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Power Tools Buying Guide

Whether you're working on a small repair project or a larger home renovation, power tools can help you get the work done more quickly. Use this buying guide to find out more about what tools you might need and how to find the best models for your specific projects.

Types of Power Tools

Types of Power Tools

A wide variety of power tools is available—more than we can cover here. This buying guide discusses a few common tools you're likely to need for do-it-yourself home projects. Some power tools are aimed at the professional market; if you plan on doing light home repair and renovation projects, you may not need as much power or as many features as these top-of-the-line models. Keep in mind that if you choose a tool that's powered by air, you'll also need an air compressor. Here are a few power tools you might want to have on hand for your next do-it-yourself project.

Power Drills

These drills are some of the most commonly purchased power tools. If you are working with wood or metal, they can help you create holes or fasten pieces together.

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Drill Doctor

Gets to the point - fast! Save money by sharpening your drill bits instead of tossing them out and buying new ones. The Drill Doct...or® sharpens 3/32in. to 3/4in. drill bits, including split points and 135° bits, to professional-quality standards.... read more


The Husqvarna Handheld Core Drill is a core drill for drilling up to 4in. diameter openings. The unit can be used for a variety of... applications including making holes for ventilation, plumbing pipes, joints, electrical sockets and telecom cables.... read more

Power Saws

Several types of saws are available; the type you choose will depend on the work you're doing. Circular saws feature a circular blade and are ideal for cutting pieces of lumber. Jigsaws can be used for both straight and curved cuts, so they can work well for both construction and crafts projects. Table saws can be useful if you plan to cut a lot of wood, and miter saws are ideal for molding and other indoor woodworking projects.

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Makita?s 18-Volt LXT Lithium-Ion Cordless Reciprocating saw delivers faster cutting and demolition performance to the jobsite. The... XRJ03Z has a high torque motor with a 1-1/8 in. stroke that is engineered for a range of cutting and demolition tasks.... read more


RIDGID introduces the X4 18-Volt Circular Saw as a console item. The RIDGID X4 18-Volt Console Circular Saw is the only cordless c...ircular saw on the market with a blower port to direct debris away from the cut line. With free registration, this tool is... read more


The Makita 18-Volt LXT Lithium-Ion Cordless Compact Reciprocating Saw (XRJ01Z, tool only) is a versatile cutting solution that com...bines variable-speed and 1/2 in. stroke length with an exclusive dual-position on/off switch for either paddle or trigger... read more


The 18-Volt LXT Lithium-Ion Cordless Compact Band Saw (model XBP01Z, tool only) combines speed and capacity in a compact size for ...a full range of metal cutting applications. It is part of Makita?s expanding 18-Volt cordless line-up, with 70+ tools... read more

Power Nailers

If you need to drive a lot of nails into your work surface in a short amount of time, you might want to consider a nail gun. Various types of nail guns are available for different projects. Framing nailers, for example, are used for fastening large pieces of material; finish nailers are best when you're working with furniture, cabinetry, or molding; and roofing nailers are used when applying roof shingles.

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The Klutch Mini Air Palm Nailer is lightweight and easy to use, making quick work of nailing projects for both professionals and h...omeowners. Its small size is ideal for use in tight quarters where swinging a hammer is difficult, like nailing joist... read more


The Milwaukee M12 Cordless Palm Nailer provides a portable solution to professional nailing applications without the hassle of an ...air compressor or hose. The compact size takes this tool places unreachable by a tradition nail gun, while the powerful... read more


The Milwaukee M12 Cordless Palm Nailer Kit provides a portable solution to professional nailing applications without the hassle of... an air compressor or hose. The compact size takes this tool places unreachable by a tradition nail gun, while the... read more

Power Sanders

These rotary tools are used to smooth wood or automotive finishes. They can be used to help prepare surfaces for painting, clean up rough edges, or refinish floors.

