There are a few moments in life that are more fulfilling than when a man builds something from scratch, fixes it, or customizes it expertly, without seeking expert help. The earliest men built their own tools before they could fix anything.
What followed was a whole variety of hand tools, which demanded tedious time and energy during their application.
Today, tackling tasks around the house, even the seemingly impossible, has been made easier, less time consuming, and much more fun thanks to the power tools we see around us. More often than not, it is not just the skills, but getting the right tool for the job.
While it may be assumed that these tools only apply to homeowners, there is always something for everyone. Be it the apartment dweller, the budding DIY entrepreneur, or the woodworking hobbyist.
Home improvements and woodworking tasks demand more than a mere handsaw, nails, and hammer if anything is to be done with a professional touch. The complete DIY arsenal must include some essential power tools that will not only help you finish your tasks faster but also effortlessly and with the much-needed expertise.
As you think about outfitting your home workshop, here are 10 power tools that need to be on your essentials list. Of course, it’s not all smooth sailing; a learning curve is expected but the fun and fulfillment that goes with the learning are definitely worthwhile.
That being said, here are the best tools to have around the house:
1. Cordless Drill
A cordless drill is a battery operated electric drill. It allows users to snap in a battery pack and instantly have drill power without having to use a power cord.
It is used for replacing screwdriver, pilot holes, hole saw, drywall installation and used to drive bolts into concrete.
2. Tile Saw
The tile saw is designated for cutting ceramic tiles. It consists of wire, tough blade or chain with a hard toothed edge.
It is used for cutting through material like wood and ceramic and designed to be used with water as a coolant for the diamond blade. We’ve also reviewed the best tile saws.
3. Orbital Sander
A machine or tools used for sanding or sandpapering that are driven at high speed by an electric motor and moves in a very tight orbital motion.
It’s a power tool used for smoothing surfaces by abrasion with sandpaper.We’ve also written an article about the best orbital sanders.
4. Wood Router
A tool used to unfilled an area in the face of a relatively hard workpiece, typically of wood or plastic.
Wood routers are used mainly in woodworking, especially cabinetry. Commonly used as a plunging tool and also inverted in a router table. We’ve also written an article about the best wood routers.
5. Router Table
A woodworking machine used to increase the quality of work delivered from a hand-held router. A fence is used with the router bit partially emerging from the fence.
If no fence is used–a template is affixed to the workpiece and a “pin router” accessory is used.
We reviewed the best router tables.
6. Bench Vise
A tool used to secure an object in order to allow work to be performed on it.
It is used to hold a workpiece stationary, an integral tool in many woodworking and metalworking applications.
7. Belt Sander
A tool used in shaping and finishing wood and other materials. Can have a very aggressive action on wood and is normally used only for the beginning stages of the sanding process, or removing material rapidly. Sometimes it is also used for removing paints or finishes from wood.
8. Airless Paint Sprayer
Uses high pressure to spray paint, or other materials and does not use compressed air.
It is a method of painting with a consistent, high-quality results. We spent some time to review the best airless paint sprayers.
9. Circular Saw
A power-saw for cutting different materials using a rotary motion spinning around an arbor through a toothed or abrasive disc or blade.
Used to cut materials such as wood, masonry, plastic, or metal and may be hand-held or mounted to a machine.
10. Angle Grinder
A handheld power tool used for grinding and polishing. It is also known as a side grinder or disc grinder.
Angle grinders may be used for removing excess material from a piece. They may also be used in metalworking and construction.