20 Best Deals On Cordless Power Tools

Updated on: June 2021

Best Deals On Cordless Power Tools in 2021


Makita XMT03Z 18V LXT Lithium-Ion Cordless Multi-Tool, Tool Only

Makita XMT03Z 18V LXT Lithium-Ion Cordless Multi-Tool, Tool Only
BESTSELLER NO. 1 in 2021
  • 18V LXT Lithium Ion battery provides upto 20 minutes of continuous run time
  • Variable speed control dial (6, 000 to 20, 000 OPM) enables user to match the speed to the application
  • 3.2Degree oscillation angle engineered for faster, more aggressive cutting and sanding
  • Large on/off slide switch with lock on button for operator convenience
  • Tool less clamp system for fast accessory installation

CRAFTSMAN V20 Cordless Drill Combo Kit, 2 Tool (CMCK200C2)

CRAFTSMAN V20 Cordless Drill Combo Kit, 2 Tool (CMCK200C2)
BESTSELLER NO. 2 in 2021
  • 20V max* 1/2 in. Cordless drill with powerful motor provides 280 UWO of power for demanding drilling and fastening tasks
  • 20V max* 1/2 in. Cordless drill with 2 speed gearbox ranging from 0350 RPM and 01, 500 RPM for speed of application
  • 20V max* 1/4 in. Cordless impact driver provides 1, 460 inlbs of torque running at 2, 800 RPM and 3, 100 BPM for heavy duty fastening tasks
  • 20V max* 1/4 in. Cordless impact driver features a drop and load one handed bit change
  • Both units feature an LED light for improved visibility
  • Compact designs and contoured overmolded handles make working in tight spaces easier and more comfortable
  • Storage bag is included for ease of transportation and storage
  • (2) 20V MAX* Lithium Batteries with high performance cells provide ample runtime and increased performance
  • 20V MAX* Lithium charger provides a 60 minute or less charge time on included battery
  • 3 Year Limited Warranty, refer to "Warranty & Support" section below for full details

DEWALT DCP580B 20V MAX Brushless Planer (Tool Only)

DEWALT DCP580B 20V MAX Brushless Planer (Tool Only)
BESTSELLER NO. 3 in 2021
  • Brushless motor which provides power and runtime of 32,000 cuts per minute
  • Calibrated depth adjustment knob to 5/64" (2 mm approximately) and no load speed is 15000 rpm
  • Precision-machined front and back aluminum shoes ensure parallelism of cut
  • Kickstand allows user to rest the planer on work surface without gouging the material
  • Poly-V drive belt provides increased belt durability
  • Battery & Charger Sold Separately

Cordless Drill Driver, GALAX PRO 20V Lithium Ion Power Drill with Work Light, Max Torque(20N.m), 3/8 inch Keyless Chuck, 19+1 Position, Single Speed (0-600RPM)- 1.3Ah Battery & Charger Included

Cordless Drill Driver, GALAX PRO 20V Lithium Ion Power Drill with Work Light, Max Torque(20N.m), 3/8 inch Keyless Chuck, 19+1 Position, Single Speed (0-600RPM)- 1.3Ah Battery & Charger Included
BESTSELLER NO. 4 in 2021
  • KEYLESS CHUCK: This drill comes equipped with a 3/8” keyless chuck for fast and convenient bit installation or removal. Simply twist the chuck ring either direction to loosen or tighten the chuck and insert or remove the drill bit
  • 19+1 POSITION TORQUE RING: The power drill features 19+1 torque position clutch, 20N.m maximum torque, help you to choose the most suitable drilling force and precisely control the drilling size to meet your needs. Variable torque settings allow for maximum control and precise torque settings for any material- wood, metal, plastic and more
  • 20V MAX BATTERY: The Cordless Driver comes with a 1.3Ah Lithium Ion battery and a charger for extended run time. Indicator on the the front of the battery to display how many power left for less downtime on the job
  • ERGONOMIC DESIGN & CONVENIENCE: Soft rubber handle provides a comfortable grip for being breezily operated in one hand. Illumination LED light provides a bright work area during dark situation and the belt clip also allows you to take it with you even if you work high up
  • WHAT YOU GET: 1*GALAX PRO 95604 Cordless Drill, 1* 1.3A Battery, 1* Charger,1* Belt Clip, 2* Screwdriver bits, 3* Drilling Bits, 1* User Manual, 1* Warranty Card; 24 Months Warranty

