On Tools: My Thoughts Explained
If you’re an amateur trying to keep your house in shape yourself, you’ve likely heard about the usefulness of power tools, why you need some, and how to buy them smart. Tips like buy tools that use the same battery, buy refurbished, wait out for the best prices, shop during the holidays and so on and so forth, are all over the Internet.
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:
If you go by the book, a drill/driver would be first. And it makes perfect sense, knowing how much it comes in handy for common tasks like hanging things on the wall. Start with something built on intuitive technology that instantly determines when a screw is flush with wood. Usually with no physical clutch, the tool is self-adjusting.
Random Orbital Sander
Are drawn into woodworking? A power sander couldn’t be more useful. 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. Go for one with adjustable speed and a dust bag for controlling the mess.
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.
A rotary tool can be used for grinding, sanding, polishing, cutting and practically all types of minor repairs in 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.
Yes, you can use a cordless drill/driver to drive screws if you have the right bit on it, and it’s also the perfect tool for tougher tasks, 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 To put it simply, this tool can save you the energy and frustration that usually come with using an old, outdated screwdriver. Get a cordless screwdriver with an adjustable handle as it will be more useful.
As you may have seen, there’s a whole universe of power tools out there to be discovered. But for beginners, the above will be more than enough to help you establish your rhythm.