Bostitch Compressor and Pneumatic Tools Combo
An air compressor has so many uses around the house. This 6-gallon, 150-PSI portable electric air compressor combo from Bostitch is built to be portable and versatile. It comes with an 18-gauge brad nailer, a 16-gauge finish nailer and a 3/8-in. crown stapler – all of the tools you need to quickly install trim and make repairs. If you haven't added an air compressor to your tool arsenal yet, this Bostitch combo is a great place to start.
Dewalt 1.25 HP Router
If you've never used a router before, you're missing out. This 1.25 HP router from Dewalt is useful for all kinds of routing tasks – dadoes, rabbets, round-overs – and is much more maneuverable than bulkier 2- and 3-HP routers. This router features variable speed, a soft-start motor with full-time electronic feedback (which keeps the bit at a constant speed while cutting) and a pair of LED lights to illuminate your work surface. All-in-all, it does pretty much everything you'd want a handheld router to do and more.
Irwin Marples Wood Chisels
This set of four, high-quality wood chisels from Irwin gives you a taste of what a good tool feels like. They'll take a little clean-up and honing out of the box, but once you put a nice edge on their high-carbon steel, you'll be cutting through wood like butter in no time. The 1/4-in., 1/2-in., 3/4-in. and 1-in. size chisel combo should cover most woodworking and trim tasks.
Kobalt 40-Piece SAE and Metric Mechanic's Tool Set
A quality socket set is essential for anyone who wants to make simple fixes to their car and other quick repairs around the home. This 3/8-in. drive set includes both shallow and deep sockets in the most common standard (SAE) and metric sizes, along with an extender and a spark plug socket, all packaged in a handy case. You'll be sure to get long life out of this set.
Irwin Parallel Jaw Bar Clamps
If you've never used a parallel jaw bar clamp, you're really missing out. The beauty of these clamps is that the jaws remain perfectly parallel as you clamp, so your pieces also stay square and true. This Irwin 48" parallel jaw bar clamp delivers up to 1,150 lbs of clamping force with its 3-3/4-in. deep jaws. The jaws are made of non-marring resin and also shed glue easily. Not to mention, you can remove the foot and convert it to a spreader. Once you have one, you'll want to fill your shop with these clamps in all sizes.
Kobalt 10-Piece Household Tool Set
A Truly Quiet Air Compressor
California Air Tools is known for making really, really quiet compressors. And they're good at it. This ultra-portable air compressor produces 1.2 CFM at 90 PSI. That means you can run most trim nailers, staplers, airbrushes and blow guns. Not to mention pumping up bike and car tires, footballs, basketballs and everything else you'd want to use a compressor for. At 56 db with the motor running, you can carry on a normal volume conversation over it. Not to mention, this California Air Tools compressor is light enough to carry around from room to room as you're working. Can't beat that!
A Toolbox with Drawers
Nothing makes it easier to organize your toolbox than the addition of drawers – it's truly a revelation. This heavy-duty steel three-drawer toolbox from Kobalt is an excellent starting place for building your own tool collection. It comes with smooth ball-bearing drawer slides, a nice padded handle and a lockable hasp round out the features. It measures about 20-in.-wide, 10-in. deep and 15-in. tall – big enough to fit a decent amount of tools but small enough to still be portable.
2-Pack of Our Favorite Tape Measure
The Stanley Fatmax tape measure is our go-to in the shop and on the job site – except when we can't find it, even though we were JUST using it. That's why it pays to buy a two-pack (or a few two-packs). The durable rubber case is easy to hang on to, the measurements are accurate and easy-to-read, and the tape itself is very sturdy (with an 11-ft. stand out). All-in-all, the 25 ft. Stanley Fatmax tape measure is tough to beat, especially at this price.
Bosch Blaze 65-ft Indoor Laser Distance Measurer
Measuring long-distances accurately with a tape measure is tough and typically a two-person affair. But the Bosch Blaze 65-ft Laser Distance Measure makes things incredibly simple – just point and click and you'll know precisely what your distance is. This model is made for indoor use (think getting room dimensions to estimate materials for a remodel job) and it's well-worth it. In fact, you'll probably find yourself using the Bosch Blaze Laser Distance Measure for all kinds of other measuring tasks, too.
Lufkin Folding Ruler
There are times when a tape measure is overkill and a yardstick isn't accurate enough. These times call for a folding ruler – a tool that actually pre-dates tape measures. This Lufkin Folding Ruler measures up to six feet (often more than enough for most shop projects) and includes a sliding brass extension to precisely measure interior dimensions. The ruler is well-marked on both sides (with 16" stud center markings) in 1/16th-in.-increments and neatly folds up to fit in your pocket.