Makita XT612M 18V LXT Lithium-Ion Brushless Cordless 6-Pc. Combo Kit (4.0Ah)

Makita XT612M 18V LXT Lithium-Ion Brushless Cordless 6-Pc. Combo Kit (4.0Ah)
BESTSELLER NO. 5 in 2021
  • Efficient BL Brushless motor is electronically controlled to optimize battery energy use for up to 50 Percent longer run time per charge
  • The BL Brushless motor eliminates carbon brushes, enabling the BL motor to run cooler and more efficiently for longer life
  • The electronically controlled BL Brushless motor efficiently uses energy to match torque and RPM to the changing demands of the application
  • Variable 2 speed 1/2 inches hammer Driver Drill (0-500 & 0-2, 000 RPM) (0-7, 500 & 0-30, 000 BPM) covers a wide range of drilling, driving and hammer applications
  • Variable speed impact driver (0 to 3, 400 RPM & 0 to 3, 600 IPM) provides 1, 500 inches pounds of max torque

Ryobi P884 18-Volt ONE+ Lithium-Ion Combo Kit (6-Tools)

Ryobi P884 18-Volt ONE+ Lithium-Ion Combo Kit (6-Tools)
BESTSELLER NO. 6 in 2021
  • Includes 2 - 18-volt lithium batteries, usable on any machine in the one+ product line; includes 18-volt dual-chemistry charger; batteries can be recharged in as little as 30 minutes
  • Drill has 2 speed settings (0-440 or 0-1600 rpm), variable with a spring-loaded trigger; reciprocating saw features tool-free blade change
  • Tool weights: drill, 2. 7 lbs. ; circular saw, 4. 7 lbs. ; impact driver, 2. 65 lbs. ; reciprocating saw, 4. 1 lbs. ; job plus base, 2. 15 lbs. ; work light, 0. 7 lb. ; includes carrying bag for easy portability
  • Reciprocating saw's adjustable, pivoting shoe allows depth-of-cut control and more efficient use of blade; circular saw has an exact line laser, which automatically activates during use
  • Work light has a multi-functional design capable of sitting flat on battery, on end or hanging for ultimate lighting versatility; swivel head directs light where needed

Milwaukee 2457-20 M12 Cordless 3/8" Sub-Compact 35 ft-Lbs 250 RPM Ratchet w/ Variable Speed Trigger (Battery Not Included, Power Tool Only)

Milwaukee 2457-20 M12 Cordless 3/8
BESTSELLER NO. 7 in 2021
  • RECESSED FORWARD - BACKWARD SWITCH on the back of the head prevents you from accidental actuations in the middle of an important job
  • LOW PROFILE HEAD DESIGN allows you to work in an engine bay without issue
  • ONBOARD FUEL GAUGE: Lights on the side of the unit will let you know how much power you have left
  • LED LIGHTING on the front of the unit allows you to see your job in dimly lit conditions
  • REDLINK INTELLIGENCE: A smart chip in this unit allows it to communicate with the M12 battery plugged into it. This prevents it from receiving too much power and overheating, saving it from unnecessary damage

BLACK+DECKER 20V MAX Cordless Drill Combo Kit, 4-Tool (BD4KITCDCRL)

BLACK+DECKER 20V MAX Cordless Drill Combo Kit, 4-Tool (BD4KITCDCRL)
BESTSELLER NO. 8 in 2021
  • Part of the black+decker 20V max* battery system and 2 batteries doubles the runtime for larger projects and less down time
  • Drill / Driver features an 11 position clutch with a LED work light to illuminate the work surface
  • Circular saw features a high torque motor with a 5-1/2" blade
  • Reciprocating saw features 3000Spm motor, 7/8" stroke length and tool-free blade changes
  • LED work ight offers 70 Lumens for up to 11 hours of runtime
  • Included Components: (1) LDX120 Drill/Driver, (1) BDCCS20 Circular Saw, (1) BDCR20 Reciprocating Saw, (1) BDCF20 Work Light, (2) LBXR20 20V MAX* Lithium Ion Batteries, (1) Battery Charger, (1) Double Ended Bit, (1) 5.5" Circular Saw Blade, (1) Reciprocating Saw Blade

