You Only NEED 2 POWER TOOLS!! (Here's What They Are…2 MOST IMPORTANT Power Tools)

You Only NEED 2 POWER TOOLS!! (Here's What They Are…2 MOST IMPORTANT Power Tools)

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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.

Circular Saw
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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  1. Peezebeuponyou on May 17, 2022 at 7:37 pm

    Well, I got that right! Have to agree 100% and I’m just starting out- more or less.

  2. Sam Day on May 17, 2022 at 7:38 pm

    I’m a landscape gardener and artist.
    My first power tools were a large circular saw, heavy duty drill and a small angle grinder. Those served me well for years.

  3. Lucas Paul on May 17, 2022 at 7:38 pm

    I wanted to drill a hole to pass an ethernet cable in my house and after a friend’s suggestion, I bought my first 18V drill about a month ago. He said "it’s the only tool you need and its gonna last you a lifetime". Damn he was right! I’ve been fixing up my whole house after that purchase, and it also gives you a sense of satisfaction being able to do and fix things yourself!

    Maybe a handsaw should be the next on my list, if I start woodworking! As always, thanks for the great content in the videos!

  4. GeoFry3 on May 17, 2022 at 7:39 pm

    Add a small rotary tool (dremel) with various types of cut off wheels and you’d have my top three goto tools.

    Also make sure the drill has a hammer function for drilling in concrete.

    Professionally I live and die by a Milwaukee 12v compact impact driver and a 11 in 1 screwdriver.

  5. Jason W on May 17, 2022 at 7:40 pm

    great video, now im subscribed!

  6. Dean Douglas-Latka on May 17, 2022 at 7:40 pm

    I agree. I will add that U can get table kits to use your nice circular say upside down like a makeshift take or add guides to use miter jigs, Some drills can be fitted into a drill-press kit if needed. But mostly, if it’s for work or side income hobby, upgrade as U go based on what parts can use help & yet pay itself back. In the end, yes, quality builds will make U want to work more as they last longer. Some may help speed up work making more money as well. My 1st home tools was a 7" Skill corded and a BluePoint (sold by Snap-On) corded. I still have both after replacing brushes but good to go even though I’ve moved to Makita Li-Ion, had old Dewalt NiCad.

  7. David Williams on May 17, 2022 at 7:41 pm

    good advice

  8. MR simpleesarcastik on May 17, 2022 at 7:44 pm

    who needs chisels when you have a good selection of wide blade straight slot screwdrivers?

  9. S m on May 17, 2022 at 7:44 pm

    I concur

  10. Guillermo Rosario on May 17, 2022 at 7:45 pm

    Impact gun and grinder… Think about it

  11. Elle L on May 17, 2022 at 7:46 pm

    Thanks for ur great videos, I needed them bc am going soon into woodworking myself.
    Am a girl n as beginner have no clue what to buy.

  12. Baller Simpson on May 17, 2022 at 7:49 pm

    fair point but if your a second fix joiner who cuts a lot of architrave or skirting mitres, you need a chop saw.

  13. Alex Longmate on May 17, 2022 at 7:49 pm

    I don’t think the circular saw should be recommended to beginners. Versatile yes. But using it safely requires knowledge/experience. Especially in terms of setting up your work area for cuts.

  14. Mattribute on May 17, 2022 at 7:50 pm

    If there’s someone out there with very little money and a need to do woodworking, then yes you could get by with these two. But it’s kind of an absurd case that applies to almost no one, and if it does apply we should feel bad for them.

    The circular saw is one of the most dangerous tools you can have. I only use it when I absolutely have to. The mitre saw is safe, precise, can quickly get you many many cuts. Compare that to the handheld circular saw: It’s not going to cut straight unless you have clamped down a guid or have extremely good skill. No one with that level of skill does not have a table saw.

  15. Seth Seth on May 17, 2022 at 7:51 pm

    Yet another "watch me, an expert, build using a multitude of expensive tools but you, a novice, can do it with a sharpened potato"

  16. Shane on May 17, 2022 at 7:52 pm

    I’ve been doing diy for years and only just bought a Makita circular saw because i was cutting railway sleepers. before i cut everything with jigsaw and handsaw but after 3 hours trying to cut a sleeper with a handsaw i gave up and bought one

  17. Jeff Flores on May 17, 2022 at 7:54 pm

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  18. Steven E on May 17, 2022 at 7:57 pm

    Just yesterday I took out my dolerite ball and some beach sand and finished off my house. It only took me 4,600 years to do it.

  19. MR simpleesarcastik on May 17, 2022 at 7:58 pm

    I havent paid for tools in years, they are always available at new build sites,,just walk in and grab em! jk

  20. Trent on May 17, 2022 at 7:59 pm

    I agree with your "2 most important tools " 100%

  21. Timothy Duzenski on May 17, 2022 at 7:59 pm

    Was glad to see the Hitachi drill. The only improvement is the brushless DC version. Only a few bucks more plus it comes with hammer drill setting. Even more capability. Plus brushless never has brushes that wear out and no sparking. After comparing I found these Hitachi drills really provided a great product for minimal extra expense. Way better that Ryobi for sure. And if you are patient and clever you can catch them on special. I inherited a Milwaukee circular saw from my pops and it is a bit clunky in my opinion. AND I have a had a couple nasty kickbacks when ripping plywood especially. So, having a good set up I found was important to me. Sorry for the long post. But I will look into this Mikita. I’m ripping through your videos now, lol.

