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Hello all,

As the title says I'm sorta new at this sort of thing. My wife an I just bought our first house and well...I've been doing a few repairs here and there. Today I actually refinished my first piece of furniture. It was just a book shelf but I figured I'd start small. Anyhow, over the last few weeks I've discovered I really enjoy that sort of thing. Maybe it's the idea of having your own house and knowing you're adding quality to your life, I don't know.

Anyhow, I've been browsing power tools and such as she, my wife, would like a few more book cases, a new dog house and a few other things and thought I'd try my hand at it. Figure I'd never learn unless I jump into it. So, like I said, I've been browsing around and looking at different brands, tools, etc and from what I can gather DeWalt is one of the better brands to go with. I've been looking at cordless drills, reciprocating saws, orbital sanders and a circular saw and was wondering if anyone had any suggestions as to which I should go with. I figure I'd end up spending $400-$600 for the four but would like to be on the low end of that if possible. Should I even be looking at that many items right off the bat?

I've looked at the DeWalt 6 piece set which has everything except the drill is a hammer/drive drill. I don't think I would really need that and have read there are problems with the hammer drill which I don't need. Should I be concerned with that?

Thanks in advance for any replies and I apologize for the long post, I'm a bit long winded at times :D

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Hello all,

As the title says I'm sorta new at this sort of thing. My wife an I just bought our first house and well...I've been doing a few repairs here and there. Today I actually refinished my first piece of furniture. It was just a book shelf but I figured I'd start small. Anyhow, over the last few weeks I've discovered I really enjoy that sort of thing. Maybe it's the idea of having your own house and knowing you're adding quality to your life, I don't know.

Anyhow, I've been browsing power tools and such as she, my wife, would like a few more book cases, a new dog house and a few other things and thought I'd try my hand at it. Figure I'd never learn unless I jump into it. So, like I said, I've been browsing around and looking at different brands, tools, etc and from what I can gather DeWalt is one of the better brands to go with. I've been looking at cordless drills, reciprocating saws, orbital sanders and a circular saw and was wondering if anyone had any suggestions as to which I should go with. I figure I'd end up spending $400-$600 for the four but would like to be on the low end of that if possible. Should I even be looking at that many items right off the bat?

I've looked at the DeWalt 6 piece set which has everything except the drill is a hammer/drive drill. I don't think I would really need that and have read there are problems with the hammer drill which I don't need. Should I be concerned with that?

Thanks in advance for any replies and I apologize for the long post, I'm a bit long winded at times :D

Hit

Well it depends on how much you are going to use your power tools and how hard are you going to push its limits? If you are a simplely just using your power tools just for that occasion and you will not be pushing the power tool to its limit in the future then you can always go with Rigid sets they are very good beginners sets if you will not be pushings the machine to its limits. Also DeWalt is a very good brand pretty reliable and they will last a long time if you take care of them very good. You also can push a DeWalt to its limits and it wont break on you as easily as a Rigid can.

You said that you heard some flaws to the DeWalt hammer drill? I think DeWalt has a 3YR LIMITED WARRENTY, 1YR SERVICE FREE CONTRACT and if you are really that worried about that hammer drill there is a 90 DAYS MONEY BACK RETURN WARRENTY. So i think you can give DeWalt a shot and if you dont like it you can always return it (or you can donate it to me!) to Home Depot or wherever you buy your tools from. Or you can always pick up a Milwaukee 18V kit that is very reliable and one of the industries best tools maker.

"Rigid 18.0V Hammer Drill, Circ Saw, Lite"

http://www.homedepot.ca/webapp/wcs/stor ... PartNumber

"DW New XRP 4-Kit" http://www.homedepot.ca/webapp/wcs/stor ... PartNumber

"Milwaukee 4Pc Combo Kit"

http://www.homedepot.ca/webapp/wcs/stor ... PartNumber

Some combinations kits that you might want to look into.

http://www.homedepot.ca/webapp/wcs/stor ... 3339&Nty=1

***REMEMBER IF YOU LIVE IN THE U.S.A. THE PRICES ON THESE TOOLS I SHOWED YOU WILL BE CHEAPER BY A COUPLE OF HUNDREDS DOLLARS*

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Hmmm, only through Ebay, I'll check on it further.

Now, why the big price difference between these 2?

http://www.lowes.com/lowes/lkn?action=p ... lpage=none

http://www.homedepot.ca/webapp/wcs/stor ... PartNumber

Maybe I'm missing something.

Again, thanks so much for the help.

Yea sorry forgot to tell you that the link i sented you are Canadians. Since you live in U.S.A. the price is very difference by a couple of hundreds dollars.

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No, my mistake. I think you mentioned that and I just missed it

One other quick question. Think I should wait on a sander and just use elbow grease to start off with? I like that set and think it would do well to get me started but wonder if I should wait on an orbital sander.

As far as the rest of your first post my intent is to get into it as much as I'm able to. I've sort of sat on it all for about 2 weeks now as I didn't want to jump into anything too hastily but my wife and I both agree it would be a good investment and figure if we're going to spend the money we should put it towards a proven dependable brand.

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No, my mistake. I think you mentioned that and I just missed it

One other quick question. Think I should wait on a sander and just use elbow grease to start off with? I like that set and think it would do well to get me started but wonder if I should wait on an orbital sander.

As far as the rest of your first post my intent is to get into it as much as I'm able to. I've sort of sat on it all for about 2 weeks now as I didn't want to jump into anything too hastily but my wife and I both agree it would be a good investment and figure if we're going to spend the money we should put it towards a proven dependable brand.

You should definitely wait and save a few more bucks for a sander. You can buy a a sander for pretty cheap ($15-$30 Jobmate) and it will do the job for building book shelfs. I know that because i build a wall shelf at school and i used a cheap one and it worked perfectly (its all about the course of the sand paper!)! But if you want quality that will last go with something that is like Porter Cable, DeWalt or something similiar.

http://www.canadiantire.ca/search/searc ... c499f33fba

This was the sander i used to build my wall shelf with.

http://www.canadiantire.ca/browse/produ ... earch=true

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Ok, I think that's what we'll do. We've been looking at the DeWalt packs and the 4pc makes more sense.

Thanks again for all the advice,

Hit

Before any purchases you have already bought safety glasses right? Make sure you purchase ANSI Z87 (If i remember i think that ANSI Z87 was the standard safety certify) certify! Replacing a wood is a lot easier then replacing a eye!

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