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Norma Vally

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Ain’t nothing like the roar of a power tool to know that a bona fide home improvement project is underway! Saws buzzing and drills humming fill me with excitement because I know they’re the sounds of transformation, renewal, and creation. For any homeowner eager to endeavor beyond hanging pictures, owning a few basic power tools is the only way to tackle sizeable projects.

When buying a power tool one should always consider how it will mostly be used. For example, if you know you’ll be tackling extensive hole-penetrating studs to run electric lines, you should consider a corded more powerful right angle drill as opposed to a battery powered light duty type for smaller projects.

Something else to consider when choosing a power tool is weight and comfort. There’s no point in purchasing a power tool if it’s just too heavy or uncomfortable to work with. Whenever possible I always advise folks to give power tools a test drive before committing to one.

Lastly, and this is the most important aspect when using power tools, read and follow all of the manufacturer’s instructions and safety precautions. Familiarize yourself with all of the parts. You must always maintain strict safety practices when using power tools. In addition to using proper safety gear, here are a couple of safety tips I’m compelled to highlight for you. Let’s face it; nothing will take the fun out of a home improvement project more than a trip to the emergency room!

Unplug your power tools or remove the battery when you’re adjusting a part or changing a blade.

Don’t let loose clothing, hair, or accessories dangle anywhere near a moving part on your power tool.

Always keep your hands, or any part body part for that matter, in safe distance from the blade.

The best power tool sets are a must-have for your home projects. Choose the best power drill, power screwdriver, power table saw and other power tools that make a fix-up project a breeze to do.

Best Power Tools by Norma Vally

The Best You Can Get

  • Ryobi Lithium Ion 12v Compact Drill

    Norma says: If a person can be in love with a power tool, I am in love with this one! Apart from the fact that it’s the cutest darned thing I’ve ever seen, this drill/driver is surprisingly powerful. And here’s the best part, it weighs less than two pounds! If anyone has ever done any drilling over head, or in any position other than down, traditional drills can feel like a ton of bricks by the end of a project. Not this one! Also, it’s incredibly compact size makes getting into tight spaces, like under cabinets, a cinch. It comes with two batteries, a charger, and tool bag.

    • Light! Under 2 lbs.
    • 12 volts
    • Great for drilling overhead
  • Milwaukee Tilt-Lok™ 7 ¼” Circular Saw

    Norma says: Weight and comfort are very important factors to consider when purchasing a circular saw. Simply stated, if you can’t control the blade, you aren’t going to get a straight cut. This tool has a unique feature: the main handle can tilt to accommodate the position that’s most comfortable for you to work in. Another key comfort factor is its weight - only 10.4 lbs net weight. It has a wide and clear sight line that can be easily viewed from either side. The power is substantial: 15-amp, 3.25 max horsepower.

    • 15-amp – 3.25 max horsepower
    • 10.4 lbs.
    • Wide, clear sight line from either side
  • Milwaukee 10 Amp Sawzall® Plus with Quik-Lok Cord

    Norma says: When it comes to reciprocating saws, Sawzall is to reciprocating saws what Q-tip is to cotton swabs. In fact, many people don’t even know that the generic term for this type of saw is “reciprocating”. The honor this tool has achieved is not unfounded. Everything about Sawzalls makes this reciprocating saw “la crème de la crème” - power, grip, comfort, durability, etc. I especially like the Quik-Lok™ blade clamp system that makes switching blades fast and uncomplicated.

    • 10-amp
    • 12 lbs.
    • Variable speed trigger, 0-2800 strokes per minute
  • Bosch Top Handle Jig Saw with Case and Bonus Blades

    Norma says: For all-around jigsaw cutting, this tool has every feature you could ever want: orbital action setting, variable speed control, low vibration, tool-free blade change system, just to name a few. One of my favorite features is its three-position dust blower that keeps your cut line visible at all times. This kit also comes with a footplate insert kit, case and nine bonus blades.

    • Model 1587AVSP
    • 5-amp motor, 500-3100 SPM
    • 120 volts
    • Tool-free blade change system
  • Ryobi 18V One+ Right Angle “Close Quarters” Drill

    Norma says: Right angle drills are not commonplace for most DIY projects, however, when you need one, nothing else will do. Many plumbing and electric projects call for this type of drill when running pipe and pulling wires through tight spaces between studs and joist bays. Ryobi’s right angle drill offers ample power and comfort in design. Because it’s cordless, there’s no power cord to contend with while maneuvering though places like attics and crawl spaces. Battery and charger sold separately.

    • 4 lbs.
    • 18-volt cordless
    • Compact right angle design allows you to get into tight spaces

You will be happy with any of these

  • Hilti UH 650 Hammer Drill

    Norma says: Hilti is a brand known for its high performance and durability, especially in the drilling and demolition realm. This drill provides homeowners powerful drilling action when needing to drill through masonry and stone as well as metal and soft/hard wood. The keyless quick release chuck makes changing bits easy while still holding drill bits securely. Its compact design and side handle provide good balance and control while drilling. For sustained drilling, the “constant on” lock button is another feature that offers comfort for the user.

    • 6.1 lbs.
    • 6.5 amps (115 volts)
    • 3100 rpm
  • Ridgid 10-in. Compound Miter Saw

    Norma says: This compound miter saw offers oodles of features that make it extremely user friendly. The Exactline Laser System allows the user to easily align the blade with the cut line. The Repeat-a-Cut fence provides a way to mark the fence when making repetitive cuts. There’s a front mounted clamp that secures materials in place as well as a table extension for material support. Its extended miter and bevel capacities accommodate many various cuts. Driving this saw is a fifteen-amp heavy duty motor that will power through most any cuts a DIYer will run into.

    • 120 volts, 15 amps
    • 34 lbs.
    • Exactline Laser System
  • Ryobi One+ 18v Super Combo Kit

    Norma says: For the do-it-yourselfer, there’s no better power tool kit when you consider affordability, versatility, and convenience. This kit comes with a drill/driver and two bits, a reciprocating saw with tow blades, a circular saw with edge guide, two rechargeable battery packs, a one-hour diagnostic charger and a flashlight - all in a durable tool bag. It’s like one stop tool shopping for all of your renovation needs! I especially love the One+ system because the batteries are usable on all of Ryobi’s line of One+ tools. All of the tools offer comfort, ease of use, and power.

    • Drill/driver 2 bits
    • Reciprocating saw with 2 blades
    • Circular saw with edge guide
    • P700 standing flashlight
    • 2 rechargeable battery packs; 1 hr. diagnostic charger
  • Ridgid 16 Gal 6.5 Peak HP Wet-Dry Vac with Detachable Blower

    Norma says: When you make a mess, you have to clean it up. What better way to clean up debris from power tools and construction than with a power tool! Wet or dry, this large capacity vacuum will clean up the toughest project sites. It also comes with a handheld blower that acts as a lawn and garden leaf blower. It’s easily maneuverable in every direction and its lower center of gravity helps avoid tipping. The Tug-a-Long™ positive locking hose prevents the hose from falling out as it’s being pulled from place to place. It’s designed to provide better airflow, which means stronger suction and less noise. It also includes two extension wands, a utility nozzle, a wet nozzle, a car nozzle, a blower nozzle, and a pleated paper filter treated with Microban® which is washable and reusable.

    • 12 amps, peak 6.5 HP
    • 6.3 lbs.
    • Includes a handheld blower that acts as a lawn and garden leaf blower!

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