Being a woodworking noob isn’t easy. You have to chose tools, find space for those tools, find materials, and all that. But if you do go through all that, the sacrifice is worth it. My favorite method for handling complications is to solve them one problem at a time. And in this article, i wanted to talk about getting tools as a beginner. There are a lot of misconceptions out there, and i wanted to share my perspective. Even though i don’t claim to be woodworking guru, i think my experience has taught me enough to share some tips and tricks.
First of all, let’s talk about cost. Some people might not care about amount of money they spend of particular tool, but for most of us, budgeting is key to getting everything we want. So most beginners’ goal is to get the best circular saw, or best worm drive saw for as little amount of money as possible. Some people may say that it is impossible to get a good tool for cheap, and that you have to pay premium price for quality, which is true. But what they don’t say, is that you can still get quality for low price by sacrificing few of the features that, as a beginner, you wouldn’t need anyway. For example, i always recommend to beginners to get corded circular and worm drive saws, instead of their cordless alternatives. Sure, cordless power tools can be very flexible and comfortable to work with, but you also have to pay two times as much, compared to it’s wired counterpart. According to this tutorial,One of the many other cons of cordless saw is that because of it’s advanced technology, it’s more prone to breaking and malfunctioning. On the other hand, with corded saws, you don’t have to worry about most parts, because they’re simple. I’ve found lack of battery to be especially time-saver, because battery on my last cordless saw was a mess and had to be replaced all the time. I figured it would just be easier to get new one, and i was right. Corded saws also tend to be more powerful than cordless ones. Of course, there are some exceptions, but they are rare.
To be fair though, cordless tools have a lot of advantages like flexibility. Sometimes you have to make articulate cuts with your circular saw, and cord really gets in your way. But that’s rarely the case for beginners, so i’d say it’s not really an issue.
Best place to buy used circular saws is probably eBay or craigslist. You can also ask around your acquintances and friends, people sell their tools all the time, and unlike those two websites, you won’t even have to worry about shipping.