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Power Tools – 5 Must-Haves for Every Newbie

If you’re an amateur trying to renovate your house one step at a time, you’ve probably read about the importance of power tools, why you should have some, and how to get the right ones. You will find tips everywhere on the Internet – buy refurbished tools, compare prices, wait out for discounts, get tools that use the same battery, etc. etc. etc.

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:

Drill/Driver

If you’re a traditionalist, you’ll get a drill/driver before anything else. And it makes perfect sense, knowing how much it comes in handy for common tasks like hanging things on the wall. Begin with something that works on some kind of instinctive technology that automatically determines when a screw is flush with wood. It usually has no physical clutch since the tool can make the adjustments itself.

Random Orbital Sander

Are drawn into woodworking? One power tool you shouldn’t be left without is a power sander. You can do with sandpaper and a sanding block for fine sanding or to work on small areas, but for flat and larger areas like table tops, a power sander is worth the investment. Buy one with different speeds and a dust bag that makes it easier to contain the mess.

Jigsaw

While often used to cut curves and shapes, a jigsaw is also useful for making straight cuts with a guide. It may not be the best tool for ripping long sheets of plywood, but it’s still generally preferable to a circular saw. For more control over accuracy and speed, buy a jigsaw that comes with different orbital settings.

Rotary Tool

There are many things you can do with a rotary tool, from grinding to cutting to sanding to polishing, and for basically all minor repairs around the house. Having many different accessories and attachments is the secret. Many good brands sell kits that come complete with everything a newbie would need.

Cordless Screwdriver

Yes, a cordless drill/driver with the right bit can be used to drive screws, and it’s also the right tool for driving a screw into a stud or any heavy-duty work. But you can always store your cordless screwdriver in a kitchen drawer for everyone in the household to use. In simple terms, this tool can put an end to the fatigue and frustration that using an old-fashioned screwdriver usually brings. Preferably, buy a cordless screwdriver that has an adjustable handle that makes it more useful.

As you probably know, there is a whole world of power tools out there for you to explore. But for starters, the above will more than enough to get you in your rhythm.

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