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Top 5 Power Tools Every Newbie Can Start With

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. Everyone online, you will find tips that attempt to help – compare prices before buying anything, shop around holidays, buy tools using the same battery so you can stock batteries for an entire set, and all the rest.

A less frequently answered question though is, what power tools should be first on your shopping list as a newbie DIY’er? Here are five suggestions:

Drill/Driver

If you go by tradition, a drill/driver is the first thing you should get. 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 comes with no physical clutch to adjust since this is done by the tool itself.

Random Orbital Sander

Interested in woodworking? A power sander couldn’t be more useful. 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. Go for one with adjustable speed and a dust bag for controlling the mess.

Jigsaw

Though used to cut curves and shapes in most cases, a jigsaw can also be great for making straight cuts with the help of 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

A rotary tool can be used for grinding, sanding, polishing, cutting and practically all types of minor repairs in the house. Having many different accessories and attachments is the secret. Many top quality brands sell kids where you can get everything you need as a newbie.

Cordless Screwdriver

Yes, it’s possible to driving screws using a cordless drill/diver as long as you have the right bit on it, and it’s the best tool you can have for tougher work, like driving a screw into a stud. But you can always store your cordless screwdriver in a kitchen drawer for everyone in the household to use. Simply put, this tool can help you avoid fatigue on frustration that usually comes with using an old-fashioned screwdriver. For more usefulness, a cordless screwdriver with an adjustable handle will be great to have.

As you probably know, there is a whole world of power tools out there for you to explore. But for beginners, the above will be more than enough to help you establish your rhythm.

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