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  • 1. 7 Best Do-It-Yourself Home Power ToolsChoose Do-it-Yourself Home Power Tools that will LastWith major tool manufacturers entering the do-it-yourself home power tool market, the quality ofconsumer power tools now rivals the performance of the tools used by the big boys in theconstruction industry.As an avid building enthusiast, I've completed projects ranging in size from small shelves to theconstruction of a 3-car garage, with large Dutch-hip roof and a 2-bedroom apartment. I've remodeledmy own historic Colonial house and I built numerous outbuildings.Construction tools marketed to the pros, come with a high price tag, and if you're not going to beusing the power tools on a daily basis, there's really no need to fork out $400-$800 for contractor-qualityshop tools and Air Compressor Reviews power tools.For my purposes, these 7 power tools provide all the DIY power I need, at a price I can afford.They're not the cheapest tools, but they're much more affordable than contractor tools and many ofthem have served me well for years, when used on a near-weekly basis.Cordless DrillsIf I could only have one power tool - I'd choose a cordless drill. And if I could only choose onecordless drill (I have 6), I'd pick the DEWALT DC970K-2 18-Volt Drill/Driver Kit. This baby is a 1/2-inch compact drill/driver that reaches into tight spots where I can get with my bigger drills. It'srelatively lightweight at about 5-pounds, but it packs a punch. I don't see any power reduction at allwith this DeWALT darling.

2. It's easy to carry, I usually tuck it into my tool belt when I'm climbing or need my hands free to doother tasks. It's right at my fingertips when I need it.I've had this drill for almost a year Air Compressor Reviews now and I think I've used it more thanI've any other power tool in my collection..., which is quite large.Circular SawsI have a number of circular saws, but the Milwaukee 6390-21 7-1/4-Inch 15-Amp Tilt-Lok CircularSaw is by far my favorite. This isn't a huge contractor saw, but as far as do-it-yourself home powertools go - this bad boy cuts up the competition!The Milwaukee 6390 is corded, but in my experience, corded skill saws outperform their cordlesscousins time after time, if you're going to be using the saw longer than 15 minutes.What makes the 6390 stand out is its ability to cut bevels up to 50-degrees and the way it's made,you have a clear line of sight on all your cuts. The saw weighs about 10 pounds, making it easy tomaneuver while giving it enough weight to stabilize the cuts.I've had this saw for a little over 6 months, but it totally kicks!Cordless NailersI know some do-it-yourself home builders will disagree with me, but when it comes to cordlessframing nailers, my choice - hands down - is the Paslode 900420 Cordless IMCT Framing Nailer. Ifyou're not familiar with the Paslode line of power tools, you'll be interested to discover that thesetools operate by the use of disposable fuel cells.When I'm framing, I'm moving. I'm on the roof, I'm under the deck, I'm climbing on scaffolding...andI can't tell you how many times I've gotten air hoses or electrical cords tangled up. With the Paslode900420, there's no chance that you'll run out of cord and have to drag your compressor to the roof.Just insert a fuel cartridge and you're ready to go.And the best part is - the Paslode isn't as expensive as some of the other framing nailers in itscategory. I love this baby.Palm NailersYou might be surprised that I picked a palm nailer for one of the 7 best do-it-yourself home powertools, but if you haven't used one of these little babies yet - you don't know what you're missing. Acouple years ago, I replaced the rafters on a shed that had some water damage from a roof leak.Before I removed the old rafters, I installed new ones right beside them. But the problem was thatthere was very little room to maneuver where the bottom part of the rafter sat on the top wall plate.I couldn't get a bit nailer in there and swinging a hammer was also out of the question. A contractorfriend told let me borrow his palm nailer and I installed the rafters with ease.My recommendation is the Porter-Cable PN650. It fits right in your palm and it comes with a coverand strap that secures it to your hand. All you have to do is position the head and fire the nail. Fortight spots - this little baby will save you time and will keep you from turning gray overnight. 3. Chop SawsWhen it comes to picking the best tools for the job, a chop saw can't be beat for cutting repetitiveangles for siding gables or just making short straight cuts. The Milwaukee 6180-20 isn't the mostexpensive chop saw out there, but it's definitely a powerhouse and I've had great luck with it.You can adjust the back fence without having to use special tools, which is a major plus for me, sinceI tend to forget where I last put the tools. Big 14-inch wheel and 8-inch opening. For small projects,I'll set the saw on the ground, table or on a sheet of plywood, but if I'm going to be doing a lot ofcutting, I like to bolt it down on a sturdy boards between sawhorses.In the past two years, I've used the Milwaukee 6180-20 to cut cement-fiber siding, aluminum and avast assortment of wood. I've changed blades probably 30 times, but this chop saw just keeps cuttingaway.SandersIf you only buy one sander in your life, make it a random orbital sander. There are hundreds ofsanders on the market and many will leave you upset due to gouges and scratches in the wood. Ihate sanding by hand, but I'll only use a random orbital sander on any wood I'm going to paint orfinish.I'm very happy with my current sander, which is the DEWALT D26451K 3 Amp 5-Inch Random OrbitSander with Cloth Dust Bag. My dog ate the carry bag, but this is a great hand sander.Random orbital sanders work by rotating at high rates of speed while the entire head of the sanderrevolves in a random motion. Hold on tight the first time you turn one of these on, because it has amind of its own. In a few seconds, you'll get the hang of it. This DeWALT sander smoothed the woodon my deck railings and I removed the top surface of my friend's redwood spa to reveal the fresh-lookingwood beneath. Not a scratch or gouge anywhere. If you don't get his sander, get a differentrandom orbit sander and you'll be very happy.