2009 Christmas Tool Gifts Under $100 Buying Guides

2009 Christmas Tool Gifts Under $100

This list isn’t for the feint of wallet, though our Under-$250 Gift Guide pushes the retail boundaries of Cool Christmas tool gifts even further. In our Gifts Under $100 Guide we present some really cool tools and accessories that your loved one is sure to enjoy. If these gifts are too rich, please check out our Under-$50 and Under $25 tool gift guides.


Bosch 5″ Variable Speed Palm-Grip Random Orbit Sander Kit

Bosch made the ROS20VSK to utilize a new microfilter system capable of capturing the highest volume (up to 120% more than previous technologies) of dust particles in all sizes. The twist-off dust canister shows the dust level and detaches easily. A “Hook Tight” hook and loop disc attachment system has over 35,000 long-life hooks to ensure firm grip of sanding discs. The variable speed dial allows fine tuning of orbital speed for exact control over the tool and a carrying case is included to store the tool when not in use. The ROS20VSK uses industry-standard 8-hole 5″ hook & loop discs.
Price: $89.99 Buy Online

DeWalt 1″ x 1/4″ 18-Gauge Narrow Crown Stapler Kit

The DeWalt 1″ x 1/4″ 18-gauge Narrow Crown Stapler Kit comes with the D51420K stapler, a pair of safety glasses, an allen wrench and molded case. A tool-free thumb wheel allows easy adjustment of the driving depth. A low nail indicator window is located on the side to allow the user to quickly and easily see when it is time to reload. The exhaust can rotate a full 360-degrees to channel air and dust away from the user and a trigger lock allows the tool to be disabled when not in use. This is a great tool for the handyman who may have some basic air tools, but hasn’t yet acquired specialized tools that make cabinetry, countertops and exterior trim jobs much easier.
Price: $79.99 Buy Online

Makita 6-amp 4″ Angle Grinder GA4030K

The Makita GA4030K 4″ Angle Grinder has a “labyrinth” construction which seals and protects the motor and bearings from dust and debris. This is particularly important when cutting tile as well as metal. A rotatable metal gear housing wraps the all ball bearing design and can be positioned every 90 degrees for cutting applications. The grinder also has externally accessible brushes for easy maintenance. We love the marketing folks at Makita – check out this gem from their literature: Protective zig-zag varnish seals the motor from contaminants and reduces heat. While we’re sure it works, we’re unclear as to what the zigging and zagging have to do with performance.

Price: $69.99 Buy Online

Milwaukee 7 pc. Big Hawg Hole Saw Kit 49-56-9075

The Milwaukee 7-piece Big Hawg Hole Saw Kit isn’t just a set of hole saws, it’s a monster product that cuts faster than standard hole saws thanks to the use of a more aggressive tooth geometry. The three tooth design drills up to 600 holes without resharpening. Deep gullets and a reduced pilot bit shank deliver easy plug removal. The hardened steel teeth also provide maximum durability against unintended nail impacts. The kit includes 3 hole cutters at 2-1/8″, 2-9/16″ and 3-5/8″ sizes. It also includes 1 arbor with pilot bit and two extra bits. A diamond file is included for sharpening the bits and a molded carrying case contains everything in a ready-to-use package.
Price: $99.99 Buy Online

Porter Cable Tradesman 8.5 Amp Orbital Reciprocating Saw PC850RSOK

Everyone (OK, that’s in our opinion) needs a solid reciprocating saw and the Porter Cable PC850RSOK certainly qualifies. Its heavy-duty 8.5 amp motor provides for effective cutting in a variety of applications. The orbital action blade means that you’ll get more aggressive cutting out of the tool and the 1-1/8″ stroke length doesn’t hurt either. The tool allows easy blade changes with the flip of a button. A 6-position variable-speed dial lets you set the speed for multiple cutting tasks and an adjustable, pivoting shoe depth allows you to use more of your blades and  speeds up demolition jobs. The soft grip rear handle and boot minimizes vibration for prolonged cutting and less fatigue during use.
Price: $89.99 Buy Online

Skil 1/2″ Hammer Drill 6445-01

Skil’s 6445-01 1/2″ Corded Hammer Drill comes with a robust 7.0 amp motor that will power through most difficult drilling and driving jobs with ease at up to 3000 rpm. A variable speed trigger is designed to help with heavy duty jobsite applications like mixing up bags of mortar and stirring 5-gallon buckets of paint. A “Sure-Lock” side handle with soft grip increases user control and accuracy and the 1/2″ chuck accepts most heavy duty accessories. The drill features a horizontal bubble level for precise drilling and driving and a 2-finger trigger with lock-on helps make the tool easier to manage.
Price: $79.99 Buy Online

Delta 6″ Variable Speed Grinder w/Tool-Less Quick Change

Delta’s GR275 6″ Variable Speed Grinder is the perfect gift for that handyman or hobbyist in your life. It features a patent pending quick change nut and tool-less wheel cover for simplified wheel changes. A white friable wheel is included for sharpening, as is a grinding wheel. A powerful 2 amp induction-type motor provides long-lasting, smooth performance. The two tool rests and eye shields adjust to compensate for wheel wear and a flexible incandescent lamp provides light for the work area. This is a quality tool that will provide years of use and accommodate a variety of applications.
Price: $99.99 Buy Online

Bosch CS5 7-1/4″ Left-Blade Circular Saw

If you’re still using a right-blade circular saw, you owe it to yourself to try one with the blade on the left. Cutting is not only simple with Bosch’s CS5 Left-Blade Circular Saw, it’s also incredibly fast. A 15-amp motor helps it rip (literally) through wood at incredible speed while its left-blade design gives users the best line of sight for easy, accurate cutting. The anti-snag lower guard won’t bind the saw when making bevel cuts, and it is more than capable of cutting through 3/4″ of plywood and other dense materials like MDF. It has the capability to handle a 56 degree bevel and can cut 2-7/16″ at 90 degrees. A 10-foot power cord means that you will get a lot of distance out of it before you need to reach for that extension cord.
Price: $99.99 Buy Online

Ridgid 6.5 Amp, 3″ X 18″ Heavy Duty Variable Speed Belt Sander

The Ridgid 6.5-amp Heavy Duty Variable Speed Belt Sander features a twin fan high efficiency dust collection system. The way it works is that, while one fan cools the motor, the other collects dust resulting in maximum dust pickup efficiency. The ZRR2740 belt sander also has soft grip handles for increased comfort and decreased vibration. A 12′ all rubber cord (with cord wrap and lighted plug) means that you’ll be able to run the sander in many locations without the need for an extension cord. Automatic Belt Tracking allows the tool to automatically adjust the belt to center and the 6.5 amp motor will ensure that the gear-driven belt doesn’t stop, even when bogged down. An electronic feedback system also helps maintain motor speed under load for consistent results. A final convenience feature is the tool-less belt release, which makes changing belts quick and easy.
Price: $69.99 Buy Reconditioned Online

Black & Decker Lithium-Ion CompactSaw LPS7000

The new Black and Decker LPS7000 Compact Saw (see our review) uses a built in 7V Lithium Ion battery, accepts standard T-shank blades and is ideal for quick cuts in many materials that are up to one inch in thickness.  The battery is designed to hold a charge for up to 18 months, a feature that will ensure this tool is ready when you need it. We think the Black and Decker LPS7000 Compact Saw will fit the bill for many homeowners, DIYer’s and craft people. With its simple to operate features and reliable power source, we think this saw would make for a really great and flexible gift.
Price: $59.99 Buy Online


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