You Only NEED 2 POWER TOOLS!! (Here’s What They Are…2 MOST IMPORTANT Power Tools)

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Viewers always want to know which power tools I think they should absolutely have. DIYers are overwhelmed with power tool choices! But, if you’re a DIYer, I really think YOU ONLY NEED 2 POWER TOOLS! That’s what we’re talking about in this episode of The Honest Carpenter.

Circular Saw
1/2″ Cordless Drill (18V or 20V)

I truly believe you only need these 2 power tools, because they cover your most basic functions when practicing carpentry: CUTTING and FASTENING.

Circular Saws act as a stand-in for miter saws and table saws. They’re essentially as powerful as these larger tools, with a 15-amp motor on a 7-1/4″ blade. But, unlike the 2 larger power tools, the circular saw can be carried around in your hand. It can cross-cut like a miter saw, but rip like a table saw. And, it doesn’t have cut reach limits–it will cut as far as you can push it.

1/2″ Cordless Drills are the ultimate power tools for fastening, because they can both DRILL and DRIVE. I like nail guns, but they generally only do one thing well: frame, siding nail, trim nail…The 1/2″ Cordless Drill can be adapted to handle all of these functions by driving a huge variety of fasteners.

Also, cordless drills have clutches, so they offer more control than corded drills. Though, I do think you should only use 18v and 20v cordless drills, because they have enough power to turn larger bits (paddle bits, hole saws, speed bor bits) without bogging down as much.

That’s why I think YOU ONLY NEED 2 POWER TOOLS when you’re beginning to build your collection. I operated off of these 2 most important power tools for years as a younger carpenter.

The only setbacks, as I see them, is that circular saws can be dangerous power tools. (PLEASE PRACTICE ALL SAFETY PRECAUTIONS WHEN WORKING WITH CIRCULAR SAWS!). And, drills leave large holes to fill. But, trim head screws can reduce this problem, and woodfiller, sanding and patience can make your painted projects look great.

That’s why I think you only need these 2 power tools! A good circular Saw, and a decent 1/2″ 18v or 20v Cordless drill.

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1,932 thoughts on “You Only NEED 2 POWER TOOLS!! (Here’s What They Are…2 MOST IMPORTANT Power Tools)”

  1. Yet another “watch me, an expert, build using a multitude of expensive tools but you, a novice, can do it with a sharpened potato”

    1. As a novice I will immediately search “best tool to sharpen a potato” on youtube and end up buying some top brand tools which I will never use in my life…….

    2. @Seth Seth
      15 years ago I built a set of 3 nesting boxes for our chickens. The only power tool I had was an old corded drill that I picked up from a garage sale for $5.
      I cut 2x4s and plywood with a handsaw.

      Yes, The Honest Carpenter has a multitude of tools, but if you want to build something, you *will* – your lack of power tools isn’t the thing stopping you… *you’re* the thing that’s stopping you.

    3. @JAZZ MAN I suppose that would depend on where you are and who you ask. That’s one of the cool things about the internet, there truly is something for everyone and anyone determined enough to seek it out. On a sort of similar note, there’s actually someone on YouTube that attempts, (and often succeeds), to make blades out of just about anything one could imagine, e.g., plastic bags, sugar, carbon fiber, etc. One person even tries to cast obsidian into a blade.

  2. A table saw and a compound miter saw are the two tools that I feel are necessities. I wrote this before the video started.

  3. I really really appreciate people like you, when my family is back on top of things going to find a way to gift you back.

  4. For #3 I’m new to working with tools but love my Dewalt Cordless Multi Tool. I can cut through almost anything, plunge cut, fix mistakes, sand rapidly with a few affordable attachments… so much versatility.

  5. Thank you very much for this video sir. This gives me hope. I’m based out of Singapore and a ‘corporate stooge’ who is stuck in an apartment – no shed or garage to tinker in. To be totally honest because of covid its been a year and a half of ”4 walls and zoom calls” which – and I’m sure its the same for most of us – has absolutely sucked.

    However, left to my own devices I made lemonade out of the lemons the universe gave us. I found projects and started making things. Initially electronics(irrigation systems, custom audio devices, IoT stuff) and then I began modifyingexisting furniture to do other things(IKEA side tables into mini server racks, picture frames with magic mirrors, etc.). But I’ve had a problem while I’ve got a decent drill/driver and some basic hand tools I haven’t been able to cut and shape lumber.

    The advice I was given ‘up until now’ was ‘buy a million and one specialist tools’ or your output will suck. Sadly I have neither the space nor inclination to outfit a full workshop BUT what I do have is decent weather all year round, a balcony with a power source, a couple of decent vices and an outdoor table so maybe…just maybe with a circular saw and some decent guides I can start upping my game and making more complex pieces. Food for thought…thanks again.

  6. Just from watching this piece I’m convinced. Just now subscribed. Thank you for sharing your knowledge and btw before you mentioned what they were I had guessed right. Woodworker from 12yrs old to 18yrs old. I only left my love for woodworking for a career in tattooing which I love and am now looking into machine building.

  7. Great advice! I just bought a new house, and it needs some repairs (fixer upper). I’ve been wondering if I should get a table saw. Since it would not be cost effective right now, I’ve thought about a circular or jig saw. With your advice, a circular sounds like the best way to go. Thanks for helping.

  8. Before you gave named the two, I called them out. I completely agree. They were my first two purchases. I bought what I could afford, and I have upgraded both, but they still get used a ton. I am only a DIYer and do find myself using my Compound Sliding Miter saw more often than my circular saw. I also find myself using my impact driver more than my drill. However, as you said, I could do away with those two tools and still have all my needs met with the drill and circular saw. I do love my table saw though, I wouldn’t want to do without it.

  9. drill/driver, yes. circular saw, not so much. If you are a carpenter and can’t us a handsaw; Walmart is hiring. It is good to have but not important. My two would be the drill/driver and a coffee machine. I’d say radio but with all the swearing, crying, b*tching, and noise, there is not time for one.

    I am so sorry, I misheard you. DIYers. Heck in that case that what are the two loudest tools so I don’t have to hear my wife or her mother???

  10. I bought the Milwaukee 18v 3 piece combo kit with the impact,drill and circular saw 2 years ago on sale for about $300. I’d highly recommend buying something like that if you are a home owner. I find myself using the impact all the time. Dewalt and Mikita are good too.

  11. Yup, same two I thought of when I saw this video. For speed framing or roofing, nail guns are great. I use a lot of reciprocating and oscillating saws too, demo and dry wall. I do lots of different types of jobs, he is 100% correct though for carpentry. Saw and a drill will get a lot done. Like button smashed.

  12. I must agree. I bought a cord circular saw to rebuild my deck and It’s quick and easy. I borrowed a friends table saw but have mostly used the hand CS. Thanks for the great content.

  13. Circular saw and an impact driver. I’m a frame to finish carpenter and I can confidently say those are the two I use most often. For any nail a hammer can always be used, but I refuse to fasten screws by hand, predrilled or not. Plus have to pre-drill for every screw can be a quarter of a day’s work. Food for thought.

  14. I have made 100% of my projects with my Skill saw, along with an electric planer, a chisel and a Dremel which I occasionally use to bring some level of perfection to the imperfect cuts. Have been very pleased with the joinery even. I just finished making an end table from cutting up an old door and have made some cabinet like things too. I rip boards to width and thickness but that is very very challenging. Every single rip is a creative problem solving exercise 😃. Making rabets is becoming an impossible task with this saw though as I am out of ideas on how to get a clean line in a rabet. And that’s what is making me consider a table saw now. It will certainly make my life easier and make projects move faster. Good to know someone else also uses a circular saw for most of their projects.

  15. I watched this video and then The Algorithm served me up another video, the most awful trash produced by someone with over 1.5 MILLION followers: “Top 3 Circular Saw Projects || 3 Best Circular Saw Ideas – all three of which are only TOP/BEST ideas in a dystopian hellscape – all bizarrely unsafe, unlikely to work well, unreasonably restrict what you can do with a circular saw once you’ve hacked it, and all which are addressing needs that are better served by different techniques or readily available off-the-shelf SAFER tools

  16. I know its older video, but hoping someone sees this and can answer.

    Why do you recommend a corded circular saw instead of cordless? I’ve heard that nowadays the cordless ones can be even more powerful than corded ones and they’re safer since you dont have a cord to stumble upon or to worry about during long cuts etc.

  17. I question your advice. I know for me it’s 1) paint can shaker, and 2) this one’s tougher but I’d have to say heat gun is the must have.

  18. Here is a good bit of advice given to me by my dad, who got it from his, “buy a cheap tool and if you wear it out, buy a more expensive version of it, because you need it.” I have been a home remodeler and handyman the majority of my 50 plus years and I can tell you the basic tools you need for 90% of home DIY projects are as follows. A good, handheld circular saw with a rough-cut and a fine-cut blade. A good, handheld power drill with a full set of regular, spade, and masonry drill bits, as well as a bit driver for installing and removing screws. A retractable tape measure, preferably 25ft long. A carpenter’s square, a speed square, and a level. A full set of screwdrivers. A quality, multipurpose claw hammer. A 50ft, heavy-duty extension cord. And, most importantly, a good, quality work knife. With these simple and relatively inexpensive tools, along with knowledge and planning, I have been able to build and remodel entire homes from foundation to finish. I am sure the majority of you can tackle simple home improvements just as well.

  19. I don’t like the circular saw it’s a pain to cut straight without having to use a straight edge slow you spend more time trying to set up the cut rather than getting on with the job of cutting the wood I had a circular saw and was cutting a work top the cut was black burnt edges tough to get thru I threw my circular saw out and have never bought another one I know own a chop saw thou limiter to what size I can cut I still prefer a hand saw for cutting long piles of wood

  20. I definitely agree with this video BUT, if you really want to help the DIY people you need to make a video explaining how they need every tool there is so that spouses/significant others can be shut down when we want a new tool and they start with the “do you really need that” crap.