Bosch 10-in. 15-amp Sliding Compound Miter Saw
The Bosch 10-in. Axial Glide Sliding Compound Miter Saw is one of our favorite shop tools. It's a premium saw with 12-in. horizontal cut capacity and 5-1/4-in. horizontal capacity. But the coolest part of the saw is the axial glide system which gives it a much smaller footprint – the saw can live against a wall (unlike most sliding compound miter saws). On top of it, all of the most important controls are accessible on the front of the saw with locking detents for the most common angles. Bosch also makes a 12-in. version, but we've found 10-in. does just about everything we need it to and saves on space and price.
The Perfect Home Shop-Vac
No home should be without a wet/dry shop vacuum, and this one hits the sweet spot of price and performance. The Shop Vac 14 Gallon 6.5 HP Peak shop vacuum is big enough to handle tough home jobs (vacuuming up construction debris, unclogging a drain, cleaning out a car, etc.) without being overkill for most homeowners. It's relatively compact, with a clear tank (so you can see how full it is) and comes with an assortment of on-board attachments for cleaning out all of those nooks and crevices.
Hitachi 10-in Sliding Laser Compound Miter Saw
A sliding miter saw is one of the most useful power tools a homeowner can own – and the Hitachi 10-in Sliding Laser Compound Miter Saw has a ton of great features. First, you'll notice that it slides forward and back on stationary rails, which reduces its footprint. The include laser, once dialed in and aligned, will help you get super accurate cuts the first time. Plus, the included LED light keeps your workpiece illuminated so you can see your pencil lines. The Hitachi 10-in Sliding Laser Compound Miter Saw is a compact, powerful saw that you'll be glad to have in your garage or workshop.
Porter-Cable 2-Tool 20-Volt Max Lithium Ion Cordless Combo Kit
A cordless drill/driver and impact driver combo should be your first power tool purchase. This pair of 20-volt cordless tools from Porter-Cable will handle anything a DIYer can throw at them, from small repairs and projects to building a deck (where the impact driver REALLY shines). The combo kit comes with the drill/driver, impact driver, two 1.5-Ah lithium-ion batteries, charger and a case. Once you get a taste of cordless freedom, you'll want to add other cordless tools from Porter-Cable's line, too.
DeWalt Drill and Impact Driver Combo Kit
This made in the U.S.A. drill/driver and impact driver kit from DeWalt is definitely pro-level quality. Tons of power, good ergonomics and all of the right appointments make them a pleasure to use. The drill/driver comes with a two-speed transmission, variable-speed trigger and well-placed LED lights to illuminate your work. The impact driver is a real powerhouse (at a surprisingly light weight) with three LED lights. You'll find yourself reaching for both often. The DeWalt 20-volt Max Lithium-Ion Cordless Combo Kit comes with the drill/driver, impact driver, two 1.5-Ah lithium-ion batteries, charger and case and should provide you with years of trouble-free drilling and driving service.
Kohler Moxie Shower Head
A shower head with a built-in bluetooth speaker? That's what the Kohler Moxie is. This 5-in., 2.0-GPM shower head installs quickly and easily in most showers. The speaker gets about seven hours of play time per charge. It detaches quickly to recharge (or use by itself in any room). The sound is surprisingly good, especially compared to a classic shower radio or a boombox cranked up outside the shower. Just pair it with your phone and start rockin' and showerin'!
Dremel Micro Cordless Rotary Tool
You'll be surprised just how many uses you'll find for a rotary tool around the house. The Dremel Micro comes with a full kit of different attachments for drilling, cutting, grinding and sanding, as well as a charger. It's totally cordless, lightweight and easy to maneuver, whether you're engraving some wood or cutting off a bolt. At less than $100, the Dremel Micro is a no-brainer.
What do you get when you combine a saw horse with a heavy-duty vise? You get the Rockwell Jawhorse! The ultimate mobile support and clamping system, the Jawhorse provides up to 1000 lbs. of clamping and holding pressure. Made from high-quality steel, the Jawhorse can support up to 600 lbs. with a 35-in. clamping capacity. And, when you're done, the Jawhorse folds up for storage.
Porter Cable Oscillating Tool Kit
The Porter Cable Oscillating Tool Kit is a must for anyone tackling a remodeling project. Easily cut out pieces of trim, remove tile, cut into walls – this oscillating tool does it all. The kit comes with a variety of blades and sandpaper to get you started (with tool-free blade changing, no less). The tool feels good in the hand and the extra-long (8 ft.) power cord means you can reach more of your project without an extension cord. Check it out today!
