Every real guy knows how to fix stuff and should be able to tackle a small renovation.  If you can’t maybe it’s time to man up!  But in order to do repairs and renovations around your home, you’ll need the right equipment.  Here’s a compilation of 5 power tools that every guy should have.

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Corded Hammer Drill

The Bosch HD19-2 corded hammer drill ($166 approx) offers a heavy duty construction and a powerful 8.5 amp motor that will allow you to drill through all material types with ease.  The 2-speed selector is great for drilling in wood and metal, while the hammer drill setting is ideal for drilling in concrete.  Its variable speed trigger will allow you to start drilling holes with high accuracy, and help with removing fasteners or bound bits when used in reverse mode.  Pair it with a good concrete Bosch drill bit and you’ll never struggle again drilling holes in concrete.  www.boschtools.com

Compact Cordless Power Drill

The Milwaukee M18 cordless power drill ($200 approx) may not be nearly as powerful as corded hammer drill but it’s advantage lies in the portability.  The powerful new 18V battery provides a longer life, 425 in.-lbs. of torque and plenty of run time when drilling in wood and metal.  The 21-position chuck let you quickly adjust the torque when using it as an electric screwdriver.  The compact form factor means it’s light in your hand and allows it to fit into places where full sized drills can only dream of.  Comes with a charger and two batteries.  www.milwaukeetool.com

Corded Oscillating Multi-tool

The Dremel Multi-Max MM40 ($122 approx) is one of the most flexible cutting tools on the market designed for smaller cutting and finishing jobs.  Thanks to its Quick Fit/Quick Lock interchangeable accessory it can be used for cutting, grinding, sanding and scraping.  Its compact size and oscillating action means it can fit into the smallest of spaces.  A small dial allows you to adjust the oscillations per minute from 10,000 to 21,000 for optimal precision.  When you get one, you’ll wonder how you ever got around without one.  www.dremel.com

Sliding Compound Miter Saw

Bigger jobs require bigger power tools.  The DeWalt DW715 compound miter saw ($199 approx) is the kind of tool you’ll need if you’re laying down a new hardwood floor, constructing or repairing a deck, fence or wall – just to mention a few.  We chose the 12” model over a 10” because it’ll allow the saw to handle just about any common sizes of lumber.  Its 15 amp motor and 4,000 rpm will cut through any type of wood like butter.  The adjustable plate offers 11 positive (0-50 degrees left and right) which means that jumping into the common cutting angles is a breeze.  The single bevel let us you adjust 0 to 48 degrees to the left.  If you’d prefer a double-bevel adjustment, check out the slightly more expensive DW716 model.  www.dewalt.com

Cordless Multi-tool

You’re guaranteed to run into situations when even the smallest drill/driver won’t fit into places where you need to drill.  That’s when you’ll need the cordless Ridgid 12V JobMax Multi-Tool.  This innovative tool allows you to purchase additional function “heads” – including a right angle impact driver, right angle drill/driver, ratchet and auto-hammer.  Most useful of these is perhaps the right angle drill/driver head – but to get it you’ll have to purchase the starter kit ($129 approx, supplied with the multi-tool head) and the add-on drill/driver head ($50 approx).  www.ridgid.com

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