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Ironton single-speed palm sander removes paint and fine-finishes woodcraft projects. Accepts 1/4-sheet sandpaper. Dust and debris collected through the pad and deposited into a bag for nearly dust-free sanding. Palm grip for maximum comfort and... read more

Meyer Products

This Meyer Blaster Sander Kit allows you to spread a 50/50 blend of rock salt and sand or sand alone with your Meyer Blaster Serie...s spreader. U.S.A. Accessory Type Sander kit, Recommended Use Replacement part/accessory, Mounting Hardware Included Yes.... read more


This Klutch Central Vacuum 6in. Orbital Air Sander can be attached to a standard shop vac and hose to capture the dust and debris ...generated as you work. Rotates at up to 11,000 RPM to produce a smooth, swirl-free finish. Air Consumption CFM 9, Side... read more

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Jitterbug air sander. 3 5/8in. x 6 1/2in. sander has constant 3/16in. orbit for fine finishing. Very versatile, can be operated one hand. 6 CFM air consumption @ 90 PSI. Min. Hose Size in. 3/8, Side Handle No, Air Consumption CFM 6, Variable Speed... read more

Impact Wrenches

Powered by electricity or an air compressor, these tools can help you tighten or loosen bolts and screws. They require much less work from the user when compared with manually operated wrenches, and they do the work more quickly.

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DEWALT-built high power, high efficiency motor with replaceable brushes delivers maximum performance in all fastening applications.... 36V battery pack provides long run time and battery life. Rocker switch for fast and easy forward and reverse. Patented... read more


Milwaukee 1/2in. Impact Wrench delivers 325 ft.-lbs. of maximum torque, the most of any cordless impact wrench, and is powered by ...the revolutionary M28 Lithium-Ion battery pack, exclusively from Milwaukee. This high-torque impact wrench is designed for... read more


The Milwaukee 28 Volt 1/2in. Impact Wrench delivers 325 ft.-lbs. of maximum torque. Powering by the revolutionary 28V Lithium-Ion ...battery pack sold separately. Combining high torque with 1450 RPM and 2450 IPM, this impact wrench provides the power,... read more


The XWT04Z delivers high-torque impact power with a 1/2 in. square drive that will fit impact-rated socket sets. The versatile BTW...450Z packs plenty of torque for a wide range of fastening and loosening tasks. This Impact Wrench is a powerful and... read more

Product Features

Product Features

Features will vary depending on what type of tool you are purchasing, so this guide provides only a few examples of features that you might want to consider when shopping for power tools. No matter what type of tool you are purchasing, look for features that will make it easier and safer to use. Especially if you are not an experienced do-it-yourselfer, smart features can help ensure you successfully complete your project—without extra stress or wasted materials.

Variable Speeds

This feature allows you to adjust the bit speed of your drill, ideal if you plan to work on various types of materials.

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The JET J-A5816 Drill Press features spindle speeds from 400 to 5000 RPM, handwheel adjustment to set the speed and a 6in. stroke ...for deep hole application. HP 1, Vertical Stroke 6, Volts 115, Draw Bar No, Worktable L x W in. 12 1/2 x 14 1/2, Speed RPM... read more


The JET J-2223vs Drill Press features spindle speeds from 300 to 2000 RPM, a heavy-duty cast iron design and large precision-groun...d T-slot production table for easy set ups. Draw Bar No, HP 2, Speeds qty. Variable, Dimensions L x W x H in. 34 x 27 x... read more


This 15in. variable speed floor drill press boasts a 1HP motor with speeds from 400 to 5000 RPM. The large 2 1/4in. quill allows f...or greater accuracy while the 3in. column promotes maximum head support. Volts 115/230, Speed RPM 400-5000, Drilling... read more


The JET 20in. Variable Speed Drill Press is an industrial machine with a 2 HP motor. It boasts a variable spindle speed, external ...MT-3, 6in. quill travel, massive 3in. quill diameter and a heavy-duty cast iron design. The table rotates 360 around the... read more


Reversible Drill

Drills that are reversible can change their rotation from a clockwise direction to counterclockwise, so you can also use them to remove screws.

