Equipment Tips for The Average Joe

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 worth considering:


If you go by the book, a drill/driver would be first. Which is absolutely reasonable since you’ll be using it for the most common of tasks around the house, like hanging pictures 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 has no physical clutch since the tool can make the adjustments itself.

Random Orbital Sander

Interested in woodworking? A power sander will be one of your most useful power tools. You’ll be fine with sandpaper and a sanding block for fine sanding and small areas, but for table tops and other bigger flat areas, a power tool is indispensable. Go for one with adjustable speed and a dust bag for controlling the mess.


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. You may not be able to rip long plywood sheets with it, but it’s still preferable to a circular saw overall. A jigsaw with multiple orbital settings is best to ensure accuracy as well as speed.

Rotary Tool

There are many things you can do with a rotary tool, from grinding to cutting to sanding to polishing, and for basically all minor repairs around the house. Having many different accessories and attachments is the secret. Many good brands sell kits that come complete with everything a newbie would need.

Cordless Screwdriver

Yes, you can use a cordless drill/driver to drive screws if you have the right bit on it, and it’s also the perfect tool for tougher tasks, 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. Get a cordless screwdriver with an adjustable handle as it will be more useful.

As you may have seen, there’s a whole universe of power tools out there to be discovered. But for starters, the above will more than enough to get you in your rhythm.

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