The Latest and Greatest Power Tools for the Holiday Season
Shopping for a DIYer can be a lot of fun. There are so many cool tools and jigs, and new technology comes out all the time. But with so many products available, it can be tough to tell a quality product (that your favorite builder will actually use) from a gimmick.
Far from gimmicky, this season’s top power tools are the perfect presents, providing the gifts of productivity and capability all wrapped up with a bow. A trip through this gift guide will help you tackle your shopping list in record time.
Kobalt Portable Table Saw
No workshop is complete without a great table saw. This 10-inch table saw from Kobalt is equally at home in the shop and at the job site, thanks to its easily portable aluminum saw stand. It has a 15-amp motor that runs at 5,000 rpms, providing plenty of power for all kinds of woods. It comes with a blade, miter gauge, rip fence, push stick, and a blade guard, allowing your DIYer to get started right away. Available at Lowe’s; $329.
Worx 4-Volt 3-Speed Screwdriver
Gifting a power screwdriver to your holiday handyperson will let them know you’re thinking about them—and their wrists—this season. The Worx 4-Volt 3-Speed Screwdriver features a slow, medium, and fast setting, allowing the user to find the perfect speed for the task at hand. It also includes a battery level indicator and a USB charger, and it comes with several bits, including a Phillips, slotted, Torx, and square-drive as well as a magnetic bit holder. Available on Amazon; $39.99.
Ryobi Telescoping Power Scrubber
The Ryobi Telescoping Power Scrubber adds that bit of extra reach for tough cleaning jobs. It telescopes from 38 to 51 inches, allowing your DIYer to reach high areas from the ground as well as low spots without having to bend over. It uses Ryobi’s 18V ONE+ battery system and provides up to two hours of continuous runtime on one 4.0 Ah battery. Available on Amazon; $134.53.
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Worx LeafJet Cordless Blower
If you’re worried about blowing your holiday gift-giving this year, don’t fret—the LeafJet Cordless Blower from Worx is just the ticket. This compact leaf blower uses Worx 20V or 40V batteries to power its brushless motor, creating enough power to clear walkways and small yards easily (410 cfm and 130 mph). It has two speeds to choose from, and its lightweight design makes it easy for any DIYer to use. Available on Amazon; $149.99, including a battery and charger.
DeWalt Flexvolt 7-1/4 Inch Circular Saw
When it comes to productivity and flexibility, a great cordless circular saw is hard to beat. That’s why a gift of the DeWalt Flexvolt 7-¼ Inch Circular Saw is sure to bring a smile to your favorite DIYer’s face. It uses DeWalt’s 20V/60V Flexvolt system, and it comes with a charger and a 20V/60V battery. It has a 5,800 rpm top speed, plenty of power, and an electric brake for safety. Available at The Home Depot; $299.
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Ryobi 18-Volt Right-Angle Drill/Driver
Ask any experienced DIYer, and they’ll tell you how tight the space can get in some projects. Whether they’re working inside a cabinet or in a stud bay, the Ryobi 18-Volt Right-Angle Drill/Driver can be a tremendous help. This driver uses Ryobi’s 18V ONE+ battery system, and it features a 3/8-inch keyless chuck for easy bit changes. It also has a built-in LED and variable speed control, so your DIYer can find the right speed to get the job done. Available at The Home Depot; $79.
Skil Screwdriver with Bit Set and Case
If you’re looking for a well-rounded power screwdriver kit for a holiday gift, the Skil Screwdriver with Bit Set and Case will check all the boxes. This kit comes with a 4V pistol-grip power screwdriver and several driver bits, including a cam screw sleeve for ready-to-assemble furniture. It has a built-in LED light and comes with a USB charger, and everything stores away nicely in the carrying case. Available on Amazon; $34.99.
Bosch Bluetooth LED Floodlight
There aren’t many projects that wouldn’t benefit from a bit more light. The Bosch Bluetooth LED floodlight produces 4,000 lumens of bright, LED-powered light that your DIYer can set up just about anywhere. It features Bluetooth connectivity, so the light and its power output can be controlled through a mobile device. It uses Bosch’s 18V batteries, making it an excellent addition for someone already invested in the Bosch power tool system. Available on Amazon; $189.
Milwaukee M18 Hackzall
If your favorite DIYer appreciates power in a small package, the M18 Hackzall from Milwaukee is a great choice. This handheld reciprocating saw uses standard sawzall blades to tear through tough materials quickly (up to 50 percent faster than its competition). It comes with a charger, one of Milwaukee’s 18V 5.0 Ah batteries, and a durable soft-sided carrying case. Available on Amazon; $262.99.
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Bosch Blaze 65-Foot Laser Distance Measure
If you’re looking for the latest and greatest in DIY measuring technology, the Bosch Blaze 65-foot Laser Distance Measure is the way to go. No need to ask for help or kink the tape measure—just grab the Blaze for accurate measurements within ⅛ inch. It uses a simple one-button design, has an easy-to-read backlit display, and takes up very little space in a toolbox or nail bag. Available on Amazon; $29.88.
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If you have the money to hire a handyman for every household woe, go ahead. But if you want to hang on to your cash and exercise some self-sufficiency, check out these clever products that solve a million and one little problems around the house. Go now!