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
$60.00 $38.10

The powerful and compact design of the Black & Decker Drill/Driver easily handles the toughest applications. Features an all metal... keyed chuck for durability and better bit retention, mid-handle design offers optimal balance and control, grip handle provides added comfort, variable speed controls drilling or driving and a 360 degree side handle. Includes chuck key, holder and side handle. Measures 1/2 and is 7.0A. Amazon.com Powerful Drilling Abilities The Black & Decker DR560 7.0 amp 1/2-inch drill/driver is a powerful and compact drill that easily handles the toughest applications. It has an all metal keyed chuck for durability and better bit retention and the mid-handle design offers balance and control. The DR560 has a comfort grip handle for added comfort and a 360-degree side handle for added control while drilling. Additionally, a reversing brush system provides full power in forward and reverse. The DR560 is great for drilling holes, or driving large fasteners through wood, metal and plastic. About Black & Decker Since 1910, Black & Decker has been setting the standard for innovation and design of power tools, accessories, outdoor yard care equipment, home cleaning products, automotive and lighting products, hardware, and other home improvement products. The inventor of the first portable electric drill with pistol grip and trigger switch, Black & Decker has evolved from a small machine shop in Baltimore, Maryland to a global manufacturing and marketing powerhouse with a broad line of quality products used in and around the home and for commercial applications. When users need to get work done, they trust Black & Decker for the products that will do the job efficiently and reliably. What's Included The DR560 7.0 amp 1/2-inch drill/driver comes with one chuck key and holder, as well as one side handle. Specifications 7.0 Amps with a corded power source Revolutions per minute of 0 to 900 Capacity in steel: 1/2-inch Capacity in wood: read more

Milescraft
$78.31

Highlights: Keyless chuck: 3/8 Hex shaft: 1/4in Minimum reach: 4in Handle length: 4-1/4in Number in Package: 1 Dual position handl...e, for optimal support and capability to drill in hard to reach spaces Molded side handle for a secure grip and... 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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BLACK+DECKER
$36.05

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

BLACK+DECKER
$63.23

Black & Decker Corded Reciprocating Saw, 120 V, 8.5 A, 1-1/8 in Stroke Length, 0 - 2400 spm Strokes Per Minute, Variable Speed Tri...gger Control, Soft Grip Handle, Includes: (1) Wood Cutting Blade, (1) Metal Cutting Blade, (1) Kit Box, With Keyless Blade... read more

Ryobi
$119.00

The Ryobi ONE+ Reciprocating Saw delivers better productivity with 40% faster cutting than the previous model and ergonomics for m...ore control. The combination of the unique anti-vibe handle, which reduces fatigue during prolonged use and the enhanced... read more

Nieko
$51.98

Free Speed: 10,000rpm Cutting Capacity: 1.5mm Hose Size: 3/8in Air Consumption: 6cfm Air Pressure: 90psi Inlet size: 1/4in NPT Str...oke Length: 10mm 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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Husky
$349.00

The Husky 2-Piece 18 Gauge Engineered and Exotic Flooring Nailer / Brad Nailer combo kit is an all in one purchase for your engine...ered or dense and exotic, like Stranded Bamboo, tongue and groove hardwood flooring installation project. The 18-Gauge... read more

Ingersoll-Rand
$20.08 $19.16

Ingersoll Rand 2135-K303 Inlet Kit is a replacement part for the Ingersoll 2115TIMAX Impact Wrench. This inlet comes with the foll...owing parts: 28A Washer, 28B o-ring seal, 28C throttle spring, 28D throttle valve, 28E valve seat, 28F seat support and 28G retainer. These parts are built strong to last longer. Ingersoll Rand's diverse and innovative products range from complete air compressor systems, tools, ARO pumps, material handling systems and more. Ingersoll Rand provides products, services and solutions that enhance our customers' energy efficiency, productivity and operations. read more

Surebonder
$75.99

Palm Nailer and 18-Gauge Brad Nailer Combo Kit. These two tools are a great pair for numerous home projects. Between these two nai...lers, you will always Be able to finish the job, The Brad Nailer will help complete for jobs with excellence. The Palm... read more

Husky
$239.00

The Husky 2-Piece Flooring Nailer / Brad Nailer combo kit is an all in one purchase for your solid tongue and groove hardwood floo...ring installation project. The 3 in 1 flooring nailer allows you to choose from any brand of 15.5-Gauge flooring staples... 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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BLACK+DECKER
$29.97 $24.97

