Christmas is on the horizon and power tools are a great gift for DIY lovers. Customers often ask our advice on power tools. So here is our selection of five power tools that every budding carpenter should have.
1. Battery powered drill
The amperage (A) is more important than the voltage. Our drills are 3.0A, but 2.0A would also be fine. Get two batteries, rather than one, for uninterrupted portable work.
2. Circular saw
A great general purpose machine that is useful for cutting down sheets of 4′ by 8′ and timber. Get a corded, rather than battery powered, saw for greater power.
3. Power planer
Used for shaving a thin layer off the top of wood, and great for fixing those sticking doors. Use a hand plane for finishing work on fine joinery.
Ideal for cutting out curves and templates in thin materials such as MDF or plywood. Get the correct blades for the thickness and type of material that you are cutting.
5. Belt sander
A quick and easy way to sand down or smooth off a surface. Get a multi-grade pack of sanding belts for different jobs. Always finish with a fine grade sand paper by hand.
What make and model to choose will depend on your budget. As a general rule, you cannot go far wrong with power tools made by Makita and Dewalt. Pick up these brands at shops like Screwfix and Charlie’s in Shrewsbury