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    Updated on Aug 31, 2018. Posted on Aug 28, 2018

    26 Of The Best Power Tools You Can Get On Amazon

    Drill/drivers, chainsaws, and air compressors, oh my!

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    1. A cordless screwdriver with two holding positions that EVERYONE could use — even if you have to google the difference between a nail and screw.

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    Seriously, throw away that dinky one you got from IKEA ages ago. And BTW it's a screwdriver, not a drill! Includes batteries, charger, bit, and kit box. This has an adjustable two-position handle for in-line or pistol-grip operation, 80 inch-pounds of maximum torque output, and provides superior power-to-weight ratio in variety of fastening applications.

    Promising review: "A great tool. I am old and not the strongest. But this little jewel works great. I use it for wood. Pay some attention to screws too. Screw technology has advanced to match these drills. I have settled on Tork/star drive type screws. Second when you order this you also get a hard plastic carrying case and two batteries and a battery charger. Pretty great, yes. Post script note — on the screws — regular steel screw. This powerful drill snaps 1/3 of the shafts of stainless in my 50 year old wood." —Jim Burke

    Price: $78.98

    Also check out a similar one with a flashlight.

    2. Or a semi-automatic screwdriver with 12 bits for just the right fit on a variety of fasteners. Oh, and it can make pilot holes!

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    Includes screw starter drill bit to make pilot holes, two rapid-reload cartridges that'll hold six bits each, and battery charger. It holds charge up to 18 months.

    Promising review: "I love this drill. I do home inspections and use this to take off the electrical panel covers. It’s so convenient because a lot of times there will be several types of screws securing the panel covers and I have to change bits to remove the screws. With this drill all of the bits I need are right there in the drill's bit chamber so I don’t have to go searching for another bit I just have to turn the chamber to the one I need. Awesome product!!!" —bryan bennett

    Price: $33.98

    Into colorful tools? Check out a similar pink screwdriver with six bits.

    3. A compact 1/2-inch drill/driver with two batteries — it will be such a good value, you'll kick yourself for not getting it sooner.

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    8,000 RPM motor provides high power for cutting and grinding applications, and

    quick-change wheel release allows for tool free wheel changes. Has an ergonomic handle.

    Promising review: "Wow great bang for your buck. I lost the charger for my impact and was dead in the water. A new charger is like $75, this gives you two batteries and a drill to go along with the charger for another $20. I have Ryobi green ones for on the road or in locations where theft is an issue. The DEWALTs seem to float away easy if you don't keep an eye on them. These impacts and drills pound in the screws and will drill holes in 4x4s all day long." —Christopher Rodesch

    Price: $99+ (available with a variety of drill bit options and other tools)

    And check out a 1/4-inch impact driver kit from the same brand.

    4. A 16-inch electric chainsaw with a similar output as your OG gas model.

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    Has an 14.5 Amp motor, patented auto-tension chain system to prevent over-tightening, low kickback bar and built-in chain brake for added safety, automatic oil lubrication, and built-in oil reservoir with window level indicator.

    Promising review: "Awesome chainsaw. Cut up the trunk of a cedar tree that was damaged in a storm. At least two feet in diameter. Great power, but it can go through some bar and chain oil. Don't mess with the 1-quart bottles. Just buy a gallon jug for $7.50 at Walmart and keep an eye on the see-through indicator. Use generously. Would recommend this chainsaw to anyone." —K. S.

    Price: $76.44

    And check out a similar chainsaw for smaller limbs.

    5. A 12-inch battery-operated chainsaw in case you're tired of fooling with a cord while felling limbs and small trees far away from an outlet.

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    Includes a charger and 40V-2.0 AH battery for fade-free power with no memory loss after charging. Has a 12-inch steel chain and bar with tool-less chain tensioning, automatic oiler, and a wraparound handle for multiple cutting positions to provide ease of use when trimming at different angles.