  21. That’s a lie you need every power tool available that’s why they make them. Try pounding a Brad nail by hand or very fine saw cut with a hand saw ,screw something together with a hand screwdriver. Get every fricken power tool you can.

  22. I use these things for my projects: hand saw, hacksaw, wood knife, screwdriver, tape measure, and my own hands.

  23. Well that is some of the best advice I’ve heard in a long time.
    Most people including myself aren’t cabniet makers; we are what the Cabniet Makers call WOOD BUTCHERS!!!

  24. jig saws are extremely accurate and useful, compared to hand grenades, wrecking bars, and buffalo stampedes. I would always recommend buying them…for people who irritate you.

  25. I have a Ryobi wired drill that has been through hell and back with me. I drilled 128 holes through 3/16 stainless steel for my sailboat over one week about 10 years ago. That poor thing is still as strong as the day I got it. Battered and bruised, but works well. Then I got a wired Ryobi circular saw. Yeah, they are dangerous. Then an 18v Ryobi drill. After that, I began learning (slowly) how to use the drill press, the router, the miter saw, and finally the table top sander. All Ryobi. Cheap? Yup. But worth every penny and they all work well.

  26. Built my first woodworking project in college (desk with a bed over it for my high-ceilinged but small rented bedroom) with a borrowed circular saw and my mother’s 12V craftsman drill. Did the trick.

  27. You are 100% right! However i love my table saw and i use it all the time, its perfect too install wooden floors, cut perfectly straight, 45 degrees cuts etc etc.

  28. I’m an avid DIY guy and my power tool list is:
    Dewalt Impact driver (recently bought and love)
    Dewalt Combi drill (had for about 7 years)
    Bosch corded Hammer drill
    Evolution Miter saw
    Draper Heat gun

    I stopped the video at 2 minutes to comment. I think I’ve got all the power tools I need.

    When I think I need a circular saw I think I’ll get one, the same with the jigsaw (which I nearly bought recently when I was fitting some laminate flooring).

  29. I couldn’t get cordless drills when I first started biting tools, but my first two were, indeed, a circular saw and a corded drill. I still own both those tools, and both still work well, even though they have both been updated with better versions.

  30. Super duper video! and your right, if your a home DIYér “I need to get it done right now” then that might be your best choice, great choices. But if your just a layed back DIY dad doing some none relevant projects with the children. Then I will advice you to get at a tefloncoated saw (Bacho makes some great once), and a hand drill. To see your son drilling that screw, pure enjoyment. I will take drills and drillbits. well Its not not my favorit choice…… daaa…… yes it is, god darn you, yes that is the 2 best tools (if you do not include hammer, file, screwdriver and a measuring tape)…… and a vice.

  31. I would add a selection of quality pull hand saws. Especially for small projects, smooth cuts, and safety, and people living in an apt with very small projects. I would like to see a featured video for using these very expedient saws. Up on a ladder, I’ve used them many a time in lieu of a powered saw. Thank you, keep up the good work.

  32. How do you feel about the saws with safety brake? I see DeWalt has a couple of worm drive models with safety brake that stops the blade when you let the trigger go.

  33. I see guys do so much with the circular saw and agree it is very versatile. My only issue, and this is a personal one, is my fear of them. The fact that they are not stationary makes me very nervous and I believe more prone to accidents with them being I lack confidence using the tool. I know more than one person injured by them. I feel more confident when all that power is stationary as in a miter or table saw. Yes, I know that many do get injured with those tools as well but I feel less can go wrong if you follow all the safety precautions.

  34. I agree the circular saw and drill are very good… But I’ve found my plunge router pretty essential for making long dados – I built a box for my daughters telescope using 1/4″ plywood in 2×2 cut with dados to form the sides and lid. Turned out gorgeous.

    Also, hand sanding with carpal tunnel isnt fun, so having a little power sander is great.

    Also, when I built our shadow box coffee table I really found the table saw much better than a handheld circular…

  35. Thanks for the info. Not much of a DIYer but I like what you say. It’s not that I cannot do the work, I just don’t like to. Naturally lazy. 😄

  36. I like the porter cable circular saw more, The blade is mounted on the left of the motor so it’s more like a cordless circular saw. I think that set up is just a lot easier to use

    I would also throw in a cordless impact driver for decking.

  37. I’m a multitrade maintenance engineer.
    I have many different tool kits.
    Electrical testers and drivers.
    Hvac guages swaiges and spanners
    Plumbing wrenches pipe grips and flushing equipment.
    Heating and ventilation Flue gas testers core drills heavy impact drills
    Pipe cutting and bending tools.
    This is before my impact drills
    Bench saws jig saws.
    So basically my van carries over £50,000 worth of tools every day.
    I’ve spent more money on securing the van every night as theft from vans is rife in the UK

  38. Corded drill should be before a cordless because of the drilling power. I had to drill in to some concrete and a 20 v cordless with a 5 amp batterie worked but the corded drill did the same job in second and it looks like the bit didn’t overheat as much.

  39. Before you mentioned the two power tools I had decided the two are a circular saw and a drill. I see you agree.

  40. The first two power tools I bought were a cordless drill and miter saw. If I could nominate a third tool it would be a cordless nailer. That’s about all I need for DIY projects around the house…every once in a while I might need to use the jigsaw or sawzall.

  41. The makita is definitely the best available. It can, with use , truly become an extension of the user.
    That and a cordless drill have kept me and my family fed for 25 years. Great video!!!

  42. YouTube

    The only place where one guy can take 5 minutes to explain quantum physics. And the other guy can take 10 to tell you two tools. Love it.

  43. This video both comforts and scares me, because I’ve always felt like “hm maybe circular saws are important” but also always had an internal voice screaming “NO! DANGEROUS!”
    Interesting to know both voices were right, haha. Now, to go get an IRL Circular Saw Tutor…

  44. Nope, carpentry is about buying and using the most expensive tools available even if they are actually junk like a $1,200 circular saw.

  45. Combi drills also have a hameer drill function for masonary fixings.. because you often have to fix to other materials.. but i am not a carpenter, i am a joiner lol

  46. I’d go with a slide saw not a hand saw, but I take your point.
    Actually, scrub that. You’re right.
    Then a slide saw, and an angle grinder.

  47. It wasn’t long ago that craftsmen were able to build most things with just an ax and a hammer. And the results weren’t half-bad!

  48. I pretty much agree with this. For my own setup, I went with a drill and a plunge saw at first. Because I thought that would be more versatile.

    But while the plunge saw is superior for ripping sheets (even say superior to a table saw if you have big sheets), it is hard to do cross cuts. The setup is just way too hard: you can’t really use the rail, and need to clamp something alternative. You also need both hands on the saw, so everything needs to be clamped up correctly. And it’s pretty hard to figure out where the blade will come out, while you can eyeball it with a regular circular saw. More often than not, I just put my work in a vise, and cross-cut it with a hand saw. It takes less time than trying to set up the plunge saw correctly.

    I’m still happy I have the plunge saw, as ripping sheets is the main thing I can’t do with a hand saw. But I’m contemplating to buy a regular circular saw, or a mitre saw now…

  49. Same with me, but in the beginning I could only afford a jigsaw, you can get very cheap ones that actually work. So with a drill and a Jigsaw you can also do very much, but with a lot more limitation than a circular saw.

    I would add two more tools, a orbital sander and a grinder. Yes, I know a grinder is not a carpenter tool, although I actually have used them for that. It is just that somewhere you will be confronted with metal. You can also attach a sander pad or other things to work with wood. I do not leave my grinder behind ever.

    So my list is in order of importance:
    Cordless drill
    Circular saw
    Orbital sander

    If you only have a drill, you can always have the wood precut. So the single most important tool is a drill.

  50. I think for smaller projects its great to have a router, you can cut, make holes, angles, copy some forms, make specific joints and even drill

  51. Oscillating multi tools are fantastic for a number of smaller jobs. The plunge cutting function is especially versatile, and I use the sanding attachments for all sorts of smaller stuff and corners.

    But you’ve convinced me – I’ve been putting off getting one for the longest time, but there’s a circular saw waiting for me at the store in my platform.

  52. I would add a third for DIYers, especially once we get out of carpentry. A Dremel with an array of bits and wheels. I can’t tell you how many things I have made/done with a Dremel.

  53. I’ve been loving my impact driver over a cordless drill. That said, sometimes you still need to drill holes. Then I found some drill bits designed to go in an impact driver. Win!!!

  54. I do mostly metalwork and besides the welder… A good drill and a 4.5-inch angle grinder. After that, a chop saw and drill press. Of course, we have the usual measuring tools, clamps, and a good square.

  55. The saws… I have the little Makita and the large Milwaukee battery saws, one is right hand cut, the other is left hand cut. The little Makita is my go to saw for those little jobs. Ripping plywood, or larger dimensional wood, the Milwaukee with a good Diablo blade. Same on the drill motors, a little Makita and the 1/2″ Milwaukee hammer drill. Again, the little Makita is the go to, bigger projects that require torque for larger dimensional wood, the Milwaukee rules. Yep, you can do quite a bit with this set up.

  56. A table saw and or router can really add to the arsenal. Totally agree with your first to choices with the one exception doing a long cut lengthwise with a hand circular saw is not easy for me.

  57. I only have a jigsaw and a drill but i am thinking of getting a circular saw lately cause you can’t get a perfect cut with jigsaws as you said

  58. I just watched this video for a 2nd time and I’m back with a 2nd comment. I totally agree….cutting and fastening, that’s it. To make accurate straight cuts, I use a circular saw and a guide. For fastening, I typically use screws driven with either a drill or impact (I started with a drill because it has a clutch). I’d like to suggest adding a jigsaw to cut curves. I prefer using portable cordless power tools for their convenience and reasonable cost. Thanks again for the video.

