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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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BLACK+DECKER's 6-Volt PivotPlus Rechargeable Drill and Screwdriver is a powerful, compact dual-purpose tool that gives you the between high-speed drilling power with 40 in. lbs. of torque as well as a lower speed setting for driving with 80 in.... read more


Find Powered Hand Tools at! The LD120C BLACK+DECKER™ 20V Max Lithium Drill Kit is a must have for any home, garage, or This drill and battery are part of the 20V system that are interchangeable with all BLACK+DECKER™ 20V power tools,... read more


The BLACK+DECKER DR670 6.0 Amp 1/2 in. Hammer Drill is powerful and compact to handle tough tasks in tight spaces. The hammer acti...oDeckern provides power and speed to drill into brick and concrete. It has a 1/2 in. all metal keyless chuck for easy bit... read more


The BLACK+DECKER 1/2 in. drill/driver is powerful and compact while still easily handling the toughest applications. The 7 Amp mot...or makes drilling holes and driving fasteners in wood, metal or plastic a piece of cake. It features an all-metal keyed... 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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The BLACK+DECKER RS500K 8.5 Amp Reciprocating Saw offer the perfect amount of power and versatility for the do-it-yourselfer. This... tough saw is ideal for cutting through nail-embedded wood, light- to heavy-gauge metals, drywall, fiberglass, and more.... read more


The BDCMTRS Reciprocating Saw Attachment is just one part of the MATRIX Power Tool System. BLACK+DECKER’s new MATRIX Quick Connect... System is an innovative modular tool system built around a power source and interchangeable attachment heads to drill,... read more

Saw Trax

Floating platform gives consistent dados, even on bowed or twisted material. Designed to fit all Saw Trax models. Purchase of extr...a roller bearings is recommended. U.S.A. Works With Saw Trax, Accessory Type Motors/carriers. Model Number: FLTR. Size:... read more


Safely and precisely cut boards on edge with exceptional balance and consistent tension using the Dual/Tandem FeatherBoard for Rou...ters, Table Saws and Band Saws from Milescraft. A sturdy spacer is included to adequately guide tall stock through the blade of your power tool while 5/8 in. and 3/4 in. T-slot bolts and miter bars enable the device to work in tandem with nearly any router table, table saw or band saw. 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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This 3-Piece Pneumatic Nailer Kit is an indispensable kit for the do it yourself homeowner. You receive an 18-Gauge, 2 in. Brad Na...iler, a 16-Gauge Straight Finish Nailer and a Clipped Head Framing Nailer. The tools are made of lightweight yet rugged... read more


The HDX 34° Framing and Palm Nailer Combo Kit is great for homeowners and contractors alike, the HDX 3 1/2 inch 34° Clipped Head F...raming Nailer is made of die-cast magnesium for light-weight usability on a variety of projects. The tool-free design lets... read more


This Porter-Cable combo kit is ideal for framing and finish work, crafts, flooring and furniture. This combo kit includes the C200...2 6 Gal. 150 psi Air Compressor, FN250SB 16-Gauge 2-1/2 in. Finish Nailer, BN200SB 18-Gauge 2 in. Brad Nailer, TS056 3/8... read more

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We have combined our lightweight 2-in-1 solid hardwood tongue and groove flooring nailer with our oscillating multi tool for the u...ltimate flooring installation kit to help you tackle your next flooring project. The Freeman P50LSLW lightweight 2-in-1... 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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Find Powered Hand Tools at! Ideal for wood, metal, and plastic, this 1/4 sheet finishing sander is comfortable and easy... to use. Sands flush on 3 sides to get into tight spaces, with built-in dust collection for clean work areas. read more


The BLACK+DECKER BDEMS600 Mouse Sander is ideal for general sanding and sanding tight spaces. High performance dust collection wit...h micro-filtration for a clean workspace. This sander is designed with a 3-position grip for control and ease of use in... read more


The BLACK+DECKER Complete Sanding Kit features a 4-in-1 sander that gives you maximum versatility for a wide range of applications.... With its SmartSelect dial, you can select the appropriate sanding base because it automatically adjusts the speed for... read more


The BLACK+DECKER BDERO100 Random Orbit Sander is ideal for most sanding applications. This sander features random orbital action f...or high removal rate and quality finish. A dust sealed switch extends tool life. 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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The 2493-24 M12 cordless Lithium-Ion 4-tool combo kit includes the 3/8 in. Drill Driver (2410-20), 3/8 in. Square Drive Impact Wre...nch (2451-20), 1/4 in. Ratchet (2456-20) and Work Light (49-24-0145). The innovative M12 cordless system is designed to... read more


