Home workshop power tools and accessories make great gifts for your loved one and even for yourself. Sometimes you just have to treat yourself… you know? You or your loved one may be getting more and more involved in working on “projects” around the house. If that is the case, then it may be time to get serious about equipping your garage or basement with some serious home workshop power tools.
HOME WORKSHOP POWER TOOLS
For your new home workshop, we have a list of home workshop power tools and accessories that could make your life a lot easier. I have a treat for you… I want to share with you some real home workshop tools that were actually the cornerstone of someone’s modest basement workshop. That is Raymond’s (or Ray’s) workshop. Ray is a member of our Top Gifts team and has helped with a lot of our research and is quite the handyman. So here is quite a bit in his own words.
Ray says, “ I did indeed start my own workshop some years ago with power tools and accessories like those listed in this article.
Over the years, I have expanded my home workshop and tools by quite a bit. I now have quite a few more advanced tools and my home workshop covers more basement area. I do not, however, lose sight of the essential tools that started this modest basement home workshop of mine.”
By converting a basement or garage into a home workshop, you can easily house the hand-picked tools we have featured for you in this article. Further down on this post and in the related pages we also have some videos that will help you to become well informed on the safe use of these products.
Workshop tools can be dangerous when used improperly. At the same time, when you learn to use them in a safe and productive manner they will delight you with years of good service. So, enjoy yourself and have fun with your home workshop…
PORTER CABLE 6 GALLON PANCAKE AIR COMPRESSOR
PORTER-CABLE C2002-WK Oil-Free UMC Pancake Compressor with 13-Piece Accessory Kit
The Porter Cable 6 Gallon Pancake Air Compressor is a good quality and of adequate size (horsepower and tank capacity) portable shop air compressor. It can be the anchor of your home workshop air power source. Every home workshop needs at least a modest air compressor. It is essential for many air power tools (also called pneumatic tools) and you will find that this one is very versatile.
For those of you who may not be familiar with air compressors, Ray goes in much more depth to tell you about them and why you may want to get one for your home workshop. He also includes a very good video on using them. Read more here…
NAIL GUN KIT – FREEMAN 4-PIECE COMBO
Now that you have your own air compressor and accessory kit, this Freeman 4-Piece Combo Nail Gun Kit becomes a must for your home workshop. It will save you from the stress of having to hammer down every single nail in your projects. You will also save a lot of time and get the job done much faster.
This combo kit will definitely save you money too. How? Well, you are getting 4-tools-in-one for your money. You would have to pay a lot more if you were to buy each of the 4 tools separately.
The Freeman combo kit includes a Framing Nail Gun, a Finish Nail Gun, a Staple Nail Gun, a Brad Nail Gun, and some Nail Gun Nails to start you off. It also comes with an attractive canvas storage bag.
We won’t take your time going into the small details of this Nail Gun Kit and you can find out when you check it out. We share benefits and safety videos when you read more here…
DEWALT DW511 CORDED HAMMER DRILL
We believe that the DeWalt DW511 Hammerdrill is one of the best corded hammer drills out there… Ray has one and uses it on all his heavy duty projects with 100% satisfaction. He says, “I once started to drill into this concrete wall for some fasteners with my regular expensive heavy duty drill. Unfortunately, I wasted a few good concrete drill bits and a lot of time, before I gave up… Not to mention that my drill had started to smoke from the extreme heat and I almost burnt it completely!
So, I called a contractor friend of mine to seek his advice. He told me to get a good hammer drill if I wanted to get the job done properly. Boy! Was he ever right! It is an absolutely essential tool when you need to deal with any kind of masonry, dense wood, or some metals.
Its 7.8 Amp motor gives you high performance with an overload protection. The 360° side handle (and a depth rod) provides better control, flexibility, and increased depth accuracy. All of this with a lot of ease and no frustration… the hammer drill will make a superb addition to your home workshop tools.”
⏩ It is very important that you watch this tool use & safety video before using your new Hammer Drill…
➤➤➤ How to Use a Hammer drill: “How to Drill through Concrete Using a Hammer Drill”
DEWALT MASONRY DRILL BIT SET
You should also get this very practical and needed Dewalt Masonry Drill Bit Set to go with your DeWalt DW511 Hammerdrill. This quality drill bit set includes 7 masonry drill bits from 3/16” to 1/2″ in size. Each bit has a non-slip shank with 3 flats to prevent slipping in the drill chuck. These 7 masonry bits will give you the ease of drilling holes in all your masonry projects. Projects involving bricks, blocks, concrete, and flooring tiles. The right bit is what makes it possible for you to really appreciate your hammer drill… You also won’t have to search around for the right size bit.
