Figuring out that power tools to start with as you begin your DIY adventures can be intimidating. Here are three suggestions from expert remodelers to be able to take on most of your initial projects. 

The reason you are doing DIY is to save money so you do not want to go to Home Depot or Lowes and drop thousands of dollars on tools right off the bat. Below are three really versatile tools that should cost around $300 dollars and allow you to be the general contractor and the skilled labor for your exciting new projects! 

SOLUTION ONE

An Entry-Level Table Saw 

SOLUTION TWO

Electric Power Drill (and an Extension Cord)

SOLUTION THREE

A Dremel Saw

SOLUTION ONE

An Entry-Level Table Saw

When you are starting to tackle DIY home improvements you will need a solid miter saw to get things done. A miter saw will allow you to work with crown molding and baseboards, as well as make straight and angle cuts to finish projects like making shelves, adding accents to doorways. Don’t confuse a miter saw with a table saw. A miter saw will be much less technical to use and much more affordable. A miter saw will also grow with you and your projects as you realize how capable you are and try more difficult DIY projects. If you attempt to create or move walls in your home with drywall this will allow you to cut down studs to hang the drywall on. You can use it to add decorative touches to already existing parts of your home and exterior. Add dental molding to exterior overhangs and accents to boring deck rails.

Make sure you find a model that can make vertical and angle cuts, is easy to adjust, and will cut deep enough that you will not be too limited on the width and size of wood boards you can use. You can find a miter saw for under $200 that will work great for many years.

 

SOLUTION TWO

Electric Power Drill (and an Extension Cord)

We highly recommend an electric corded power drill over a cordless power drill for many reasons. If you are going past the level of hanging pictures and getting into some real DIY you will need a power drill powerful enough to make that jump with you. The average price for a reliable corded drill is about $60. 

A cordless drill will average about 500 rpm for torque when fully charged and a power drill with a cord will deliver a consistent average of 1,500 rpm. It is also considerably lighter since there is no battery pack, making the projects above your head that can tax your triceps much easier to complete. Since a corded power drill is plugged in you will always receive constant power as opposed to cordless models that the batteries drain during projects and require you to purchase battery backups which add to the cost. 

We also would recommend a good heavy duty extension cord that is dedicated to your new power drill. This 15 foot extension cord will be long enough to work on projects within a room without having to change the power source frequently but also shirt enough that it will still deliver the maximum amount of power to your drill. 

 

SOLUTION THREE

Dremel oscillating saw

A Dremel saw may surprise you, but you will find out quickly that projects are full of surprises and this saw will allow you to solve the tiny problems and move on quickly. A Dremel saw is a tiny saw that works with a rapid back and forth oscillating motion to get into small spaces, cut at angles, and trim wood to size in tight places. Think of a project like laying laminate flooring. Quick straight cuts until you come to a doorway or a corner of a room. A Dremel saw will allow you to make those awkward cuts that will reduce touch-ups or unsightly gaps you may have if you did not have the tool. Maybe you need a small cut out for a cord to come through or to trim the bottom of an old door that won’t close but you do not want to remove the whole door. This tool will do the trick and will be the magical save you will need more than you realize! 

A Dremel will run you around $80, you may want to consider purchasing differently shaped Dremel saw blades as you grow your power tool collection and increase the complexity of your projects.

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