Here is our recommendations for which tools to buy in three different user categories: budget, DIYer, and professional. The budget suggestions are for users who will only use the tool occasionally and are mainly concerned about the lowest price. The Do-It-Yourself recommendations are for users who like to tackle more serious projects around the house. Professionals are those who make a living using their tools and need maximum performance and dependability. Our advice is based on individual product ratings and price.

Tool Budget DIYer Pro
Hand Carry Air Compressor Campbell Hausfeld FP209499 Porter Cable C2002-WK Ingersoll Rand P1IU-A9
Cordless Drill / Driver Black & Decker HPD18AK-2 Milwaukee 2410-22 Makita BDF451
Cordless Hammer Drill Hitachi DV14DL Makita BHP452HW DeWalt DCD970KL
Cordless Impact Driver Milwaukee 2450-22 Makita BTD142HW Makita BTD144