Bosch GSR12V-140FCB22 Cordless Electric Screwdriver 12V Kit - 5-In-1 Multi-Head Power Drill Set

Bosch GSR12V-140FCB22 Cordless Electric Screwdriver 12V Kit - 5-In-1 Multi-Head Power Drill Set
BESTSELLER NO. 9 in 2021
  • Versatile: The electric screwdriver's 5 in 1 design delivers outstanding versatility in a compact, high quality drill/driver; The kit includes a locking bit holder, a key less chuck, an offset angle and a right angle to attach to the tool with the one click interface
  • Convenient : The included key less chuck attachment provides locked in drilling for difficult materials; An LED light illuminates dark work areas effectively and afterglow function keeps the light on for 10 seconds after the tool is off
  • Secure: The kit’s locking bit holder attachment locks hex bits for security during high torque driving or drilling
  • Adjustable: The provided right angle attachment is designed for tight work spaces and works with the other three
  • Precision: The offset angle attachment offers precise screw driving very close to edges; Rotates to 16 positions without

Makita XTR01Z 18V LXT Lithium-Ion Brushless Cordless Compact Router

Makita XTR01Z 18V LXT Lithium-Ion Brushless Cordless Compact Router
BESTSELLER NO. 10 in 2021
  • Makita built Brushless motor delivers faster and more accurate cuts in a variety of materials
  • The electronically controlled BL Brushless motor efficiently uses energy to match torque and RPM to the changing demands of the application
  • Variable speed control dial (10, 000 to 30, 000 RPM) to match the speed to the application
  • Electronic speed control maintains constant speed under load
  • On/off button with separate lock button helps prevent accidental start up of the tool for user and work piece protection

Cordless Electric Ratchet Wrench, 3/8" 40 Ft-lbs 400 RPM 12V Power Ratchet Wrench Kit w/ 60-Min Fast Charge, Variable Speed Trigger, 2-Pack 2.0Ah Lithium-Ion Batteries, 8 Sockets

Cordless Electric Ratchet Wrench, 3/8
BESTSELLER NO. 11 in 2021
  • 【Eliminate Cords & Loud Air Hose】With a max torque of 40 ft-lbs at 400 RPM and a variable speed trigger, KIMO Cordless Ratchet performs just like your air ratchet but without the annoying cords and the constant loud noise from the air hose.
  • 【Compact & Lightweight】Weighs merely 2.2 lbs (w/ battery) plus its ultra-slim head design, KIMO Electric Ratchet can reach any tight spots to ratchet nuts and bolts effortlessly, making it perfect for any auto maintenance, construction or home repair work.
  • 【Proudly Present 2 KIMO Batteries】Over 25 years, KIMO has kept updating its batteries to the best of its kind. It’s estimated that the life expectancy of each KIMO 12V battery is at least 1,000 cycles. Stop worrying about dying batteries or batteries that won’t charge after minimal usage. KIMO’s got your back!
  • 【Built-in LED & Ergonomic Handle】KIMO equipped this ratchet wrench with 2 pieces of rubber that withstand corrosive materials and increase your comfort when using. Its built-in LED illuminates the work area while the on-board fuel gauge displays remaining run time.
  • 【Power Ratchet Wrench Work Kit】Comes with 2 X 1000-Charge Cycle 20V 2.0Ah KIMO Power Batteries, 1 X 60-minute Fast Charge, 1 X KIMO BMC Case, 7 X sockets, 1 X 3/8-Inch to 1/4-Inch drive adapter. KIMO has provided you with an all-you-need Ratchet Wrench Work Kit.

