I’m always busy fixing or improving something, so I need my tools to work well and stand up to wear and tear. These are the ones that I reach for when I’m tackling projects at home or around the cottage.
Bosch 18-Volt Variable Speed Keyless Cordless Jigsaw
Owning a cordless jigsaw changed the game for me. Being able to manoeuvre in tight corners without wondering where the wire is hanging makes cutting trouble-free.
Pair this with a carbide blade for perfect, un-splintered cuts every time.
Bosch Glide 8-1/2-in 12-Amp Single Bevel Sliding Compound Corded Mitre Saw
This little saw packs a big punch. It slides so smoothly on the rails and can be angled or beveled for a variety of measurements. It’s small enough to take with you anywhere, but big enough to get the job done!
Use this with a Diablo 8 1/2-inch blade for best results.
Milwaukee Tool M18 FUEL GEN-2 18V Lithium-Ion Brushless Cordless SAWZALL Reciprocating Saw
Whether you’re cutting wood, metal, plastic, or meat (haha), this is the saw for you. Get those cuts done quickly, accurately, and easily. Make sure you’re using the proper blade for the material you’re cutting. Add the extended capacity battery for added hours of power.
Pair this with a Diablo Pruning blade for quick work of little limbs around your property.
Petzl Actik Core Lamp
Having proper light when you’re working is not only useful, but it keeps you safe. I always carry my headlamp with me no matter where I go. Use three AAA batteries or a USB to charge the Core Lithium battery, and this thing will light up the night. It’s ideal for removing splinters and great around the campfire when you’re making s’mores.
STIHL BR600 backpack blower
When you’ve got a big job (or a small job), and you don’t want to swing a handheld around, this is your saving grace! It’s fuel-efficient, clean running, and low noise, this is one of my favourite toys…I mean tools.
Pair this with ear protection, eye protection, and a cold beer.
Poulan Pro PR4218 Handheld Gas Chainsaw, 18"
I know, it’s not battery-powered, but this cheap chainsaw gets the job done. It’s lightweight and easy to start, and it makes log-cutting quick and efficient. Make sure you check the bar oil frequently and keep it topped up.