Power Tools for Beginners

Indulging in a bit of DIY is something everyone will encounter at some point in their life. But gone are the days of simple hammers, screwdrivers and saws – mostly.

Now there are a multitude of power tools out there from brands across the country, such as Milwaukee Tool, just waiting to help you out with a whole host of different jobs.

But, moving from manual tools to vigorous power tools can be a scary thought, after all, how do you use them? There have been innovations lately that allow DIY enthusiasts to test power tools beforehand via a VR rig.

However, if you want to know a little more before you buy or try a VR, then continue reading for a little information on some of the more popular power tools on the market.

Corded and Cordless Drills

What it’s For

These are used for drilling holes in a variety of different materials, such plastics, metals, wood, stone, brick, tiles, glass, and concrete. Depending on what material is being drilled, bits will come in various types and lengths.

How it Works

These hand-held devices work by holding the bit in place with a clamping device at the front, called a chuck. These chucks can either be tightened by hand, or with a chuck key, to ensure the piece is fitted correctly. Once the piece is in place, you simply have to keep it in place as you push the button and let drill do the work. The only difference is the one is connected to a mains supply, while the other is charged and can be moved around easier.


What it’s For

Coming with various types of blades for a variety of materials, these are used for cutting metal, plastic, wood and other materials.

How it Works

Best used on thinner materials these have variable speeds that can be controlled by the trigger, and can be used to cut tricky shapes out of the material it’s being used on.

Circular Saw

What it’s For

A high-powered device, these are an essential tool for anyone who is looking to cut sheets of timber.

How it Works

A hand-held device that comes with a more rigid blade, these often provide better results than a jigsaw. Offering what is known as a ‘square’ cut, this will allow perfect precision when cutting boards, and will also do it much quicker. These are also much sturdier than jigsaws, which will make them better for those who intend on cutting a lot. You can choose lapidary trim saw for gems or rough stones. 

These are only a few power tools that are on the market, but if you’re a beginner, chances are these are the types that you’ll need. So, maybe it’s time to discard those manual tools, and get to work with more precise, quicker working power tools from now on.

Power tools are the essential part of every DIY project. The Tool Scout has everything you need to know about finding the perfect power tools.