    1. Thanks, Imagine! Good point about the jigsaw. I haven’t covered it as a topic much in the past, but I will soon in the new shop 🙂

  59. Must agree. But would choose 6 1/2″ model. It saves your arm after a few hours. My nephew still has my father’s 60 year old Skilsaw.

  60. Do you recommend a 15 amp 7 1/4″ blade circular saw as the least amount of power an entry DIYer should have (such as your example with the 18V drill), or would a 12 amp work in this case as well? Thanks in advance.

    1. For DIY, those smaller tools are fine. They’re easier to manage, and you can upgrade later if you feel the need.

  61. I’ve always thought of it like this: You can do any job with the proper hand tools. Power tools make it easier and often more consistent.

    1. True. I guess it’s about doing the most work in the least amount of time. Power tools give you… well, power!!

  62. Why not a hammer drill so you don’t get stuck with drilling concrete. The none hammer drill bits for concrete are garbage

  63. When I bought my first house, my Dad gave me an amazing house warming gift. A Circular Saw, A cordless Drill, and an angle grinder. And although I’ve used all 3, the angle Grinder is probably the one I could have survived without.

  64. Maybe if you’re doing certain jobs, but I think there are more than two power tools you need all around.

  65. Hi, I am an absolute DIY beginner dealing with building a very minimalistic bed for my van. Do you think that a very basic 18V Black & Decker Matrix with all attachable gears could be ok? Or, for almost the same money, would be better going for a corded circular saw and a much more powerful drill? Thank you. Best, Fede

  66. I really appreciate your frugality. Our ancestors made great things without the convenience of today’s gizmos…Elbow grease still works as well today as it did a thousand years ago. Keep doin what you’re doin!

  67. That’s what I expected you to say as the first 2.

    I would add that my first nail gun turned me from someone who built things occasionally into a hardcore hobbyist.

  68. If you’re an occasional DIYer you should probably stick with corded tools. Why? Batteries die. New batteries are expensive, hard to find and probably obsolete for whatever tools you bought before.

  69. I wouldn’t prioritize anything else over them. They’re the right choices. Next up would be the dedicated driver you mentioned – 1) alleviate frequent bit changes, and 2) cleaner drives as you mentioned. A super versatile compound sliding miter saw makes for quick repeated use at a job site, but that’s convenience more than necessity. I’m building a cabin; heaviest use items so far are the nail gun (framing, 21*) and the (cordless) circular saw, with the miter saw being a lot of the bulk-cutting work on trimming studs and joists to length.


  70. Nice video. The thing is, just because professionals use something doesn’t mean a DIY guy needs to. The big difference is that for a professional, time is money. That means it makes sense to use a lot of power tools not because they make it possible to do something but because it makes it faster. I would never buy a power nailer when an arm and hammer can do the job. Yes, if I was ever building something that required a thousand nails I might reconsider, but until then I’ll save my money.

  71. Honestly, I agree with what you said, but that might not work for everyone. I actually watched this and went out bought a fancy DeWalt circ saw, but I rarely use it. Miter saw and table saw is just too good in that you can easily repeat your cut. Even with a guide, I cannot cut very straight line with my circ saw.

    I feel like if someone just do occasional diy, only owning a circ saw won do them much because they won’t have the experience and know how to use it well. If someone is committed into wood working, then miter/table saw is a must.

  72. Just found your video. Great information. Thanks. Just wondering, do drills have an attachment for sawing?

  73. I never owned a circular saw until my father stopped using his…I hate that darned thing. I can’t cut a straight line with that thing to save my life (I even struggle with a guide). I suppose to be fair I should point out that the machine was designed for right handed use and I’m a south paw but still, my old rip and crosscut hand saws are ambidextrous, and fast enough for most of what I need to do (I’m a DIYer). I do use the circular saw but not gladly.

  74. Nice synapse I agree to some degree. A golfer might say you can golf with three irons and a putter. As a chef I will tell you, an 8inch chefs and pairing knife is all you need to bring to the table to bring to the table

  75. Battery drill, corded multi mode rotary hammer drill, electric screwdriver, corded baby grinder,corded big grider, circular saw, oscillating multitool, steel chop saw, press drill, MMA welder and the world of diy is yours for the taking

  76. That’s like saying what are your two most important body parts! Sure if you’re stuck on an island and you narrow things down to eating your left lung and right arm. But that kinda hypothetical is just daft.

  77. I have three power tools — a cordless drill/driver that I use for just about very project, a cordless trim router that I use occasionally, and a cordless jigsaw that I regret buying. I’d rather use hand saws than the jigsaw cos I feel I have much more control with hand saws.

  78. To be fair, you can get good cordless drills so cheap these days, I’d call that one a given. I would prioritise money spending on the circular saw and get an impact driver 👌

  79. You are absolutely right. As a DIYer, it’s easy to fall into despair watching “Do X in Y minutes” videos where the fine print is “with all this space-era machinery I’m not bothering mention”. Circular saw, drill, patience, and a willingness to learn from maddening 3mm mistakes until your noggin accepts that the width of a cut is NOT zero. Oh and tons of sandpaper.

  80. Can’t argue, but since I’ve inherited so many tools from grandfathers, father-in-law, & father, I have the luxury of being lazy. I keep two circular saws and three drills in the rotation, all for different purposes. That way I don’t have to change blades & bits. You can even convert a circular saw into a table saw.

  81. i once built a beautiful ding table with a skil saw aka circular saw and a finishing hammer sold it to a council for 1200 bucks

  82. Really super helpful! Could you do a tutorial on purchasing a cordless drill and bits including driving bit set for the drill and how to use them?

  83. I agree! I’m a DIYer, and my first power tool was a Craftsman circular saw (which has lasted me 40 years!) and a corded drill (the cordless ones were a new thing and too expensive at the time). I have plenty more power tools now, but still go to the old circular saw, and now an 18V cordless drill most often (although I just bought my first cordless driver after watching your video on those).

  84. I know exactly how many power tools I need. The ones I have. + 1 more. Or 2. Or maybe a 3rd to keep them company. er … or maybe….

  85. i built my ex a canopy bed with just a skilsaw and cordless drill & saved myself about 750 bucks over buying the store bought ikea version that was probly less sturdy than mine!

    1. I often wonder why she wanted to keep it after i dievorced her… isnt that gonna be bad voodoo for any new Bf she bangs init? lol

  86. When I look back some 40 years I think about my fathers DIY tool collection. His power tools consisted of a circular saw, & corded drill. The rest consisted of basic hand tools – hammers, saws, chisels, clamps, screwdriver’s, saw horses. He renovated a few homes with this tool arsenal. When I was a little older I started some woodworking projects picking up a jigsaw, sander & funky hand miter saw contraption. My first cordless clutched drill was like WOW! After I purchased my first home I realized power tools would increase my accuracy & efficiency. I currently own a table saw, miter saw, various nail guns, router, a slue of cordless tools & would gladly add more power tools if I had the room.

  87. I totally agree with you on your 2 tools selection…. would be great if you can do a follow up video on the next 2-3 power tools a DIYer would buy.

  88. An old fashioned brace and bit can nicely stand in for the power drill. Built and repaired many things with it.

  89. I agree 100% with this. The third must have power tool in my opinion would be the Jig Saw for the more precise cutting.

  90. Depending on how much work you do a hand saw may be sufficient, but a drill is really hard to replace. Hand drills are hard to find these days and for a reason.

  91. 100%

    And always have a dull chisel on hand (doesn’t stay sharp for long when you use it for everything), but I’ll have to look into carrying a 5in1, based on that video you made..

  92. Well though out presentation like you I do this stuff for a living and have many tools on-board to be effective but diy’s, can do with less to a point.

  93. Thank you for this video! I just found you and I’ve learned so much! I have been wanting to get a saw but wasn’t sure which one. I can’t depend on the employees at the local store because most of them are just there to help you find stuff (which I appreciate), so this was helpful. I’m going to watch the safety videos now.

  94. Great video good advice for your starting out DIYers but my take on it is you can never have enough tools.👍

  95. When I started out with my Dad as a pup, we didn’t have battery powered stuff. My first big name cordless tool was a 12volt Dewalt drill driver. It was the most powerful thing on the market. Now disabled/retired, I have a workshop full of 18volt tools, funny thing is that I keep grabbing my 12volt Bosch Drills for just about everything, since I drill and drive more from habit than anything else. BTW, don’t remember how many things I built in the woods with a hand saw, hand drill, hammer and nail. Oh, Yea, another thing, why don’t they make corded drill/drivers?

  96. I needed a new circular saw, got the big bad ass Milwaukee – and I don’t like it that much. It’s too heavy. Makita or Dewalt are both good choices.

  97. Tools, 7 1/4 inch circular saw, battery powered drill, hand jack plane, speed square, four feet level, 20 oz waffle faced hammer, framing square, 6 ft. Fiberglass ladder, 30ft Fat Max tape measure. Everything else is really job specific. I use miter saw a lot. I also have a collection of nail guns and a couple of compressors. I do own a door mortising jig set which is almost a.necessity for hanging custom doors. A good router comes in handy for lots of woodworking type chores. Get a decent hand saw. Use it to finish cuts when doing stair stringers. It’s handier than a.jig saw or reciprocating saw for stair building. Totally worthless tools; hand held power planner. I own one but always go to my jack plane, router or jointer. The power plane collects dust.  

    When I lived in Alabama I swore that all you needed to call yourself a carpenter was a 16 ounce hammer and a canvas nail pouch. I am sure that was an unfair characterization but I saw lots of inferior work in spec built houses.

  98. Just 1 Q – after what time I need to throw this battery for the new ones ? I heard probably after a year its life gets over.then we need to get new..Is
    it right ??

  99. Over the years I have used multiple circular saws. I always end up back to Mikita. I worked for a man who was in his 70’s for a while, he had 4 old Makitas sitting in his shop in various states of disrepair. I asked him about then and asked if I could have them. He said yes, I took em home and parted them into one good working one, still using it today, 15 years later.

