Deciding on the best tools to invest in can be overwhelming, but you don’t have to spend a fortune to start doing your own building! Here is a list of 10 must-have tools you need for home and workshop on any budget.
I know we all want to run out and buy the best, most expensive tools on the market. We think that somehow that will make our projects better. That isn’t true, you don’t have to have the most expensive tools to make great projects!
I’m going to share good quality tools that won’t break the bank and will have your projects looking professional from the start.
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Must have tools for your workshop
1. Miter Saw
A miter saw will allow you to cut multiple boards at the same angle quickly. You can cut straight or mitered edges simply by setting the angle of the blade. When it comes to making your projects easier and cuts more accurate, a miter saw is a must-have tool for your workshop.
The Dewalt 15 Amp Corded 12 in. Double Bevel Sliding Compound Miter Saw is a great option. It comes with a blade wrench, 12″ carbide blade, material clamp, and tall sliding fence support. It’s a little higher in price than the Ryobi model but well worth the price of $399.
The Ryobi 15 Amp 10 in. Sliding Compound Miter Saw with LED is also a good option and is less expensive at $219.
2. Circular saw
A circular saw is a handheld saw that can be used to cut wood, plastic, concrete, and much more. It can be cordless or corded. Unlike a table saw, it is portable and can easily be used anywhere you need it. You can make straight and beveled cuts with a circular saw and it makes ripping material easy, although you will need a guide to keep your cuts straight.
The Dewalt FLEXVOLT 60-Volt MAX Cordless is the one I own and I love how easy it is to use. This saw with the battery and charger will cost you $399.
The Ryobi ONE+ 18V Cordless 5.5 in. Circular Saw is quite a bit cheaper at $49, but that doesn’t include the battery that you will have to purchase separately.
3. Kreg Products
Kreg products are designed to make pocket hole joinery a no-brainer. This suite of tools is used to strengthen joints in your projects while hiding the screws you are using to put it together.
The Kreg Jig 520Pro is a great must-have addition to your workshop costing just $99.
4. Orbital Sander
An orbital sander moves in an orbital pattern as you operate it, leaving an ultra-smooth finish on wood, plastic, or metal. They are easy to operate and when used properly leave minimal scratches on the surface you are sanding.
The Dewalt 20-Volt MAX XR Cordless Brushless 5 in. Random Orbital Sander is a great option at $139, although you have to purchase the battery separately. However, the batteries are interchange across all the Dewalt cordless tools.
The Ridgid 18-Volt Cordless 5 in. Random Orbit Sander is a less expensive option at just $79, but you will also have to purchase the battery separately.
A router can be used to cut grooves and rabbets, round edges on a project, or cut shapes and decorative patterns.
A ONE+ 18V Cordless Fixed Base Trim Router will cost you $69 plus the price of the battery.
6. Drill/Impact Drill
Drills are a must-have tool for the DIYer. Even if you aren’t into woodworking you need a drill for regular home maintenance you may have to do.
DewaltATOMIC 20-Volt MAX Cordless Brushless Compact Drill/Impact Combo Kit includes two drills plus batteries and costs $229.
Ryobi ONE+ 18V Lithium-Ion Cordless 2-Tool Combo Kit is a more affordable option at just $129.
7. Brad Nailer
Brad nailers can be cordless or pneumatic. Cordless brad nailers can be more expensive, but pneumatic nailers require an air compressor which is an added expense. Brad nailers make quick work of adding trim, building projects, and anything else you would have used a hammer and nails for.
I have the Ryobi ONE+ 18V Cordless AirStrike 18-Gauge Brad Nailer. It’s a great tool at just $129.
The Dewalt 20-Volt Max Lithium-Ion 18-Gauge Cordless Brad Nailer Kit will be the next one I own. The kit comes with everything you need for $299.
Clamps are a must-have tool for your workshop. They act as a second pair of hands when working on projects.
This set of Dewalt Medium and Large Trigger Clamp is extremely affordable at under $40.
9. Tape Measure
No workshop is complete without a tape measure. Tip – be sure to use the same tape measure all the way through on a project. It makes a difference, trust me.
This Milwaukee tape measure will only set you back $13.
10. Jig saw or multi purpose tool
A jigsaw lets you make straight or curved cuts it sits on a plate that acts as a guide. A multi-purpose tool can do the same things a jigsaw can do and then some. A multipurpose tool comes with multiple attachments to do the job you need it to do.
The Ryobi ONE+ 18V Cordless Orbital Jig Saw is extremely affordable at just $69.
The Dremel multi-purpose tool costs $89 and gives you the freedom to do more with it for that extra $20.