Q: What are the best professional grade tools to invest in?
My wife and I are looking to buy our first house and we're thinking about a fixer-upper. If you're going to do work yourself, are there particular tools where you should step up and buy professional versions? Thanks for the help.
A: The tools that get it done!
If you are going to spend your hard earned money on tools don't you want to buy something that will last. Or at least, if it doesn't last forever, has a warranty to cover any problems. That's the way I think every time I go to buy a new power tool. I am a big fan of Rigid tools, because they offer a lifetime warranty on all their tools, including the batteries in the cordless tools. I haven't heard of any other brands offering a lifetime warranty on their batteries, which is the one thing that no matter what you do will eventually go bad. I hope this was helpful. God bless!
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A: Home Owner level tools
As David said above, if you plan on working on your home or several homes, quality tools will last you a lifetime. If, however, you plan on fixing up this one house and then just doing maintenance, I would not recommend spending the $ on quality tools. I would purchase Ryobi, Skil, or Black and Decker cordless tools. They will get the job done and cost 1/3 of Rigid. I listed the tools manufacturers in the order I would purchase. Many of my men start out with Ryobi tools until they can afford Makita or Milwuakee, which are my favorite tools. Although Ryobi lacks the power that Makita and Milwuakee provide, I feel it is better to start out with these level tools until you become used to the power. Cordless tools are no longer week, some have torque ratings high enough to break your wrist quite easily. After you have proficiency with the less powerful tools you will know what you want in a higher quality tool. The debate over which are the best quality cordless tools is a big one, and you will find different advise at each website you go to. For me, experience tells me which features on which tools I need, and the feel of the tool in my hand is very important. I do not enjoy tools that feel awkward or clumsy in my hand. I find Makita makes the best cordless drills (again to me) and Milwakee makes the best hammer drills and sawzalls.
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