    Pro tip: buy a cheap 20 foot extension cord, cut off the female end and wire it directly into your saw. (replace the ole short one). You will virtually never need an extension cord for it again!

  100. Thought this was for diys car repair…. But the hammer drill is a must. I can make holes and screw stuff in. My car side rail fell off, made some holes and screwed it back in, in 10 mins. Made more holes and screwed in some amps with new speakers. This tool is a must. Not sure how to apply a saw to my car though.

  101. As soon as i started the video i said “its got to be a circular saw and a drill” i was right!! Very good advice!

    1. 30 years as a carpenter/ handyman, exactly what I said. I picked Makita circular and actually a corded drill. Battery drills are great, but you still have to recharge batteries often. Even having 3 or 4 batteries, you can still end up having to wait on one to finish charging.

  102. Back in my framing days the Makita was kinda girly. Skill model 77 was an indestructible tank. I’m old now so the Makita with diablo blade is my go to.

  103. needle nose pliers, torque wrench, socket set, couple c clamps, a drill, and a skill saw are the basics every man should have

  104. Trying to decide which is the best compact router. One review came down to Dewalt and Bosch with Makita 3rd, however after reading many reviews on both on Amazon and Home Depot it seems they all have some problems that no reviews address. Have any of these manufacturers fixed these problems? It would be nice to get a truly reliable router that works like it should.

  105. 1345/74D/Corrections
    I prefer a 24V drill, it makes putting in large anchors easier. But I agree with the rest.

  106. .. good video.. that circular saw is ok to have and probably most common for use but if getting into construction trades get a worm drive , much stronger and made for the task..also a left sided blade is much easier for a right handed person ….
    … yes ,battery tools are the latest fad but be sure to have at least 2 batteries ,, work can’t stop because off a low or dead battery … suggest for only basic tool supply ,, get corded .. construction trades tool would be a sawsall ,, highly invaluable ..

  107. In terms of utter minimalism – a circular saw can’t cut tight curves – but a jigsaw can. A jigsaw can make long straight cuts if you have a fence – so you *can* use it instead of a circular saw – but not vice-versa. A jigsaw can also cut smaller materials than a circular saw – and with the right blade, it can cut metals and plastics too. Of course, you could argue that you can use hand tools for cutting curves – but if you go that route then I have to say that you don’t need any power tools at all. You can use a handsaw to cut anything a circular saw can cut – and hand drills and screwdrivers are available. Honestly, I think this is a rather contrived subject. Obviously you CAN work without any power tools at all – people made beautiful and useful things for at least 2,000 years before power tools came along (but it’s a serious pain in the butt). And you CAN justify working with just one, just two, just three…or just 20 or so…with increasing degrees of ease and precision.

  108. Sorry but I need my nail guns so an air compressor is a must.
    And a cheap saw with a good blade is better than a good saw with a crap blade

    1. @The Honest Carpenter thank you!! Great explanation! I now know i needed an impact driver when assembling 2-1x13foot raised flower beds, with warped wood, no less. With my dad’s help we did it with his drill, but it was hard! I’m definitely getting an impact driver!

  109. My first power tool o bought was a jigsaw because my dad’s finally gave up the ghost. I’ll probably get a battery operated circular saw next.

  110. Everything before 2:20 is basically a stall just to make a YouTube video wtf don’t waste my time get to the point

  111. Picked up a circular saw at a yard sell for 10 bucks. I cleaned it all up with a new blade. It helped me build a deck.

  112. Circular saw for sure. Just used it twice so far. Kinda scary first time.
    But, it’s the easiest one to use. The sazaw requires more strength in the upper body then I have. And it shakes me a lot.
    The drill is nice.
    But I wish I had a nail gun too.

  113. I guess you have not tested the Milwaukee M12 Fuel Hammer drill because it’s a damn beast it keeps up with my M18 Fuel just fine

  114. I’m a huge noob to carpentry, and yeah, I went with the “hey a jigsaw will be fine” thinking as far as circulars go…so wrong, lol. The jiggy is great for maneuverability and finer work, but it’s woefully inadequate for long straight cuts, esp with thicker cuts. I do have to pat myself on the back for having chosen a Makita for the circular saw, though! Great videos, btw.

  115. I bought a mini circular saw by WORKS, bad idea, it has the power but blade is not strong and not straight fine cuts ( night mare ) and is not comfortable to hold, not stable . So I’m looking to get a circular one as you mention, I use to have one by makita and want it back !!!

  116. Thanks for a good video. I had this very question in my mind and want to thank you very much for your advice. 👏

  117. Before watching this i told myself over all my projects i mostly ever needed circular saw and the hand drill. 🙂 happy to see he agrees. The 3rd most important to me, because i do all the tree triming and lawn work around the house, would have to be the JIG saw. the longer blades i can use also make it easier for when i need to make rough cuts on larger lumber like 4X4’s. I use a dewalt and it takes the same batteries as my Drill, so its a good compliment.

  118. Carpentry is nothing more than a hobby in this century. Everything can be created with technology now

  119. Measure with a micrometer, mark with chalk, cut with an ax. At least that’s the government’s way of doing things. 🙂

  120. i got a kobalt 5 tool xtr kit the most comon tools i use out of it is my hammer drill circler saw and recipacting saw

  121. I never had many tools (power or otherwise) until we bought our first house. Shorty thereafter, I saw the need for a power saw (the cutting of shelving) and a fastener (drill pilot holes for screws et. al. to assemble the shelves). Those lasted me for quite some time. As I became older (and batteries became better) I switched to cordless tools and increased the number of tools to 3 – circular saw, drill, and impact driver. I have a couple of other power tools, but they basically have stayed in the chest where I first put them. Now (at almost age 80) my power tools used in order are: impact driver (fastener), drill (fastener II), and occasionally the cordless saw. I was tempted to get a sander several years ago, but I have a multitool that has a sander attachement. It does all the sanding I need!
    One last comment – buy the best tools you can as you go along. You will not regret it. I have friends who have drawers full of old broken down, cheaply made tools. They are NOT worth it!

  122. Besides circular saw and cordless drill I would not like to miss my belt sander and router for more finesse in woodworking. The opposite is the reciprocating saw fot cutting things (wood, steel, plastics) in hard to reach places, no nice cuts here but ideal in the garden (cutting roots and branches up to 4-5 inches thick) and demolition work.

  123. Actually, one doesn’t need their drill to be cordless with the added expense and the hassle of batteries which don’t hold charge or fail.

  124. 2 min talking about your van, tools in storage then intro. Oh my!
    Good info. I have a drill. Will get saw.

  125. I might agree with this 2 item list, if you are attempting to be a professional building things for paying customers. With that, you would want a circular saw, so that your cuts are perfectly straight. But if I was to make a list for a DIY person, building and making stuff for themself, like I’ve done for decades, I would gladly trade that circular saw for a saber saw (what some call a jig saw, the other saw you held up). My long straight cuts might be a little wavy at times, but they have always been good enough. I can smooth out bumps with a plane or block of sandpaper, and in the mean time I can cut rounded corners and inside rounded corners and make pieces lighter by cutting out random internal shapes etc. The versatility is worth the tradeoff of accuracy. Plus, circular saw kickbacks are freakin scary, so I wouldn’t recommend it to someone who is new and wondering what to get. Not really a problem with a saber saw (and again, saber saw does not mean what some call a reciprocating saw). So my list of two essential power tools would be a good Drill and a good Saber Saw. I had a circular saw for a while. I gave it away. If I was to add one more thing to the list it would not be a circular saw, it would be a belt sander. Use that to smooth out the bumps of the Saber Saw cuts. And then figure out a way to mount it to a table, to sand small items. Opinions might vary depending on whether someone spends a lot of time cutting big things to build big things like a house vs cutting small things to make small intricate things like a chair.

  126. I agree. I have done alot with just a drill and circular saw. But I would add a 3rd power tool to that, and that is a finishing pad sander. But as I have been growing my tool collection, and types of projects. Having other types are very convenient, and save on time.

  127. When I started carpenters all my tools where in a box 3ft x2ft. And in the boot or trunk of my car ,now I require a very large van mostly for my tools that r available now. And I reliesh having these tools because it makes my job so much easier and I probably less skills needed so why would an unskilled person require less tool.!

  128. I agree with your thesis, Ethan. Many years ago my spouse and I built stalls for my horses inside of an existing pole barn. I recall we used a circular saw, and a drill would have come in very handy, but we used a hammer. (LOL) Of course we had to use a shovel, a wheelbarrow and one or two other things, but basically we built the stalls with very few tools.

    I recently purchased a 12v cordless drill for small things I want to do around the house. I have been screening videos on how to use cordless drills as I have no experience with them. At the moment, I am still trying to figure out how to turn the “clutch control” behind the “chuck.” It does not seem to want to turn one way or the other, so either I am doing something wrong, or I do not have enough strength in my hand to turn it. It is supposed to turn counter clockwise if I have the drill in my hand pointed outward in front of me, yes? I purchased a Bosch PS31-2a 12v. I did not feel I needed a larger and much heavier 18v drill for the things I want to do.

    I would love to be your assistant and learn how to do all sorts of carpentry work, though! Love your videos! 🙂

  129. You’re right about your choices, but if you’re getting a jigsaw, get a corded Bosch or a Makita barrel grip. They’ll give you a straight vertical cut through 2 1/2″ hardwood

  130. Since I’m not a construction guy, just a small DIY sort of dude, I’m just going to get a power multi tool and a drill.

  131. Just bought my first cordless drill and it is my first ever power tool. Never used a drill before. I want them all now

  132. Wish I saw this video before buying power tools. I just bought a jigsaw last week and have indeed encountered problems cutting long and straight wood for my experiments.