Makita XT706 3.0Ah 18V LXT Lithium-Ion Cordless Combo Kit (7 Piece)

Makita XT706 3.0Ah 18V LXT Lithium-Ion Cordless Combo Kit (7 Piece)
BESTSELLER NO. 12 in 2021
  • Variable 2 speed 1/2 inches hammer Driver Drill (0 to 600 & 0 to 1, 900 RPM) with Makita built 4 pole motor delivers 480 inches pounds of max torque; Weighs only 3.9 pounds with battery
  • Variable speed impact driver (0 to 2,900 RPM & 0 to 3,500 IPM) provides 1,460 inches pounds of max torque for a wide range of fastening applications
  • 6 to 1/2 inches circular saw delivers 3, 700 RPM for faster cutting and ripping through wood and weighs only 7.3 pounds with battery; Battery Charge Time (minutes) 30
  • Recipro saw provides 0 to 2, 800 SPM and features "tool less" blade change; Weighs only 8.3 pounds with battery
  • 4 to 1/2 inches / 5 inches cut off/ angle grinder delivers 8, 500 RPM; Features automatic speed change technology that adjusts speed and torque during operation for optimum performance

Milwaukee 2494-22 M12 Cordless Combination 3/8" Drill / Driver and 1/4" Hex Impact Driver Dual Power Tool Kit (2 Lithium Ion Batteries, Charger, and Bag Included)

Milwaukee 2494-22 M12 Cordless Combination 3/8
BESTSELLER NO. 13 in 2021
  • 3/8" DRILL / DRIVER (2407-20): This all-metal drill / driver combines the compact size of a 12 volt tool with Milwaukee’s highest standards for power. With speeds reaching 1,500 RPM and a 20 position clutch to adjust your torque up to 275 inch pounds, you’ll have more than enough power to drive fasteners and drill holes through a variety of residential and industrial projects
  • 1/4" HEX IMPACT DRIVER (2462-20): A whopping 2,500 RPM and 1,000 Inch Pounds of torque define this beast of a 12 Volt tool. Handling of it is supported with the textured grip, which gives you improved control in slippery conditions. It also has an onboard LED lighting system for your driving subjects in dimmer areas, and a fuel gauge that lets you know how much work you can still do on a single charge
  • 2 x 12 VOLT LITHIUM ION BATTERIES (48-11-2401): These 12V Lithium Ion batteries can power the M12 line of Milwaukee power tools. They come packed with RedLink intelligence, an innovation that allows communication between the battery and the tools they power. This communication prevents them from sending too much power into the tool and potentially overheating it. On top of that, their compact size gives you the greatest ease of control out of any other M12 li ion battery
  • M12 BATTERY CHARGER (48-22-2424): This will take care of your M12 batteries without a problem. It has a battery charging status indicator that lets you know if a battery is charging, has charged, or requires maintenance. It even boasts a pass-through plug to conserve your outlet space
  • CONTRACTOR BAG: Keep your tools, batteries, and chargers in this contractor’s bag. It has thick cross-x stitching keeping its handles in place, and its rugged fabric will keep whatever is stored in it protected
  • CONTRACTOR BAG: Keep your tools, batteries, and chargers in this contractor’s bag. It has thick cross-x stitching keeping its handles in place, and its rugged fabric will keep whatever is stored in it protected

VacLife Handheld Vacuum, Hand Vacuum Cordless with High Power, Mini Vacuum Cleaner Handheld Powered by Li-ion Battery Rechargeable Quick Charge Tech, for Home and Car Cleaning, Wet & Dry - Silver