Black & Decker Workmate 225
The Black & Decker Workmate has been a staple of DIYers' workshops for decades. This version is made from heavyweight steel and holds up to 450 lbs. The key feature of this is the split clamping table with a variety of dog holes to clamp all kinds of projects in place. And, when you need a little extra room, the workmate folds up for storage.
Dremel Idea Builder 3D Printer
Welcome to the future! The Dremel Idea Builder 3D Printer is an easy-to-use 3D printer for tinkerers of all ages. Everything you need to start 3D printing comes with the unit – including software. The printer has a capacity of 10 x 6 x 6 in. for printing all kinds of objects, including some really useful things for around the house and workshop. Learn more about the Dremel Idea Builder here.
Lincoln Electric 120-Volt MIG Welder
This beginner's welding kit from Lincoln Electric will have you joining pieces of metal in no time. The Lincoln Electric 120-Volt MIG Welder kit includes a welder, face shield, gloves and everything else you need to start welding right out of the box (just add shielding gas). Plus, it's powered by a regular 115-volt 20-amp outlet. This wire feed welder will weld up to 1/4-in. thick steel. That makes it perfect for some repairs, welding together metal furniture bases and parts and nearly anything else you can put your mind to.
Skilsaw Worm-Drive Table Saw
The world's first worm-drive table saw is truly a top performer. The motor in this Skilsaw 15-amp portable table saw is derived from Skilsaw's legendary circular saw and provides tons of power for making cuts on the job site. The 25-in. rip capacity means you rip sheets of plywood in half (a difficult feat on other portable table saws). Not to mention, the saw, while built very well, is still light enough to toss in the back of your truck at the end of the day. Learn more about the Skilsaw Worm-Drive Table Saw here.
Greenworks Brushless Cordless Electric Chainsaw
Cordless chainsaws have caught up to their gas-powered brethren in recent years, and the Greenworks Pro 60-volt Max Lithium Ion 16-in. Brushless Cordless Chainsaw is one of the best. The 2.0 Ah battery yields about 90 cuts on a charge. You won't be cutting down a whole forest with this saw, but for a homeowner trimming branches and making cuts around the yard, this saw can't be beat.
Skil iXO Cordless Screwdriver
Bigger isn't always better, and the Skil iXO Lithium Ion Cordless Screwdriver is an excellent example. This driver replaces a basic screwdriver for simple tasks around the house – think tightening knobs and drawer hardware or installing hinges. Not to mention, it easily fits in tight spaces to deal with those tricky to drive screws. If you have trouble driving screws the old-fashioned way or just want to do it faster, the Skil iXO is for you.
Who couldn't use an assistant? Google Home can answer all kinds of questions, help with scheduling and reminders, and serve as the hub of your connected smart home. This cloud-connected answer device responds to your questions, schedules your calendars and plays your favorite music, and it's all controlled just by your voice. You can even connect it to other home automation pieces, like a smart thermostat or smart lighting, allowing you to control your whole home via voice. Learn more about Google Home here.
iRobot Roomba 960 Robotic Vacuum
Wouldn't it be grand to come home to a spotless floor every day? With the Roomba 960 Robotic Vacuum, you can. This smart vacuum just goes about its job, 75 minutes at a time, cleaning your floors while avoiding obstacles, heading back to its base station to recharge. The Roomba's filter captures 99% of allergens (down to 10 microns), and you can control it all from an app on your smart phone. Check out the Roomba 960 Robotic Vacuum today!
Google Mesh Router 3-Pack
Need better WiFi? Then you need this 3-pack of Google Mesh Wireless Routers. Mesh routers work differently that regular routers, creating connections between all three routers to blanket your home with a strong signal. Setup is a breeze with Google's app, and you can control your wifi from anywhere you have a connection on your phone, including creating secure guest networks, turning internet access on and off, and checking signal strength. If it's been a while since you've upgraded your router, give Google WiFi a look.
Lutron Caseta Wireless Lighting Kit
The Lutron Caseta Wireless Home Automation Lighting Kit is a good first step toward total home automation. The kit comes with a smart plug, a dimmer switch and a remote. Installation and configuration is quick, and then you'll be off and running. You can control your lights via the remotes or Lutron's free app. Configure your lights to automatically turn on just before you get home, set them up to turn on and off while you're away or even just make sure your lights are out before you go to bed. Plus, this system is compatible with a bunch of other home automation solutions, so you can expand to control shades, temperatures, etc. as you expand your smart home capabilities. Check out the Lutron Caseta Wireless Home Automation Lighting Kit at Lowes.