  133. Before you buy any power tool, put some thought into how you are going to secure the material that you want to work. Portable clamping work tables are great inventions. Also eye, ear, hand, and if necessary lung, and fall protection. Safety always comes first.
    For the very casual diy er a scrolling jig saw, or a spiral saw can, in many cases if you set it up properly, be an effective, less intimidating replacement for a circular saw; and give added versatility.
    But once you start to do renovations where you are doing framing or ripping sheets of plywood or mdf, you got to graduate to a circular saw, if you don’t want to still be doing it as a retirement project.

  134. I’m switching over from dewalt platform to makita since my battery on dewalt is dying. Bought the makita worm drive with 18×2 and came with a charger, 4 batteries (5 aH), and a bag. Than I bought a makita brushless hammer drill which you could use it as just a drill, set screws or use hammer function for concrete. I’ll build up from this

  135. Had both circular and table saw injuries, nothing major – but absolutely what they call “teachable moments”. When an expert emphasizes safety and the hazards, I instinctively mutter “Yeah, no sh!t!”.
    Used to believe only one woodworking tool was needed: The Shopsmith Mark V

  136. I would say wormdrive and impact driver, but I could also go with 1/2 18v. An honorable mention to the sawzal

  137. I agree totally. Those were my power tools for 25+ years. I bought a cordless circular saw recently because of the hassle with the cord in many places. Last year i bought a cordless planer as I have never been good with the hand ones. It was one of the most used tools last summer along with an impact driver.

    Still, if i had to choose, the choice would be exactly like yours…


  139. Milwaukee M12 Fuel drills can run hole saws through steel and solid wood doors to install doorknobs and deadbolts just fine, dont write off 12 volt too fast🤷

  140. What you have said is absolutely correct. But i do have an extra i.e. wood planar as in my place there is no treated/ perfectly cut wood.

  141. I would add a third power tool : a reciprocating saw, a true demolition tool. With the appropriate blades, you can cut almost everything with a recip saw.

    1. @Anthony FI did mention patience, but, alas, we live in a “fast-track” world in which time is money. I personally wouldn’t want to build a house with only a recip, but if that’s all I had, I think I could. We are in agreement, brother.

    2. @steven zerbach Strictly on carpentry, a circular saw is a no brainer, though. I was just unsure if he was talking about only carpentry, or construction in general. If i had to frame with wood, and cut the studs with a reciprocating saw, id lose my mind after 10 minutes.

    3. @Anthony F You can’t cut arcs or circles with a circular saw. Given its name, I find this ironic. With a recip, patience and caution you CAN cut shorter straight cuts which aren’t perfect but in rough carpentry, perfection is an enemy. Besides, circular saws scare the hell out of me; I had to tend to wounds on careless carpenters in the past. But then again, I was a 40 year sheet metal worker before retirement.

  142. Gotta have a coping saw or hand saw if your only power saw is a circular saw. A circular saw can’t cut straight up and down, it’ll leave a bit in the corner where two cuts meet.

  143. My brother bought a really good paint sprayer a few years back. I first though to myself just paint roll the rooms and don’t waste your money. But what I did not realize is that my brother was not thinking just one use. He actually got good using it. He has done the exterior of his house and helped me paint the entire inside of my house. He reluctantly accepted some money for helping me. Just think about the tools you want to buy and how much you will really use it. Compare to renting the tool also!

  144. When I want a laugh, I watch this fella. I’ll admit, some of the stuff he says is spot-on, but other stuff is just hilarious to this ole retired Master Carpenter. Like a Makita skill saw??? Hahahahaha. Now that was just funny. I wouldn’t let you on my jobsite witha Makita….lol. A DeWalt 15A, 50 degree bevel, and electric brake is a better saw. Other DeFault DeWalt tools I will pass on, but a skill saw, give me my ole Dewalt. For a Weekend Warrior Carpenter I reckon a Makita is ok, but couldn’t pay me to own one……or use it on the job. Yes, I understand most of the viewers are WWCs and overall most of the advice is good, some amuses me, others give me cause for alarm, and some of the things he cautions you not to do, I have done on jobs for decades and never hurt anyone nor myself….lucky them/me, no???

  145. My man! I just found your channel and smashed that sub button with the quickness! Love your videos! Keep em coming 👍🏼

  146. I am not a carpenter by any stretch, but my I have built and repaired many things my whole life with just the tools you mentioned plus a Dremel and a Sander. These are the only four tools I have ever really needed. Thanks for video!

  147. As a bare minimum I would agree with the video. However, I believe a good quality tape measure should be included on this list. If you can’t measure it, you can’t build it with any sort of precision. Basic woodwork steps: measure, cut, drill/fasten, and possibly sand (so maybe a basic palm sander or sanding block should be included?)

  148. I’m industrial maintenance technician since late 80’s. Nothing frustrates me more like knowing that there is a better tool for a particular task, but I do not have it. I own lots of tools on the top of what my current employer provides. In my opinion, the more tools you have, the better.

  149. I think there’s a balancing factor between going for a circular saw or a table saw first as a DIYer. As mentioned, the first is safety; I think it’s a lot easier for a novice to use a tablesaw safely when compared to a circular saw, especially if all the safety guards are in place like the blade guard and riving knife (that said, danger is always present if you use a tool improperly). If it’s a hobby you’re looking to get into but have absolutely no experience, then start with the tool you can feel the safest using while you get used to it, then move up to tools that need more experience to use properly but will get the job done easier later. Second is what types of projects you’re working on. If you’re doing a lot of work with sheet goods and/or larger, rougher construction projects like decks and framing, then yeah, a circular saw is the way to go. But if your focus is more on small, finer projects like furniture, shelves, boxes, etc., then you’ll end up with better cuts and thus less finishing work to do with a table saw.

  150. I keep Plunge saw with guide rails (in my case Festool) And it literally one tool I can do nearly every diy job with. Other essential tools would be Cordless Impact driver/drill, Jig saw, Oscillating tool (aka multitool), and sds hammer drill. If you have general knowledge with these tools you will be the boss .

  151. Not bad but buy a worm drive skull saw so much better if you don’t think so either you haven’t ran one or your mentality off

  152. dude, I don’t mean to throw shade on you, but this is so much fluff, for something that even an office worker knows. I’ve been a shipwright for 35 years, and could recommend a ton of tools given the circumstances, why you mention a drill and a saw at 2:50 I don’t know other than you are just trying for views. I don’t usually write this kind of thing but this is some of the worst kind of thing I see on the web. People wasting other peoples time just to show something that everyone else already knows.. and no there aren’t people that don’t know what you are saying here, it’s just terrible.

  153. I love the fact that I guessed his choices based purely on the title. I mean, what other two power tools cover all those bases? Of course two aren’t nearly enough, but if you have nothing else, those are the best two.

  154. I would really miss my dremel 4300 if it wasn’t there anymore. I have cut, sanded, drilled etc on cabinets, walls, whatever around the house Because if it’s construction and light weight and flexi shaft that can do a lot. Can recommend it.

  155. What I learned from this video….you can make a youtube video about even the most easily understood topic and still get clicks. I’d be willing to bet that anyone watching his channel ALREADY owns far more than a circular saw and cordless drill.

    Whether you use a tool once or every day, tools make you faster, not a better carpenter so the investment in a tool is all about getting a project done. If I can hire a carpenter to build me something for $1000 or buy some specialty tool I will use only for that job for $300, it is a no-brainer that I will add to my garage.

  156. A computer and an internet connection are the first two tools nearly everybody and every business needs.

  157. The Ridgid 18V Brushless Cordless impact driver. A godsend for deck building. It puts out so much more power than the similar DeWalt model. Granted, you can spend more and get tools that easily outpace it in terms of power/torque. But you’re going to spend quite a bit more. For $100-$150 depending on sales, the Ridgid model is crazy bang for your buck.

  158. The third tool would have to be a router, although a more advanced woodworking tool, they are just phenomenal.

  159. I’m a beginner DIY in simple wood work projects. I want a saw but have but have only the use of one hand. I think a circular saw would be to dangerous for me to handle. Would a miter saw be safer and easier to use for a one handed person if at all?

  160. Agree. The third I got was a multitool. Good for an insane number of things like precision cuts, sanding, paint stripping, cutting tiles, demolition, repair work and much more I am sure.

  161. An angle grinder is a must have in my opinion, I attach an circular saw blade & rotary chisel to mine for woodworking, super dangerous if you’re not careful but absolute gold in the woodcrafts field 👌

  162. impact, circular saw, measuring tape. I know the measuring tape isn’t powered but it blows me away how many people have the first 2 but not the last 1. Or they have a measuring tape somewhere, I’m sure it’s around, help me look. It’s probably right next to my 10mm socket…

  163. I agree. Add safety glasses, ear plugs, a pencil, good tape measure, speed square and a 2 foot level. Pro tip for “sidewinders” (the type of saw in the video)- if you’re right handed, try to find one w/ the blade on the left and vice versa. That will give you a good view of the blade as it enters the wood somewhere near your line. Also makes it easier to use the speed square as a guide.

  164. I would aruge for a circular saw and a drill/driver combo kit. It saves a TON of time on bit changes, gets you a good mechanics tool as well (driver is as good under the hood as in a woodshop), and is often priced well as a kit.

  165. Why did you pick a circular saw instead of a jigsaw? You can do the work of a circular saw with a decent jigsaw with a guide to help straighten the cut (albeit cutting much, much slower than a circular saw), but you can’t make curved cuts with a circular saw, so if you had to pick only two tools it would seem that a jigsaw can do more cuts than a circular one at the expense of speed.

  166. Gday, the little 9o degree dewalt 1/4 inch driver attachment is a nifty side tool, great for tight spaces, and the Trend pocket hole jig, 2 little side tools that found their place the second i bought them,
    I like your videos, cheers from Ireland

  167. Started with 3D printing. Next i needed power tools like rotary small detail work as a post processing process. Next i decides to build an enclosure for 3D printing so i started to research power tools.