3 Piece Cordless Tool Combo Kit with Impact Wrench Screwdriver and FlashlightThe 2491-23 M12 cordless 3-tool combo kit includes th...e screwdriver , 3/8 square drive impact wrench , and work light . The innovative M12 cordless system is designed to deliver the power and torque required for professional applications, in a size that reaches the tightest and toughest places. Powered by red lithium, the M12 cordless system offers unmatched power, speed, and tool belt portability.Features:12 VoltsContractor Bag IncludedIncludes 2 BatteriesLithium-Ion Battery3 PiecesIncludes 2401-20 M12 Screwdriver, 2451-20 M12 3/8 Square Drive Impact Wrench, 49-24-0145 M12 Work Light, 48-11-2401 M12 RED LITHIUM Batteries, 48-59-2401 M12 30-Minute Charger, Contractor Bag5 Year WarrantySince its founding in 1924, Milwaukee has focused on a single vision: To produce the best heavy-duty electric power tools and accessories available to the professional user. Today, the Milwaukee name stands for the highest quality, durable and reliable professional tools money can buy. read more

Campbell Hausfeld

The Campbell Hausfeld 0.5" Impact Wrench is great for tire rotation, brake repairs and exhaust repairs. It delivers 450 ft lbs of ...torque to quickly remove and install fasteners. The built-in power regulator allows you to adjust torque output and the soft comfort grip and lightweight housing reduce fatigue during use. 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 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


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. Dimensions L x W x H in. 30 x 27 x 72, Draw Bar No, Speeds qty. Variable, Stand Included No,... 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, Dimensions L x W x H in. 34 x 27 x 78, Swing 20in., Vertical... read more


The DEWALT DW621 router features a full wave electronic variable speed motor with soft start. This router's 8,000-24,000 rpm motor... is designed for constant speed under load to ensure a quality finish in all materials. A rack and pinion depth adjuster,... 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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Power and torque, that's about all that needs to be said about the Hole-Hawg line of drills. The compact design of this drill make...s it perfect for drilling between studs and joists. This unit will handle up to a 2-9/16 in. Selfeed Bit. An extra long... read more


This Ironton 1/2in. air drill features a lightweight and ergonomic composite housing that helps reduce vibration. A textured rubbe...r grip insulates against cold temperatures and gives you great comfort and control. 2-gear structure runs smoother and... read more

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This 1/2in. Reversible Air Drill is designed for professional auto mechanics and can handle heavy-duty applications. Air Consumpti...on CFM 10, Air Inlet Size in. NPT 1/4, Chuck Size in. 1/2, Keyless Chuck No, Min. Hose Size in. 3/8, Reversible Yes, Side... read more


BLACK+DECKER's 6-Volt PivotPlus Rechargeable Drill and Screwdriver is a powerful, compact dual-purpose tool that gives you the between high-speed drilling power with 40 in. lbs. of torque as well as a lower speed setting for driving with 80 in.... 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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Black & Decker

The Black & Decker Sander with Filtered Dust Collection features a compact size, which maximizes user control. Designed to kee...p your work area clean and free of debris, it is a great choice for material removal and surface preparation in any space. The dust-sealed switch protects internal components to ensure long-lasting durability. The soft body of the 1/4 sheet sander provides comfort for prolonged sanding and fatigue free use. With 2 amps of power, it will help get those small jobs done quic read more


The DEWALT DW7053 Dust Bag is designed to fit all DEWALT Miter saws. Use of a dust bag can aid in safety, visibility and maintenan...ce. Covered by DEWALT's 3 year limited warranty. 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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Montana Brand

Driving screws to consistent, repeatable depths can be a real challenge. The versatile, multi-functional Adjustable Depth Stop Scr...ew Guide makes this task easy and fast for woodworking projects, drywall installation and general construction projects.... read more


Blum T51.1801R TANDEM Plus Adjustable Depth Locking Device Set for Inset Drawers Locking devices allow easy insertion and removal ...of drawers. Once the locking device is installed, simply place the drawer on runners and close and the devices will automatically connect. This prevents the door from being removed unintentionally, and a simple squeeze of the orange release lever will allow the drawer to detach. TANDEM brings together all of the features, innovations and benefits that Blum has develo read more


Blum T51.1801L TANDEM Plus Adjustable Depth Locking Device Set for Inset Drawers Locking devices allow easy insertion and removal ...of drawers. Once the locking device is installed, simply place the drawer on runners and close and the devices will automatically connect. This prevents the door from being removed unintentionally, and a simple squeeze of the orange release lever will allow the drawer to detach. TANDEM brings together all of the features, innovations and benefits that Blum has develo read more

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18" Elegance & Performance Pedestal Fan. The stylish elegance grill blends into the surrounding dcor, while three whisper-quie...t speeds deliver comforting winds. With fully adjustable height, optional oscillation, and adjustable tilt-back - it’s a great fan for the great room. 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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