Best Tool Gifts for Christmas - 2018 Edition Buying Guides

Best Tool Gifts for Christmas – 2018 Edition


Santa’s Really, Really Good List $100 – $250

Ridgid 18V Octane MegaMax

Ridgid MegaMaxWhy we’d love to have it:

Ridgid pairs two impressive technologies in their MegaMax system. First, they use their Octane battery technology. This pair an Octane battery with smart electronics in an Octane tool to deliver greater performance without hurting the motor or battery life. Then they start with their largest brushless motor to date in the powerhead and give you three interchangeable head options: a reciprocating saw, right angle drill, and SDS-Plus rotary hammer.

What’s really cool is that the powerhead senses which attachment you have on and electronically adjusts the tool to get the exact performance you need for the job.

Get it for:

This is a great tool for remodelers and general contractors.

Check out more details here.

Buy it at Home Depot– $69 – $119

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Drill Doctor 750X

Why we’d love to have it:

Black oxide bits are pretty inexpensive and it’s okay if you want to toss them when they get dull. But moving up into the cost of Pro-level bits like those with cobalt blends makes sharpening them look a lot more attractive. That’s where the Drill Doctor 750X steps in. With a little practice, you’ll get more life out of your bits than ever before. Who knows? You might even start sharpening those black oxide bits just because you can.

Get it for:

DIYers, Pros, and everyone in between can take advantage of a trip to the Drill Doctor!

Check out more details here.

Buy it at Amazon – $133.98

Skil 12V PWRCore Drill and Impact Driver Combo Kit

Why we’d love to have it:

If the DIYer in your life is looking for something a little less DIY in performance but without losing the value, Skil has a new combo kit worth checking out. Their brand new drill and impact driver both have brushless motors and feature the PWRCore battery with a built-in USB port to charge your electronics. In our testing, the tools keep up Pro-level 12V tools and match up better with 18V DIY models than 12V. That means you get all the performance you’re used to in a more compact package.

Get it for:

This is the perfect set to keep around the house or garage for the multitude of projects they’ll help you with.

Check out more details here.

Buy it at Amazon – $139.99

Bosch Connected Control (BCC100) Thermostat

Why we’d love to have it:

Our homes are getting smarter and Bosch’s Connected Thermostat is an easy upgrade to tackle yourself. It has a comfortable, easy to read LED screen to help get your set up and make adjustments. But the real benefit comes from using the Bosch Connected Control App. Once you have it set up, you can create custom schedules to control the air temperature or even just run the fan for circulation. Forget to set the thermostat on vacation mode until you’re 1000 miles away? No problem – just make your adjustments in the app and you’re good to go!

Get it for:

This smart thermostat makes a great upgrade for any home or office.

Check out more details here.

Buy it at Home Depot – $144.20

 

Milwaukee M12 Rocket Dual Power Tower Light

Why we’d love to have it:

Milwaukee makes some fantastic LED work lights and now they’re bringing their experience to the M12 platform with a tower light! The M12 Dual Power Tower Light uses either an M12 battery or AC extension cord for power. From there, it delivers up to 1400 lumens at the angle and height you need with its tower design. This tough light is built for the job site and is ultra-portable at less than 7 pounds.

Get it for:

With dual power options, anyone can use the M12 Rocket Dual Power Tower Light, but Milwaukee M12 users will get the greatest benefit.

Check out more details here.

Buy it at Acme Tools – $149

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Skilsaw Buzzkill 15-Amp Recip Saw

Skilsaw Buzzkill 15-Amp Reciprocating Saw SPT44-10 ReviewWhy we’d love to have it:

The big deal surrounding Skilsaw’s 15-amp reciprocating saw has everything to do with Buzzkill technology. Using a full-frame counterbalance, the Skilsaw Buzzkill is able to reduce vibration significantly while maintaining true Pro-level performance. More than just adding a 15-amp motor to the original 13-amp Buzzkill, it also adds the features Pros demand like orbital action and an adjustable shoe.

Get it for:

Most construction Pros will a use reciprocating saw at some point and demolition Pros will love the lower vibration for those all day jobs.

Check out more details here.

