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Five Most Basic Power Tools Every Newbie Should Have

As an amateur trying to keep your house together on your own, you’ve likely heard about power tools and their importance, and how to shop for the right ones. Tips like buy tools that use the same battery, buy refurbished, wait out for the best prices, shop during the holidays and so on and so forth, are all over the Internet.

One question that isn’t taken up as frequently however is, which power tools are good to begin with for a rookie DIY’er? Below are five you can consider:


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. Start with something built on intuitive technology that instantly determines when a screw is flush with wood. Usually with no physical clutch, the tool is self-adjusting.

Random Orbital Sander

Are drawn into woodworking? One power tool you shouldn’t be left without is a power sander. Sandpaper and a sanding block should work great for small areas or some fine sanding, but for larger flat areas such as table tops, you need a power sander. Buy one with different speeds and a dust bag that makes it easier to contain the mess.


A jigsaw is perfect for cuttings different shapes, but with a guide, it can also work well for making straight cuts. You may not be able to rip long plywood sheets with it, but it’s still preferable to a circular saw overall. Buy a jigsaw with multiple orbital settings for maximum speed and accuracy control.

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. The trick is to have several accessories and attachments. Many top quality brands sell kids where you can get everything you need as a newbie.

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. In simple terms, this tool can put an end to the fatigue and frustration that using an old-fashioned screwdriver usually brings. Preferably, buy a cordless screwdriver that has an adjustable handle that makes it more useful.

As you probably know, there is a whole world of power tools out there for you to explore. But the above will be more than adequate for a beginner trying to find their rhythm.

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