    Promising review: "I really like this little chainsaw, I'm a 5'4", 65-year-old woman and this is just right for me. Plenty of power. I trimmed quite a few dead branches off our evergreen windbreak trees and the battery lasted for at least an hour, it never ran out of power but I ran out of branches I could reach from the ground. Enough weight to make it stable to use but not so heavy I couldn't handle it. The chain came off a couple of times but that was mostly me learning about my new saw. It went back on easily and after I figured out the tightening mechanism, it stayed tight. I really like that it is self-oiling. I have an older cordless chain saw by a different maker, and the way it SAYS you are supposed to feed bar oil is both messy and not very effective. So overall, I would recommend this to anyone for an all-purpose backyard type saw." —Farm wife

    Price: $139.99 (also available in a 10-inch saw)

    6. A two-direction variable speed scroll saw with a flexible LED light that'll make the ~cut~ in your arsenal of power tools.

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    Has variable speed from 400–1600 strokes per minute, a 16"x11" table that'll bevel up to 45 degrees to the left for angled cuts, cast-iron base, air pump, flex light, dust port, foot lock clamp, onboard storage, and three blades. Cuts wood up to 2" thick with a 16' throat depth in the standard position.

    Promising review: "Very happy with this tool. I've used it to build a number of small toys, and this year it played a major role in the construction of an heirloom rocking horse for my nieces. I simply couldn't have completed that project without this saw. It's quiet and relatively vibration-free. Definitely works better when you secure it to a work surface. Otherwise it tends to slide around, which makes it hard to keep your cuts precise. The blades it came with were functional, but not really suited for the thicker stock I was cutting, mostly 2x4s and some 2x8s. They would work, but it was slow going and blades frequently broke. When I got some blades intended for heavier stock, things went much better. The blades lasted 2–3 times as long. This scroll saw is definitely high quality for a very reasonable price. Highly recommended." —DanV

    Price: $84.56

    7. Or for overhanging limbs, a telescoping electric pole chainsaw to help you zero in on the offending branch without having to drag out a ladder.

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    Has a telescoping pole that extends to 8.7 feet and provides 15 feet of overhead reach, 6.5-amp motor that cuts branches up to 7.5-inch thick, 8-inch Oregon cutting bar, and chain with automatic lubrication.

    Promising review: "GREAT POLE SAW! I am in construction, so I know my tools. Received it the other day and took it out to my property to trim the oak limbs to make way for a 13' tall RV. This worked perfectly. Cut 6-inch oak limbs, NO PROBLEM. Very sharp blade. Easy to operate. Be sure to order the bar oil with it. A chainsaw without bar oil will only last a few uses before it starts to fall apart. Also order another chain with it, $11, so you will always have a spare on hand. I hit a rock when cutting down low and ruined the chain, had a back up so no problem. You can always sharpen the chain with a file, but takes time and expertise to do it properly. All in all for the price this product is undervalued in my opinion. Its not a commercial tool, but a very good around-the-house tool." —Jim W - Houston

    Price: $62.99

    8. A 10-inch compact table saw to go a ripping and a roaring through materials in locations where you can't drag all your go-to tools.

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    Has a 15-amp motor, steel roll cage to protect the saw against drops and impacts, rack and pinion fence system, clear scales, two blade spanners, dust port reducer, and push stick. Shoes bevels 0°–45°.

    Promising review: "After a great deal of research I purchased this saw based on the comments regarding the fence. I don't have the room in my garage to allow me to have a regular table saw set up so I was looking for a substitute. This saw fits the bill perfectly for me. Plenty of power for my hobbyist needs and the dust collection system is pretty effective. I followed the suggestions of other reviewers and replaced the stock blade day 1 with a Diablo combination blade, which rips and cross-cuts very smoothly. I'm very happy with this saw." —Rich M.

    Price: $296.43+ (available in several varieties and with a stand)

    And check out a similar Bosch model with a larger cutting table.

    9. An oil-free pancake compressor — a durable, totable option for when you need some more power behind your tools.

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    Has a 6-gallon capacity, 150 psi max tank pressure that stores more air in the tank for longer tool run times, and 2.6 SCFM at 90 psi allows for quick compressor recovery time (per ISO1217). Air coupler and plug are factory installed on the air hose to save user labor and prevent leaks.

