After reading my Girl’s Guide to Buying Power Tools, you maybe be wondering what exactly do I need for my level of DIYing? In other words, you want buying recommendations for each power tool listed in the guide! Right?
Now I am going to assume that these power tools will be used for standard home improvement & DIY projects, NOT for a PRO. Remember, the recommendations that I share are my opinion, basically it’s the features I would want in my power tool, so make sure its the correct fit for you.
If the tool has a * that is an essential power tool, I would make sure you have in your toolbox!
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18 or 20-Volt, Lithium-Ion batteries, 1/2″ chuck size with RPM between 300-1,500. A combo drill set is ideal (2 drills – impact & regular).
ROTARY HAMMER (GREAT FOR DEMOING):
If you plan on demoing any cement or tile, use a Rotary Hammer Drill.
Corded 12″ Sliding Compound Miter Saw, a laser would be a nice extra feature! The sliding type is more expensive but it will be worth the extra cost.
7-1/2 inch, 15 amp Sidewinder Circular Saw
Portable 10-inch, 15 amp with at least 24″ rip capacity
Variable Speed with keyless blade change. If you decided to purchase a cordless, try to purchase a tool that will work with your drill batteries.
RECIPROCATING (GREAT FOR DEMOING OR BUILDING):
A corded saw will give you more power and I would suggest something around 12 amps.
This is not a tool I would recommend getting, I would start with an orbital & detail.
DETAIL (WOULD BE NICE TO HAVE):
I have not invested in this sander yet but I plan on purchasing one soon, to make getting into the corners easier! A Dremel can also be a detailed sander.
Remember this is used to remove lots of wood quickly plus I would get a portable belt sander.
Pneumatic 21 Degree Framing nailer (air compressor needed)
Pneumatic 15 Degree Coil Roofing Nailer
Pneumatic Flooring Nailer, sorry no recommendation because I have not had to use one before!
16-gauge Pneumatic Finish Nailer (cordless is more expensive)
18-gauge Pneumatic Brad Nailer (a cordless more would be nice at times)
OR purchase a nailer combo kit
23-gauge Pneumatic Pin Nailer
* PORTABLE AIR COMPRESSOR:
Portable, SCFM 0-5, 6 gallons, oil free
OR purchase an air compressor combo kit!
* COMPACT (ENTRY-LEVEL):
1-1/4 HP Compact Router
2-1/4 HP Router with Plunge base!