    My head is still spinning. The same brands have multiple brushed motor cordless models. They also have multiple variations of brushless models.

    The price gaps between similar class of tool isn’t even that big which makes it even harder to decide.

    Leaning towards the cheaper brushless versions for longevity better battery life for mostly DIY projects that probably don’t require brushless.

  168. I have the Makita plug in 100 bux model + the Milwaukee drill. Its been about 12 years on both….. NICE Vid

  169. When it comes to Circular saws I would ALWAYS buy oposite. What I mean buy this is if you are right handed buy a left hand saw and if you are left handed buy a right hand saw. Being right handed myself I use the Porter-Cable 423MAG because it allows me to look directly down to where the blade is actuall doing the cutting, without having to lean a mile over the saw to see it. This allows for greater ease of use and far better free hand cuts.

  170. I almost never pull out my circular saw since I have had a power miter saw (possibly the third power tool to get) and my cuts are more accurate. But I have had a circular saw and a drill as my first power tools.
    Great video!!!

  171. As far power tools yup those are the two coupled with the hand tools its all that is needed. the other thing about building everything is a variation of either a box or a ladder. And a box for the most part is a skinned ladder.

  172. Could you elaborate on the difference between 12V and 18/20V drills? I just bought a Trotec 12V drill for €50 and it had no trouble driving a 16mm spade bit in wood. I chose that because it was smaller and lighter than the 20V model which I felt would be an advantage for building furniture.

    It would be great if you could video a torture test showing what kind of load it takes to bog down a 12V and then showing the same load with a 20V to demonstrate the speed difference.

  173. If you’re just cutting, drilling holes and fasteners that’s all you need. But lets face it you need a lot more unless you want to rent or borrow constantly.

  174. Power is not the function of higher voltage. higher voltage gives the engineer a tool that transfers more power into the magnetic coils while losing less in the resistance of the brushes and switch. Higher voltage gives you the same power with LOWER CURRENT! Since brushes are a sort of constant, that resistance wastes less power when the current is half of that from a lower voltage saw.

    1. I finished fixing an overhead door for a banker. He left 2 fingers behind. Un bolted the cable with the door down. With 45 years in const. I still read instruction.

  175. The mentality of carpenters and other trades is no different than guitars or cars…….everyone has their preferences and most are willing to “listen” but you won’t change their minds. That’s not even getting into the “I’m the expert and my way is best” mindset. I spent way too many years in the Midwest dealing with knucklehead tradesmen that knew it all and either had done it, was about to do it, or knew a BUDDY that did it. This channel is an exception thankfully.

  176. I watched your vid. You are amazing in your presentation! Like your circular saw; head and shoulders above the rest!

  177. Here in Buffalo, NY we’ve enjoyed the services of a tool library that is “manned” by really dedicated volunteers. It’s become super-organized, including showing the status and pictures of available tools which can generally be checked out for a week (or longer for lower-demand tools), all for 20 bucks a year. COVID has affected their hours and practices, easing up somewhat lately as the virus has receded. Community gardens and cleanups have become a part of their mission. Result: Available tools without the big cost or storage….Gerald

  178. Hello thank for the video. It’s so resourceful. I want to start making chairs like sofas. Which major tools do I need

  179. Before you mentioned which tools, I was already thinking about them. Definitely the obvious choice! As a handyman, those are the most used tools in most jobs!

  180. Before watching, two must haves impact driver and circular saw.

    After video: I like the way he thinks. I could and probably would debate impact vs drill. I would add yes 18v and decide on a battery platform. Being about to use the battery on both tools. Also think about your 3rd tool. 4th, 5th, ……………….

  181. Milwaukee skill saw > Makita.
    I even have an old bigfoot 10inch version for patio work. Has to be a worm drive not just a circular saw. It’s the one tool not to go cheap on.

  182. I haven’t even watched this video yet and I can tell you that the two most important tools are a Skil saw and a drill

  183. For a diy carpenter that would probably be fine but for someone who wants to be able to fix things around the house along with doing wood work I would have to disagree. The way I see it there’s nothing that you can do with a drill that you cant do with an impact wrench with some adapters like a 1/2 square to quarter inch hex and a 1/4 inch hex to chuck adapter but there are a lot of things you can do with an impact that you cant do with even the most powerful drill. Also there is no cut that you can make with a circular saw that you cant do with a jigsaw given the right blade, but there are a lot of cuts you can make with a jigsaw that you couldn’t dream of doing with a circular saw not to mention with the right blade a jigsaw can cut through just about any material. I just feel like for home owners and DIYers its mostly about which tool can do more jobs if you’re going to be limited to just 2 power tools, an impact wrench can do more than a drill and a jigsaw can do more than a circular saw, even if it may require some extra sanding to clean up your work.

  184. drill and circular saw. both are versatile and can do many jobs cutting down your time, both can be addapted to do other things, etc; circular saw can become a table saw with a bit of creativity, a drill could have an endless list.
    but it depends on the material tbh.

  185. Agreed on the drill, for general around the house work I use a reciprocating saw more than a circular saw. In the hands of a skilled operator a reciprocating saw can be both jigsaw, chop saw, and circular saw for carpentry work whereas a circular saw is not very useful for demolition work or plumbing.

  186. I’d get a worm drive circular saw and a 20 volt impact driver. You can also use the driver as a drill, and when you really need to drive something you’ll be much, much happier. If you have a couple of extra bucks it’s worth going for the brushless version. A lot of my tools come from DeWalt, Milwaukee and Bosch. A few from Makita. I’ve learned that the homeowner grade tools only make sense if you’re buying them as a homeowner, not a home builder, so no Black and Decker for me.

  187. i think 2 tools are impossible may jobs require demo but i think 3 more tools are mandatory
    for fastening a 15 gauge nailer and for cutting a saws all and a oscillating tool.
    an honorable mention would be a dremel

  188. Professional carpenter by trade and a commercial sub contractor specializing in finish carpentry on large commercial projects. I use power tools to be efficient and save footsteps. All my carpenters had multiples of power tools and rolling carts so they don’t waste time and footsteps… even changing bits is a time waster.

    I’m retired now but still have a full cabinet shop. When I was contracting I had dozens of cordless drills ….. I don’t own a single one any more because corded drills are better and I have plugs everywhere in my shop. If I have to cut a piece of wood I grab a hand saw … you don’t have to change the blade, charge a battery or plug it in to use it.

    I see DIY’ers walking out of HD with 12″ SCMS saws. As a professional finishing contractor I was waiting for a job that needed such a saw my entire career …. it never came up. These saws are awful to work with because they weigh a ton and take up a lot of real estate. The biggest SCMS I ever owned is 10″ and I’ve done miles of crown and cornice up to 24″ deep yet these weekend warriors seen to believe they need such a beast.

    1. I have a Skilsaw I was gifted in the late 70s (my first power tool), basic but still works fine. I used it to make bookcases in my mom’s house. I just removed those bookcases in 2020. How I wish I had also had a drill.

  189. I just bought a circular saw with three different kinds of blades and a drill both 18v. I see the many uses of my two. But now I’m thinking, what would be the third? I’ve never used a router, but maybe a sander would make life a little easier.
    Thanks for the video!

  190. I would add an oscillating tool such as a Fein or Bosch. They’re great for a carpenter and also the DIYer. It is so useful for small jobs and can do things a skill saw just wont. I get the spirit of what you’re saying though. I guess it just depends on the extent of what a person wants to be able to do. The oscillating tool is at the top of my list as well, because you can make small straight cuts in tight places and also has the sanding option. Having said that I agree that the two you named are the most fundamental.

  191. I got those 2 and was set building all kinds of stuff. I added a electric plan, belt sander and orbital sander, then a jigsaw. My collection of tools are constrained by not having a shed and probably having to move in a few years. As he said, this two are the core of my rough building of stuff. Although I really want to go nuts with a CnC router, letting my cad skills get into the real world.

  192. I bought different kinds of saw but never satisfied how it works. looks like circular saw is the answer. I have a cordless drill too and very satisfied with it. Thanks for the advise.

  193. I dig your videos! I’ve only been in framing since 2004, never rose up the ranks in a crew, but i’m a good cutter, now running my own contracting business of 3 years and always learning more, thanks to videos like yours.

  194. For 40 years I used hand tools almost exclusively as DiYer with no space and no money for the tools. On retiring, we bought an 80-year old house that needed a lot of work. I bought a load of power tools and, mostly they were great – except for the mid range semi-pro price range where quality control was bad and feel in the hand was not good. Here’s the thing: Hand tools need a heavy duty bench that can withstand the forces involved in planing and chiselling with mallet. Power tools are fine with benches you can put away

  195. Yeah but variable speed… reversible corded ….can’t beat that BYTCH. I have burnt out battery after battery not even trying to either!! But yes I agree a good high-quality high voltage battery operated when you don’t have a plug-in is the bomb!!
    I haven’t gone all through your videos yet but I’m wondering do you have an air tool compared to compressor ratio … instructional? Because it’s funny how I learned that one day!! I thought I bought a bad Ingersoll for 20 bucks stupid me didn’t realize that 5 gallon compressor ain’t gonna cut it for what you want to do it for🤮. OK I was used to using daddy’s 50 gallon air compressor! BIGGGGGG difference!!!! And I’m the one that used to burp it the rust out of it all the time!!! Can you tell I love you yet?? I’m going through all your videos. watch out. And I heard you asked for comments OK I heard you!!! Thank you James. you ggonnaa smarten this dumb girl up

  196. Yeah when people laugh at me when I have my ears on…. I just turn to them and say what?👀 while my ears are still on!!

  197. I agree, but option 3 would be an impact driver, option 4 would probably be for me a recip saw then jig.

  198. My wife always has me fixing or putting in new flooring or building something wish I didn’t own one tool

  199. Lol nope that’s exactly what you need! The only thing i can say is i keep a circular saw cordless with 2 batteries, a cordless 20v with 2 batteries and a corded of each. Besides the basic tool belt of course!

