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Basic Power Tools for Home Improvement

by TimJones on March 7, 2010


In addition to the basic hand tools that you’ll need for home improvement projects, you will need some power tools to complete your projects.  Here’s what we recommend:

dewalt power set

  1. Cordless drill: This is an absolute necessity for every project I take on.  Whether it’s for drilling holes, stirring drywall mud, as a power screwdriver, bit driver, or drilling pilot holes; this one tool gets used more than any other power tool in my set.  I wish I could say it was my reciprocating saw (just because I love the pure destructive nature of that tool), but it’s definitely my cordless drill.  Years ago, I received a DeWalt cordless drill as a present and it lasted a very long time, in spite of drops, dings, and weather.  In between, I tried a lot of different brands and now I’m happily back with DeWalt.
  2. Circular saw: My second most used power tool.  I have table saws, reciprocating saws, miter saws, jigsaws, and more saws.  This is just a quick easy way to cut just about anything you need to cut.  Of course, you need the ride saw blade, but we’ll talk about that in another post.  For now, just the basic blade that comes with the saw will work.
  3. Random orbit sander: The only sander you’ll ever need….well, for the most part.  You might need a detail sander at some point, but my random orbit sander has worked for almost every sanding need I’ve ever encountered.
  4. Jigsaw/Rotary Saw: I used to use jigsaws to cut openings in wood and drywall, but lately I’ve used my rotary saw more often.  The most common recognized name for rotary saws is Rotozip, but other companies manufacture them, as well.  You can pick up a jigsaw for much less than a rotary saw, but I think the price difference is worth it for the versatility of the rotary saw.

This is a good start to your power tool set.  Down the road, you’ll probably want to take a look at a router, mitre saw, table saw, reciprocating saw, and many others.  It can become an addiction. :)

We look forward to working with you and helping you with your home improvement projects, now that you have the basic hand and power tools.

Remember, if you ever have any home improvement or DIY questions, don’t hesitate to email me at Tim @ therealtimjones.com (remove the spaces — I have to put those in to fight the spammers).

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{ 3 comments… read them below or add one }

Mark January 24, 2011 at 3:53 am

and remember also, for starter, use the tool wisely and cautiously. we don't want any accident to happen and be aware of your child also

Ricky Arstley April 6, 2011 at 9:23 pm

I'm pretty sure that's included in any power tool's packaging :)

Victor Wetherbee April 6, 2011 at 9:33 pm

The cordless drill is a MUST. It makes life easier by not having to deal with all that electrical cable dangling on your feet while working on a dangerously high or unstable place.

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