2009 Christmas Tool Gifts Under $250 Buying Guides

2009 Christmas Tool Gifts Under $250


This list is for those who want to get into some serious tool gift buying this holiday season. If these gifts are too rich, our Tool Gifts Under $100 Guide presents some really cool tools and accessories that your loved one is sure to enjoy. Please check out our Under-$50 and Under $25 tool gift guides for even better bargains.

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Makita BHP452HW 18V Cordless LXT Lithium-Ion 1/2″ Hammer Drill Kit

The Makita BHP452HW 18V Cordless LXT Lithium-Ion 1/2″ Hammer Drill Kit is well constructed, with a 4-pole max torque motor that delivers 450 in.-lbs. of torque in a compact size. At only 8″ long and weighing only 3.5 lbs, the Makita BHP452HW generates less operator fatigue. With this kit, batteries charge 4x faster than Ni-Cd and are ready to go in only 15 minutes. The Lithium-Ion batteries (BL1830 & BL1815) also provide longer run time and 5x lower self-discharge so you can pick the tool up weeks later and still have a full charge. The tool’s ergonomic shape fits like a glove with even pressure and easy control.  Trigger-forward built-in L.E.D. light illuminates the work area.
Price: $219.99 Buy Online

Bosch 18V Cordless Litheon Impact Driver w/SlimPack Batteries

The Bosch 25618-02 18V Cordless Litheon Impact Driver is 25% lighter than most of the competition. It’s also 25% shorter than the competition at only 5.7″ long. Faster with more torque, the 25618-02 clocks in at 2,800 RPM and 1,500 in.-lbs of class-leading torque. It puts out over 3,200 IPM (impacts per minute) and has a gear box cover for added protection. A trigger-controlled LED light is handy for use in dark areas and a newly designed handle grip adds extended control, comfort and balance. Bosch’s Litheon (Lithium-ion) batteries (two BAT609 slimline models are included) offer up to 5x more charges, 2x longer run time and faster recharges.
Price: $249.99 Buy Online

DEWALT D55140BN Brad Nailer & Compressor Combo Kit

The DEWALT D55140BN Brad Nailer & Compressor Combo Kit includes a 0.3 HP Hand Carry Electric Trim Compressor (D55140) which delivers 0.6 CFM at 100 PSI. It has a 1 gallon tank and puts out a maximum 135 PSI, allowing for more nails to be fired and providing a quicker recovery time. The durable oil-free pump provides extended, maintenance-free operation and the low 71 dBA noise makes for relatively quiet operation. A roll cage and control panel provide protection to key compressor components and the low 2.6 amp motor provides easy start-up and reduces breaker tipping. The included 2″ 18-Gauge Brad Nailer (D51238) has tool-free depth adjustments, a side low nail indicator window, and tool-free jam clearing. This s a well-rounded tool that is comfortable and easy to use.
Price: $209.99 Buy Online

Milwaukee 2310-21 12V Cordless M12 Li-Ion M-Spector Digital Inspection Camera

The Milwaukee 2310-21 12V Cordless M12 Lithium-Ion M-Spector Digital Inspection Camera delivers superior image quality. A large 2.4″ high-resolution (320×240) color LCD display allows you to see just about anywhere. An adjustable 2x image zoom and 4 stage LED brightness control with digital glare reduction ensures that the images will be clear and easily discernible. The M-Spector provides easy to use camera controls on the front face for true one-hand operation – even with gloves. A rugged, detachable 3′ water-tight flexible shaft allows the camera to go places you can’t and a 3′ extension cables is also available.
Price: $249.99 Buy Online