VacLife Handheld Vacuum, Hand Vacuum Cordless with High Power, Mini Vacuum Cleaner Handheld Powered by Li-ion Battery Rechargeable Quick Charge Tech, for Home and Car Cleaning, Wet & Dry - Silver
BESTSELLER NO. 14 in 2021
  • 【Powerful Suction】- This cordless hand vacuum utilizes a super strong motor with powerful suction, more helpful in renewing your dirty floor and keeping your house neat. Good for daily cleaning, including hairs or dust. An excellent choice for both car and home cleaning (wet-dry double use).
  • 【Lightweight & Deep Cleaning without Blind Corner】- The car vacuum cleaner high power cordless, equipped with 3 different nozzles to meet all your car cleaning needs. The couch vacuum is portable to use, and can reach some hard-to-reach areas such as sofa gap and inside of your car, and the super bright LED light ensures your cleaning work both in brightness and darkness.
  • 【Durable in Use】- The handheld vacuum cordless adopt the stainless steel HEPA filter, which is washable and more durable; the detachable dust cup is good for quick and easy trash dumping, convenient for the next cleaning work.
  • 【Long Lasting Cordless Use】Long Lasting Battery - The battery vacuum cleaner takes 3 -4 hours to fully charge, and the continuous using time is up to 30 minutes (The hand vac can completely clean your entire room on a full charge).
  • 【Service】- You can get a full refund or a replacement & superb customer service AT ANY TIME. We stand 100% behind our branded product!

DEWALT (DCB206-2) 20V MAX Battery, Premium 6.0Ah Double Pack

DEWALT (DCB206-2) 20V MAX Battery, Premium 6.0Ah Double Pack
BESTSELLER NO. 15 in 2021
  • Maximum Productivity: Less downtime with no memory and virtually no self discharge
  • Only one hour to Charge : When used with the DCB118 Fast Charger
  • Premium 6.0AH battery provides 3X the capacity of the compact XR battery Pack (DCB203) and 2X the capacity of the standard battery pack (DCB200)
  • Includes: (2) DCB206 batteries and is backed by the Dewalt 3 year limited warranty
  • State of charge Display : LED battery charge indicator allows you to view current state of charge
  • Maximum initial battery voltage (measured without a workload) is 20 volts; Nominal voltage is 18

eufy Anker, BoostIQ RoboVac 11S (Slim), Super-Thin 1300Pa Strong Suction, Quiet, Self-Charging Robotic Vacuum Cleaner, Cleans Hard Floors to Medium-Pile Carpets, Black

eufy Anker, BoostIQ RoboVac 11S (Slim), Super-Thin 1300Pa Strong Suction, Quiet, Self-Charging Robotic Vacuum Cleaner, Cleans Hard Floors to Medium-Pile Carpets, Black
BESTSELLER NO. 16 in 2021
  • "Best robot vacuums of 2019" by tom's guide.
  • All-New RoboVac: Re-engineered to be the slimmest* RoboVac (2. 85'') but with quiet operation and increased suction power at 1300Pa. Walking Speed-10.5 in/s
  • BoostIQ Technology: Automatically increases suction power within 1. 5 seconds when extra vacuuming strength is needed to get the best clean.
  • A Quiet Clean: Vacuums for up to 100 minutes** on hardwood floors with consistent, powerful suction at a volume no louder than an operating microwave.
  • Premium Features: Anti-scratch tempered glass-top cover for protection, infrared-sensor for evading obstacles, and drop-sensing tech to avoid falls. Automatically recharges so it’s always ready to clean.
  • What You Get: RoboVac 11S, remote control (2 AAA batteries included), charging base, AC power adapter, cleaning tool, extra set of high-performance filters, 4 side brushes, 5 cable ties, welcome guide and our worry-free 12-month .

Sun Joe SPX3000 2030 Max PSI 1.76 GPM 14.5-Amp Electric Pressure Washer

Sun Joe SPX3000 2030 Max PSI 1.76 GPM 14.5-Amp Electric Pressure Washer
BESTSELLER NO. 17 in 2021
  • POWERFUL: 14. 5-Amp/1800-watt motor generates up to 2030 PSI/1. 76 GPM for maximum cleaning power and water inlet temperature (max) is 104 degrees Fahrenheit.
  • VERSATILE: Tackle a variety of cleaning tasks: homes, buildings, RV’s, cars, trucks, boats, decks, driveways, patios, lawn equipment, and more. With two 0. 9 L onboard detergent tanks, removable tanks carry and store different types of detergent to simultaneously tackle different cleaning projects.
  • TSS (Total Stop System): Automatically shuts off pump when trigger is not engaged to save energy and prolong pump life.
  • PRESSURE: Max rating per CSA test standards. Maximum internal pressure is 2030 PSI. Under typical load, working pressure is 1450 PSI
  • WE’VE GOT YOU COVERED! : Your new pressure washer is backed by the Snow Joe + Sun Joe customer promise. We will warrant new products for two years from the date of purchase. NO QUESTIONS ASKED. Contact Snow Joe + Sun Joe Customer Support at 1-866-766-9563 for further assistance
  • Power Source Type: Corded-Electric

