As the name suggests, hand tools are operated by hand and don’t require electric power. These tools are ideal for low-production fastening, positioning, finishing, and driving applications and can easily be transported to jobsites. Common examples of hand tools include screwdrivers, clamps, knives, hammers, and wrenches.
Power tools require electricity to operate. These tools are used in more heavy-duty applications where speed is a priority, or when working with larger workpieces. Common examples of power tools include power saws, nail guns, power sanders and routers, power drills, and hammer drills.