Porter-Cable PCL318IDC-2 Tradesman 18V Cordless Lithium-Ion 3-Piece Combo Kit

The Porter-Cable PCL318IDC-2 Tradesman 18V Cordless Lithium-Ion 3-Piece Combo Kit would make a seriously cool gift for any tool buff. Combining a compact drill/driver (PCL180D), compact impact driver (PCL180ID), and flashlight (PCL180L), this kit has everything you need. At only 3.8 lbs., the compact drill/driver is light and reduces user fatigue when using it for even extended periods. The 2-position gear box offers flexibility for high speed drilling and driving, and low speed is perfect for high torque applications. The 1/2″ metal single sleeve chuck on the drill/driver offers excellent bit retention and durability while the compact impact driver’s 1/4″ hex bit handles all compatible drill and driver bits. At a length of 6-1/2″, the impact driver fits into tight areas not accessible by larger impact drivers and drills.
Price: $239.99 Buy Online

Metabo 610900620 STE135 Plus 1″ 5-Stage Variable Speed Jig Saw

The Metabo 610900620 STE135 Plus 1″ 5-Stage Variable Speed Jig Saw is a true professional’s tool which has a robust die-cast aluminum gear housing and motor design that incorporates auto-stop carbon brushes. This tool will provide powerful cutting in wood up to 135mm thick and Metabo has a “Quick” saw blade change mechanism. The tool has a quick locking guide plate for bevel cuts. A slim motor housing and blower assures a free view of the cutting line during use. There is an upward slidable grip-guard. A Vario Constamatic (VC) full-wave electronic speed control ensures that the speed can vary from the lowest speed to the maximum (the speed remains constant under moderate load and drops under heavy load). The easy to use thumbwheel provides for preselection of the number of strokes and the tool has an adjustable pendulum action. An external dust extraction outlet is provided for a clean workspace.
Price: $179.99 Buy Online

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

Ever pounded over 100 nails into joist hangers or hurricane straps? We’ve done thousands. If you don’t have a Bostitch MCN150 1 1/2″ Strapshot Metal Connector Nailer you need one… or someone you love certainly does. The MCN150 is a compact framing nailer designed to fit between 12″ O.C. joists. A low nail lockout prevents dry fires. The way the system works is that an exposed nail tip design fires into the hole for faster, more precise nailing. The nailer drives 1-1/2″ paper tape collated metal connector nails (.131″ – .148″ diameter) and a 33″ paper tape may be used with this tool.
Price: $229.99 Buy Online

Skil 7-1/4″ Magnesium Worm Drive Skilsaw

We reviewed the Skil SHD77M Worm Drive Skilsaw earlier this year and found it to be an exceptional performer. The original SKIL Model 77 Worm Drive came out in 1937 and since then there have been many improvements that now include an even lighter weight magnesium case on the latest SKIL Mag 77 SHD77M. With so many years of experience under their belt, the engineers at SKIL have nearly perfected the worm drive circular saw. This current model, while not a new model per say, still sets the standard for many folks when they think of a worm drive circular saw.
Price: $219.99 Buy Online

Senco SN901XP, 3-1/4″ Clipped Head Framing Nailer (Xtreme Pro)

This well-balanced, lightweight (just 7.4 lbs.) XP Framing Nailer packs plenty of power and won’t leave you fatigued at the end of the day. It drives ring, screw and smooth-shank clipped head nails. Senco XP tools are specifically engineered for demanding professionals and demanding environments. A patented drive selector allows for either contact or sequential trigger actuation. Built with enhanced features and superior components, Senco’s XP tools provide above-average performance and long life and are backed by a 5-year limited warranty.
Price: $229.99 Buy Online

Black & Decker 18V Lawncare Center with Charging and Storage Station

The Yardcare Center is ideal for homeowner’s who live on up to 1/3 acre homesites. It will provide years of lawn trimming and edging, hedge trimming and clean-up of all hard surfaces. The system includes the NST2018 18V cordless string trimmer, NHT518 18V cordless hedge trimmer, and the NS118 18V hard surface sweeper for quick clean-up of debris on hard surfaces. It includes a charging station for up to 3 batteries where they will be ready for use when you are. The charging station is very convenient and the unique storage station requires little garage/workshop space.
Price: $229.99 Buy Online

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