BLACK+DECKER 20V MAX Cordless Drill/Driver Variable Speed (BDCDD220C)

BLACK+DECKER 20V MAX Cordless Drill/Driver Variable Speed (BDCDD220C)
BESTSELLER NO. 18 in 2021
  • Compact design and lightweight at only 2.64 pounds
  • Keyless chuck for easy bit changes
  • 2-speed transmission and 11-position clutch helps prevent stripping of screws
  • LED light to illuminate your project
  • Part of the 20V MAX* System - 1 System. Endless Tasks. Power for your Style
  • Chuck Size: 3/8"; Chuck Type: Keyless; Clutch Setting: 11; Included Components: (1) 20V MAX* Battery, (1) Battery Charger, (1) Double Ended Bit; Tool Weight: 2.64 lbs

Cordless Drill/Driver Kit, 48pcs Drill Set w/Lithium-Ion Battery Brushes Tape Measure - 12V Max Drill 280 In-lb Torque, 18+1 Metal Clutch, 3/8" Keyless Chuck, Built-in LED - Wood Bricks Walls Metal

Cordless Drill/Driver Kit, 48pcs Drill Set w/Lithium-Ion Battery Brushes Tape Measure - 12V Max Drill 280 In-lb Torque, 18+1 Metal Clutch, 3/8
BESTSELLER NO. 19 in 2021
  • 【Proudly Present KIMO Li-ion Technology】For over 25 years, KIMO has grouped an engineering team that leads and shapes battery technology and portal power tools with a powerful portfolio of groundbreaking products and consumer-led innovation. Our 1,000-Charging Cycle Test guarantees that each KIMO battery is lighter, more powerful, and lives longer than others. No worries about dying batteries anymore. Go with KIMO, enjoy, and accomplish more than you ever expected.
  • 【3/8 Keyless Chuck & Forward/Reserve Control】Working with KIMO drill is pretty easy and straightforward. 3/8’’ keyless chuck provides an automatic spindle lock that enables one-hand changing with great accessory compatibility. The Forward/Reverse switch allows you to either screw or replace/remove bits on your purposes.
  • 【18+1 Clutch, 2-Variable Speed& 280In-lb Torque】Equipped with 2 in 1 working mode - driving and drilling, KIMO 12V Drill/Driver is your good partner to work around. 18 adjustable clutch settings with variable pressure trigger (2-speed: 0-350RPM,0-1350RPM) help complete a wide range of applications precisely. No matter it is household reconstruction, improvements, DIY handcrafts, or auto repairs, consider KIMO drill as a you CANNOT MISS everyday drill/driver.
  • 【Lightweight, Ergonomic Design & Front LED】The most compact (7-in from chuck to back) and lightweight (1.8-lb) drill/driver in 12V-class with amazing performance-to-weight ratio, minimizes fatigue in most daily jobs; Rubber-covered handle with ergonomic design provides maximum comfort grip for being breezily operated in one hand and less vibration; Trigger-activated LED light illuminates any enclosed work space.
  • 【48 Pcs Premium Accessories】Get your KIMO power tools and let us prepare any accessories you need, each 12V Drill/Driver Combo comes with 3-Drill Brush, in conjunction with the hammer drill can easily remove and clean stains; 1-Flexible Shaft; 3-Brad Point Drill Bits; 6-Twist Drill Bits; 33-Screwdriver Bits; 1-Carrying Bag; 1-Fast Charger; 1-Battery; and 1-Tape Measure.

