Whether feathering a first nest or tackling fix-it tasks around the apartment, these basic tools can help beginners take projects from DIY to done.
FIVE EASY PIECES
Equip a powerful DIY toolbox, ready to build, install or repair, with the five-piece, cordless Ridgid Gen5x Combo Kit. It comes with five basic pieces: circular saw, reciprocating saw, hammer drill, impact driver and LED flashlight. $399; includes two batteries, charger, three belt hooks and more.
Tap into power with the Black & Decker 20-volt Cordless Circular Saw. Whether you’re cutting wood to build a picnic table or bookcase, you can adjust bevel cuts to 45- or 90-degree angles and easily make depth adjustments for different wood thicknesses. $49 for tool; battery sold separately.
Makita takes energy efficiency up a notch with its expanded line of brushless tools, including the 18V XSH03M Brushless Cordless Circular Saw. The brushless-motor technology also gives the saw plenty of power to deliver fast cuts. $380; includes saw blade, two batteries, charger and tool bag.
Switch instantly from jigsaw to reciprocating saw — from cutting wood shapes to PVC pipe — with a Rockwell 12-volt Trans4mer 2-in-1. It offers six cutting positions and a dust blower to keep the cutting line visible. $250; includes battery, charger, wood and metal blades, and carrying bag.
ALL THE ANGLES
Cut out circles and other shapes with Hitachi’s Lithium-Ion Slide-Battery Jigsaw. The cordless, 18-volt tool has a base that adjusts up to 45 degrees, splinter guard, chip cover and an LED spotlight to illuminate the cutting area. $105.
Over a Barrel
The ergonomic barrel grip on the corded Bosch 7.0A Jigsaw helps cut straight or curved lines with comfort. No change-out tools are needed with its blade-ejection lever. $198; includes anti-splinter insert, blade, bevel wrench and carrying case.
KNOW THE DRILL
At less than two pounds and sized to reach into tight spots, the Festool CXS Compact Drill Driver helps DIY beginners get a comfortable handle on projects like assembling furniture. Recharge the 10.8-volt lithium-ion battery in just 30 minutes. $255; includes two batteries and charger.
POWER TRIP Enjoy powerful torque for drilling holes and driving screws, with plenty of battery life, with a Milwaukee M18 Fuel ½-inch Compact Drill Driver. The soft, contoured grip lets you work in comfort over an extended period of time. $279; includes two batteries and charger.
Becky Billingsley is a freelance writer from Myrtle Beach, S.C. Her monthly column also appears in South Carolina Living, the statewide electric co-op magazine of the Palmetto state. Product inclusion on this page does not imply endorsement; product availability and prices are subject to change.