5 Essential Woodworking Power Tools that Won’t Break Your Bank

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When you start to think about working with pallets or wood in general, or you need some stuff done around the house there is one thing that is essential if you’re serious about it and that’s a power tool. Several different power tools to be exact. In this post, you’ll find the best price power tools on a budget for newbies who don’t want to spend a fortune but need a nice set of essentials.

Black and Decker BDEJS600C 5.0-Amp Jig Saw

blackanddecker BDEJS600C jigsaw

This is Amazon No 1 bestseller with lots of great reviews. I’m not a fan of Black & Decker myself but I must admit this tool is excellent value for money so if you need a starter jigsaw you should get this one for sure.

It has an impressive 5 Amp motor with variable speed up to 3000 SPM(strokes per minute). The speed is controlled by depressing a trigger which then can be locked at the highest speed. A control for orbital action is big and well marked and Curve Technology allows the orbit to be adjusted in 1 of 4 settings.

This tool is great for simple craft projects and would definitely serve you well when making pallet projects like wine racks.

If you’re new to power tools you won’t feel intimidated by this saw. It’s easy to hold(for men and women) and has a comfortable grip with some vibration absorption for longer use.

It also allows for bevel cuts up to 45 degrees if you ever needed to make one without a circular saw. It has a quite large base plate and wire cage for increased safety that also will make it easier to see the cut line.

The next very important feature is keyless blade change. It’s quick, very intuitive and the blade securely is held. For this saw, you’d need U or T shank blades.

I recommend buying extra blades for straight cuts and for cutting metal( like nails in pallets).

Hitachi C7ST 15-Amp 7-1/4-Inch Circular SawHitachi C7ST circular saw

This is a lightweight(made of steel and aluminum)but a powerful circular saw for around the house or pallet projects. It’s basic but has everything you need to learn how to use one. It’s got 15 Amp motor with 6000 RPM that will allow you to make smooth rip or cross cuts without any slowing down and wood burning.

For more accurate cuts its center of gravity is lowered which keeps the saw closer to the workpiece. It’s able to make a 1-7/8-Inch depth of cut at 45-Degree and a 2-7/16-Inch depth of cut at 90-Degree.

Changing blades is simple and the tool comes with a quality combo blade so you can jump right into your projects. A single-handed depth of cut lever and bevel adjustments make this circular saw easy to use by beginners but I’m sure will be appreciated even by more experienced users.

The additional features include dust blowing mechanism which is supposed to keep dust away from the cut line and dust chute to expel dust, chips, and debris. Soft grip handle gives you a comfortable grip and reduced vibrations. It comes with a hard case, a blade and cord length is 8 feet.

If you’re not feeling comfortable enough to use a circular saw you can check compact saws like Rockwell RK3440K VersaCut Circular Saw or Rockwell RK3441K Compact Circular Saw.


Makita BO3710 Finishing SanderMakita BO3710 finishing sander

 If you are a power tool newbie like I once was, moving on from hand sanding and want to have that job that everybody dislikes over and done you should definitely check out this orbital sander. It’s another example of fantastic value for money made by a company with a long-established reputation in power tools world.

For more information about why you should buy one please go to my full Makita BO3710 review.


PORTER-CABLE 382 5-Inch Random Orbit Sander

porter cable 382 random orbital sander

If you’re looking for a good random orbit sander on a budget Porter-Cable 382 5-inch Random Orbit Sander is the way to go. This is no frill basic tool that will do the job. It’s not the cheapest you can find on the market but reasonably priced and with Porter-Cable over 100 years reputation behind and excellent reviews it surely is worth considering.

So so if you’re a DIY newbie or weekend woodworker without a huge workload this tool is right for you. If you’re still not convinced have a look at my Porter-Cable 382 5-inch Random Orbit Sander review to help you decide.


Black & Decker LDX120C 20-Volt MAX Lithium-Ion Cordless Drill/Driver

LDX120C 20-Volt MAX Lithium-Ion Cordless

This is another example that a cheap tool can be reliable and have a tonne of great user reviews. So what’s so great about it?? Well… Let’s have a quick overview.

This cordless tool is compact and lightweight but at the same time has plenty of power and enough torque to drill in wood, metal or plastic without any problems. Its size is an advantage as you can easily use it in tight spaces.

It comes with 2(!) Li-Ion batteries and a charger. The batteries, although compact in size, are 20V and will give you plenty of time to work. They charge quickly and got no memory – that means longer battery life and you can keep it on a  charger all the time without damaging it.

It has 11 Position Clutch that gives you precise control for drilling and all screw driving tasks. The variable speed allows for countersinking without damaging the material.

So it’s great little starter tool for simple tasks around the house or wood/pallet projects. Will be great for women because of its size and a light weight but any DIYer should be pleased with it.

What do you think about this tool set? Would you recommend any other tools which are good value for money? Let me know! :)


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