Buy it at Home Depot – $175.72

Bosch 18V Connected Grinder

Why we’d love to have it:

Bosch 18V Connected Angle Grinder GWS18V-45CN ReviewBosch’s Connected Grinder is the first in their efforts to harness the power of smart tools. Using the app, you’ll be able to see information like the last date and location it was seen by the app, usage info, and specifications. You can even toggle soft start and see exactly how much charge the battery has before you get started. Even better, it’s simply an excellent grinder, espectially when you pair it with a Core18V battery pack!

Get it for:

Pick this one up for the Pro who demands a quality grinder with solid performance and is ready to start taking advantage of smart connectivity.

Check out more details here.

Buy it at Acme Tools – $179

ProBuilt Wobblelight, Jr. LED

Why we’d love to have it:

Everyone that uses job site lighting knows the Wobblelight name thanks to its self-righting design. ProBuilt (now a Southwire company), takes their classic design in a couple of different direction. First, they use an 80-watt LED to give you 9000 lumens to work with. The Wobblelight, Jr. is also in a smaller package. It’s perfect for those situations like single bay garages and smaller shops where you don’t need as much light as the V2 or V3.

Get it for:

This is a Pro-level area light that works well in shops, garages, construction sites, agriculture, and just about any small area that might need light.

Check out more details here.

Buy it at Ohio Power Tool – $215

Ridgid 7″ Table Top Wet Tile Saw

Why we’d love to have it:

When the job allows for a more portable tile saw, check out Ridgid’s upgrades 7″ Table Top Wet Tile Saw. What did they upgrade?

For one, there’s a new anti-splash system that helps keep your work area dry. That’s critical for being able to work in finished areas without causing a cleanup nightmare. With the detachable support, the saw now lets gives you up to 24″ of rip capacity to cover those larger tiles.

With integrates carry handles, this 27-pound saw is the perfect solution for smaller jobs or punch list work when you want to leave the big boy in the trailer.

Get it for:

Ridgid nails the design and price to make an attractive tile saw for Pros that want more portability and DIYers that want Pro performance.

Check out more details here.

Buy it at Home Depot – $219

EGO 15″ Powerload String Trimmer with Carbon Fiber Shaft Kit

EGO Powerload String Trimmer with Carbon Fiber ShaftWhy we’d love to have it:

EGO’s Powerload string trimmer is a huge advancement for the brand’s 56V OPE line and also for the tool class in general. It reduces weight with the use of a carbon fiber shaft that’s still nice and strong. But what everyone’s talking about is the Powerload feature. To load new line, just run a length straight through to the center and push the button to load. When the line gets to the end, it will spit the last length out, meaning you never have to open up the head. More than just a feature-filled string trimmer, it has excellent performance to go along with it.

Get it for:

If you’re thinking about switching out gas for battery, EGO’s Powerload string trimmer is a fantastic piece to start with.

Check out more details here.

Buy it at Home Depot – $229

5.11 AMP72 Backpack

Why we’d love to have it:

5.11’s new AMP72 Backpack has all the space you need for a 3-day mission whether it’s out in the field or just in the urban jungle. The outside features the HexGrid system that’s like MOLLE but all grown up. The hexagonal pattern lets you attach gear no matter what orientation the strap is. Built with a tactical mindset, you’ll find multiple ways to carry gear, add extra Gear Sets, and of course, conceal defensive weapons. The number of ways you make customize your load for work or to just be prepared is only limited by your imagination and what you can fit in 40 liters of space. Even with a large load, the aluminum frame along with chest and hip straps will keep it from being a huge strain on your back.

Get it for:

The guy or girl that wants to be prepared for whatever life or the job might throw their way.

Check out more details here.

Buy it at 5.11 Tactical Store – $249.99

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Spot X Satellite Messenger

Why we’d love to have it:

Satellite phones are expensive to buy and expensive to use. SpotX gives you a way to stay in touch and check in with your team or loved ones when you’re outside cell coverage. With plans available for people who need to use it constantly and those that just want occasional coverage, there aren’t many places on the globe that you’ll be outside its range.

There are several ways to communicate. A “bread crumb” feature pings your location every 2-1/2 to 60 minutes based on your settings to let your base camp track your movements. You can also send text messages and link your social media accounts to let friends follow your progress. Most importantly, an SOS feature alerts local rescue teams in case you get into trouble.

Get it for:

If your work or play takes you outside of cell phone range, Spot X is a more affordable option than a sat phone.

Check out more details here.

Buy it at FindMeSpot Store – $249.99

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