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When it comes to tackling DIY projects, having the right power tools can make all the difference. But for beginners, it can be overwhelming to determine which tools are essential for starting their DIY journey. But, don’t worry friends, I’ve got you covered! Here are the 5 best power tools I recommend every beginner woodworker and/or DIY’er should invest in to get started!
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Best Power Tools For Beginners
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Tool #1: Drill/Driver Set
Okay, so technically this is two tools… but, if you buy them as a pair it’s basically a two-for-one deal, right? A cordless drill/driver set is absolutely essential for any DIY’er. Its compact design, ease of use, and portability make it ideal for a range of tasks, from assembling furniture to drilling holes in various materials used for woodworking and home improvement. Also, having the ability to switch between drilling and driving modes with these two tools makes them a must-have for beginners (luckily, they’re often sold as a pair)!
Here are my drill/driver tool recommendations for beginners based on project need and budget!
Best Entry Level: If you’re just getting started and looking for an affordable drill and driver set, I’d highly recommend the RYOBI Cordless Drill/Driver Set.
Best Value: If you’re one step up from an entry drill and are looking for a bit more power, I’d recommend trying the RIDGID Cordless Drill/Driver Set.
Best All-Around: My personal favorite choice is the Makita Compact Drill/Driver Set! It’s a bit more expensive, but the compact model is perfect for smaller hands (like mine) without sacrificing power or battery life!
Tool #2: Circular Saw
The circular saw is a game-changer when it comes to making straight cuts in different materials like wood, plywood, and even metal (with the right blade). Its versatility and precision allow beginners to tackle various projects, including building shelves, cutting boards, or even constructing a basic workbench. Even cooler, by investing in the right accessories (like a rip-cut guide or a track), you can make most cuts with your circular saw and hold back on spending tons of money on a table saw for a bit!
Circular Saw Recommendations
Here are my circular saw recommendations for beginners based on project need and budget!
Best Entry Level: If you’re looking for an affordable circular saw that still packs a punch, I recommend this RIDGID Cordless Circular Saw.
Best Value: Need some more power? Try the Makita Rear Handle Circular Saw!
Tool #3: Sander
Achieving a smooth and professional finish on your woodworking projects becomes so much easier with a motorized sander. From refinishing furniture to preparing surfaces for painting, a random orbital sander is a must-have for achieving that flawless finish… your hands will thank me later!
Best Entry Level: If you’re looking for a cheaper sander to start with, look no further than the RYOBI cordless sander. It gets the job done without burning a hole in your wallet!
Best Value: The Milwaukee sander is great, but costs a bit more. I highly recommend it though!
Best Splurge: Sanders are one of those tools that I do recommend splurging on (if you can)! A really good sander is worth its weight in gold. The more power a sander has, the easier this tool is on your hands. This is the one I use, and I love it!
Tool #4: Nail Gun
Okay, so let’s start by talking about the elephant in the room – how many nailers are on the market! Every nailer has a specific purpose, and I have a full breakdown of their uses in my Nail Gun Tool School post. But, for purposes of recommending tools to beginners, today we’re solely going to focus on the brad nailer.
Brad Nailer Recommendations:
The brad nailer is a must-have for detail work around the house (like trim work or accent walls). Want to get serious about your woodworking? The brad nailer is a must. Here are my two favorite options!
Best Entry Level: The RYOBI Cordless Brad Nailer has an affordable price point but packs a big punch. It’s honestly one of my favorites!
Best Value: Need some more power? Try the Milwaukee Brad Nailer. I use this nailer in my shop and I’m obsessed.
Tool #5: Jigsaw
If you’re looking to cut curves, intricate shapes, or even plunge cuts, a jigsaw is your go-to tool. This handheld power tool can be used on wood, plastic, or even metal, making it versatile for various DIY projects. It’s perfect for creating custom-shaped projects (like cutting boards and coasters), or even making repairs around the house. With the right blade selection and a steady hand, the jigsaw will become your go-to tool!
In fact, I love the jigsaw so much, that I did an entire Tool School post on it (so, check it out if you’d like to five into the world of jigsaws a bit more)!
Best Entry Level: If you’re just getting started and looking for a decently priced saw for some intro woodworking, I’d highly recommend the RYOBI Cordless Jig Saw. This was the first one I ever had in my shop and it was awesome!
Best Value: If you’re one step up from an entry level saw, I’d recommend trying the M18 FUEL 18-Volt Lithium-Ion Brushless Cordless Jig Saw with Free Battery! This is the saw I use in my shop and I love it!
Best All-Around: Of all of the jigsaws on the market, the DeWalt seems to be recommended the most as a top pick!
Want To Learn More? Check Out My Tool School!
As a beginner, investing in the right power tools can significantly enhance your DIY experience. The top five power tools discussed in this guide – the cordless drill/driver, circular saw, random orbital sander, jigsaw, and rotary tool – provide a solid foundation for tackling a wide range of projects. Remember to prioritize safety, read the tool manuals, and practice proper technique. With these power tools by your side, you’ll be well-equipped to embark on your DIY journey with confidence and success.
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Any tools you’d add to this list? Let me know in the comments!