Best Tool Gifts for Father's Day 2018 Buying Guides

Best Tool Gifts for Father’s Day 2018


2018 is flying by and we know your Dad has been hard at work earning a living and doing amazing things! With Father’s Day right around the corner, it’s time to buckle down and get some shopping done. But where to start? After all, your Dad is unique and special. We’ve put together our best tool gifts for Father’s Day 2018 along with some of the best gear we can’t live without when we’re not on the job site. You’re sure to find something that will light up his smile here.

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Best Tool Gifts for Father’s Day 2018

Under $25

onX Hunt App Membership for Android

 

Why we’d love to have it:

The onX App gives you access to a massive database of map and trail information for public lands and open spaces that you can access on your phone. Heading out where there’s a weak or non-existent signal?

No problem. You can download the maps you’ll need ahead of time. Since GPS satellites aren’t as limited as cell towers, you’ll still be able to keep an eye on where you’re heading. For you hunters out there, onX teamed up with the National Wild Turkey Federation to bring you a new layer for turkey season.

Get it for:

If the Pro in your life thinks the idea of kicking back on the weekends is exploring new areas in the outdoors or the urban jungle, this is the app for him!

Check out more details here.

Buy it at onX – Free – $99.99 per year, depending on subscription level.

Ridgid Concrete Hand Tools

Ridgid Concrete Hand ToolsWhy we’d love to have it:

Ridgid concrete hand tools are going to feel like a luxurious upgrade for the Pro mason in your life but without the luxury price. With a wide range of floats, groovers, edgers, and trowels, you’ll notice there’s something different about what Ridgid has to offer. Details like full-length tangs in the handle make them more durable, magnesium in several models lighten the load, and there’s attention to the ergonomics. Like always, you’ll also get a price point that’s easy on your wallet.

Get it for:

Pick up a selection of Ridgid concrete hand tools for the Pro mason. Or grab some of the new tiling tools if flooring is more his speed!

Check out more details here.

Buy it at Home Depot  – $7.25 and up

Check out our article!

Diablo Carbide Pruning Recip Saw Blade

Diablo Red Fire Media EventWhy we’d love to have it:

Diablo carbide pruning blades are a must-have for anyone that owns a reciprocating saw – or is getting one for Father’s Day this year. Whether you have corded or cordless, full-size or one-hand, these blades take care of hedges and branches that you normally have to turn to a chainsaw to tackle. As a bonus, those carbide teeth won’t dull nearly as quickly as your chainsaw chain.

 

Get it for:

Get several of these for any Dad that owns a reciprocating saw.

Check out more details here.

Buy it at Home Depot – $8.97

OLFA 18mm Fiberglass-Reinforced Auto-Lock Utility Knife (LA-X)

Why we’d love to have it:

If you use utility knives frequently, chances are you either own an OLFA knife or know someone that does. Even if you don’t, you benefit from the snap-off blade technology they designed. Everyone can make use of a utility knife whether you’re replacing car windows or opening your latest delivery. The 18 mm blade gives you more strength than a 9 mm width while being less bulky to carry than the 25 mm. Going with the LA-X design means you get a utility knife that feels good in your hand, functions great, and lasts longer than cheap throwaway versions.

 

Get it for:

Everyone needs an OLFA knife in their life!

Check out more details here.

Buy it at Home Depot – $9.97

 

 

 

Ridgid LevelMax Tile System

Why we’d love to have it:Ridgid LevelMax Tile System

Ridgid LevelMax makes setting even tile easy whether you’re remodeling the guest bathroom or laying tile throughout the whole house. Once you have your thinset down and are starting to lay tile, place the stems where corners come together no matter what pattern you use. Thread the tops down and when they snug up to the tile, they’ll pull up on the stems, leaving you with perfectly level corners. It’s a super-easy process that will save you time and money on your next tile job.

Get it for:

Pick up a box of each component for the flooring Pro or check with Dad to what tile pattern he’s installing for the next home improvement.

Check out more details here.

Buy it at Home Depot – $9.97 – 19.97

 

Southwire Made in America Hand Tools

Why we’d love to have it:

Southwire announced their line of Made in America hand tools last November and they’ve been very popular among our electricians. There’s no compromise in their quality and function and the pricing is competitive. For this first run of products, there are six foundational tools to choose from – two styles of wire strippers, side cutting pliers, diagonal cutting pliers, cable cutters, and terminal crimper cutters.

 

Get it for:

Pick up any or all of these for electricians.

Check out more details here.

Buy it at Lowe’s – $10.98 – $38.98

Check out our review!

Southwire Advanced Dual Voltage NCVD

Southwire Advanced Dual Voltage NCVDWhy we’d love to have it:

Voltage testers are one of the most basic tools in any electrician’s bag. After all, no one wants an uncomfortable shock, or worse, a trip to the emergency room. Sometimes, the basics just aren’t good enough and you want to be able to include or exclude low-voltage wires that are in your workspace. That’s where Southwire’s Advanced Dual Range Non-Contact Voltage Tester comes into play. Wih with the ability to detect 12 – 1000 volts or 100 – 1000, it also includes LED lights on both ends, an auto-off feature, and gets an IP67 rating.