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The DEWALT Variable Speed Reversing Pistol-Grip Hammer Drill Kit features a powerful 10 Amp motor designed with high overload prot...ection and metal gear housing for durability and reliability on the jobsite. The dual hammer drill and drill modes offer versatility for drilling in steel, masonry and wood, while the 2 speed ranges provide optimal speeds for high-torque and high-speed drilling applications. Delivering up to 3500 RPM, the kit tackles a variety of projects and is designed for comfort with a soft-grip handle and 2-finger trigger. read more


The Genesis GCD18BK 18-Volt Cordless Drill / Driver is a full-featured, versatile tool that is perfect for all your projects and h...ome handyman jobs. With a keyless chuck, variable speed, clutch settings, a bubble level, a magnetic bit tray and an LED... read more

Ingersoll Rand

The Ingersoll Rand Edge Series 7811G heavy-duty reversible air drill features a quiet design, with speeds from 1200 to 1700 RPM, a...nd a keyless 3/8in. chuck. No matter what the job entails, Ingersoll Rand Edge series tools will help you conquer whatever... read more

Ingersoll Rand

The Ingersoll Rand Edge Series EC112 1/2in. Heavy-Duty Reversible Air Drill features a quiet design, with 500 RPM, and a keyless 1.../2in. chuck. Applications for this reversible air drill include home improvement projects, body work installation and... read more

Adjustable Clutch Settings

This feature, found on some drills, can help you drive screws into the material at the same depth and avoid stripping the screws.

Laser Line

To ensure straight and accurate cuts, look for a jigsaw with a built-in laser that projects a line onto your work material.

Electric Brakes

Circular saws with this safety feature allow you to stop the blades in as little as two seconds—much faster than saws without this feature.


Saws with this feature can reduce fatigue and ensure you make precise cuts.

Dust-Collection Port

This feature lets you connect your saw to a dust collector or a wet/dry vacuum so you can clean up sawdust as you work.

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Northern Tool + Equipment

The Kawasaki 5in. Random Orbital Sander with Dust Bag can be dialed in to the ideal sanding speed for your application, from 4000 11,000 RPM. The dust collection system keeps the mess to a minimum. Pad Diameter in. 5, Amps 2.5, Product Type Random... read more

CS Unitec Drywall Sanders

CS Unitec Drywall Sander w/ Dust Collection 9 ETS 225 Sand drywall seams quickly and cleanly before painting plastering or 9 Disc Diameter is ideal for sanding large areas Lightweight - only 6 lbs. - operate longer with less fatigue Vacuum... read more


8.5 Amp 1/2 in. 2-Speed Hammer Drill - HD19-2D. Dust Collection Unit. Depth Gauge - 1613001010. Bosch-built high-output 8.5 amp va...riable-speed motor. 1/2 in. 3-jaw chuck for rugged hammer drilling applications. 2-speeds for drilling in wood and metal.... read more

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The WORX WG775 is a greener, quieter, cleaner, and more convenient lawn mower! No gas... no oil... no smelly exhaust - and now, no... cord. The WORX 14-inch cordless mower features a powerful 24-volt battery capable of cutting up to 6,000 square feet of lawn on a single charge. Its compact and lightweight design makes it perfect for small yards or hard to maneuver yards. It starts with just the push of a button so no more pull strings. The battery power level indicator takes the guess work out of knowing the charge of the battery. With the small compact battery and carry handle, it can easily be charged in a separate location from the mower. This compact 14-inch cordless lawn mower offers the flexibility of three different cutting options with adjustable cut heights from 2-inches to 3.5-Inches. The mulching feature chops clippings and distributes them evenly to help the lawn hold moisture and nutrients. The side discharge allows clippings to be swept quickly from the cutting chamber. And the bagging feature allows grass and leaves to be conveniently collected in the included grass catcher bag. The bag has an easy to remove grass clipping bag with an oversized handle, and an indicator valve that will show when the bag is completely full. Stop dealing with pull start gas mowers. The WG775 starts with just the push of a button without any hassles. read more

Adjustable Depth Settings

Available on nail guns, this feature lets you control how deep you drive the nails into the work surface. Some nail guns allow you to adjust the depth by hand, while others require the use of tools.

