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Viewers always want to know which power tools I think they should absolutely have. DIYers are overwhelmed with power tool choices! But, if you’re a DIYer, I really think YOU ONLY NEED 2 POWER TOOLS! That’s what we’re talking about in this episode of The Honest Carpenter.
I think the 2 MOST IMPORTANT POWER TOOLS are:
1/2″ Cordless Drill (18V or 20V)
I truly believe you only need these 2 power tools, because they cover your most basic functions when practicing carpentry: CUTTING and FASTENING.
Circular Saws act as a stand-in for miter saws and table saws. They’re essentially as powerful as these larger tools, with a 15-amp motor on a 7-1/4″ blade. But, unlike the 2 larger power tools, the circular saw can be carried around in your hand. It can cross-cut like a miter saw, but rip like a table saw. And, it doesn’t have cut reach limits–it will cut as far as you can push it.
1/2″ Cordless Drills are the ultimate power tools for fastening, because they can both DRILL and DRIVE. I like nail guns, but they generally only do one thing well: frame, siding nail, trim nail…The 1/2″ Cordless Drill can be adapted to handle all of these functions by driving a huge variety of fasteners.
Also, cordless drills have clutches, so they offer more control than corded drills. Though, I do think you should only use 18v and 20v cordless drills, because they have enough power to turn larger bits (paddle bits, hole saws, speed bor bits) without bogging down as much.
That’s why I think YOU ONLY NEED 2 POWER TOOLS when you’re beginning to build your collection. I operated off of these 2 most important power tools for years as a younger carpenter.
The only setbacks, as I see them, is that circular saws can be dangerous power tools. (PLEASE PRACTICE ALL SAFETY PRECAUTIONS WHEN WORKING WITH CIRCULAR SAWS!). And, drills leave large holes to fill. But, trim head screws can reduce this problem, and woodfiller, sanding and patience can make your painted projects look great.
That’s why I think you only need these 2 power tools! A good circular Saw, and a decent 1/2″ 18v or 20v Cordless drill.
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