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Recommended Tools & Equipment for the Shop & Installer: Portable Power Tools

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Cordless Drills Straight and Right Angle Reversible models; 3/8'' or 10mm; 9 Volt System or higher; Should have extra batteries and charger. DEWALT ®, Snap-on ®, Makita ®, Black & Decker ®, etc.
Power Drills 3/8'' Straight & Right Angle; 1/2'' Straight; Reversible models; DEWALT ®, Makita ®, Black & Decker ®, Snap-on ®, etc.
Drill Bits / Hole Saws
  • Cobalt and High Speed Sets: 1/16'' to 1/2''
  • Uni-Bits ®: #1 & #2
  • Wood Bits (spade): up to 1''
  • Hole Saws: Wood & Metal; up to 6''
  • Rotory Tool Dremel ®, Moto-Tool, or equivalent; assortment of bits
    Heat Gun Black & Decker ® or equivalent
    Hot Glue Gun Assortment of Glue Sticks; Craftsman ®, Black & Decker ®, or equivalent
    Routers Many shops will provide at least two routers and one router table. Most installers that do custom woodworking on a regular basis should have their own routers and a variety of bits. DEWALT ®, Makita ®, Bosch ®, Ryobi ®, Black & Decker ®, etc.
    Circular Saw 7¼'' model; Mainly for rough cuts; Makita ®, Skill ®, DEWALT ®, Black & Decker ®, etc.
    Sabre Saw/ Jigsaw Rotating Handle; Metal & Wood cutting blades; Makita ®, Black & Decker ®, DEWALT ®, Bosch ®, etc.
    Belt Sander 3'' X 21'' model; Variable Speed; Assortment of Sanding Belts; Bosch ®, Black & Decker ®, Makita ®, Skill ®, etc.
    Palm Sander 1/4 Sheet model; DEWALT ®, Makita ®, Black & Decker ®, etc.
    Soldering Irons Cordless & Corded Station w/ Adjustable Temperature Control; Various Tips; Solder; Solder Sucker; Weller ®, Portasol ®, etc.
    Extension Cords 3 Prong; Various Lengths; UL Approved
    Outlet Strips Overload Protection; UL Approved
    Lights & Flash Lights Florescent Drop Light, Free Standing Lights, Flash Lights in various sizes. Many installers choose a flashlight that works with the same batteries as other cordless tools. Makita ®, DEWALT ®, Black & Decker ®, etc.
    Other tools seldomly used may not be listed.
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