    Promising review: "I bought this to use with my finish nail guns. I got tired of lugging around my old Craftsman 33-gallon air compressor for small jobs and I needed something that's more easily portable. This fits my needs, works very well, and is much easier to carry. It is still somewhat noisy, but it does maintain good air pressure, which is not bad for a $100 air compressor. It arrived in excellent condition and on time. I am very pleased with my purchase." —Jim F.

    Price: $116.24+ (available with just the compressor, an accessory kit, nailer, or accessory kit and tire gauge)

    If you're looking for a quiet option, check out the California Air Tools 5.5-gallon compressor.

    10. Or a super quiet compressor if you need one for inflating tires and running pneumatic tools but could do without the noise.

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    Has an oil-free pump and a thermal overload protector. Runs at only 60 decibels, 3.10 CFM at 40 PSI & 2.20 CFM at 90 PSI with 120 PSI maximum pressure.

    Promising review: "SUPER impressed with this little compressor. I just needed something to air up tires around the house, and this one is perfect. I can't believe how quiet it is while running. I have a few pneumatic tools (drills, ratchets, butterflies, impacts, air chisels) I hardly ever use anymore, but out of curiosity, I hooked 'em up just to see what this little thing can do. It runs my nailers, butterfly, air chisel, and ratchets, and can keep up no problem. The tools that required more air flow (impact, 1/2" drill) of course operated, but not for long. And by 'not for long,' I mean seconds. I got maybe 15–20 seconds worth of adequate drilling before I had to stop and let the air supply build back up. On a 1/2" impact, you could probably get the lug nuts busted on one tire before you had to stop. I'm not sure as I didn't try, but I bet I'm not far off. For what I do now, this little compressor is more than adequate. It takes about 90 seconds to completely fill the 5 gallon tank from 0 psi, and recovers pretty quickly while in use. Long story short, if you're a hobbyist who runs nail guns and staplers, or just need a compressor to air up tires around your house, you will be pleased if you get this one. I would weigh my options if i was looking for one to use in a shop setting if this one is the one I was going to rely on for most of my air supply." —NETX Woodworker

    Price: $160.05

    11. A portable air compressor that'll come in handy when your tire air pressure runs low on a scenic road trip.

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    Plugs directly into the cigarette lighter socket of your vehicle, has auto shutoff to prevent over-inflation. Can be used on tires on cars, bikes, sedan, and midsize SUVs. Does not support LT, HT, and truck tires. Adaptors for balls and inflatables included.

    Promising review: "This is the best air pump I've ever owned! My family has always kept air pumps in case of emergency. My last one I got on discount at a store and it was terrible. This pump is great! I bought it for my boat trailer. It pumped up the tires with my heavy boat on the trailer, and worked great! I love that you can set it to the correct PSI and then just walk away. Great buy!" —Skyrida

    Price: $34.87 (available in two colors)

    12. A 12-inch single-bevel compound miter saw — it has a blade that can tilt for perfect angled (or, of course, beveled!) cuts. Use it for projects like Pinterest and Etsy dupes to cabinetry.

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    Includes a carbide blade, dust bag, blade wrench, and comfortable side handles in the base. Miter detent override let you override the miter stops and adjust to the desired setting without the saw slipping into the miter detents. Has an adjustable stainless steel miter detent plate with 11 positive stops.

    Promising review: "This saw was dead accurate out of the box. I use it for cabinetry and finish trim. I am really enjoying the depth and length of cut I get out of this saw. The included blade is probably fine for general carpentry and will give you useful life if not abused. I need a better cut finish so I upgraded to a Freud 100 tooth finish blade and get flawless cuts. I can do without the laser or XPS cutline that comes on the 780 saw, especially for $200. I really like the carry handle on top of the saw. I turn the saw to the miter extreme so the saw body is more aligned with the base and the saw is balanced well enough to carry with one hand by the handle. Overall very pleased with this tool I'm glad I bought it." —Arizona Woodworker

    Price: $219+ (available in several colors)

    Also check out a 12-inch double bevel sliding compound miter saw and 14-inch quick-change chop saw by the same brand.

    13. A 3.8-amp electric hand planer with a lightweight design, positive stops, and a kickstand to prevent damage to workplace surfaces.

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    Includes an onboard storage slot for the blade adjustment wrench.