  22. Angie Borneo on May 17, 2022 at 8:01 pm

    How about a smaller size handy saw suited for ladies? Thank you

  23. Octavius The Crafter. on May 17, 2022 at 8:01 pm

    If you are doing a lot of demolition get a good Sall-saw. My dad had a battery powered Ryobi and it worked fine for cutting some branches (actually a little nicer without the cord getting hooked on branches) but he broke it when trying to demo his floor. He went through lots of blades and it was very slow when it was working. After it broke dad went to get a big Makita corded Sall-saw and cut the rest of the floor with the same used blade from the Ryobi saw.

  24. Bombs Away on May 17, 2022 at 8:02 pm

    I’m an aluminum shipbuilder and a DeWalt skill saw is a daily use for me. I’m like an artist with a circular saw.
    Circular saw, angle grinder and my welder are my most used tools. Oh yeah, and a tape measure I geuss, but when you get really good you don’t need one all that much

  25. Eric Felhaber on May 17, 2022 at 8:03 pm

    OK. but what would be your top four?

  26. G M on May 17, 2022 at 8:04 pm

    Awesome.. thank you bods

  27. R DOTTIN on May 17, 2022 at 8:04 pm

    I just bought those two tools, plus an impact drill, for a total of $122
    I think I did good for my first purchase..

  28. Joseph Stealin on May 17, 2022 at 8:04 pm

    I only need two power tools.

    Left arm and right arm!

  29. TFfan75 on May 17, 2022 at 8:04 pm

    I agree. A cheap table saw goes a long way, aswell. But a drill is a must.

  30. Scrublord on May 17, 2022 at 8:08 pm

    I bought most of my tools second hand after one guy stopped woodworking and sold his entire setup.

  31. Geng Getastic on May 17, 2022 at 8:08 pm

    Salute from Indonesia 🇮🇩, very helpful for me who want to start doing some woodworks as a DIYer.

  32. Joshua Bromen on May 17, 2022 at 8:09 pm

    Guess before I watch is drill and table saw

  33. Rida Nizam on May 17, 2022 at 8:10 pm

    The 2 tools disclosed at : 2:56

  34. Bobo Jenkins on May 17, 2022 at 8:12 pm

    buy tools as the need for them comes up

  35. Richard Haller on May 17, 2022 at 8:15 pm

    You’re Awesome!!!

  36. R3bor.n on May 17, 2022 at 8:16 pm

    Completely agree. Mastering the circular saw is a great skill. It forces you to think through everything and devise a plan. You’d be hard pressed to tell the difference between one of my circular saw cuts and a table saw/miter cut. It saves so much time to be able to rely on one tool without pulling out the table and miter.

  37. Милана Аркадьевна on May 17, 2022 at 8:16 pm

    *Works great. For the price this thing is awesome **MyBest.Tools** Rips through plywood no problem. The quick release mechanism to put in blades is great too – very fast and secure.*

  38. Sig-man Fraud on May 17, 2022 at 8:16 pm

    I guess he wouldn’t recommend the pencil I keep my saw guard open with…

  39. Ahmed Radwan on May 17, 2022 at 8:18 pm

    So I have a 12v drill and its realy good for driving nails but not that much for drilling so I’ve been thinking about getting a corded drill because it’s much cheaper and as powerful as a 18v drill so should I do that or wait tell I have enough money to a good cordless one btw I’m from Egypt and prices are fire in here

  40. Manila Martin on May 17, 2022 at 8:19 pm

    This is great to see. I started off framing houses in the 80s. I pretty much just worked for 1 year but I got the bug. Nice to see a pro talk about tools.

  41. Tom Black on May 17, 2022 at 8:20 pm

    The tools most diy’ers need is a phone and a pencil to note the number of a professional carpenter and then call them.

  42. Kristina Lea on May 17, 2022 at 8:22 pm

    This was great! Thank you!!

  43. Jason Bequette on May 17, 2022 at 8:22 pm

    Always surprised when people determine your only options are nail guns or drill/drivers. Ever heard of a hammer?

  44. John Henry Sheridan Music on May 17, 2022 at 8:23 pm

    Awesome! Very helpful and clear thank you!

  45. Eve on May 17, 2022 at 8:24 pm

    I need a new cordless drill, thanks for convincing me. My old one died and I’ve been making do with two equally crappy corded drills for a while now. Hey, I got them both for $5 so they don’t owe me anything. I’m going to buy it for me for Mother’s Day!

  46. Annemarie van Hemmen on May 17, 2022 at 8:25 pm

    Japanese saw. Precise, lot of control, easy to handle; hardly any effort, just patience at time. Circular saws are great but scary (in my opinion).

  47. mohamed nujufas on May 17, 2022 at 8:29 pm

    Should I buy a mini circular saw instead of a big one?

  48. Cling Clong on May 17, 2022 at 8:31 pm

    Circular saws can cut cold rolled steel and aluminum with a proper blade

  49. prowokator on May 17, 2022 at 8:32 pm

    Always buy the most expensive tool you can afford. For years I had to use cheap cordless drills and cheap impct drills.. Then I got proper set of makita cordless drill and impact driver and a handy makita hammering drill. It totally made everything easier.. Worth every hundred spent, and very unlikely I ever need to get new ones. Buy cheap, buy twice. It is true.

  50. Laurie Powell on May 17, 2022 at 8:33 pm

    thank you this is really helpful!