    What you should do is set up your tool belt and these items. With everything you need for them- the proper hammer, ext cords, tape measure exc…. everything you need from start to finish.

    Fyi so far watching your videos. i like them, not just going over tools and or tricks but both.

  200. have a cordless circular saw but it just doesnt’ compare to the power of a corded, that’s the one tool that should not be cordless.

  201. My grandfather could do great work with a hand saw, hammer, brace and bit, and a few other small tools like screw drivers and chisels. I admired his skill and bought power tools as soon as I could afford them. Now I’m about half as good as he was.

    1. It’s not tools , it’s technique,application of brain/mind.,patience& Finally if u Love ,u r work irrespective of outcome

      Japanese do wonderful artcrafts with bare minimum tools& also ancient Indian Temple architecture

  202. You’re absolutely right! Unfortunately, I love to learn the hard way. I bought more than I really need.

  203. I’m gonna disagree on drill , almost 50 year old carpenter/builder ,I would substitute drill for impact driver. It can do what 18v drill can do ,but not vice versa and it’s easier on your hands

  204. Basically you can get by with a circular saw and an impact, all the other tools that are out there just make you more efficient and save time.

    I started my own welding company (I started my career as a carpenter and still do carpentry in my work) and all I had was a set of oxyacetylene peanut bottles (cutting) and a little buzz box Lincoln welder (fastening). With just those two tools I was able to build up from making planter boxes to doing full scale structural work (lots of saving and investing).

    This video is spot on. Love the work you do man.

  205. A cordless drill is fine if you are doing frequent projects, but if you only use them a few times a year or less, a corded drill is better. Rechargeable batteries don’t like sitting around doing nothing and will be become weaker and weaker. Then you’re buying a new battery or a whole new drill. Corded drills cost a fraction of a cordless and last a lifetime. And the annoyance of a cord is offset by not having to worry about whether the battery is charged or not. My question is, why don’t corded drills have clutches?

  206. Did you out the deceitful carpenter out of business? Lol just a pun. Excellent video. I’m relieved because I thought I was gonna need a miter saw for sure and dont have the budget yet but the circular saw would help me get started quicker.

  207. Worked for a carpenter when I was first getting into trades. He broke it down like this…

    First you have nothing as an apprentice so you use the old master carpenters few rusty tools.

    Then you become a journey man, you have a little more more success and experience and you reward yourself with all your nice tools.

    Then as you become a master you will realize what you like and what you don’t and keep what lasts and less of it becomes necessary and one day you will need to find some kid to help and he’s gonna be thinking you’re not very good as well for only having a couple rusty power tools, that is until they become a master themselves🔥

    1. My brothers and I or anyone really were not allowed to touch dads tools ever . He had a sign an a sticker on his toolboxes “ DONT EVEN ASK “


  209. I think you nailed it. Mentioning an impact driver was a solid move but one important point you forgot to mention to put the drill over the driver: the clutch allows the drill to hold the bits better than the driver’s collet.

    This coming from a Milwaukee guy. Thanks for the informative video brotha!

  210. This made me feel better after spending money on a fairly expensive cordless circular saw. Followed my gut and bought a Makita over Dewalt.

  211. The new battery powered 7 1/4 skilsaws are beasts, but the 6 1/2 saws are a lot lighter, don’t need dedicated batteries, and will do 90% of carpentry tasks.

  212. I’ve been a carpenter for 23 yrs and you couldn’t be more right about the makita 7 and a quarter brother. They are the best hands down.

  213. I recently bought my first house and I am loving this channel. You are giving me the confidence to start tackling some projects.

  214. Have a question for anyone out there can you use a dado stack on a circular saw I’m curious because there are some things that I could use a dado stack for but would have to be for a circular saw because I do not have a tablesaw or a dado stack to be able to do any of the details that I need to do so???

    1. A dado would bog the saw down and could kick the saw back into you. Just make multiple cuts to make your dado cuts.

  215. I have those two basic tools all of mine are cordless style cordless I found problems with as far as the battery life and the cost of buying new batteries when you have to buy new ones have a rubber bench but I need to buy a router to go with it but I do have a handheld router and I’ve barely even use the router yet but basic work I’ve always known those two types of tools to be the most effective in my life that I’ve known my brother he was a carpenter he also was an antique furniture restore and still does not do a whole lot with other tools other than the basic where I build a porch on a concrete ramp was just a drill nails and a circular saw turned out pretty darn good to sincerely amateur woodworker and Carpenter plus I also know plumbing and electrical electrical will never touch a circuit breaker box leave there for the professional always

  216. I do just fine with a drill and a jigsaw. The jigsaw takes longer than a circular saw, and relies more on skill or patience to get straight cuts, but it can cut curves. Sure, you can get a lot done with just straight lines but there is still a lot you can’t do. And a jigsaw is a lot more safe for a novice.

  217. I agree 100% with the 2 main tools…. if you have the skill to use a skill saw you can do a lot with one….. only thing I don’t agree with you on is that dewalt is the best…. lol

  218. ….and tool number 3 is…..
    Needle nose vise grips. Hands down.
    Short of a Leatherman it’s the best thing ever in the bottom of the toolbox

  219. Makita has been the best circular saw for at least 20 years now.
    99 Bucks seems like a bargain compared to the half inch plywood sheet I bought at the Home Depot yesterday for $69.00′

  220. Get real man. Carpentry is about using a hammer a handsaw a screwdriver a square a tape a chisel a level a pair of high heels some lipstick a wig and mascara.

  221. Just retiring my faithful old Makita 10″ slide mitre and picking up a new 12″ Makita slide mitre…pick up the new one tomorrow. Very exciting.

  222. I use my impact for everything. Drilling, driving, routing, nailing. 😂 my names Justin, and I have an impact driver addiction.

    1. I don’t think I would want to work anywhere near you.
      The noise from a impact drill drives me up the wall.
      Chewed up hinge screws and over driven dry wall screws. Ok an impact drill can be useful but I’d rather use my eighteen volt drill.

  223. I fully agree with your picks. I’m not a pro by any means, but have been a versatile DIY’er for years. My cordless drill (a 10,5v Hitachi, the smaller version of yours) has been serving me faithfully for over ten years now, often outperforming far bigger machines, and only very occasionally lacking in power. I did most of my cutting with a jigsaw (a quite powerful one with a swiveling plate), but since I recently acquired a circular saw, I realise what I’ve been missing all this time.

  224. Hammer, tape measure, corded drill, saw cat skillsaw and a shit ton of want to is what I started with. I wish I still had the sawcat.

  225. I’m partial to the Skill worm drive saw, it’s a heavy beast, but it’ll eat aluminum with the correct blade.

  226. Just this month I’ve used: cordless drill, SDS plus drill, sander, planer, jig saw, sabre saw. Jobs would have been impossible or very time consuming without them.

  227. I agree with the 2 you mentioned, but I would add a jigsaw and an electric sander. With those 4, I can tackle anything.

  228. 18 volt…yeah in 2018 maybe… now its 20V and up.. I gave all me 18volt to my buddy..
    Ive built houses since 1977…. never had a battery drill/impact driver till the late 90s…saw/hammer/level…NAIL PULL….WE BUILT A FEW HOUSES WITH NO AIR…. now I would never consider it doing anything with out air and an impact driver…..

  229. I am from El Paso Texas, one of the few carpenters left in the city. I totally agree about circular saws ( I use the 3/4 blue foam insulation under what ever sheet I’m cutting so I wont damage the blade & floor and it makes it so much easier control the saw from behind and to make your lines on the sheet while it’s on the floor, you can even set the cut depth, I set the depth 1/16 deeper than the material ) and a good impact drill. A large square and a large level to act as a post. For me I just love to use KREG JIG to join/attach materials those Kreg screws are the best they will by design pull the pieces together also along with glue and some salt. Salt keeps the pieces from moving/sliding around, a old trick my teacher showed me. Don’t believe me about the screws or salt YouTube search it. The brand I buy is based on its life time guarantee, you have to create a account and register the tools with the receipt #, serial# and tool#. This brand for DIYers is RIDGID, they back that tool for life once it is confirmed with your receipt. Only had one home owner have a return, he said it was easy. Once he called it in they said to take it back to homedepot show them the tool along with something he had to print, once homedepot decided it was not the battery they just gave him a new drill off the rack. He broke it by using it as a hammer drill, every tool serves it purpose lol.

  230. Great advice and info! As a novice, those are my 2 go to tools. I can’t even explain how excited I was the first time I used a circular saw! It lit my power tool fire and now I want them all! But for now I’m very happy with just those 2.

  231. This video is excellent, really great information and its exactly what I was looking for I want to get in to joinery but dont have much experience with using these types of cutting tools, before, and I wanted to know how to use them and what are the features and functions like, and what to expect, and you answered all my questions, I will definitely be following your channel and I subscribed and gave this a thumbs up, thank you for making this video. Inexperienced DIY-er Laura in uk

  232. Wow!!! Mind blown!!! Well said, we break things apart and put it back together in many different forms. That was BEAUTIFUL , nailed it….I had an AHA, I’m an everyday day that’s trying my best to fix things around the house, I have no clue when it comes to power tools and what to do. Thank you for sharing.

  233. Literally all I wanted was 10 seconds to say what those tools were as I was curious rather than 10 mins of waffle!

  234. If you wanted them to last you would get these in a corded version, otherwise you would be replacing them everytime the battery platform changes.

  235. I have been a building contractor for 49 years. I started in 1972 with an old $2.00 Craftsman circular saw, my dad’s old 1/4” electric drill, a roofing knife, new tape measure and a straight claw hammer dad gave me needing a new wood handle. My first two years were spent redoing shingled roofs. By 1989 I had built up a small house moving/ steel sea wall business. I retired 3 years ago and sold all my heavy equipment and a shop fire burned up my office and tools. Two years ago I got bored and talked my three brothers into going back in the carpentry business. I had to buy a saw, cordless drill, impact driver and a new leather tool belt……… I am happy once again at age 70 ! ….. Gary in Michigan

    1. @Brian DeanCome home to America if you are from here and learn a new skill. Come anyway. Your math skills will be good in construction and/or repair work. We need you home.And with new bills will be past for money in these areas there will be good jobs here.

