Here’s a look at five time-saving tools that are essential for your toolbox.
The combination square has so many uses that it’s sure to be a time saver. A combination square is handy for, surprise, surprise - drawing squares or marking 45 degree lines across timber; setting the cutting depth of your power saw and to check that the corners of your project are at 90 degrees. It’s no wonder you always see one dangling off the tool belts of the pros!
An impact driver is a power tool that’s specially designed for driving screws. It has much greater turning power than a drill so even the biggest and longest screws can be driven with ease. Use your drill to do the pilot hole then grab the impact driver to put the screw in. Too easy! There’s a wide range of driver bits to suit all types of screws and you can also get a socket adaptor to make it a power wrench for tightening nuts.
Combine pilot and countersinking bit
What used to be two jobs – drilling a pilot hole and countersinking for the screw head – can be done in one quick motion using a combined pilot hole and countersinking bit. It’s perfect for a deck where even saving 10 seconds on each screw means hours of time saved. Make sure you get the bit that suits the size of your screws so they’ll end up flush every time.
There are a couple of members in the laser tools family. A laser level shines a level line across a wide area and over long distances. It’s perfect for something as simple as hanging pictures on a wall through to setting the height of floors and ceilings. A laser-measuring tool gives you accurate dimensions over long distances at the press of a button, so you’re not struggling with holding a tape. Some models will even calculate area and volume, which is handy for working out paint quantities for example.
Even the most novice DIYer will be amazed at how much time they save with this wonderful tool. It quickly cuts timber precisely and accurately and can be set at a whole range of angles to suit any job. Larger models slide on rails to cut wider timbers and the head can also be tilted so you can do compound cuts – ones that are angled both across and through the timber. Once you’ve tried it you’ll wonder how you did without it!