Tools have been instrumental in asserting that we are different from the rest of the animal kingdom species. We may have started out carving spearheads out of rocks, but we most certainly have come a long way. Power tools outclass hand tools because of their promise of speed and versatility. They function primarily to embody that huge DIY spirit that every self-respecting handyman wants to show people.
These three are what I consider genuine must-haves:
The cordless drill
To manually bore one hole in one hour is not something that a real handyman would love to do for a period of 8 hours in the shop. No sirree! A solidly engineered cordless drill is what you need to tackle plenty of drilling tasks varying between making small pilot holes to creating large ones into which electricals can be made to run through.
A cordless drill is used to drive large lag bolts, dainty screws and fasteners into holes. However, an impact drill would be more to your liking if you intend to work often with large lag bolts. A cordless drill is generally considered the modern handyman’s tool, make no mistake about that.
Cordless drills are typically 12-volt tools that are lightweight yet carry high drilling technology. They are also built quite robustly for their size so they can withstand the abuse they are often subjected to. If you have the budget for it, get an 18-volt model instead if you are to properly address the power-to-weight ratio factor.
The circular saw
If you are to make short work of cutting through tough material or sheet goods, a circular saw should be just the tool you need. A handsaw is fine if you just cut wood workpieces once or twice every year. For regular cutting jobs, nothing beats a circular saw. It can cut through an entire small pile of wood in just two minutes. How does that compare to your regular hand saw
Use a circular saw with safety in mind, as it can cut through skin and bone just as easily as it can through wood. Follow safety instructions for use from the tool manufacturer. You can choose between corded and cordless models. For hefty materials, choose corded units that function either as a regular circular saw or a worm-drive saw that’s more heavy duty.
The drill press
There’s any number of drill presses available on the market. You can choose from mini drill presses, benchtop models and freestanding ones. Perfect for repetitive and repeatable hole drilling, a drill press ensures accuracy and consistency of results. Get one that offers versatility with a range of spin speeds, a beveling worktable and flexible chuck capacity.
A drill press can even be fitted with a variety of attachments to handle different tasks including sanding and mortising. This tool is used in jewelry making, wood working, metal trades and more. You’ll find this tool exceptionally indispensable.
You may have a different list drawn up, but again, these are the three tools that I personally consider crucial for any workshop