A Beginner’s Handbook to Your First Power Tools


A Beginner’s Handbook to Your First Power Tools

Looking to start your DIY journey? Whether you’re upcycling a piece of furniture or renovating your home, DIY projects can be an exciting but daunting experience, especially if it’s your first-time using power tools. With so many brands and features on the market, it can be overwhelming to buy your first set of tools. That why we’ve compiled a comprehensive guide to help get you confidently select the right gear for your DIY projects.

What are the power tools that you will need first?

To determine the power tools you will need, you will first need to figure out what projects you’re diving into. For simpler tasks like swapping locks or setting up smoke detectors, basic manual tools like screwdrivers or chisels will do the trick. But when it’s time to tackle bigger jobs like assembling cabinets or furniture, you’ll need some heavier-duty tools.

Here are our six must-have tools to kickstart your toolkit:

Drill Driver:

Your go-to for hanging shelves, mirrors, and everything in between. Look for one with variable speed settings and a comfortable grip.

Orbital Sander:

Perfect for smoothing out rough surfaces, whether you’re refinishing furniture or prepping for a fresh coat of paint. Consider one with a dust collection system for cleaner workspaces.


Ideal for cutting curves and shapes, making it a must-have for any woodworking project. Look for one with easy blade changing mechanisms and adjustable speed settings.

Circular Saw:

Elevate your woodworking projects with the circular saw. This tool can handle a variety of cuts with ease. Look for one with a lightweight design, a powerful motor and consider the bevel capacity for your project’s materials.

Hammer Drill:

Essential for drilling into tough materials like concrete and brick. Look for one with a hammering function and variable speed settings for precise drilling.

Oscillating Multi-Tool:

Perfect for those hard-to-reach places and odd-shaped cuts – a true lifesaver. An oscillating multi tool that can quickly change accessories and has adjustable oscillation angles would be ideal for a variety of projects.

For a more extensive list of home improvement tools, read The Ultimate Home Reno Toolkit.

What should you consider when buying your first power tool?

There are a few factors to consider when buying your first power tool – warranty, brushless motors, battery compatibility, battery run time, safety features, and ergonomics.


A solid warranty can provide peace of mind and protect your investment. Be sure to check the warranty coverage and duration before making a purchase.

Brushless Motor:

Opt for power tools with brushless motors. Brushless motors have fewer moving parts than their brushed counterparts, creating less friction and resistance in 50% more run time, 25% more power, and 10x longer motor life, brushless tools are a no-brainer. Plus, they are significantly quieter than its brushed counterparts.

Battery Compatibility:

When it comes to batteries, it’s essential to consider two things: compatibility and runtime. Having a battery that works with all your tools saves you the hassle of buying multiple batteries and dealing with different chargers. Both the 18V 5.0Ah Graphene Battery Pack and the 18V 4.0Ah Battery Pack are compatible with every tool in the CAT Power Tools lineup, simplifying your projects

Battery Runtime:

While standard lithium-ion batteries get the job done, newer battery technology like graphene batteries offers some advantages worth considering. For instance, with the CAT 18V 5.0Ah Graphene Battery Pack and the 18V 15.0A charger, you can enjoy a quick 20-minute charging time. Additionally, these batteries stay cooler and have a longer lifespan compared to standard lithium-ion batteries. So, while traditional batteries are fine, there are newer options available that can make your projects more efficient in the long run

Safety Features:

Safety should always be a top priority. Choose tools with reliable safety features to minimize the risk of accidents. Look for features like blade guards, trigger locks, and automatic shut-off mechanisms.

Ergonomics and Comfort:

Comfort is key, especially for those longer projects. Choose tools that feel good in your hand and are easy to manoeuvre. Consider features like ergonomic grips, balanced designs, and vibration reduction technology.

Should I buy all my tools upfront or buy them as I go?

Buying new tools can be an expensive exercise so you might be wondering whether to buy all your power tools upfront or acquire them as your projects evolve. If you have a rough idea of the projects you’ll be tackling in the near future, it’s often more economical and practical to invest in your tools upfront. Many brands offer power tool combos, which is a bundle of essential tools at a significantly discounted rate. For example, with the CAT 10 Tool Combo, you can save over $1500 by bundling your tools. Combos not only save you money in the long run but also ensure you have a cohesive set of tools ready to take on a variety of tasks.

CAT offers a variety of power tool combos to suit your needs. Choose from the Impact Wrench combo, 3 Tool, 4 Tool, 7 Tool, or 10 Tool combo, complete with bonus batteries and an extended warranty.

Now that you know the ins and outs of power tools, you’re well on your way to beginning your DIY journey.

Ready to start your power tool collection? Kickstart your toolkit with CAT. CAT tools are engineered to go the distance and tackle any task with ease. Whether you’re a seasoned pro or just starting out, CAT has got you covered. Explore the range.

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