Power tools are great for doing jobs large and small around the house much easier and faster than manual equipment. All construction tools fall into one of two main categories. Within these categories, they are further divided according to exactly how they feed. Here are the basic characteristics of these categories to help you decide what you need in your equipment arsenal:

Main categories

Portable – These electrical kits are great for convenience. They are portable so you can switch from job to job with ease. Just because they’re portable doesn’t mean they’re less powerful or less important to great work. They have specific uses that are very important and, depending on the piece, they are not necessarily miniscule. An air compressor is portable (usually on wheels) but it can help you put up a privacy fence in no time.

Other portable parts include the power drill, sander, circular saw, planer, and much more. Depending on the job you are planning, you may not even need any of the parts in the following category.

Stationary – These are larger pieces for larger jobs and stay put. Parts like the table saw or miter saw are common stationary construction equipment. They are used to cut large pieces of wood and boards. If you need large pieces like these, you need to make sure you have a large enough workshop to accommodate them. These cannot be kept in the toolbox or cabinets. Stationary power tools are more like furniture for your workshop.


Gasoline: they are usually large outdoor equipment. Chainsaws are one of the common gas powered equipment, as well as feeding on weeds and edge cutters. These are convenient because there is no wire to hold it and you can work anywhere in the garden. These can be difficult for some people to use because it takes some force to get it going the first time. Although once you feel it, pulling that rope gets easier.

Powered – They come in two categories: battery powered and corded. Battery operation was born out of the convenience of not being tied to a wall and making working in a variety of locations much easier.

The first versions were less powerful than corded tools, but advances in batteries and equipment have used them with corded parts. Of course you get what you pay for here too. The least expensive probably won’t give you much punch or intensity, so if you have a great job, it makes sense to invest in a good piece.

Compressed Air – This type of equipment is wired, but compressed air is the force behind the machine. There are so many uses for an air compressor. Accessories include nail guns and nails of all sizes, sprayers, and of course can also be used to ventilate tires. Make sure you learn how to use and care for power tools properly. This ensures your safety and the longevity of the equipment.

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