Small Electric Hand Tools

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Small Electric Hand Tools
Power drills and other small hand tools make the ideal addition to any handyman's toolbox. (Powerful electric drill on a white background image by terex from

Handymen relatively new to the world of electric tools have a number of helpful power tools to pick from. Whether buying for yourself or for someone else, manufacturers offer many small, easy-to-handle electric hand tools of all strengths and sizes.

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With a range of blade sizes, from the smallest 4-inch blades through rail saws with a 10-inch blade, portable saws work well for many cutting and rodding projects.

Small Electric Hand Tools
Small corded saws are easy to handle and easy to store when not in use. (electric saw image by Albert Lozano from


Many people can easily recognise the standard pistol-shaped power drill. Drills hold a drill bit and rotate it at a variable speed, usually with a substantial amount of torque.

Small Electric Hand Tools
Drills can be lifted and held even by small hands but are not intended for use by children. (boy with a drill two image by Paul Moore from


The difference between impact drivers and electric screwdrivers seems minimal to the inexperienced handyman, but those with more experience know how valuable a driver can be. Drivers apply the same torque as drills but do so while applying a downward force to drive a screw flush.

Auto Hammer

Manual hammering in tall and tight places often proves to be a challenge. Auto hammers make these situations easier and safer, driving common and finish nails up to 3 1/2 inches or more, depending on the model.


Handymen needing to cut, trim and hollow out shapes in the face of certain materials, usually wood, soft metals, stone or plastic, rely on a good router. Router cutters come in a variety of patterns for edging and similar projects.


Grinders come in a variety of shapes and sizes for use in numerous projects. For example, small angle grinders can measure around 10 inches in length and weigh roughly 1.81kg.

Polisher or Buffer

With options including buffers as small as 6 inches in diameter and multi-tool grinder/polishers, polishers and buffers both apply a fast circular spin to smooth out the rough edges of a material at the end of a project.


One of the smallest electric hand tools available stands as the nailer. At weights as little as 1.13kg., nail guns and staple guns can shoot a nail or staple into wood at a pressure of 120 psi.

Impact Wrench

Impact wrenches make an ideal addition to a handyman's collection when he has a project requiring a substantial amount of torque as these wrenches can tighten bolts at a torque up to 345 foot-pounds. Many impact wrenches measure under a foot in length and can deliver around 2700 impacts per minute.


Electric shears can cut through tough materials, such as cement fibre siding, in diameters as small as 1 inch. Many shears measure approximately 9 inches in length and weigh around 2.27kg.


Even the lightest weight, hand-carry compressors still weigh in relatively heavy at about 10.9kg., but often prove their worth. Small hand-carry electric compressors have a minimum 1-gallon tank with the capability of supporting one nailer.

Distance Measurer

With the capability of giving readings on volume, square feet and linear measurements, laser distance measurers provide the handymen with nearly all the information he needs during many projects. Good laser distance measurers usually have an operating range of about 100 feet with an accuracy of nearly 1/8 inch.

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