Completing projects faster and easier while guaranteeing better results is easy if you have some simple hand tools and power tools in your shop. Since I repair cars and this blog is basically about the work I do, I still appreciate the tasks that metalworking and woodworking comrades also do. Every handyman should own at least one of these tools for DIY projects.
A lithium-ion driver or drill
An often used tool for most handymen, this type of tool should be built to withstand some serious abuse but will still work nicely. Choose one with a decent battery life and fast charging. The best ones juice up in less than half an hour, so just do your research on which ones give you that feature.
A lithium ion driver is lightweight when placed side by side with one that runs on a nickel-cadmium battery. It can even hold a charge for up to a year and a half. It should be geared to be always ready for action when you grab it. This makes a cordless drill a delight to own.
An oscillating tool
Oscillating tools have had steadily decreasing prices since the original maker’s patent expired. Producing really small and really fast vibrations, an oscillating tool is compatible with a wide range of interchangeable accessories. You can cut metal, drywall and wood with it. You can also remove grout. Use it to sand corners and to scrape paint. It’s one great jack-of-all trades, if you ask me.
A variable speed rotary tool
With so many parts included in the packaging, a rotary tool can be quite tedious to work with. Although this tool comes with a hundred different bits, its ability to provide surgical precision is the main reason it is worth investing in. While you could get by without one, a rotary tool is a must-have for any professional handyman.
A reciprocating saw or a hacksaw
Best for demolition work, a reciprocating saw should be fitted with the right blade to ensure it can carry out serious tearing-up jobs. You can remove a door frame with it or cut through wood, metal, plastic or whatever else that is in the way. Corded versions are great if you don’t want to be caught in the middle of work with a juiceless cordless machine.
A hacksaw can cut through plastic pipes, metal and wood. Do check out models that enable easy replacement with new blades.
A Brad nail gun with air compressor
A Brad gun-stapler, hose and air compressor can be bought together for less than $200. Pieces of woodworking projects can be tacked together easily with this tool. It is great for hanging paneling, doing furniture repairs, installing molding and trim, etc.
An angle grinder
This tool is quite versatile. Use it to cut an overly long bolt or to cut a piece of stone to make the right fit. It can also be utilized to make a custom bracket that hardware stores do not carry. It can rip right through anything, or just about anything when outfitted with the right blade. In the right hands, an angle grinder can be used to make comparatively elaborate cuts.
Other honorable mentions
Besides the tools mention above, if you want to have a more professional tool shed, you should seriously consider buying one of the following types of DIY equipment: a reliable drill press, a top impact driver, a power plane for extra smoothness, a trusty circular saw or miter saw, a heavy-duty welder etc.