I am a handy woman but I wasn’t always.
I remember the first time I needed a piece of wood cut but my husband wasn’t home to do it for me. Then I thought to myself “my husband isn’t here to do it for me?!!! Why can he do it but I can’t?!!!”
So I went into the garage and looked around for what I thought was the tool I needed for the job.
It was electric.
Plug it in.
Draw line on wood where I want it cut.
Hold it steady.
Pull the trigger.
Wow! It cut the wood! Oh my gosh I cut the wood!
I was cutting all sorts of things after that. Its so funny, one minute of teaching myself how to use a “man’s” tool opened up my whole world.
My husband sure does regret not being home that day because he hasn’t had his tools to himself since! HAHAHA
Since then I have evolved a little. I started with some no name brand jig saw to a circular saw. I think the circular saw is my tool of choice for pretty much anything that needs cutting. Also the only tool I have right now for carpentry projects that I would like to look somewhat decent. I have plans to get a chop saw sometime soon hopefully. For now I will do what I can with what I have (and I actually love this circular saw too!)
At our homestead we have the Ryobi 18 volt circular saw.
Its fairly light weight which is great for me since I don’t have very strong wrists. Its very easy to use and understand. It cuts nicely and has multiple safety feature so you don’t accidentally cut your fingers (or toes) off.
We have this circular saw as part of a 5 Piece tool set. You can find it at Home Depot or HERE. We’ve had the set for at least 3 years now and it still works like new. The batteries hold their charge like they are new. I’m very happy with the quality of this tool set.
This circular saw has been my go to tool and I highly recommend it for women for its light weight and ease of use.
I also love the sawzall (reciprocating saw). It has come in handy for all those odd jobs and its great for yard work too. Again, a simple design that is easy to use and is light weight.
The drill is great. But I will say that it feels a little heavy for me, but its manageable. There are smaller drills available on the market but if you want a drill that has a decent amount of power, you aren’t going to find one lighter than this. Again, simple design and easy to use. I can’t complain.
I have never used the impact drill. I haven’t had a need for it. But my husband has used to and it worked. We still have it. That’s all I can tell you about that. You can find sets with out the impact drill at Home Depot or HERE.
Over all, this is one of the best investments that we have made as far as machinery is concerned. Both my husband and I used it almost daily. WE have definitely gotten our money out of this set.