 

Get it for:

Electricians and HVAC Pros all need one of these. It’s also handy for any Pro that needs to verify power is off before starting a job.

Check out more details here.

Buy it at Lowe’s – $19.98

Best Tool Gifts for Father’s Day 2018

$25 – $50

 

 

Dickies Flex RipStop Cargo Short

Dickies Flex RipStop Cargo ShortWhy we’d love to have it:

Dickies Flex material comes in on another comfort level than standard cotton weaves. The blend of 65% Cotton/30% Polyester/5% Elasterell-P (Lycra T400) gives it incredible softness and easy movement right out of the package. But where comfortable work shorts often sacrifice durability, Dickies Tough Max shorts take advantage of Ripstop stitching to stop punctures before they become rips. Available in three colors, there’s a good chance these will be your new go-to shorts for the summer.

 

Get it for:

Any Dad who can wear shorts on the job site or just like wearing them on the weekend can use a pair.

Check out more details here.

Buy it at Dickies Store – $26.99

Milwaukee PackOut

Why we’d love to have it:

Milwaukee Packout is the most innovative storage system we’ve seen come out in years. Stackable and lockable toolboxes aren’t new, but the combination of sizes and style, including open top bags, are raising eyebrows in the storage sector. Even better, the Packout system is built to withstand tough job site conditions better than anyone else’s boxes. While there are plenty of options you can customize for your Dad, here’s where we’d start: Grab the Rolling Toolbox as the foundational (and easy to transport) piece. Then add the large toolbox, two compact organizers, and the 20″ tote to wrap it up. Dad can add to it however he wants from there!

Get it for:

Every Pro Dad can take advantage of the durable organization Packout offers.

Check out more details here.

Buy it at Acme Tools – $29.99 – $129.99

Check out our review!

Dickies 4-Way Flex Performance Cooling Shirt

Dickies 4-Way Flex Performance Cooling ShirtWhy we’d love to have it:

Whether you’re looking forward to summer or already living it, warm temps are on the way. Dickies’ 4-Way Flex Performance Cooling Shirt is one of the most ridiculously light and comfortable shirts you can get your hands on. The material is a blend of 86% polyester and 14% spandex.  It fits loose with a trim fit, allowing air to flow easily and sweat to dry quickly. There’s only gray right now, but here’s hoping Dickies will have some additional colors for us soon!

Get it for:

Get this one for Dads that are on the fitter side and don’t like shirts that fit big.

Check out more details here.

Buy it at Dickies Store – $34.99 – $37.99

Klein Bluetooth Speaker

Klein Bluetooth SpeakerWhy we’d love to have it:

Finally – a Bluetooth speaker designed for electricians. Klein put a rear magnet on the back of the Wireless Jobsite Speaker, meaning you can stick it to a breaker box, ductwork, and more. It’s also compact, so you don’t have to worry about dragging a ton of weight around. If you do happen to drop the speaker, it’s been drop tested to 2 meters and it’s IP45 rated. It has a built-in speaker, giving you the ability to take or make hands-free calls. With a 10-hour battery life, you’ll make it through all but the longest work days.

Get it for:

While this is a speaker dialed in for electricians, any Pro looking for a small wireless speaker for the job site or shop will like this one.

Check out more details here.

Buy it at Acme Tools – $36.99

Gerber Controller Fillet Knife

Why we’d love to have it:

How do you make the standard fillet knife better? Gerber decided to start with the grip and work up from there. With a finger choil and HydroTread grip, the knife stays secure in your hand while working with wet and sometimes slimy cleaning stations. You have three choices of blade length: 6″, 8″, or 10″. Each is made from 9Cr18MoV steel that has an excellent blend of flexibility and control to make quick work of filleting, skinning, and de-boning your fresh catch. There’s even a sharpener on the sheath to touch the edge up whether you’re back at the dock or on a backcountry mountain stream.

Get it for: 

If your Dad likes to fish and clean his own catch, this knife is a must-have.

Check out more details here.

Buy it at Amazon – $39.99 – $49.99

Klein Kurve Heavy-Duty Wire Strippers 8 – 18 ga

Klein Kurve Heavy-Duty Wire Strippers 8 - 18 gaWhy we’d love to have it:

The original Klein Kurve Heavy-Duty Wire Strippers took us away from the traditional design that gets the job done but have jaws that eventually loosen and become useless. The also added jaw tips that can actually grab and twist wire like it means it. The latest edition of this tool ups the wire gauge to cover a larger diameter – 8 – 16 AWG solid or 10 – 18 AWG stranded. You have 6-32 and 8-32 screw shearing and hardened cutting knives to round off some of the toughest wire strippers you can own.

Get it for:

Electricians, HVAC, installers, and anyone else working with wire will love to have a pair of these.

Check out more details here.

