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Ease of use: the power tools you need to simplify your DIY process

Are you someone new to the DIY game? Maybe you’re a seasoned DIY enthusiast looking to upgrade your arsenal. Whichever side of the playing field you find yourself on, we can all agree that power tools are a gift from God for avid DIYers everywhere.

From power drills to orbital sanders, miter saws to cordless nail guns – the options are endless, and therefore sometimes a bit confusing…especially if you’re new to the game. Luckily, we’ve got you covered. To get started, here are 6 must-have power tools you need to simplify your DIY process.

1. The multitasking cordless electric drill

An electric drill is a cordless power tool every serious DIYer should have in their arsenal. A power drill is the ideal tool for drilling circular holes in a wide variety of different materials, or for driving screws and other threaded fasteners into walls.

Whether you’re trying to create holes in your wall to mount a painting or looking to install new cabinet hardware, a power drill is an essential tool that will help you get the job done in seconds.

While you’re at it, we also recommend investing in an impact driver which, when used in conjunction with a drill, adds some percussion to your drilling action. Luckily, both of these items are available as a combo kit that you can find at any local hardware store.

Point: If you’re new to DIY, we recommend doing some research and watching some videos on how you can use your electric drill safely for the first time.

2. Work smarter with a laser level

The last thing you want is to put hours of work into a DIY project, only to find that something is just a little stopped. Keeping things straight is crucial in any DIY project or job, which is why we think every DIYer should invest in a laser level. Unlike a standard spirit level, a laser leveling device emits a beam that will give you a straight line reference along any surface.

Depending on the type of laser level you choose, some even have the ability to cast light both horizontally and vertically, making them ideal for jobs that require multi-sided leveling. As an added bonus, most laser levels can be mounted on a wall or tripod, leaving your hands free to use a cordless drill, impact nails, or anything else your project requires of you.

3. Keep Things Smooth with an Orbital Sander

It’s no secret that hand sanding your projects can become extremely tiring and boring very quickly. If you love woodworking, there’s no better gift for yourself than a random orbital sander. An electric sander can turn an hour-long job into one that’s done in minutes, giving you more time to focus on other parts of your (now incredibly smooth) DIY project. In particular, a random orbital sander is a great choice for beginner DIYers because it leaves no visible scratch pattern on the wood.

Most brands of orbital sanders work by attaching discs of sandpaper to the unit with Velcro, making it easy to replace or switch between different grits. For more information on how to choose the perfect sandpaper grit, be sure to check out This article.

4. A cordless nailer

Another DIY essential that is definitely worth the investment and will make your life a hundred times easier is a cordless nailer. Unlike its corded counterpart which requires an air compressor, a cordless option is a great starting point for anyone new to DIY and not looking to invest hundreds of dollars in a single tool.

A cordless nail gun gives you the mobility to go from job to job without having to worry about wires, outlets, and everything in between. Depending on the brand you choose, a fully charged lithium battery will typically last you around 2-3 days depending on the project.

5. rotary tool

A rotary tool is an incredibly handy power tool with a fast-spinning motor tip that can be used to grind, sand, sharpen and polish a variety of different surfaces and materials.

Rotary tools also have an extremely large assortment of accessories designed for various tasks around the home, making them a staple in many DIY toolboxes. Many people confuse a rotary tool with a drill, but note that they are two completely different things, with the main difference between the two being torque and RPM.

Here are some of our favorite uses for a rotary tool:

  • polishing jewelry and other items;
  • Engraving patterns on wood, stone or metal surfaces;
  • Glass etching to create beautiful tumblers, glass tables and window panes;
  • Cut drywall;
  • Sand tight corners and intricate details; and
  • Sharpening of household items such as shears and kitchen knives.

6. Back to circular saw

Last but not least, no DIY arsenal is complete without that old but goodie – the circular saw. A circular saw can seem incredibly intimidating at first, but with a little research and know-how, it will be one of your most used tools in the shed. A circular saw is capable of cutting large pieces of wood or plywood, and an adjustable blade height lets you score or completely cut, depending on your project needs.

When it comes to the circular saw, you have two options – wireless and wired. A corded option will provide more power, while a cordless option offers more mobility and ease of use. Again, we always recommend choosing the option that best suits your needs, lifestyle, and project. Both are incredibly powerful tools and you won’t go wrong choosing either model.

There you have it – 6 must-have power tools to simplify your DIY process. Next time you’re at your local hardware store looking for power tools, we hope this guide will make your decision as a beginner DIYer easier.


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