Nest Learning Thermostat with Built-In Wifi
A smart thermostat is key to an energy efficient home. The Nest Learning Thermostat with Built-in WiFi helps you automate temperature control in your home, tracking data on how much energy you're using and learns your family's routines to keep you comfortable while you're home (and save energy while you're not). Plus, you can check in on your home's temperature while you're away – perfect for those winter vacations to make sure your heat is on and your pipes aren't freezing. Installation is pretty quick (less than an hour), and then you'll be up and running!
Nest Cam IQ Wireless Indoor Security Camera
Home security cameras have come a long way. The Nest Cam IQ Indoor Security Camera is one of the best on the market. Simply connect it to power and wifi, and you'll be able to check in on your house from anywhere in the world. The camera can be configured to be motion activated, and you can receive alerts when it's triggered. The video and audio is surprisingly high quality, and the included speaker means you can have a conversation with whoever (or whatever) is on the other side of the camera. The 4K camera with 12x zoom can automatically detect and zoom in on intruders and follow their movements, giving you peace of mind while you're away. Learn more about the Nest Cam IQ here.
Google Home Mini
Google's new Home Mini is a teeny tiny personal answer box, powered by Google Assistant. You can ask it all kinds of queries: "Do I need an umbrella today?" "What's the temperature?" "What day of the week is Christmas?" It's a powerful (and affordable) little assistant that recognizes your voice and helps you manage your life hands-free. Pretty cool, right?
Iris Smart Plug
Get started in the wide world of home automation with this smart plug from Iris. Just plug it in, set it up to access the Iris cloud network, and you'll be able to control whatever is connected to this smart plug via your smartphone and the Iris app. There's no hub required, and the smart plug is compatible with both Amazon's Alexa and Google Assistant. Learn more about the Iris Smart Plug here.
Schlage Connect Camelot Electronic Deadbolt
Go keyless with the Schlage Connect Camelot Touchscreen Deadbolt. It's compatible with many different home automation systems, which means you can lock and unlock your door via smartphone, depending on your setup. The deadbolt itself lets you set up to 30 different access codes. The illuminated keypad makes it easy to enter entry codes in the dark. It's powered by 4 AA batteries, comes with a backup key, and Installation takes just a few minutes. Upgrade to the Schlage Connect Camelot Touchscreen Deadbolt today!
Kreg Mobile Project Center
The Kreg Mobile Project Center makes an excellent portable work station. It's very well-designed and the large 30 x 32-in. work surface supports up to 350 lbs. Set your miter saw up on it, or your planer. Or use the integrated clamping points to hold any variety of projects in place. It sets up quickly and easily, is easy to stow and can be combined with another project center to create larger work surfaces. The Kreg Mobile Project Center is definitely something to consider for that special DIYer on your list.
Kreg Pocket Hole Jig Kit
Pocket holes are a DIYer's best friend, and no one does them better than Kreg. This entry-level pocket hole jig makes it easy to join two pieces of wood quickly and securely without showing screw holes on the finished surface. While there are more elaborate or easier to use pocket hole jigs out there, this Kreg Pocket Hole Jig is tough to beat, especially at this price.
Kreg Rip Cut Jig
Dealing with full-size sheet goods can be a pain if you don't have a bunch of space and a big cabinet saw to rip them down to size. That's where the Kreg Rip Cut comes in. Simply attach your circular saw to their jig, and a guide rides along the outside edge of your sheet good, giving you even, precise circular saw cuts. The Kreg Rip Cut is accurate enough to cut parts to final dimensions right from the sheet without having to wrestle a giant piece of material through a table saw. It's a win-win.
Gorilla Tough and Wide Duct Tape
Not all duct tapes are created equal. Gorilla's Tough and Wide Duct Tape is our go-to for repairs that we want to last. We've taped and fixed seams and holes in tarps that are still going strong after years of use.It sticks to nearly anything and it's UV and weather resistant for both outdoor and indoor use. Gorilla Tough and Wide Duct Tape has quickly become one of our favorites in the shop, and we're betting you'll feel the same way.
Dewalt 35-Piece Screwdriver Bit Set
A good bit set is just something anyone with a drill needs. This DeWalt 35-Piece Screwdriver Bit Set includes drill bits, a quick change drill bit holder and a nice selection of tips for driving all different kinds of screws. Packaged in a rugged case, you'll want to make sure you've got one wherever you take your drill.
Leatherman Rebar Multi-Tool
This Leatherman Rebar Multi-Tool packs 17 different tools into a convenient, easy-to-carry package. The rugged, stainless steel finish will give you a lifetime of worry-free service. And you'll always have the right tool at hand for fixing loose screws, opening cans and bottles and grabbing and holding stuff with the pliers. And, the wire cutters are replaceable when they get worn down. Learn more about the Leatherman Rebar Multi-Tool here.