DEWALT 7480 TABLE SAW
DEWALT DWE7480XA 10-Inch Compact Job Site Table Saw with Guarding System and Stand
The Dewalt 7480 Table Saw with stand is another essential tool for your home workshop. This portable 10-inch compact table saw has a 15 Amp 4800 rpm motor which cuts through all types of wood easily. It is ideal for cutting larger shelving and trim materials. You will also have a heavy-duty stand to place the table saw securely for operation. This stand will easily fold for storage after your project is done.
With this table saw, you can set the fence (guide piece for width option) to cut your wood with whatever width you want. Ray tells us, “For the longest time I used my circular saw to cut long pieces of wood in a narrow width. However, I was never able to cut it exactly on the line to get a perfect cut. As a result, I could also never get two cut pieces with a consistent width. With the table saw, I didn’t have to strain my eyes to cut on the line and hope for a straight cut. Nor did I have to spend so much time, and strain on my hands and arms, when it came to cutting more than one piece of wood.”
Please note that this shown Dewalt 7480 Table Saw is not designed for real hard-core professional projects… You may need a professional stationary cabinet table saw, which can be quite expensive. It is also very important to observe and undertake strict safety measures whenever working with power tools of any kind, especially table cutting power tools.
DEWALT 10-INCH SAW BLADE COMBO
We also recommend this Dewalt 10-inch Saw Blade Combo to go along with your Dewalt 7480 Table Saw. This blade combo includes a 60-tooth crosscutting blade and a 32-tooth general purpose blade for your table saw. The blades are made to last and can be used for both table saws and miter saws.
⏩ Check out these very important and beneficial tool use & safety videos before using your new Table Saw!
HITACHI C10FCHE 10 INCH MITER SAW WITH LASER
One more home workshop essential is a miter saw such as the Hitachi C10FCHE 10 Inch Miter Saw With Laser. We especially like the Laser Marker system on this miter saw. It makes for cutting with accuracy quick and easy for your project. It is a lightweight portable miter saw and weighs only 26.5 lbs.
This Hitachi miter saw includes one 40-tooth Combination Blade… Ideal for crosscutting, ripping plywood, wood composites, plus natural wood. It also includes two additional Finish Blades… A 60-tooth blade and an 80-tooth blade for precision cutting, general finish work… They can also be used for framing and decking as well.
The 15-Amp motor provides enough power for all your tough projects. It is also flexible with a 0-50 degree miter angle range (to the left and right). Additionally, it also has the 0-45 degree bevel angle range (to the left). Both of these features make this tool ideal for precision cuts. And, a dust collector to collect all your cutting particles is also included.
⏩ Make sure you watch these two very important tool use & safety videos before using your new Miter Saw…
➤➤➤ Miter Saw Basics
➤➤➤ Miter Saw Safety
HITACHI HEAVY-DUTY PORTABLE MITER SAW STAND
Hitachi UU240F Heavy-Duty Portable Miter Saw Stand
We highly recommend that you get this Hitachi Heavy-Duty Portable Miter Saw Stand. It is made specifically for your Hitachi C10FCHE 10 Inch Miter Saw With Laser with a perfect fit for it.
This height-adjustable stand is very sturdy (weighs 50 pounds) and holds up to 400 lbs. It easily folds up (with the saw mounted on it, if you prefer) for out-of-the-way storage. Quick-release mounting brackets provide for easy mounting and removal of the miter saw from the 50-pound weight stand.”
BEST RECIPROCATING SAW
In our opinion, the DEWALT DWE304 10-Amp Reciprocating Saw is the best reciprocating saw to start your home workshop. According to Ray, it is one of the most useful tools that he could ever have. When it comes to demolition, of old fixtures and things, there is nothing like it… He always uses his Dewalt corded reciprocating saw. He says it is wonderful not to have to struggle to rip things out with crowbars and hacksaws… All you need is this reciprocating saw to easily cut free doors, windows, walls, plumbing, etc. You can then just throw them away. Read Tips For Reciprocating Saw uses here…
DEWALT DW331K 6.5 Amp Top Handle Jig-Saw
The important trick you have to know is what type of a blade you need to use for the project you have ahead. It is small and compact to allow for ease and comfort in your hands and arms while in use.
You can also use this tool to cut intricate shapes, making compound and bevel cuts in all kinds of materials as well. When it comes to cutting into a kitchen countertop for installing a sink, the best tool to use is a jig saw. The versatile Dewalt Dw331K 6.5 Amp Jig Saw provides more than enough power to easily cut a kitchen countertop. This lightweight and user-friendly tool Dewalt Jig Saw will allow any beginner to operate it safely with just a little instruction.
