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Imagine that you had to drill a hole in your wall using a manually driven tool. You would have to spend quite some time on it and maybe give up at some point. But you don’t have to go through that struggle. Power tools are made to make your work easier.

Power tools are devices that are powered by a force different from one’s manual labor. Most power tools are propelled by electric motors, compressed air or inbuilt combustion engines.

In this post, you will read about 5 power tools that you should have in your garage and what each of them is used for.

5 power tools you should have in your garage

A lot of tasks in the home require the use of power tools. And while some tasks can easily be realized manually, others would be extremely tedious without the aid of a power tool. Here’s your list of tools that are a must-have in your garage

Cordless drill

Drills can be corded or cordless. Corded drills will need to be plugged to function. A cordless drill is a better choice because you can use it in different situations, even without electric power. It is usually powered by a lithium-ion battery.

Cordless drills are used for their original purpose of making holes in walls, wood, and other dry materials. However, if you do not have specific tools for screwing, fastening, and sanding, cordless drills will stand in and do a perfect job.

Ensure that you buy one that is high quality with a variety of heads and drivers so that you can use them in a wide range of tasks.

Circular saw

When you want to cut through dense material, the circular saw is your best deal. A circular saw is a hand tool that has a circular blade. Once powered and placed on the surface of the material, the circular saw digs into the material to complete the cut without any effort from the user. Be extra careful with your hand as the blade is extremely sharp.

Circular saws can be used to cut through a stack of wood, cut and shape wood while framing of building a shelf among other woodwork tasks.

Table saw

As the name suggests a table saw is a saw mounted inside a table. The cutting side protrudes to allow you to pass the material you need to cut along the saw once it is in motion. One can accurately rip wood boards from one end to another on a table saw.

A good table saw is handy when you are doing home improvement projects such as changing wall framing or constructing a gazebo in your backyard.

Miter saw

Also known as a drop saw, the miter saw uses a circular blade and works more like a table saw but faster. One reason you should choose a miter saw instead of a table saw if your budget only allows one of them is that a miter saw makes perfect angle-cuts.

You’ll need a miter saw to make neat wood finishes, mold, and trim wood and install base woods.

Reciprocating saw

The reciprocating saw is a must-have in your garage. It is a multipurpose saw that can cut through both wood and metal. If you are dismantling a metal shelf, this saw is your perfect tool. It can also cut through nails if you are pulling down a wooden cupboard.

Reciprocating saws have a range of replaceable blades depending on the task. You can have a fine-tooth blade to cut metals and a bristly one for sawing wood.

Other uses of the reciprocating saw include sawing through metal, plastic pipes, ceramic tiles, and stone.

Honorable Mentions

The list of power tools you should have in your garage is endless. The Jigsaw, the Paint Sprayer, the Random Orbital Sander, the Router, the Nail and Staple Gun, and the Hammer Drill are among many other power tools you should consider including in your power tool collection.