There are plenty of power tools out there to get the job done, here are our top 5 best tools to own whether you’re an avid DIYer, woodworker, even weekend warrior.
There are always projects that need to be done around the house, whether it’s finally repainting that room, hanging that great poster, or tackling that honey-do-list.
The DCF809B impact driver is also a compact tool at only 5.1 inches long. This one is best used for driving lag bolts for a more demanding application. Mounting a TV bracket to wood studs, driving self-tapping screws, removing stubborn bolts, etc.
Both tools come with onboard LED light for dark areas and variable speed trigger, making it easy to start drilling slow and increases speed when needed.
A cordless drill and impact is something everyone should have, and the Atomic 20-Volt Max Lithium-ion Brushless Cordless Compact Drill/Impact Combo Kit from Dewalt is a great option. Both the drill and impact driver have brushless motor giving you better performance and longer battery life compared to a brushed motor.
I think anyone can fall for the compact size of this set, the drill measures at 6.3 inches from tip to tail and only 2.4 lbs, very lightweight, and comfortable to use. This one is perfect for most of your drilling and screwing needs. It’s the more versatile of the two. Since it’s a set, you don’t have to choose.
For most of us, the first DIY project was hanging pictures, posters, and even shelves on our walls.
I still remember the first poster I attached to my wall with a thumbtack. Fast forward years later and we are hanging more than poster, be it TVs, family photos, we need to drill through the wall and find these things called studs.
In the US most homes have drywall and behind that drywall is either wood or metal studs. Whatever you are hanging up on your wall, the best way to secure it is by mounting it to a stud.
A stud finder is definitely a must-own tool that I wish everyone knew existed. It takes the guesswork and frustration out of hanging up items.
I have used a lot of stud finders of different shapes and sizes and the Dewalt 3/4 in Stud Finder is by far the thinnest I’ve come across. It can detect both metal and wood studs and can even detect live power lines behind the wall. The last thing you want to do is drill through a live power line hidden in your wall. This stud finder is easy to use simply press the button and drag the finder horizontally across the wall. In many cases, you can find one stud and measure 16in left or right to the next. Once you find your studs the LED will light up to give you a center indication and then you can use the center hole to make your stud.
A ladder is one of those tools that many of us have used for home DIY projects such as painting, decorating a Christmas tree, or even getting something off the top shelf. Whether you live in an apartment or a home, a ladder is essential.
The gorilla three-step pro-grade steel step stool is a pretty good option, and it seems to be priced pretty well at $39.98. Gorilla makes many different ladders. This one is heavy-duty steel construction and tough enough for any job.
I think it’s a pretty good height if you are the least bit afraid of heights. According to Gorilla Ladders and based on a person that stands 5’6” this, in theory, should get you around 8’11” if standing on the top step. One thing to notice right away is each step is oversized compared to most ladders, and this provides a very comfortable slip-resistant standing area and also gives you the feeling of safety and stability. There is a 300lb load capacity rating on the Gorilla Ladders 3-Step Pro-Grade Steel Step Stool.
When standing at the third step, the gorilla 3 step ladder lift you 2 feet 5 inches off the ground, the perfect height for projects around the house, and the non-slip feet keep the ladder secured.
There is a large self-locking tray that has plenty of room for tool, holes for screwdrivers, hammers, brushes, and other hand tools.
The ladder folds flat to 3 inches thick for easy storage.
An Oscillating Multitool is oftentimes overlooked. It’s one of the safer power tools out there and one of the most versatile must-have tools.
This tool can do just about anything but drill. If you want to cut wood, soft metal, plastic, or drywall, this is a great start. Cutting is just one of its known uses; it can be used for sanding, scraping, and cleaning.
If you are installing floors, need to do flush cuts; don’t overlook this tool. Here are five uses for an oscillating tool click here.
If a circular saw is one of those tools that scares you, I can understand that. Although it’s one of my favorite tools in the shop, I think I have a good substitution; the Dremel saw max. Not versatile as a full-size circular, but a great solution for several materials up to .75in thick.
It’s a powerful tool; it’s quite loud but easy to handle. It reminds me of a grinder with a different cutting purpose. With such a compact size, you feel like you are in control of handling your subject.
The Dremel Saw-mas uses a 3in saw blade; the kit comes with two blades. One of the blades cut wood and plastic, and the other cut metal. With the right blade, you can cut just about anything, including wood, metal plastic, tiles, and masonry work.
Weighing at just 6.8 pounds, you can manage this saw with just one hand.
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