwdriver

Yes, it’s possible to driving screws using a cordless drill/diver as long as you have the right bit on it, and it’s the best tool you can have for tougher work, 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. To put it simply, this tool can save you the energy and frustration that usually come with using an old, outdated screwdriver. Preferably, buy a cordless screwdriver that has an adjustable handle that makes it more useful.

As you may have seen, there’s a whole universe of power tools out there to be discovered. But the above will be more than adequate for a beginner trying to find their rhythm.

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