June 5, 2007

Father’s Day Gift Ideas from Tool Snob – Part 2 ($20-$50)

Part one's price bracket ($1-$20) kept us primarily with hand tools. And even though hand tools are essential and needed, nothing says, “Dad, I love you,” like a power tool. Today, we’re going to start getting into the good stuff.

skil_octo_sm.jpgSkil Octo Detail Sander
– We reviewed this a while back and really liked it. Well, we still like it and think your dad might too. It’s a very cool tool at a great price. $44.97 at Amazon.com

Estwing 16oz Leather STL Hammer – You owe it to the old guy to make sure he’s got a good hammer. This is one of the nicest we’ve used. Some purists balk at the metal body, but unless dad is going to be framing all day, everyday, he won’t have a problem. He’ll have this hammer for the rest of his life and, if you needed another reason to get it, he’ll probably pass it on to you some day. Our review of it is here. $23.99 at Amazon.com

Irwin 29-Piece Industrial Drill Bit Set – It’s worth getting good drill bits. If you’re dad’s got a coffee can filled with old, abused bits, do him a favor and drop the $30 for this great set. $34.99 at Amazon.com

Denali Home Repair Kit – A staggering 115-piece tool kit (with bag) all for just a hair under $40? At that price, we were suspicious of their quality but all of the Amazon feedback is positive, so it looks like a great set for around the house usage. $39.99 at Amazon.com

Ryobi 229-Piece Rotary Tool Kit – We blabbed on and on about this tool when we reviewed it. We don’t have much more to say, other than to repeat that it’s great and that if you give it to dad, he might bump up your allowance a couple bucks a week. $49.95 at Home Depot

dewalt_drive_bit_set_sm.jpgDeWalt Drill and Drive Bit Set
– Looks to us like a great set of drills, driver bits, and a free toolbox. $39.99 at Amazon.com

Black & Decker Cordless Handsaw – A great multi-use saw for around the house, in the shop, or out in the lawn. Sort of a mini Sawzall. $39.50 at Amazon.com

Leatherman Blast
– This is the actual model that we carry with us everywhere we go. We use ours so much, we can’t imagine how horrible life would be without it. We’d rather you cut off our left leg than take our Leatherman. Give pops a month with it, he’ll feel the same way.$47.18 at Amazon.com

kreg_rw_sm.jpgKreg R2 Pockethole System
– If your dad fashions himself a bit of a cabinet maker, this set is going to blow his mind. It’s a scaled down version of Kreg’s Master Set but still includes all the essential parts. Trust us, he’ll love it. $49.95 at Amazon.com

Black & Decker Hedge Hog Hedge Trimmer
– If your dad’s always wanted to make topiaries out of the crummy little hedges by your front door, what’s stopping him? Maybe he just hasn’t found the right tool. $46.26 at Amazon.com

Read part one ($1-20), part three ($50-$100), part four ($100-$150), and part five ($150+)

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Posted by Doug Mahoney at June 5, 2007 5:13 AM
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