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16 fan with pull chain can be mounted to your wall. Fan offers a single pull-chain switch, three speed settings, and an oscillatin...g and adjustable tilt head. Mount to wood or metal support when attached to drywall. Fan includes mounting hardware and a 5' power cord. UL and cUL approved. read more

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The 3 speed HT-904 Turbo Force Air Circulator from Honeywell is designed to deliver quiet, powerful personal cooling. In fact, the... HT-904 is up to 25% quieter than other models in the marketplace. The HT-904 adjustable fan head can pivot up to a 90 degree angle and either provide direct cooling or function as an air circulator. Use it on desks counters and table tops or wall-mount the fan to save space. Features and Functions: 3-Speed Turbo Force Table / Floor / Wall-Mount Air Circulator Fan 3 powerful speed settings 25% Quieter than the competition Aerodynamic Turbo Design for Maximum Air Movement Feel the Turbo Force power up to 27 feet away Convenient top-mounted speed controls Can be mounted on the wall to save space Dimension: 11.10 x 6.54 x 11.30 in Gross weight: 3.7 lbs ETL listed This unit is shipped via Regular Ground only; No Air shipment Please select ?UPS Ground at Check out Please call for quotation if faster service is needed Usually shipped in 48 hours Warranty: One Year Manufacturer Warranty *** Click here to go to Desk Fan Section to see more units *** *** Click here to go to Floor Fan Section to see more units *** *** Click here to go to Wall-Mount Fan Section to see more units *** *** Click here to go to Fan Section to see more units *** read more

Purchase Considerations

Purchase Considerations

Once you know the type of power tool you need, you'll want to determine which model will best suit your project. First consider how much power you need and whether you want a corded or a cordless tool. As you're shopping, make sure the tool you choose will be comfortable for you to use and well suited for the materials you'll be working with. And when using power tools, always follow standard safety procedures.

Corded vs. Cordless

Corded power tools provide continuous power but require you to work near an electrical outlet or use an extension cord. Cordless power tools use batteries for power, so you must have a spare battery charged up and ready to go to avoid delays. Traditionally, corded tools have offered a little more power, but newer cordless tools offer more power with less weight than earlier models. If you'll need to work for long periods of time, a corded tool could be a good choice; otherwise, cordless tools offer convenience and versatility.


Cordless drills are measured in volts; lower-voltage drills are powerful enough for many home repair tasks, such as installing new cabinet hardware or replacing door hinges. Corded drills are measured in amps—more amps generally mean more power. Keep in mind that more powerful tools are also likely to be heavier.


A good hand tool should serve as an extension of your hand, so make sure to choose one that feels comfortable to hold—and won't become cumbersome after hours of work. Consider handle design; a T-style handle on a drill, for example, distributes the weight more equally to prevent wrist strain. If you're using a jigsaw for crafts projects, consider one with a knob handle to help you better control the saw for intricate cuts. Convertible grips on jigsaws allow you to switch between a D-style handle and a barrel grip, depending on what is more comfortable for you.

Battery Type

If you are purchasing multiple cordless power tools, pay attention to what type of battery each tool uses. If possible, buy several tools that use the same battery.

Blade Design

If you'll be purchasing a circular-saw blade, you'll find many different materials, blade designs, and sizes. To choose the best blade for your project, consider what material you'll be cutting and what type of work you'll be doing. Carbide blades stay sharp much longer than steel and high-speed steel blades, but they are also more expensive. Diamond blades can cut through ceramic tile, glass, and concrete. Some blade designs are better for making cuts with the grain of the wood, while others are better for making cuts against the grain.


Always wear safety goggles and work gloves when operating power tools, and follow the manufacturer's directions for using the equipment.

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