    Promising review: "Nice and handy tool and, like most WEN products, it performs as well as those costing three times as much. Good thing I ordered it because as soon as it arrived I needed it. I was building a workbench and had driven 10 dowels 5/8 in. in diameter into the cross members of the bench but several were just a tad too long.....say 1/8". No problem. I grabbed my new planer, set it to 1/32 inches, and made a few passes on each. Problem solved. The cut was glass smooth and the power never wavered and this was cutting cross cut on oak. To further test it out I did several joints and all were glass smooth. The machine has a V groove on the bottom for doing chamfers. I tried this out and was impressed. A must have tool and for the price..... it can't be beat." —Wayne J

    Price: $32.60+ (available in three sizes)

    14. A corded 7-amp leaf blower that'll help you get ready for fall. Show those tree discards who's boss!

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    Has a 7-mp motor, lightweight design, and safety cord lock feature to prevent cord from disconnecting,

    Promising review: "I purchased this item in early spring as I have a neighbor with a tree that doesn't shed all of its leaves until mid-December. It's always a daunting task to rake them all up, even in a relatively small brownstone backyard. A friend suggested a blower. I needed something lightweight and easy, this was the choice. It was so helpful in getting between the nooks behind the grill, AC condenser, and behind the bushes. It was quiet and simple to operate. Couldn't be happier, in fact, I just ordered one for my 90-year-young Mother." —T. Merele Williams

    Price: $26.98+ (available with or without cord)

    Also check out a commercial-grade Hitachi that's powered by gas.

    15. A compact circular saw for steadily slicing through stuff like tile, sheets metal, and so much more in tight spots where bigger saws just won't fit!

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    Has 4 amps, ergonomic design, built-in laser guide, 120-inch cord, pivoting metal guard, and dust extraction adapter to keep the cut line free of dust.

    Promising review: "It has already become a go-to tool for all our projects! Performs perfectly! Use it to cut aluminum, wood, tile, PVC plastic, and wood! The only thing I could say is I wish it would’ve come in a little deeper depth but I realize that would make the tool too bulky to use handheld because the blade would have to increase in size! We even cut a 2X4. Just had to turn it around to cut the other side! It’s a powerful little tool with lots of versatility! We even cut stone tile with curves! It cut this like a hot knife through butter! Love it, love it, love it!" —Marilyn perkins

    Price: $87.11+ (also available with a blade set)

    16. A 20-volt circular saw with a lightweight design and nice-feeling grip that'll mean solid dexterity on the job site.

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    Has a 5,150 rpm motor. 0–50° bevel capacity, rubber over-molded comfort grip, 6.5-Inch carbide-tipped blade for cutting two times material at 90° and 45° and more cuts per charge. Battery not included.

    Promising review: "Milwaukee, DeWalt, Black + Decker, Porter Cable, Bosch. They all work fine! But, this one is ergonomically superior: It feels like it belongs in your hand." —Luke

    Price: $125.72

    17. A 5-inch speed drill press with enough power to handle all sorts of simple jobs.

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    Includes drill press, 1/2" keyed chuck, chuck key, and tools for assembly. Has a 120-volt, 60Hz motor with 1/3 HP, five operation speeds, and adjustable worktable height. Bevels up to 45 degrees left and right.

    Promising review: "A great simple press. I needed a press to machine 6016 aluminum to finish lower AR receivers. To do this I needed to make straight holes and I needed enough power to get through the alloy. I put the belt on the second to highest torque setting, which would mean the second to slowest speed and the press worked great. Everything on this press is rough. It's not a work of art, but it is strong, relatively light, and will make holes. If that's all you need then look no further. When I use this press I clamp it to my work bench, then put it under for storage. A larger press would make moving it much more difficult." —Steven K.

    Price: $74.55 (also available in 8-inch, 10-inch, and 12-inch)

    18. A variable speed rotary tool kit — it comes with enough accessories to keep you busy around the house with all the home projects you can handle.

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    Has variable speed 5,000–35,000 rpm; easy-to-understand speed dial features, and 360-degree grip zone. Includes 30 Dremel accessories, 2 Dremel attachments, and a carrying case.

