While everyone has their needs and preferences, there are several power tools that are typically considered essential. Here is my list of the top seven power tools that you will need to have on hand for almost any project, not in any particular order.
1. Cordless Drill. If you have a good cordless drill, you’ll be able to take on just about any drilling task; from a tiny hole to a hole large enough to run electrical lines through. Cordless drills are typically light, strong, and high tech for their size.
2. Miter Saw. Miter saws are cross cut saws, and it is impossible to accidently make a long rip cut while using a miter saw. Miter saws are used to make a quick and accurate crosscut in a wood piece at a selected angle. The most common uses for a miter saw are or cutting molding, and for framing projects. Most miter saws are fairly small and portable, and typically have a blade size ranging from eight inches to 12 inches. Check out miter saw reviews from Thomas’s blog.
3. Jigsaw. A jigsaw allows the user to cut curved and circular patterns.
4. Circular Saw. Most people will agree that a circular saw is one of the most versatile power tool to have on hand. It is by far the quickest power tool to get a demolition project completed. In addition to demolition, a circular saw can also be used to cut lumber, roofing projects, masonry projects, and metal projects.
5. Oscillating Multi Tool. An oscillating multi tool is another power tool that can be considered as one of the most versatile power tools available. The oscillating multi tool is one of the newer power tools to hit the market, yet it is also becoming one of the most popular power tools available. The oscillating multi tool features interchangeable accessories for cutting, grinding, sanding, scraping, and polishing. This baby can cut through just about anything including metal, wood, fiberglass, drywall, plastic, mortar, and wood…..just to name a few.
6. Random Orbital Sander. Palm sanders are no doubt less expensive, and can be used with plain sandpaper, the random orbital sander is by far a better choice. The random orbital sander uses loops and hooks to fasten sanding discs, and does not sand in patterns. Rather, the random orbital sander uses a random sanding motion. This motion serves to reduce the chance that any sanding marks will appear on the product. A random orbital sander will give your project a much cleaner look than a palm sander will.
7. Rotary Tool. A rotary tool is yet another completely versatile power tool that is good to have on hand. A rotary tool is typically used for detail work on several different materials. The interchangeable blades and heads on a rotary tool make it the ideal tool for engraving, sanding, cutting smaller items, and polishing.
Those are my picks for the top seven power tools you need to have on hand for almost any project. Depending on the projects you typically do, you may have a different list.
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