Summer is universally associated with fun and play. From baseball diamonds to the beach to the first tee, warm weather invites a little more recreation time than the bleaker months of winter. Still, that same sunshine offers a great opportunity to get out there and complete home improvement projects around the yard or in the garden.
If you’ve got some extra time on your hands — and who doesn’t during Summer 2020? — this is the perfect time to accomplish all of those DIY projects you’ve been putting off for another day. To get these jobs done right, you’ll need the right tools. To help out aspiring home improvement masters, we set out to compile a list of the best new power tools available this summer.
This collection of new and popular power tools from a variety of consumer companies covers as much of the range on those summer tasks as a 10 item list can manage. From cutting to cleaning, and in a range of price options, the home improvement tools below can make completing your outdoor work projects easier and less time-consuming.
Plus, you’ll feel like a total bad-ass handling them.
1. Craftsman Cordless 6-Inch Chainsaw Lopper
Undoubtedly the coolest looking tool on this list, the Craftsman Cordless 6-Inch Chainsaw Lopper seems ready to wiggle into some sort of small Transformer at any moment. Fortunately, it never does — so you can use it to clip through branches, small tree trunks, fence posts and anything else it can squeeze between its jaws. You’ll go out looking for projects with this beast in your garage.
2. DeWalt 8-Inch Bench Grinder
Most commonly intended for grinding down surfaces or removing rust or paint on construction sites and craft spaces, the DeWalt 8-Inch Bench Grinder also comes in handy as a sharpener for knives on their way to a camping site or axes needed for outdoor chores. It includes 36 and 60-grit wheels, eye shields, spark deflectors and a 3/4 horsepower induction motor running at 3600 RPM.
3. Black + Decker Powered Handsaw
Sure, elbow grease will get a saw moving through that wood, but the Black + Decker Powered Handsaw will cut it faster, easier and cleaner. It packs a 3.4 amp, 4,600 SPM motor and will cut through metal and plastic with ease. Look on it as a large reciprocating saw, and it opens up even more applications. You get a large capacity blade, metal cutting blade and storage bag in the same kit.
4. Porter-Cable 14-Inch Chop Saw
It still takes good engineering to make a simple tool function well, and the Porter-Cable 14-Inch Chop Saw puts that theory to work. A simple “lay it in, pull and cut” device, the saw uses a 15 amp, 3,800 RPM motor with replaceable internal brushes. Its cutting fence has miter adjustments, and the spark deflector protects you when you’re cutting into metal.
5. Black+Decker 12-inch 3-in-1 Compact Mower
The Black+Decker 12-inch 3-in-1 Compact Mower proves that just because a power tool does the dirty work on a gritty summer day, it can still be very clever. Someone came up with the idea of building a wheeled base for a trimmer and edger, essentially making a tiny, stable lawnmower able to fit into those areas of the yard a standard size mower or riding machine can’t reach. The trimmer and edger can detach from the base for standard duty, earning that 3-in-1 tool monicker.
6. DeWalt 20V MAX Cordless String Trimmer
From the weed trimming world, the DeWalt 20V MAX Cordless String Trimmer has a geared motor that detects when you need extra power to cut through more dense grass or brush. That extra torque is controllable with a veritable speed trigger for more power control. Well-balanced at only 8.5 pounds, the trimmer can be used by most family members, as long as they’re out of the nursery.
7. Black+Decker 20V MAX Multi-Purpose Inflator
From the “you don’t realize how much use you’d get out of this thing” department, the Black+Decker 20V MAX Multi-Purpose Inflator quickly becomes indispensable. You set the necessary PSI on the digital readout, and the device will fill car or bike tires to the proper level. Pop in a needle, and it’ll blow up a basketball to the proper feel. Put on the hose attachment and it’ll serve as a small blower. It’ll also charge your cellphone while you work. Inflating pool toys and Christmas decorations has never been this easy.
8. Greenworks 1500-PSI Electric Pressure Washer
Affordable and physically manageable for mobile cleaning projects, the Greenworks 1500-PSI Electric Pressure Washer puts out a 1500 PSI stream of water at 1.2 GPM through 25-degree or 40-degree focusing tips. The connected pressure hose runs 20 feet, with a detachable soap tank and applicator. Its 35-foot power cord will work from all exterior outlets.
9. DeWalt 20V MAX Cordless Heat Gun
Yes, you can still use a heat-based appliance in the summertime. So, you’re back in that “didn’t know I needed this” neighborhood again with the DeWalt 20V MAX Cordless Heat Gun. If you need to prep paint for stripping or remove a decal from an outdoor surface, the heat gun puts out up to 990 degrees. The set comes with attachments for specific jobs and a 20-volt charger.
10. PORTER-CABLE 8-Amp 12-Speed Floor Drill Press
Once installed on your workbench, the PORTER-CABLE 8-Amp 12-Speed Floor Drill Press eliminates the danger or inefficiency of using a hand drill for precision tasks. Built for maximum dexterity and allowing you to feel your way through the tasks, the drill press offers an X-Y axial projecting laser line for accurate pre-alignment on the drilling surface. Its motor comes with 12 operating speeds from 300 to 3100 RPM.