    2. @Yu Tu I don’t live in ‘Gary’, Indiana . I live in a beautiful two story brick home north of Port Huron, Michigan on lake Huron

    3. You’d think with all that money you would move out of Gary and Michigan.

      I used to live in the outskirts of Detroit back in 76 -78. It was great then.

    4. @Super Straight Thanks, I am 70 years young this past April. I bought my first big V twin ‘chopper’ last Friday ( I am scratching off my bucket list hehe ! )……. lovin’ life, working hard and playing hard !

  236. I have no money. I bought a cordless drill and I have a vibrating sandpaper (I got it for free).

    Thanx! I will buy a cheap circular saw XD

  237. I will never drive screws again without a cordless impact driver. Must have. A far superior tool to a cordless drill for running in screws. Buy at least three power tools 😉

  238. Excellent video. I am critical of videos like this which try to evaluate which tools are necessary to successfully execute woodworking goals. There is no right answer for everyone. Breaking it down, there are 2 basic components to determine what tools you need to successfully accomplish your goals in woodworking. It is basically time vs. financial resources , or investment of either. You will probably agree that everything you can do with the circular saw in the forefront , can be accomplished with the handsaw in the back ground. The primary difference is probably time, especially since the hand saw is probably more capable as far as type of cuts ( not having to not deal with the lack of verticality in cut terminations). The third factor, as you mention, to be considered is safety. The hand saw wins , hands down. How much is that worth, well probably all that you can afford. case in point, I set up my shop with primarily Milwaukee M18 power tools. Convenience being the determining factor. After careful consideration, last week I bought an ICS sawstop table saw. Although this was an order of magnitude difference in cost, the safety weighting took on a higher magnitude. the weighting of the factors may not be compatible for most. Your assessment is only a specific point that will will vary with any individual user. worth noting is I bought a Nobex miter saw that has no greater capabilities than anything I currently own, but it is far more convenient and time saving for quick, accurate cuts, again weighting of the the 3 primary factors. summary: how much money , time do you have and how much do you want to hang on to all our body parts.

  239. If you need a tool once, you will need it twice, There is no such thing as an unnecessary tool, don’t lie to people.

  240. I’ve been DIY woodworking for years and it really depends on what you’re making but I got my first circular saw a year ago. Before then it was a 10tpi resharpenable panel hand saw for everything followed by a dovetail saw. A good drill though is indespensible. I do find myself reaching for the circular saw frequently, and I have a track for it which is handy.

  241. Great video! I have a question though, I’m a pretty new DIYer (the Pandemic forced me to explore different ways of approaching things), and I only do really small woodwork. Seriously, I mostly work with really small pieces of wood, like paint stirrers. However, I’m sick of scoring pieces of wood with my utility knife, and I want a faster way to cleanly cut wood. Obviously, and kind of power saw would be extreme overkill, but would a Dremel servo me well? I’m thinking it could cut wood, sand it, polish things, and more. Would you recommend one for my purposes? I already have a cordless brushless 1/2″ DeWalt drill, a utility knife, a screwdriver with change able tips that comes with 7 tips, and basic stuff like that.

    Thank you in advance!

  242. Dude, you are my hero. I recently got into carpentry and improving my very first home, and I would say 85% of my knowledge derives from your videos! Thank you so much!

  243. A drill and a circular saw is probably the core, I’ve done a lot of work in the last six months with those (cordless Makita) however on numerous occasions a router or planer would have been a boon…

  244. Been a bench joiner (Own 2 combie drills & an impact driver) & steel fixers mate (Own no power tools for that) for 10s of years, now out of work no car but am looking at home crafting coffee tables from 18mm solid tongue & groove floor boards, or picture frames for puzzles or board games inlayed under the coffee table glass. Some form of complex system made simple combined once realized lol. Or a tool chest coffee table may be in order with a lift off top. I have plenty of hand tools limited space & no garden, so that leaves setting up my front room as a make shift work shop? Have 2 house rabbits that eat most things so metal edged timber is probably favourite (was going to make a rabbit friendly coffee table with bolt holes 3 boxes 4 holes each but where would i put my tools for quick semi organized access?). So a sturdy tool chest base is needed with 4 deployable upstand legs internal i could flip up or mount a solid door blank on top as work surface. I will need at minimum a decent straight edge (door blank edge with square capped ends?) to make free hand straight edges from. (1 18V Router) for rebates, inlays biscuits, tounge & groove, rounding, bevels, top & bottom bearing cutters, end jointing profiles, radius work. (2 Orbital sander) (3 Track saw or plunge cut circular saw with 45 degree bevel for edge glued downstand table thickener pieces?) (4 Jig saw?) (5 planner?) (6 Multi tool cant decide its usefulness in this situation even if i built a sledge for straight cuts there more a bodge tool burn through?) (7 dirrect extraction hoover back pack?) A jig for end mitres? Jig for dowels. Lots of work just to get started then it needs to be a wheel barrow style design to move it all to clean house. Arghhhh have i forgot anything. (8 Biscuit joiner, luxury) (9 Mitre saw, luxury) Please help thin out my tool selection im on Makita 18V platform for my drills.

  245. Well said. I would only add one more tool to make three. A small 4″ to 5″ hand held angle grinder with a flexible fiber backing plate and grinding/sanding disks. An angle grinder will bevel and smooth edges, ends and rounded corners with ease when used with care.

  246. imagine this: a dewalt/milwaukee/whatever transport van loaded with the ‘essentials’ ….specialty built in battery ports, built in packout system, each major powertool is linked to each other via wireless connection, anti theft and lost tool locator…can get a ‘plumbers’ edition, ‘framers’..etc….everything you need for professionals: vehicle + essential tools designed specifically to work together…get’s you going on day one. obviously, not for diy’ers…they can get a kia sorento version i guess..

  247. Another excellent video. I don’t own any power tools yet. I am in the market for my first power drill. Question: What is the reference of the 1/2″ in regards to a cordless drill? I have heard of 3/8″ keyless chuck. Is this the same reference. Thanks for your amazing content.

  248. Nice, the first power tools I ever bought was a DeWalt drill and saw combo set. I still have the saw (drill died on me after a decade of light use) and the case they came with. Saw is still running fine too 🙂

  249. Great video. Your absolutely correct on the tools. I am a framer by trade but now just do small remodels and DIY. That’s all I carry, well sometimes a sawzall

  250. Nonsense. As I’ve got older I have accumulated more power tools. For instance after I got an impact wrench, I could kick myself for not getting one ten years earlier. A ratchet wrench also makes working on cars and m/cs easier. One friend says there is no job too small that you can’t use a power tool.

  251. BTW, I have a small 4.8 cordless screwdriver for tiny DIY jobs. A sawsall, 2 oscillating tools, a circular saw, a miter saw, a hammer drill screwdriver that is too heavy and not even the right tool! Plus, I have a hand held saw and a drywall saw.

  252. Awesome video! Thank you! I have purchased 3 of the wrong screw drivers so far.

    Last was a hammer drill! I cant even use it!

    I just need a screw driver that is also a drill.

    Not a fancy one or a heavy one. I’m a woman and need a light weight drill for home DIY small furniture projects.

    Plus, I am going to build a closet!

  253. I’d say an oscillating tool is actually a much better cutting tool for 90% of DIY’ers. I’d recommend buying an oscillating tool, and renting or borrowing a circ saw on the rare occasions you actually need one for a home project (emphasis on rare).

    Cuts up to 4″ thick with a round blade, so anything a home owner is likely to to use.
    Orders of magnitude safer.
    Can make small detail cuts that a circular saw just can’t.
    Doubles as a sander, grinder, nail cutter, scraper, box cutter, grout & caulk remover, etc.
    Can be used safely at awkward angles, tight spaces, and without a work table/sawhorse.
    Blades are way cheaper.

    Only downside is that it’s slower for pure cutting, but for the majority of home projects with short cuts you’d never notice. And it will do long cuts, you just have to be careful and take your time.

    Don’t get me wrong, a circ saw is a great tool, but if we only get 2 tools, drill and oscillating are the way to go.

  254. I built a set of kitchen cabinets with a circular saw ( bolted under plywood ).out of town cause that’s all I had..(except 30+years experience in Cabinet making)

  255. I built a 4ft picket fence last year with absolutely no carpentry experience in my 40 years. I bought a Dewalt 20v drill and their reciprocating saw. Just a few YouTube videos and got it up in a few days. I realize I can’t make great cuts with the reciprocating saw, but it did work fine for that project.

  256. Tools don’t give you the skills but tools can make the job easier all around. Nothing like having the right tool for the job. I’m one for if you can afford it buy it. If your handy tools are never a bad investment. But good choice on the the two tools. Becoming comfortable with a circular saw is key !

    1. This is the most absolutely true statement on earth. Pissed my dad always told me they were too powerful and crack wood

  257. Dude I love your channel you reignited the woodwork love I had before and now I’m looking foward to getting my contractor license for carpentry

  258. As someone that owns a circular saw I think a table saw is great for DIY’ers. It can mitre architraves, rip accurately and there is less set up time. It makes up for errors us DIYers can make and portability isn’t as important to professionals. The circular saw is better where you need to take the tool closer to the work area.

    1. @toemas8 That’s what I mean – when I was using a borrowed table saw, I was able to make long, shallow cuts, which I couldn’t do with the circular saw after returning my friend’s table saw.

    2. After using a borrowed table saw, one thing I really notice with the circular saw is the inability to adjust the cut depth. I just picked up a multitool, but before that it was back to a handsaw for every shallow cut I needed to make.