08:22AM | 05/17/05
Member Since: 05/15/05
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I'm looking for a birthday gift for my husband. If I buy one tool (thinking drill set), what's a must have for a new home owner who plans to do some renovations himself?

Bob Vila recently featured a multipurpose set on TV but I haven't tracked it down on the web site.


07:27AM | 05/18/05
Member Since: 09/24/04
128 lifetime posts

Forgive me if I get this wrong but I don't know exactly what you are asking. If your husband needs a drill and is not a professional user then a lower end cordless drill should be fine. If he is a pro then look at the higher end drills like Dewalt,Bosch,Porter Cable, and the like.

Stay away from the multi purpose tool sets like the ones that can be a drill and a sander in one. They are not the best quality. You will be much better off getting individual tools that are needed.

One must have for drills is that they be double insulated. The symbol for that is a square inside a square. The symbol should be somewhere on the drill housing as well as in the owners manual. Another must have is good balance.

Drill accessories that I use all the time are magnetic hex nut driver bits,standard and #2 phillips screw driver tips, and a full drill index. I don't like the quick change bit things either but then again I use my drill almost daily for a miriad of tasks and can change bits about as fast as those gadgets that get in the way will let you anyway.

I hope this helps in some small measure.

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