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June 12, 2020
We are going to discuss basic power tools every homeowner should have in their garage or shed. Power tools that will assist you to complete any or most home improvements or repair projects around the house. In my opinion, the three most important power tools to start off with is a drill driver, impact driver, and circular saw. This trio is usually all you need to get going on a project. It's so versatile and extremely easy to operate. A colleague and I built workbenches with just these three tools!
Drills are a very common power tool, the building block of your arsenal of tools. In fact, this was my very first purchase and the same for many others. I once called this tool as “jack of all trades” because it tackles more than one task. Great for driving screws, drilling holes, tightening, or removing screws.
DeWalt have been making drill drivers for a long time. Their experience and expertise make for a long-lasting drill. A prime example is the DeWalt DCD996B 20-Volt Hammer Drill/Driver. This 20-volt cordless ½” hammer drill/driver comes equipped with a heavy-duty ratcheting nitro-carburized metal chuck with carbide inserts for superior bit-gripping strength and a high-efficiency brushless motor that delivers up to 75% more runtime than brushed. It features a 3-mode LED, providing light in dark or confined spaces, and is 20X brighter than the previous model. We also carry this as a kit (DCD996P2) which includes two 20-volt 5.0Ah lithium-ion batteries, charger, and carrying case.
Impact driver are equally as important as drill drivers. They are very similar in appearance but mechanically they are very different. What drill drivers are known to lack in is torque. However, impact drivers compensate for this weakness. Impact drivers are great to drive in long screws with little effort.
When it comes to quality and reliable power tools, Milwaukee overshadows most tool manufacturers. One of their best in the impact driver lineup is the Milwaukee 2857-20 18-Volt Impact Driver. The POWERSTATE brushless motor produces up to 2,000in-lbs of torque, delivering up to 30% faster driving speed, increasing the impact drill's productivity for the most demanding fasteners on the job. At only 4.59” in length, this is the most compact impact driver in its class, giving you better access in tight spaces. Just like the drill driver, we also offer this as a kit (2857-22). The kit includes two 18-volt 5.0Ah lithium-ion batteries, charger, and carrying case.
Circular saws are also extremely crucial to have. If you don't have one of these during a job, you're going to be stuck cutting 2x4s with a handsaw. That's very tiring and why put up with it when you could easily make multiple cuts in seconds!
The most common blade diameter is 7-1/4” inches, so try to stay in that realm when buying a circular saw. There are a few circular saws I would like to recommend, but I would like to introduce you to a living legend … SKILSAW! SKILSAW invented the world's first portable circular saw many decades ago and still to this day they keep pushing forward with new innovating products, such as the SKILSAW SPTH77M-22 7 1/4-inch CORDLESS Worm Drive Saw Kit. This is the first and only cordless Worm Drive saw that gives you the heroic power on the go. It’s the same design, balance, and controls of the corded Worm Drive (SPT77WM-22), so it feels familiar right out of the box. Check out our video below!
Since we're on the saw category, two additional power tools to consider owning is a miter saw and table saw, and let me explain why. After you use and operate a circular saw for a few projects, you will understand its limitations. Don't get me wrong, circular saws are an awesome piece of equipment. With enough experience, technical knowledge, and attachments, you can make any cut imaginable. With that being said, the advantage of having a miter saw and table saw is efficiency, practicality, and key precision.
Miter saws is a specialized tool generally used cut or chop material in a variety of angles. You can use a miter saw to quickly make cuts for custom picture frames, window casings, door frames, crown molding and a lot more.
Once upon a time, having a cordless miter saw was only a dream. Thanks to modern battery technology, manufacturers can't stop making them because they’re high demand. Just like the Makita XSL08Z 36-Volt Cordless Miter Saw. It's powered by two 18-volt lithium-Ion batteries for 36-volt power and performance, but without leaving Makita’s 18-volt LXT platform. X2 LXT technology delivers increased power, speed, and run time, without the hassles of a cord. Get up to 175 cuts per charge in 2x12 SPF lumber with two 5.0Ah batteries. Makita also offers this as a kit (XSL08PT). In the box you’ll find two 18-volt 5.0Ah batteries, charger, 12” 60T Carbide-Tipped saw blade, and a dust bag!
Table saws is also a specialized tool. It's specifically engineered to saw straight lines and make smoother cuts on both small and long boards like plywood, particle board, MDF and much others. When all you need to do is continuously cut straight long lines, nothing is more consistently accurate than a table saw.
Most common table saws for weekend warriors are the portable models, as opposed to stationary units. It can be a little scary for a beginner, but once you educate yourself on how to use one safely and correctly, you quickly realize how easy it is to operate one. When it comes to SAFETY and performance, no one else does it better than SawStop! One example is the SawStop JSS-120A60 Jobsite PRO Table Saw WITH MOBILE CART! Engineered and built to exceed all demands. This unit leads the way in dust collection, table capacity, adjustability, storage, and above all SAFETY! This machine has literally saved thousands of fingers throughout the years, all thanks to SawStops break cartridge technology.
Every household should at least have a few power tools lying around. Even if you’re not known to be a “handyman” (or woman), it still a good idea to just have the basics. Especially in today’s modern world where great home improvement video tutorials can easily be found online, you’ll be amazed on how easy some of these DIY projects or repairs really are. All you need is time, patience, commitment, and a few reliable tools
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