Greenworks Cordless Electric Snow Blower
You've probably seen cordless electric lawnmowers by now, but what about a cordless electric snow blower? The Greenworks 60-Volt 20-in. Cordless Electric Snow Blower makes quick work of clearing walks and driveways of up to 10 inches of snow, all without the hassle of starting a gas engine in the winter. Granted, you won't be plowing through giant snowdrifts with this, but it's an excellent machine for those with small spaces to clear or as a replacement for the snow shovel. The included battery gives you up to 30 minutes of runtime, which is just long enough to deserve a cocoa break, don't you think? Learn more about the Greenworks 60-Volt 20-in. Cordless Electric Snow Blower at Lowes.
SOG 3.1-in Stainless Steel Clip Point Pocket Knife
Sometimes all a DIYer needs is a good pocket knife. This SOG 3.1-in. Stainless Steel Clip Point Pocket Knife is a high-performer. The strong blade, quick opening action and refined finishes make it a joy to carry in your pocket everyday. There's always a package to be opened, an apple to slice, some rope to cut or some twigs to whittle, and the SOG 3.1-in. Stainless Steel Clip Point Pocket Knife excels at all these and more.
Evolution EVOSAW Steel-Cutting Circular Saw
We've used our beater circular saw to cut through metal from time to time, but it struggled. When we saw the Evolution EVOSAW, designed specifically for cutting steel, we were hooked. The blade produces virtually no sparks and the cuts come out cold, which means we can start working our metal without the risk of gettting burnt. Compared to cutting with a grinder, this beast of a circular saw wins hands-down. If you work with steel on a regular basis, consider the Evolution EVOSAW. It's one of our favorite new tools.
DeWalt 12-Volt Cordless Drill
Why get a 12-volt drill when there are 20-volt models out there? Because a 12-volt drill will do nearly anything you need it to around the house and workshop. The DeWalt 12-volt Max 3/8-in. Cordless Drill has handled all kinds of jobs for us, from assembling furniture and installing hardware to drilling holes and even driving some lag screws. What we love most about it, though, is how lightweight the DeWalt 12-volt Max Cordless Drill is compared to its 20-volt cousins.
Kobalt 24-Volt Max Cordless Impact Wrench
If you're the kind of person that rotates your own tires, changes your own brakes, or just deals with large nuts and bolts on a regular basis, you should consider this cordless impact wrench. The Kobalt 24-volt Max 1/2-in. Drive Cordless Impact Wrench packs enough power remove lug nuts and break stubborn bolts with ease. If you've thought about getting a big compressor and a pneumatic impact wrench to start working on your car, give this tool a try first. You may find it's just want you needed.
Kobalt Work Seat
As silly as it sounds, this work seat on wheels is used by more people in the shop than nearly any other tool. Whether you're working on your car, tinkering at your workbench, painting a room or just taking a load off, having this rugged stool on wheels makes a huge difference working on DIY projects. The bottom shelf is segmented to keep your tools and parts where you need them when you need them. Honestly, it's some of the best money we've spent.
Kobalt Power Tool Chest
A tool chest specifically for power tools? It's about time. The Kobalt 24-in. x 30-in. Steel Tool Chest is set up to accommodate a whole mess of cordless drills, saws, sanders and other power tools. It comes with places to hang and store all kinds of tools, along with an integrated power strip and charger shelf to keep your batteries charged up. The sides are made up of pegboard, which gives you even more customization for storing bits, cords and other accessories. If you haven't found a good way to store your power tools yet, the Kobalt Power Tool Chest just might be the ticket.
Kobalt Retractable Air Hose Reel
If you have a stationary compressor in your workshop or garage, do yourself a favor and get a retractable air hose reel. The Kobalt 3/8-in. Kink Free Retractable Air Hose Reel mounts near your compressor and gives you 50 ft. of hose to roam. With a quick pull, the hose retracts back into the reel, meaning no more coiling and uncoiling by hand. It's a small luxury, but the Kobalt Retractable Air Hose Reel will make your time with your compressor better.
Irwin Double Edge Pull Saw
Many people prefer pull-saws to Western-style push saws for good reason. Generally, a pull saw's blade is thinner and it's easier to get a cut started pulling towards yourself. This Irwin Double Edge Pull Saw has two edges on it – a high tooth count edge for crosscutting and a low tooth count edge for ripping. The blade is somewhat flexible, making it easy to flushcut right to the surface of your work piece. It's very sharp out of the package and slices through soft and hard woods easily. Check out more on the Irwin Double Edge Pull Saw here.
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