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Your Garage Guy Home ImageHey There! Welcome to YourGarageGuy.com.

My name is Austin, and when I’m not working, you can find me in my garage. Whether I’m building something, repairing something, working on the car, or whatever else, the garage is my happy place. I’ve come across just about every tool throughout my days, and I created this site to share this info with you.

Your Garage Guy is a website that shares all you need to know about the best of the best tools available on the market today. Whether you’re looking for power tools, manual tools, woodworking tools, or any other tool, you’re in the right place. Here you’ll find lists of the best tools, tool guides and tips, and tool reviews, all under one roof.

Whether you’re a woodworker, mechanic, carpenter, builder, or just a curious hobbyist, choosing the right tools for the job is not easy. There are hundreds of models, brands, and types of every tool you could imagine. The market is cluttered with products and sorting through them is stressful and confusing. Not to mention, buying a product that breaks in the first week is a total disappointment.

Tools can come in many different sizes, weights, power types, quality, and durability. Without a way to tell them apart, you’re just taking a shot in the dark when you buy one. That’s where I come in. I go out and find the best tools for each category, review them, compile them in an easy to read list, and provide the best info about them in an easy to read format. I also provide comparison tables so you can easily see the differences. For each product I give you the most pertinent information, so you can easily make your purchasing decision.

When choosing the correct tools, the first place to start would be to figure out what you need them for. There are many different kinds of tools, but some of the ones you can find here on the site are listed below:

  • Benchtop Tools
  • Drills
  • Grinders
  • Hammers
  • Planers
  • Polishers
  • Routers
  • Sanders
  • Saws
  • Vacuums

Tools featured on YourGarageGuy.com

Each tool has its specific purpose and use, so figuring out ahead of time which one you need for which product is important. The following tools are all tools that are currently featured or will be featured on this website in the future.

Keep reading to learn what each tool is, and what it’s good for.

Benchtop Tools

Benchtop tools come in all shapes and sizes, but the thing that ties them all together is the fact that they are supposed to be used on your workbench. Usually, benchtop tools have holes cut out in the base of the tool so that you can mount it to your workbench. There are benchtop buffers, benchtop jointers, saws, sanders, and drills. You name the tool, and there is probably a benchtop version of it.

Drills

Drills are used for drilling holes in things. Depending on the power of the drill and the drill bit you are using, that could be anything from a simple piece of wood to even concrete or metal. Drills come as electric or battery powered, and they come as handheld tools or as drill presses. Drill presses are large stationary tools that you probably wouldn’t want to move around very often.

Grinders

Grinders are tools that are used to dull, sharpen, or even cut objects. Typically used for metalwork, grinders come in all shapes and sizes. Angle grinders and bench grinders are the most common types of grinders. They both have fast spinning disks that you use to either dull or cut metal objects.

Angle grinders come in both battery powered and electric versions, while bench grinders only come in electric. In addition to the angle and bench grinder, you’ll also see die grinders, and concrete grinders.

Hammers

When you think of a hammer, you most likely think of the traditional curved-claw hammer. These are typically used for hammering nails into a soft material (and pulling nails out when you mess up). In addition to the traditional hammer, there are more than 20 other styles that all serve their unique purposes.

There are framing hammers, drywall hammers, reflex hammers, blacksmith hammers and more. Even though there are so many different types, they all serve one purpose, and that is to hammer objects.

Planers

A planer is most commonly seen in woodworking. It is typically used to cut wood in some fashion. A handheld plane consists of a blade that you slide along the surface of the wood to shave pieces off. It looks like a tool with a knob on the front and a handle in the rear. These planes are usually manual powered but can come in electric versions as well.

Another type of planer used in woodworking is a thickness planer. A thickness planer is a large machine that you run a piece of wood through to cut the entire piece to the same height.

The final kind of planer is a metalworking planer. This is also a big machine, but instead of being used for wood, it is used to cut metal.

Polishers

Polishers are maybe a tool you wouldn’t think about all the time, but boy are they useful. They kind of look like an orbiting sander, with a spinning wheel on one end, and a handle on the other. Unlike an orbiting sander, however, polishers are made to polish and buff items. They can be used for a whole mess or things, but they are mostly known for use on cars. Polishers come in both battery and electric powered, and they have all different kinds of pads that you can use with them.

Routers

No, not an internet router. The type of router I am referring to is one that is used in woodworking. Routers are a fairly uncommon tool unless you work with wood a lot. They are used for “routing” out or hollowing out areas in the surface of a piece of wood. Routers can come in the form of a palm router, a fixed base router, a plunge router, or a router table.

Each one serves a specific purpose, and each one can use hundreds of varieties of router bits. These bits can be used to cut all kinds of shapes either on the edge of the wood or right smack dab in the middle. Routers are mainly used for working with wood, especially when building cabinetry.

Sanders

I think it’s safe to say that anyone who has ever done and kind of DIY project knows what a sander is. Sanders essentially “smooth out” the surface of the material they are used against. Sanders use sand paper, which is a kind of paper adhered with sand of different grits. The higher the number grit, the less gritty the sand. This means that you’ll want to use a lower number to start out with and move up in count as you fine tune your creation.

Sanders come in all shapes and size, ranging from manual sanders to orbital sanders, belt sanders, drum sanders and more. Sanders are commonly used for wood, but they can also be used for other materials such as metal and drywall.

Saws

Another commonly used tool that can be found in just about every garage is a saw. Saws are used to cut things. Like sanders, saws come in all different shapes, sizes, and styles. Saws range in style from a manual hand saw, to a miter saw, table saw, circular saw, bandsaw, and more.

Each saw serves a unique purpose, but one thing they all have in common is that you wouldn’t want to get your hand in the way of one. Saws are commonly used when working with wood, but they can be used to cut other materials as well.

Jig saws are used for working with detailed cuts. Circular saws and table saws are great for cutting straight through a plank of wood. Miter saws are great when working with molding and when cutting angles in wood. Bandsaws are great for cutting through pipes, and other metal objects.

Vacuums

Last but not least are vacuums. You always need a way to clean up your mess right? Vacuums come in all different sizes but the bigger, the better. You can even get dust extractors for cleaning up the mess while you’re in action.

Stay for awhile

These are just some of the many tools that are featured here on Your Garage Guy.

If the tool that you are looking to purchase hasn’t been talked about here yet, then come back soon! I post new articles a few times a week so keep checking back for more.

If you have any questions or requests that you would like to make, feel free to send me a message here. Otherwise, enjoy the site and then get back to whatever you were working on.

-Austin (Your Garage Guy)