Top 5 Power Tools for Beginners

When it comes to starting your power tool collection my most frequently asked question is what tools do you need? Here are my top 5. While I am not loyal to one specific brand there are big differences between expensive and inexpensive options. Typically when someone is just starting out on their DIY journey they go with the more budget friendly option, which is totally understandable. Just read reviews and ask around if you know of anyone who uses that specific tool!

1. Brad nailer

A brad nailer is the gateway drug to power tools. Haha kidding, sort of. Truly a brad nailer can help you complete SO many great projects. Like accent walls, which is usually a great beginner project to get your feet wet and feel the success of a DIY win! You have 2 options here, battery operated or attached to an air compressor. There are pros and cons to both but for the sake of ease and learning I would go with a battery operated. This Ryobi is what I have. The only real con to it is that it is HEAVY. Great beginner tool!!

2. Miter saw

My most favorite tool is the miter saw! I don’t know why but it’s just fun to use! I still use the cheap Menards miter saw we bought when we first did the barn doors for our house but it still works GREAT. Honestly I think any brand is probably fine. Of course the holy grail is Dewalt but that is $$$. The key here is to get at LEAST a 10”, but preferably a 12”, sliding double bevel miter saw. That baby can do A LOT! Just be sure to replace the standard saw blade it comes with, with a higher quality one! I love Diablo blades! The higher the number of teeth the better for finishing carpentry, AKA less tear out!

3. Drill

Needless to say this is probably the most used tool in anyone’s arsenal. It can be used for pretty much anything, from hanging premade shelves, to building your own custom furniture. I have a dewalt and love it!

4. Power sander

Whenever you’re woodworking, whether it’s refinishing a piece of furniture or adding board and batten to a wall, a power sander will save you a lot of time and hand cramping. Mine is an old hand me down Black and Decker but honestly it works great! I know lots of people also love an orbital sander too!

5. Circular saw

A circular saw is great because it has the same capabilities of a table saw but is MUCH safer to operate and can be used in ways a table saw can’t. One of the best add ons to a circular saw is the Kreg Rip Cut, it attaches to the saw to allow you to safely and accurately rip down sheets of plywood. Here is my circular saw but whatever is in your budget will work just fine! Again be sure to replace the standard blade it comes with with a better quality one. I like Diablo blades!

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