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

BLACK+DECKER
$29.97

Black and Decker's BDCMTS Sander Attachment is part of the Matrix Quick Connect System which allows users to quickly change attach...ments for any project need. The MATRIX Quick Connect System offers performance and value in a simple and practical way for... read more

BLACK+DECKER
$54.58

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

American Sanders
$3369.74

The EZ Sand features 3 powerful 1/3 HP motors designed for light to medium hardwood floor sanding applications. The EZ Sand provid...es new and innovative orbital sanding action, while its unique and compact design allows it to sand almost anywhere. The... 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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Milwaukee
$506.38

18 Volt Cordless 3 Tool Combo Kit The 2696-23 M18 cordless 3-tool combo kit includes the 1/2” high torque impact wrench with frict...ion ring (2663-20), 3/8” compact impact wrench with friction ring (2651-20), and work light (49-24-0171). The M18 cordless... read more

Milwaukee
$599.00

The 2696-23 M18 Cordless 3-Tool Combo Kit includes the M18 1/2 in. High Torque Impact Wrench with Friction Ring (2663-20), M18 3/8... in. Compact Impact Wrench with Friction Ring (2658-20), and M18 LED Work Light (2735-20). The M18 Cordless LITHIUM-ION... read more

Milwaukee
$399.00

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

Ingersoll Rand
$999.00

Includes 1/2 in. Composite Quiet Impact Wrench (2135QXPA) and the 1/2 in. Impact Wrench kit (W7150). Punish the toughest bolts wit...h 1,100 ft. lbs. of nut busting torque from a tool weighing only 6.8 lbs. Each tool will be packaged separately and then... 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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Great Neck
$64.99

Need extra muscle, the Great Neck.5 inch Hammer Drill will give you what you need. The hammering action provides a short, rapid ha...mmer thrust for fast drilling in concrete, masonry, brick, tile and more. Easy to reach variable speed trigger delivers 0... read more

Speedway
$41.49

This Speedway .5-inch reversible air drill features variable speed triggers for positive control with pistol grip handle equipped ...with .5-inch jacobs chuck. Product Features: Rust Resistant Material: Metal read more

Bosch
$259.00 $239.00

The Bosch GBH2-28L 1-1/8 In. SDS-plus Bulldog Xtreme Max Rotary Hammer features a powerful 8.5 Amp motor and Kick Back Control. Th...is feature is an integrated sensor to stop tool rotation during bit bind-up situations. A tool that upholds the tradition... read more

Metabo
$253.00 $249.00

All Metabo tools and accessories are designed and manufactured to outperform the mass produced, mass merchandized brands typically... sold at big box retailers. Each of our tools is engineered in Gremany to provide superior safety, performance and longevity, which add up to more value, productivity and return on investment for professional users. Extremely high demands are made of tools in the Construction sector. With this in mind, we develop and manufacture our tools and equip them with the appropriate technology. All Metabo tools contain technology that offers something special, from the Triple M battery technology through to the auto-balancer of angles grinders and the impulse technology of impact drills. We have long been setting the standards in angle grinders, impact drills and crosscut and mitre saws. Materials such as the robust gear housing made of die-cast aluminium ensure faster heat dissipation and increase the lifetime of the tool. With these and many other strengths, Metabo power tools give you professional safety for your daily work on site. Every Metabo product range has quality characteristics that are unique. In particular, when it comes to the tough jobs in the metal processing industry in which power tools are often taken right to the limits of their abilities, technical innovation and extremely robust and durable materials and components are necessary. Over many years, we have perfected our tools for the metal industry and our developments have set new standards. Just like back in 1924 when our first product, our namesake, the Metallbohrdreher (metal drill) was introduced. 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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Hiltex
$26.98

Reversible Air Drill 3/8in *Free Speed: 1800rpm *Chuck: 3/8in *Air Inlet: 1/4in *Air Hose: 3/8in *Air Consumption: 6Cfm *Operation... Pressure: 90Psi *Light Weight, Compact & Easy to Handle *Triple Planetary Gear System for Long Life read more

Milwaukee
$299.00

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

Makita
$86.56

MAK2601Features: Large trigger switch for easy operation Variable speed for drilling in a wide variety of materials In-line handle... design for better control Large recessed lock-on button Reversing switch is conveniently located Low decibel rating for... 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.

Anti-Vibration

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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DELTA
$28.42

Fits Delta 12-in planers for dust collection. 4-in outlet connects to dust collection system.

