Re: Which Power Tools to Get?
For cordless stick with a single brand and voltage so that all your battery packs are interchangeable. It will make life easier in the long run. I happen to be a DeWalt fan, so that's the one I recommend.
Cordless tools will only get you so far. DO NOT waste your money on a cordless sawzall. The do not have enough power, torque, or useful battery life to be of any value. I've used a few different brands over the years and I really like the Millwaukee. It is smooth and powerful, and if you get the top dog it's counter balanced so there's very little vibration while in use. For power drills, again, Millwaukee and their Hole Shooter. For a circular saw I've always preferred a worm drive over a side winder, more control, more power. The only brand I've liked is Skil.
As a general, I carried a Dewalt 18v saw/drill combo that did 95% of the work. The times I needed something bigger I had the Skil and Milwaukee equipment. That was the bulk of what I carried daily.
The only other things that I think is vitally important is a vacuum. Mine was a 1 gallon shop vac. At the time, DeWalt had not come out with their cordless vac or I'd have had THAT one. As a matter of fact, I was constantly haranguing the local DeWalt Rep that they needed to come out with a cordless unit. And finally a foxtail broom with dust pan. Cleanliness is next to Godlieness in the eyes of a client. My motto is to leave the place cleaner than the way you found it.
I suffer from CDO ... Its like OCD, but in alphabetical order, LIKE IT SHOULD BE!!!