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I’ve never really done much DIY before, but now I own a kominka it seems that I’ll be spending most of my time either farming or doing odd jobs around the house.

Any of you more seasoned types have any advice for building up a collection of indispensable tools and other items (preferably easily sourced online or at home centers)? A kominka survival kit if you will.

One of my first projects is likely to be restoring an old desk - I’m thinking I’ll need a sander, wood fill and varnish at a bare minimum. Any recommended brands etc?
Thanks in advance!

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Post by Savot »

Hi Mountain Man. I'm not a 'seasoned type' but am in a similar position to you having just moved into a place needing a bit of DIY. Komeri has therefore become a bit of a second home to me!

Here's a list of tools I've bought to date in case it's of any use (NB: I'm not necessarily recommending these but they've generally suited my needs and budget):

- Husqvarna 120e Mark 2 Chainsaw ( ... 23&dispNo=)
- Fiskar X27 Splitting Axe (
- Makita M966 Angle grinder ( ... 79&dispNo=)
- ACES-280 Recip saw ( ... 52&dispNo=)
- Drill Driver VS-BTL3500 Cordless drill (I got this from 2nd Street)
- Floureon 82 Piece Tool set (I got this from 2nd Street too)

The previous owner also left behind a BigM KC20A brush cutter, which has performed admirably.

I'm in the market for a circular saw, orbital sander and possibly a lawn tiller, so will be watching this thread closely!

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Post by Tora »

Brush cutter was the first tool I needed to “renovate” my place. Still need it….
Impact driver. 14.4v or 18v. Pro type (14.4 might be enough and your arm will thank you) if you have the cash and plan to really work it hard.
Circular saw.
Angle grinder
Tape measure
Decent set of chisels
Chainsaw if you have trees or a wood stove- electric (or battery) if you value silence and won’t be working it hard. My OLD shindaiwa 350 chainsaw i got for free and rebuilt is a workhorse that hero’s going and going and going….

All my engine tools were broke when I got them except the one that was working when I got it but is broke now! I fixed and rebuilt each a few times. It was a pain but now I know how and I don’t have to run to the tractor supply when something doesn’t work. That being said, it did get old when I was spending more time fixing machines than the initial job that needed doing.

With d or used tools, you can get a better quality tool but expect to have to fix it. Or you can get a cheap tool and it might get the job done well enough. Or she’ll out a lot of money fo a good new tool and enjoy the feel and reliability.

Unless you’re into an expensive hobby or know what you’ll need in advance, buy what you need when you really need it. Remember that people built everything we now say is amazing before power tools. Also, “tools do the work” as my good carpenter friend says. Everything he says makes more sense after I suffer enough. Good tools get the job done easier and sometimes better.

If you’re gonna go cordless, stay with one brand and voltage so the batteries can be switched to different tools read up on Zasso’s advice to buy a set overseas and have it sent here. Japanese tools are expensive. Oh wait! I forgot the yen isn’t worth much now….

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Post by Zasso Nouka »

The other guys have already given some great advice so I'll just add that I agree with Tora's advice to buy good tools. For me it's worked out cheaper in the long run to buy a good quality tool as I only buy it once and it lasts forever, either because it's well made or because parts that do wear out are easy to get and replace.

Personally I like cordless tools but you have to balance the convenience with replacing batteries from time to time over always being within reach of a power socket.

If you are getting some engine powered tools then I highly recommend Small Gas Engine Repair by Paul Dempsey or a similar book if you've not worked on small engines before. It has saved me a fortune in repair bills. Briggs & Stratton, Makita and Honda engines are easy to fix and parts are widely available.

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Post by Mountain Man »

Thanks for the replies guys, some very helpful ideas there.
I’m sure I’ll have plenty more DIY-related queries in due course!