Do-it-yourself (DIY) projects are a hobby for many people who like to work on things around their house. Whether it is fixing or creating something new from scratch, DIY projects are either made easier by having access to power tools or some projects will outright require certain power tools.
The right power tools will come in handy with almost any project. Below is a list of the most essential power tools that every DIY expert should have.
1. Circular Saw
The circular saw is one of the most essential power tools. Most DIY projects around the house will require you to cut through wood or some other material at least once. A circular saw will drastically expedite that process andmake it hassle-free. Since circular saws are useful because they can easily cut through a lot of materials, it is important to follow safety precautions when using them.
Types – Circular saws come in two major types: corded and wireless. Wireless circular saws generally aren’t suited for more heavy-duty cutting and, since DIY projects usually require more heavy duty cutting, a wired circular saw will usually be a better fit. Wired circular saws can be further broken down into two types: traditional or the heavier duty worm-drive saws. Worm-drive saws tend to popularwith framers and carpenters. A traditional circular saw is usually a good fit for most DIY needs.
2. Cordless Drill
A cordless drill is one of the most essential power tools for DIY projects. There are few DIY projects that aren’t made easier by a cordless drill. Not only will a cordless drill handle any hole drilling during your project, it is also an essential tool for driving a variety of bolts; anything from screws to lag bolts.
Types – Cordless drills, when they were first introduced, came with 7.2 V battery packs. However, over the years, the voltage has increased and today’s cordless drills come in a wider variety of voltages: 12, 16, 18, and even 24, 28, and 36. A 12 V drill will fit most DIY needs but it might lack the power for some heavier duty driving. For those scenarios, an 18 V drill might be a better fit.
3. 5-Inch Rotary Sander
A sander is an important tool to have for DIY projects as it will come in handy in a wide variety of situations. Sanders come in a variety of sizes but a 5-inch sander is usually all a DIY’er will ever need. It is also very comfortable as it is not too heavy or too bulky.
Types – Sanders come in 3 main varieties: belts sanders, orbital finishing sanders, and random-orbit sanders. Belt sanders are great for sanding large, rough surfaces quickly. Orbital finishing sanders are more of a finishing touch as they are not as powerful as belt sanders. Random-orbit sanders on the other hand are more of an in-between the two and, as such, are more versatile, which makes them an excellent choice for DIY’ers.
4. Oscillating Multi-Tool
An oscillating multi-tool is an oscillating saw, which means that the blades vibrate back and forth at very high speed.It accepts a variety of attachments and, as a result, it is an excellent tool for detail sanding, grinding, and scraping. Due to this versatility,many purchasers of this power tool report reaching for it numerous times through out most of their DIY projects.
Types – There is a huge variety of these tools available on the market and each one sports its own unique features. It really just comes down to which features seem the most important/useful to you: dust collection, battery life, cordless, Oscillating Interface System (OIS), etc.
Do it yourself projects can be significantly easier by just having a few basic power tools around. The four power tools listed above give DIY’ers the best bang-for-their-buck due the frequency with which they are used during a DIY project.