The Dewalt DW331K 6.5 Amp Jig Saw will easily cut wood, particleboard, plywood, plastic, or even ceramic tile. It also has a variable speed motor which delivers from 500 to 3,100 strokes per minute cutting speed. A keyless lever-action blade clamp is standard on this saw for efficient and convenient blade changing. You will get a 4-position orbital action with this saw for quicker and more demanding cuts… a MUST feature for those intricate cuts.
We will show you the right blades for the right project when using your Dewalt Jig Saw. Also, we will show you some cutting techniques & tips with a Dewalt Jig Saw for a successful home project. These techniques & tips will save you lots of time, effort, and frustration! Read techniques and tips for jig saw use here…
TEKTON 54008 8-Inch Swivel Bench Vise
The TEKTON 8 in. Swivel Bench Vise is a medium-duty all-purpose benchtop vise…. It is also another must for your home workshop. It is an essential tool that you will use more often than you can imagine. Whatever your project, mechanical, metalworking, putting parts together, woodworking, sharpening tools, etc… You need this tool!
Using this bench vise will allow you to complete your home project quicker and more securely. You can be assured that your material is safely secured in the vise… When you are building, bending, drilling, and shaping a project. When it comes to forming and shaping metal pieces… The polished anvil has a smooth and consistent work surface.
You can also rotate the vise around its 120-degree swivel base. This feature lets you place your project in the desired spot. This vise can be easily mounted to your home shop workbench in your garage or basement.
HAMMERHEAD COMPACT LASER MEASURING TOOL
This is Ray again… When it comes to measuring, I am certain that everyone has at least one metal measuring tape. It could be in a drawer in your kitchen, or perhaps one or more somewhere else in the house. Well, to make a point for the purpose of this article, I looked throughout my whole house and basement. I just wanted to see how many metal measuring tapes I had. Do you want to guess how many? Okay, I tell you… Are you sitting down? I have a total of 28… that is Twenty-eight… metal measuring tapes!
You may wonder as to ‘why would anyone, in their right mind, would have so many.’ First of all, I usually forget where I put the last measuring tape I was using. Second, I don’t really know why I have accumulated these over the years. They are in different lengths… From 5 feet to 50 feet long… Go figure!
Well, I finally got smart and bought this very practical and time-saving HAMMERHEAD 100 Foot Compact Laser Measuring Tool (Amazon link here) for myself… The best move I made! I now rarely use a measuring tape, and I guess I have to part with some of them. I think I will do that slowly, though. You just never know when you might really need one.”
The HAMMERHEAD Compact Laser Measuring Tool has a very thin design. It is also indeed accurate to 100 feet… within ⅛ of an inch. It can operate in length, area, and continuous measure modes with just one simple button… All you have to do is, point, press, and measure! You can use both metric and foot/inch functions with this laser measuring tool. There is a rechargeable 4-volt lithium battery for this tool which is charged through a USB port.
Just in case it is inconvenient for you to plug your Hammerhead compact laser measuring tool into your home computer to charge its battery… Here are some other options… You can get this awesome multi-use Wall Mount-Charging Center with 4 USB Ports and 3 AC Outlets for your home.
And, for your car, you can get this practical and affordable Car Charger with 2 USB Ports for all your devices. It is an excellent idea to get both of them together and know that you are always covered… Both at home and in your car.
By the way, how about those smaller inside the home measuring project jobs? We have a great suggestion for you… This extremely affordable and compact… Qooltek Multi-Purpose 8 Foot Laser Level & Laser Measure Line & Measure Tape. It has both Foot/Inch and Metric Rulers. We say a great tool because it is so handy for hanging pictures, installing shelving… Hanging wallpaper, laying flooring and much more. We think your handyman will love you for this gift as it makes your measuring and leveling jobs so much easier.
Qooltek Multi-Purpose Laser Level & Laser Measure Line in use
IMPORTANT LASER SAFETY NOTE:
▲ A laser device is not a toy and must not be allowed to fall into the hands of children.
▲ Misuse of any laser device can result in permanent eye damage.
▲ Misuse of the device can result in permanent eye damage.
Related Tool Videos To Watch
We have a number of related tool videos to share with you. Some of the videos are in the related pages. Be sure to look there as well. The way to really enjoy working with your tools is to know a little about them before you actually get them. It also helps to know the safety measures that you need to take. We found some videos here from highly experienced people… They will give you the tips you need to make your workshop fun and safe.
Informative videos for your pleasure: