Tuesday, May 11, 2010

Gotta Have My Tools

Ok, so today I thought I would share with you some of my favorite tools and other handy little things I use ALL the time!

Starting the lineup is my Miter Saw. My husband bought this for me last year and let me tell ya, it's worth more to me than a hundred dozen roses. This is the exact same one that I have and I would highly recommend it for the price (Lowes $114).

This next one I don't use quite as much but it does come in handy! This is not the exact one we have but we do have a Dewalt and it's held up great for the last 5 years. (A little more pricey but probably worth it in the long run)

Someday I would love to get an orbital sander, but until then, my handy-dandy little mouse sander has squeaked his way into my heart. Once again, this is not the exact one that I have, but same brand and we've also had it for about 5-6 years with no problems.(this Black & Decker retails for $39 at Lowes)

This thing is like hardened WW2 General. He's been used, abused and lived to tell about it. My husband used this every day for about 2 years and we still use it all the time. Once again, there are cheaper ones you can buy, but this one is worth its weight in gold. Lowes sells it for $119 but I'm sure you could find it cheaper on Ebay or Craigslist if you are diligent in watching.I'm pretty sure ours is 18-Volt, though most of the writing is worn off so it was kinda hard to tell.

Ahh, this little honey really makes my heart beat faster. After owning 2 gas powered blowers that I could never get started then I went shopping. I actually did quite a bit of research before buying this Toro electric blower and it was rated one of the best. I love it!!! The best part is that it only cost $35! If you're looking for something to do those areas around the house then I highly recommend this.

Now another great thing that my husband bought me (isn't he great!) is this little vacuum cleaner. This is the Dyson DC16 handheld and he actually got it from the local pawn shop for like $50 or something. You can find them on Ebay for anywhere from $40 to $100+. I use it all the time to clean up after my kids, it's so much easier than getting out the big guy and my 3 year old can even use it as well.

I also use this, almost more than I use my toothbrush. No, I don't have this brand. Mine looks like it's been through all the major wars and perhaps a trip to mars. I don't really use the nail gun since I always have my boys somewhat nearby and I have a fear of a stray nail flying through the wall and hightailing it toward my boys. Soooo, I use my little friend Hammy. If you don't have one then I'm not sure what's wrong with you.

One more thing that I use like crazy is our shop-vac. I actually don't remember what brand we have and I'm too lazy to go look right now. But, I love it and have gotten much use out of it, not only for projects but also for cleaning the cars and vacuuming our garage. I know that makes me sound like a neat freak, but our garage does not house cars and has carpet in most of it. Shocker! A garage with no cars!!!

Anyway, hope you get some use out of my list of favorites. Let me know what you can't live without (other than toilet paper).

All opinions are mine and I was not paid or compensated in anyway for this review.


Melissa said...

I love it!! I took woodshop in high school and I was the only girl! I wanted to learn how to use tools. I did! I am not quite as adventurous as you are, when I need something cut on the miter saw, I get hubby to do it. I do love my little hand sander, but the tool I think I use the most is a screw driver that has 2 two sided inter-changing tips, I use it for everything! Also, I think one of my favorite tools, a really, really good paintbrush. If you do much painting you can tell the difference between a cheap one and a good one.
Thanks for all the tips!!

Robin said...

I love my power tools too!

I have pretty much the same list as you, however I would add my black and decker jigsaw and cordless weed wacker to my list of favorites.

Stephenie from Decorating Addiction said...

I have to confess that I am a bit intimidated by tools that cut! I always have my husband work those. I am always afraid of losing a finger or something!

Blair Roy said...

We have the little Dyson vacuum, and I agree with you. You can't live without it!!