    Promising review: "I don't know why I waited so long to buy a Dremel. The variable speed feature is great, and I haven't had any issues with it getting too warm or anything. It is a lot bigger than the Dremel I used years ago, that's probably a good thing as that one would get quite hot quickly. I took a substantial amount of wood off my project without the motor getting hot enough it worried me — actually charred the wood and could smell the rubber insert in the sanding drum getting hot before the motor was even warm, so I think it's pretty heavy duty. I got the Flex Shaft Attachment for doing finer work, like I could do with the one of Dad's I used to use years ago." —Davey

    Price: $73.45+ (available with a variety of accessories)

    19. A 1/2-inch drill with a spade handle that'll help you avoid air bubbles and splatter when mixing muds.

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    Has 0–550 RPM for increased torque for drilling and mud mixing, 9 Amp, 120V motor for any job site application, and soft grip handle. Weighs 7.5 lbs.

    Promising review: "I recently bought this to use for mixing cement/concrete mix in buckets. This drill is quite powerful and handled cement mix easily. Using this with a mixing paddle, the concrete mixing work was very neat (not messy at all). I didn't get splatter either over the bucket. Very happy I bought this and I highly recommend it. I do wish it came with some sort of case, but that's a minor point." —PSo

    Price: $178.09

    20. A bench grinder with a work light so you can get a better look at what you're doing without feeling like you spent all your money on one tool.

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    Has a 2.1-amp motor, 3450 rpm at no load, weight of 16 lbs., and flexible worklight.

    Promising review: "I don't always like buying cheap tools but I'm really glad I picked this up. Take a look at every bench grinder you see in the stores and then take a look at this one, they're nearly all the same! It's essentially a motor with shafts out either side that you put your discs on, there's not much to fork up on these so don't spend more than you need to." —tllong2

    Price: $45.96+ (available in four speeds, a variety of accessories)

    21. A 12-volt cordless ratchet that'll seriously come in handy for auto mechanics, and maintenance and repair pros.

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    Has a recessed forward-backward switch, low-profile head design, onboard fuel gauge, LED lighting on the front, and a smart chip to communicate with the M12 battery plugged into it (which prevents overheating and damage). Battery not included.

    Promising review: "I've spent many years as a professional mechanic without a 3/8" electric ratchet (I had a wimpy 1/4" Skil brand that lacked torque, before), depending instead on air ratchets, but my new shop doesn't have a permanent air system yet, and listening to a portable compressor run sucked, so I purchased the bare tool (same M12 batteries my other tools use) to do a Mercedes water pump that uses about a dozen Torx E bolts buried where a manual ratchet would have been very slow and tedious. This tool offers plenty to torque at 35 foot-pounds to remove or install bolts (or nuts) that have been broken free of tightened toque (using a manual ratchet or this unit AS a manual ratchet) even if stubbornly tight from rust/sealant/etc. HF offers an electric ratchet that advertises 60 foot-pounds, but frankly that can be too much for comfort or safety with small fasteners, and the lighter, cheaper, and shorter (more convenient) Milwaukee ratchet is perfect IMO." —Bobinyelm

    Price: $88.99

    22. An 18-volt cordless reciprocating saw for making some satisfying cuts on a variety of materials in place of lots of other types of saws.

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    Has 1-1/8-inch stroke length and 0–3,000 rpm for faster cutting speed, 4-position blade clamp for flush cutting, lever-action keyless blade clamp for easy blade changes, and anti-slip comfort grip. Battery not included. Compatible with the DC9096 18-volt XRP battery pack and DW9117 15-minute charger.

    Promising review: "This is the one of the most versatile tools in my toolbox. Cuts metal sheet, bar, pipe, bolts, nails; in building deconstruction, cuts wood, metal, plumbing, wiring, flooring, roofing; cuts subsurface roots and 20' high tree limbs; allows access to many difficult to reach areas and unique uses such as crawl space, attics, farm structures, equipment repair. Can use as substitute chainsaw, jig saw, circular saw, miter saw, hack saw. Completely portable, reasonable weight, reasonably long work time batteries. The construction of the tool makes it almost indestructible. The saw has strong vibrating action and must be firmly held and controlled. This is my second DeWalt reciprocating saw. After five years of abuse my first saw finally tore itself into two parts when the blade became pinched when cutting large metal tubing. The saw still ran but I couldn't permanently attach the front and rear parts back together. Highly recommend this tool for versatility, durability, and cost." —WILDBILL

    Price: $94.99 (also available in 20-volt)

    Also check out a corded 10-amp reciprocating saw from the same brand.

