June 7, 2010

2010 Tool Snob Father's Day Gift Guide

vader.jpgIt's almost Father's Day again, so it's time to start quantifying your love for the old man into a dollar amount. Being the helpful types, we've put together this list of a few items we think any dad would get a charge out of. So onward....

Rockwell JawHorse ($170)
Since we first got our hands on this miraculous tool it has made every single gift guide we've written (and it probably will continue to do so until the apocalypse). We can go on and on and on about its uses and how helpful it is. We use it all the time, and we're not talking, "all the time, meaning once every month" or "all the time, once every week," no, we're talking more along the lines of, "every time we set foot in the shop, we're utilizing this fella somehow." It's really amazing and worth every single penny. Our review is here.
At Amazon.com

Bosch PS21-2A ($130)
Finally, a 12-volt drill with some serious *expletive deleted*. This mini-tool is a monster. If you're not a fan of the 1/4" hex chuck, we're in the process of reviewing the 3/8" 3-jawed chuck version (PS31 - $150) and it's looking like the same great tool, but with even more functionality. For a lot of people, this uber-compact driver may be the only one you'll ever need. Our review is here.
PS21-2A at Amazon.com
PS31-21 at Amazon.com

Craftsman Cordless Pruners ($50)
Does your dad long to create massive animal topiaries, or maybe the hedge maze from The Shining? If so, he can get started (and save his hand strength) with the Craftsman Pruners. Our initial reaction to the tool was that it was sort of silly, but once we started using them, we really got to see the value of them. Our review is here.
At Sears

Ridgid JobMax (kits $180-$200, additional heads in the $50 range)
An idea so crazy that it actually works great. Five different tool heads, one body. The only problem we have is that it's only available at Home Depot and their website is such a mess, it's nearly impossible to find. Searching for 'JobMax' only brings up the individual heads, the link on the front page is busted, and we found one of the kits under the heading 'Close Quarters Kit.' Totally bizarre. Our review is here.
At Home Depot

Insulate and Weatherize
Even though it's socially awkward to give dad a gift that essentially gives him a work directive, Insulate and Weatherize is a great book for any homeowner. The scope of it goes far beyond what you would expect from the title by taking a holistic approach to your home. It's really a 'how to properly condition the air in your home and deal with moisture' book. It's all very interesting and anyone who is curious how their house works should own it. Our review is here.
At Amazon.com

Dremel 4000, or the cordless companion, the 8200
($80-$100 depending on the kit)
Dremel has once again amped up their rotary tool and this time the results are both sleek and powerful. The 4000, and its cordless companion, the 8200, have both spent quality time in the back seat of the truck and proven themselves to be jobsite-worthy. Our reviews are here (4000) and here (8200).
4000 at Amazon.com
8200 at Amazon.com

Dead-On Annihilator ($35)
Is your dad the Harley type? Does he want to be? Well, instead of wiping out your college fund with a motorcycle, you could just get him this wrecking bar. It's functional and has a skull and crossbones on it (not to mention a bottle opener). It should appeal to any dad's dark side. Our review is here.
At Amazon.com

We also recommend checking out last year's list (which has links to the previous year's list and so on).

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Posted by Doug Mahoney at June 7, 2010 11:00 AM
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