BISSELL Cleanview Swivel Pet Upright Bagless Vacuum Cleaner, Green, 2252

BISSELL Cleanview Swivel Pet Upright Bagless Vacuum Cleaner, Green, 2252
BESTSELLER NO. 20 in 2021
  • Buy BISSELL, save pets; BISSELL donates up to 10 dollars to the BISSELL pet foundation for every pet product purchase, upon activation
  • Powerful pet hair pick up with triple action brush roll + scatter free technology
  • Swivel steering to easily maneuver around furniture and other obstacles
  • Clean edges and corners with edge to edge cleaning.Cleaning Path Width:13.5 inch
  • Remove pet hair with specialized pet tools including pet hair corner tool and pet tool
  • Bottom, easy empty dirt bin makes emptying quick and mess free. Hose Length: 6 feet
  • Replacement Filter Style 12141
  • Dirt cup capacity 1. 0 liter

Tips for Choosing and Using Power Tools for Furniture Restoration

Power tools do any job quicker and often better than hand tools. The costs of good power tools have come down in recent years, so they are generally affordable.

Power tools do any job quicker and often better than hand tools. The costs of good power tools have come down in recent years, so they are generally affordable. I think they pay for themselves in time saved and in work quality. As with any tool, however, you must practice with a power tool to find out how to get the most out of it.

There are two classes of power tools, the portable and those that mount on a workbench or stand alone. The bench tools and stand-alone units include the wood lathe, the band saw, the drill press, the joiner, the jigsaw, the shaper, and the radial arm saw. Any or all of these are wonderful to have in a workshop, and you can find all kinds of uses for them. Each of them, however, requires a major investment in money and in workshop space '" and you can do furniture restoration without them.

The portable power tools you can use in furniture restoration include the electric drill, the sabre saw, and the electric sander. If you make furniture or have to make many replacement parts, the router is a good versatile addition to your tool collection. In overall importance, I rate the electric sander first, and then the electric drill.

Sanders

Three kinds of sanders are available at most hardware and home center stores: the oscillating sander, in which the abrasive paper moves back and forth rapidly and imitates the back and forth motion of hand sanding; the orbital sander, which moves the abrasive paper in a small-diameter circle; and the belt sander, which has a continuous belt of abrasive paper or cloth that runs constantly at high speed. Some units now available are combination oscillating and orbital sanders. You control the motion of the abrasive paper by turning a switch.

Each of these sanders has its specific use. The oscillating sander is the best all-around sander for most people. Its sanding action is straight-line and relatively slow, so the novice doesn't make as many mistakes with it. The orbital sander is specifically a finishing tool, used for putting that final smooth finish on wood. It doesn't remove much material, even when used with coarse abrasive paper. The belt sander, on the other hand, cuts into wood fast, even with fine and medium abrasive papers. In restoration work, handle the belt sander carefully or you will cut deeper than you intended.

Your best buy is a combination oscillating/orbital unit. If your budget allows it, add a belt sander later.

Electric Drill

An electric drill can do a lot of jobs in addition to drilling holes. It can be converted to a circular sander, or a drum sander, or a disc sander. It can be used with a wire brush to remove rust, paint, and finishes. It is, with the addition of attachments, the most versatile tool you can buy.

When buying a drill, features to look for include a variable speed trigger, which permits you to control the speed of the drill by squeezing the trigger, and double insulation. This allows the use of a two-prong plug because the shell and the chuck are completely insulated from the wiring. As a rule, if you buy recognized brand names, you can assume that the more expensive models are made to survive heavier work. I think those units in the middle to top price range are the best buy.

Sabre Saw

The sabre saw is a portable jigsaw used to make curved and interior cuts in plywood and boards up to 2 inches thick. If you have to make a new lyre-shaped splat for a chair, the sabre saw is a good tool for the job. It is not the best tool for making long, straight cuts; those are jobs for the circular power saw.

Router

The router was made for furniture work. It cuts grooves, rabbets, dovetails, and dadoes. It makes cove, chamfered, beaded, and other decorative edges, and is the tool to use when making inlays. You certainly can have a lot of fun with a router, and it is essential if you make your own furniture from scratch. In restoration work, however, you often can do without it. Put it on the list as a tool to buy after the more essential units '" the drill, the sander, and the sabre saw.

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