Bosch
$55.42

Best-in-class dust collection reduces clean-up time and provides cleaner, safer air for user Large, durable foot plate greatly inc...reases stability during use for clean and accurate cuts Single screw depth adjustments quickly adjusts and maintains... read more

Dayton
$618.00

Bench Grinder Dust Collection Pedestal, Construction One Piece Steel Weldment, Pedestal Design Draws Dust And Sparks Away From The... Breathing Zone Without Hindering Movement Or Productivity, For Use With All Bench Grinders And Bench Mounted Belt... read more

Porter-Cable
$459.00

Finish drywall with the Porter-Cable Drywall Sander with Dust Collection. With 13 ft. of vacuum hose and a 62 in. reach, it's perf...ect for tackling large rooms. The 8-7/8 in. sanding surface further helps to cover large areas in one pass. 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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Dayton
$18.47

Adjustable Drill Depth Stop Collar Set, With 7 Sizes 1/8-1/2 Inch, Includes Hex Keys And Sturdy Plastic Box

Fisher Paykel
$3787.00

The RF135BDRUX4 comes with a built in ice maker and an external water dispenser The external water dispenser is angled to allow yo...u to easily fill any container regardless of size and shape with ease The Ice Boost feature of this refrigerator makes u... read more

Arrow Fastener
$89.99

Nail gun No air compressor needed Non-slip cushioned grip Solid state circuitry Ergonomic design, high impact plastic Two safety l...ocks-Trigger and Surface Jam resistant mechanism Angled channel gets in tight corners Adjustable depth control Includes... read more

Zephyr
$529.00 $479.00

Features: Includes a 200 CFM built-in blower to quickly clear your kitchen of unwanted air pollution Illuminate your cooking area ...with 2 halogen bulbs Innovative mechanical controls provide for unparalleled mastery of your kitchen environment Stylish... 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.

Power

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.

Ergonomics

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.

Safety

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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Delta
$36.81 $34.97

The 2 in. x 137 7/8 in. 120-Grit Aluminum Oxide Sanding Strips achieve professional sanding results. There are four sanding strip ...per package. These are designed for the 31-260X and like sized sanders. read more

Delta
$1,099.00 $949.00

The Delta Oscillating Edge Sander is perfect for the woodworkers shop. It features a handy storage bin. This machine is perfect fo...r material removal on various positions. read more

Delta
$229.00 $209.00

The Delta 12 in. Disc Sander features a reliable 1/2 HP motor. An integral dust collection fan draws dust away from table and into... hose for cleaner sanding operation. The machine has a cast-iron base with pre-drilled base holes for easy bench mounting. read more

DEWALT
$104.94 $79.00

Get jobs completed quickly with the DEWALT NiCd Cordless 1/2 in. Compact Drill/Driver. With its small, easy-to-hold design, you ca...n tackle almost any job around the house or job site with precision. It delivers a dual-speed range of 0-450 and 0-1500... read more

Hafele
$69.90 $55.92

Features: Helps ensure that pre-drilled holes for cabinet pulls are spaced correctly Can be used for vertical or horizontal applic...ations For precised drilling and positioning of handles on doors, flaps and drawer fronts Specifications: Hardened... read more

DEWALT
$179.00 $149.00

The DEWALT DCS388B is maximized for runtime and durability. It delivers the power of a corded reciprocating saw with the portabili...ty and convenience of a cordless saw through DEWALT's revolutionary FLEXVOLT technology. The DCS388B is tool only (60-Volt... read more

DEWALT
$859.86 $799.00

The DEWALT 9-Tool Combo Kit (DCK940D2) is ideal for just about any application on the job site or at home. This kit features a dri...ll driver, impact driver, reciprocating saw, circular saw, oscillating tool, grinder, right angle drill, Bluetooth speaker... read more

Milwaukee
$768.00 $599.00

The M18 FUEL 10 in. Dual Bevel Sliding Compound Miter saw was designed to meet the demanding needs of professional carpenters and ...remodelers. Delivering greater capacity than many corded 10 in. sliding miter saws and the POWERSTATE Brushless motor... read more

BLACK+DECKER
$29.97 $24.97

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

RIDGID
$119.00 $69.00

Introducing the new 18-Volt 2-Speed Drill/Driver from RIDGID. This Drill/Driver has all the features to get the job done. Backed b...y the RIDGID Lifetime Service Agreement. Register this Drill/Driver Kit and get FREE Batteries. FREE Parts. FREE Service.... read more

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