If you’re looking to start doing your own home improvement work and maintenance, picking up a hobby in woodworking or tackling some DIY projects, having the right tools for the job is crucial for success. The market is full of different options, which might make choosing the most essential pieces you need slightly confusing. For that very reason, here’s a bit of help on the matter.
Corded and Cordless Power Drills
These are some of the most widely used power tools around the world for a wide range of applications, including drilling holes in wood, metal, plastics, stone, glass, tiles, bricks, etc. There are different types and lengths of drill bits available in all tools stores you’ll come across, and your choice will vary based on the materials you’re drilling. High-speed steel bits, for instance, are for drilling metal, masonry bits for concrete and flat bits for wood. Power drills can have either a fixed speed setting, 2-speed setting or variable speed setting depending on how hard you press the trigger. Variable speed drills are most convenient simply because they allow you to drill a hole easier without the bit moving all over. You should use lower speeds with larger diameter bits to prevent overheating the bit from friction.
Cordless drills give you the freedom to work anywhere you want, even on places like roofs and ladders, due to the fact that there isn’t a power flex catching on everything. Furthermore, they are easier to use and are better balanced with one hand. When shopping for cordless drills in tools stores, make sure you pay attention to the battery they use. You want heavy-duty, high-performance li-ion batteries that are rechargeable for the ultimate convenience.
Jigsaws are used to cut metal, wood, plastic and a variety of other materials. They can be found with different types of blades to suit the material that’s being cut. Since these blades are narrow and slim, you can perform curved cuts, such as circles, out of sheet material. Jigsaws are also available with variable speeds on the trigger, and some models have separate speed control. You should aim to avoid the latter as operating them can be a hassle. These tools are ideal for cutting thinner layers, but the outcome can vary when cutting thicker materials.
Circular saws are high powered tools that come with wide diameter blades, allowing you to cut through thick layers of material with ease. This power tool is essential for cutting sheets of timber, as it provides consistent cuts. The large teeth on the blade also allow the cutting of boards to be quicker. You can attach an adjustable rip fence to the saw that can act as a guide to allow boards to be trimmed to size. Blades that have fewer teeth provide faster but rougher cuts. And conversely, blades with more teeth provide finer but slower cuts.
Angle grinders are handy tools for cutting metal, masonry, tiles, plastic and roof sheeting. You can cut both sheet materials and lengths with them. Angle grinders feature a disk that spins at high RPM to cut. Different types of disks are used for cutting different types of materials. For instance, for cutting metal, you need consumable discs made from abrasive materials that can range in size from 4 to 9-inches in diameter. If you’re cutting masonry, you’ll need a diamond or abrasive disk. Diamond disks last long but are more expensive as a result. You should consider a couple of different accessories to go with your angle grinders, such as wire brushes and sanding pads to remove paint and dust.
Sanders are used for removing paint, sanding metal and smoothing timber. There are two types – orbital and belt sanders. Belt sanders feature a continuous looped belt of sandpaper, driven by a motor. The belts come in different grit sizes and are replaceable, and you’ll find fine belts for finishing and coarse ones for initial sanding. Belt sanders remove the material quickly as the revolving belt throws off sawdust and doesn’t clog like orbital sanders. However, sanding corners with belt sanders is difficult. Orbital sanders, on the other hand, take advantage of sheets of sandpaper which are driven in a circular motion when the sander is applied to the surface. The sheets can clog, but you get the benefit of sanding corners due to the rectangular shape of the soleplate. There are different versions of these sanders available in tool stores, including palm sanders that can be used with a single hand in tight spots due to their small size and the shape of the sandpaper that’s used with them.