Tools to start DIYing
So you want to start doing DIY except you don’t know where to even begin especially when it comes to DIY tools? I have had many people ask me what DIY tools to start with. I am going to let you know which tools I would get if I had none. These explanations are very simple, yet easy to understand why they are needed.
I am going to do a good, better and best on the tools. You don’t need the best DIY tools to start. It is overwhelming sometimes with how much money some tools are. You for sure don’t need Ridgid tools but I love mine. Ridgid has a lifetime warranty on their tools. So that’s why all my tools are Ridgid. It is nice knowing if something breaks I will be able to go give it to Home Depot and it’s under warranty. I have actually had to use this and they have replaced the tools easily.
Tool #1: A Drill
A drill is super important, it comes up all the time in DIY. You can honestly by a cord drill and get by with a lot of DIY projects. However, I love cordless way more, this might be obvious but I like being able to go anywhere with my drill. I also love having an impact driver option as well.
Good – Kimo Cordless Drill Driver set
Better – Hart 20-Volt Cordless Drill and Impact Combo Kit
Best – Ridgid 18V SubCompact Li-Ion Brushless 1/2 in. Drill Kit
Tool #3: A Palm Sander
I use a palm sander every time I stain a piece of wood. Again, I love cordless, however, my good option is going to have a cord. My sister has this palm sander and it does the job she needs!
Good – Wen Electric Detailing Palm Sander
Better – Hart 20V Cordless Random Orbit Sander
Best – Ridgid 18-Volt Cordless 5 in. Orbit Sander
Tool #3: Brad Nailer
A brad nailer is my favorite tool. It puts shiplap on walls, baseboards, builds furniture… etc. I love it so much! If you already have an air compressor, you can get a cheaper one if you don’t want to pay the price for a battery operated one. I also am adding the good one that is electric and has a cord.
Good – Electric Brad Nailer, Electric Nail Gun
Better – Ryobi 3 Piece 18V One+ Airstrike Brad Nailer Kit
Best – Ridgid 18V Burshless Cordless 18-Gauge 2-1/8 in. Brad Nailer Kit
Tool #4: Miter Saw
I have a small chop saw that got me through about 7 years of DIY and it’s great. I did just upgrade but you don’t need to have a massive chop saw to do DIY. Also, if you don’t want to splurge on a chop saw the Home Depot and Lowe’s workers will cut your boards for you.
Good – Metabo HPT 10-Inch Compound Miter Saw
Better – Hart 10-inch 14-AMP Compound Miter Saw
Best – Ridgid 15 AMP 10 in. Bual Bevel Miter Saw
Tool #5: Jigsaw
A jigsaw is a saw you can use to cut designs.
Good – Ryobi One+ P5231 18V Lithium Ion Cordless Orbital T-Shaped 3,000 SPM Jigsaw
Better – HART 20-Volt Cordless Orbital Jigsaw
Best – Ridgid 18V Octane Brushless Cordless Jig Saw Kit
More Tools to make DIY Easier
The above tools are the ones that I would for sure want to get. I am going to add a couple below that make DIY a lot easier but they are not necessary to get by.
Tool #5: A Table Saw
A table saw definitely helps with DIY. I got by without one for many years, but learned I wanted one as I got more into DIY.
Tool #6: A Planer
I’m obsessed with this tool. It is definitely one you do not need. But I love it and it save me time. It shaves off the top layer of wood so you don’t have to sand it and it makes it super smooth. It is extremely loud and you definitely need to attach a shop vac so saw dust doesn’t go everywhere.
I hope you guys love doing DIY and I hope this has helped answer some questions. If you have any other questions let me know.