    23. A demolition jack hammer to break up concrete. Just follow the instructions!!!

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    Has120V/60Hz, no load speed of 1900 Impacts per minute (55j). Includes a case, 1-1/8" bull point chisel, and 1-1/8" flat chisel.

    Promising review: "As a residential builder/remodeler, blasting out concrete comes up fairly often. We have a number of electric hammers, all Bosch and Makita. We had a job come up recently where we needed an additional demo hammer because of the amount and thickness of slabs we had to remove. It was either buy another $1200+ hammer, rent one for $100/day, or buy this unknown quantity for $120 and have it for as long as it lasts. Well we got our money's worth and then some. We've used it for three days straight, and the thing works just as well as our big Makita hammer. For all I know it may kick the bucket tomorrow, but it certainly gave us our money's worth this week. I would buy one again in a second. It comes with two bits, but for an extra $30 you can get the 3"x12" TR Industrial TR89103 Hex Shank Scraping Chisel. This works better for creating the fracture lines you need to break concrete out in bigger chunks. Make sure you oil it. They recommend diesel motor oil (15w40). This isn't a big pneumatic hammer for breaking rock, but it will definitely handle 100 square feet of slab concrete as well as any of the name brands." —Johnny Glide

    Price: $145.95+ (available with a variety of accessories)

    24. A random orbit sander — it can help smooth things over in a variety of situations. (Much like you!)

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    Has a 3-amp motor, variable speed control dial (4,000–12,000 OPM), ergonomic rubberized palm grip and handle, adjustable front handle, large two-finger trigger switch large 1/8"" random orbit action, and pad control system.

    Promising review: "I've been using a Makita Palm Sander for everything for years and I love it. However, sometimes you just need an orbital sander to take off a bit more material. I use this sander almost daily in my wood shop (garage). I bought a box of various grits of sandpaper disks and am sanding the daylights out of everything. I am using the 80 grit to smooth out pallet wood and the finer grits to smooth out shelving and pine. A real pleasure to use." —dyle51

    Price: $79+ (also available with bag)

    25. A 2-in-1 belt and disc sander to help satisfy your *rougher* shop needs.

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    Has an 4.3-amp motor that provides up to 3600 rpm, adjustable belt that tilts from 0–90 degrees, cast-iron base, and tension release lever for simple changes between sandpaper grits.

    Promising review: "I purchased this and the spindle sander from Wen at the same time to work on some custom furniture and I couldn't be happier with my purchase! The biggest reason I bought this was to sand longer chair legs smooth before assembling everything together. This sander has plenty of power, never logged down when I dug harder into the belt and tracked straight as an arrow with one tiny turn of the tracking knob! I only wish the miter gauge could be locked in place because it vibrates a bit when you're using the top belt and scoots its way across the miter table at times. It looks very well-built and handled everything I threw at it, even after running it for over an hour at a time! You will not find a better belt/disc combo in this price range! I highly recommend it!" —Roy Cox

    Price: $94.88+ (available in three varieties)

    26. And a 20-volt jig saw that'll let you ~comfortably~ cut a variety of bevels.

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    Has an all-metal lever action keyless blade, all-metal keyless shoe bevel, and four-position orbital action. Battery and charger sold separately.

    Promising review: "It has a powerful motor. It easily cuts right through 2X6s using the wood blade that came with it. It more than fulfills my expectations as most DeWalt power tools do. DeWalt 20-volt batteries interchange with other DeWalt tools, which is an asset. The batteries hold up well over time. I like this tool's grip and comfort in-hand. It is substantial and should last years to come. My motto: He who ends up with the most tools wins." —Tryka

    Price: $157.99+ (available with a variety of accessories)

    Looking for something more affordable? Check out a 4-amp Black + Decker jig saw.

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