Buy it at Home Depot – $42

Klein Tradesman Pro 9-Quart Cooler

Klein Tradesman Pro 9-Quart CoolerWhy we’d love to have it:

We love Klein’s 17-Quart Tough Box Cooler and now they have a 9-quart size to work with. This one is a little more lunchbox size where the other was more all-you-can-eat size. You can expect to keep things cool for 30 hours and the lid opens fully back to give you easy access. Klein recognizes that Pros can always use an opportunity to get off their feet when they have a break, so the cooler can support up to 300 pounds – perfect for lunch break. Just in case you have a job site unch bandit, you can also use a #1 Master Lock to keep your nutrition safe.

Get it for:

This is a great job site cooler that will hold your lunch and drinks for any Pro.

Check out more details here.

Buy it at Home Depot – $44.39

Thermacell Radius Zone Repellent

Thermacell Radius Zone RepellerWhy we’d love to have it:

Thermacell is well-known for its ability to give you a zone of bug-free protection when you’re enjoying the outdoors. When it’s time to travel, it’s a little bulky and TSA really doesn’t like you carrying those butane cartridges around on an airplane. The new Thermacell Radius tackles both issues. With a much smaller footprint, you can store the system in your backpack with very little space penalty. Since the repellent activates via battery power, there’s no butane and ignition to worry about. Just make sure the internal lithium-ion battery is charged and enjoy up to 6 hours of freedom from what bugs you with the push of a button.

Get it for:

If your Dad enjoys the outdoors, the Thermacell Radius is a gift he’ll thank you for every time he uses it.

Check out more details here.

Buy it at Amazon – $49.99

 

YETI Hopper SideKick Dry

YETI Hopper SideKick DryWhy we’d love to have it:

If you work or play in the outdoors, you need a way to keep your smaller gear safe from the elements. Yeti has an answer with the updated Sidekick Dry – a waterproof gear case with magnetic closure to keep your phone, keys, wallet, or even some tablets dry. It measures 11-3/4″ wide, 7-1/8″ tall, and 3-1/4″ deep, so it’s got some solid space. Straps on the back are designed to match the Hopper family of soft coolers, but you can make it work on a variety of MOLLE style bags and packs. With a 4.9-star rating on Yeti’s website so far, it’s pretty clear it lives up to the hype.

Get it for:

Grab this for any Dad that enjoys the outdoors.

Check out more details here.

Buy it at Acme Tools – $49.99

Best Tool Gifts for Father’s Day 2017

$50 – $100

 

Grundens Deckhand Hoodie

Grundens Deckhand HoodieWhy we’d love to have it:

Summer might not seem like the best time to be getting Dad a hoodie, but the Grundens Deckhand isn’t your ordinary Hoodie. This is lightweight long sleeve shirt designed with CoolCore chemical-free cooling fabric to help protect you from the sun and keep you comfortable. 4-way stretch fabric gives you easy motion whether you’re heading offshore for the day or sight fishing redfish on the flats. It’s my go-to shirt for long days on the water in my kayak, even when the temps run in the 90’s.

Get it for:

Any Dad that plays outside, especially during the heat of the day, will love a shirt like this.

Check out more details here.

Buy it at Grundens – $60

DeciBullz Custom Molded Percussive shooting Filters

DeciBullz Custom Molded Percussive shooting FiltersWhy we’d love to have it:

Many of the Pros we know are the biggest proponents of their Second Amendment rights and love to spend an afternoon shooting or a weekend hunting. Decibullz Custom Molded Percussive Shooting Filters mechanically filter out the loud crack of gunfire while still allowing you to hear other sounds. Unlike most noise filtering ear protection for shooting, these don’t take batteries, so they’re ready to go when you are and won’t cut out on you at the least convenient time.

Get it for:

Get these for the Pro that enjoys shooting and hunting. They’re great for Dads who are teaching their kids how to shoot safely since they can still hear what’s going on around them and the conversation with their pupils.

Check out more details here.

Buy it at Amazon – $74.99

 

Gerber Center-Drive Multi-Tool

Gerber Center-Drive Multi-Tool ReviewWhy we’d love to have it: The Center-Drive gets its name and our undying affection for its offset multi-bit driver that lines up in the center of the tool when opened. That makes driving fasteners much less frustrating than other models. Plus. the bit holder is a standard 1/4″ hex, so you can customize the bit set to your exact needs. Whether you like black with an M-4 bit set for keeping your rifle in top condition or prefer silver with more job site appropriate bits, Gerber has a Center-Drive model that is sure to work for you.

Get it for: This is a great multi-tool for any Pro!

Check out more details here.

Buy it at Amazon – $79.99

Check out our review!

Walls Vintage Duck Shirt Jacket

Walls Vintage Duck Shirt JacketWhy we’d love to have it:

The Walls Vintage Shirt Jacket gives you the comfort of a light, flannel-lined jacket with the function and looks of a shirt. Brass button snaps help give it a classic vintage look. The fit is loose and long, so your backside stays covered even when you’re reaching up high to nail in that joist hanger. A total of size interior and exterior pockets give you plenty of storage space. You have three colors to choose from: Washed Pecan, Washed Graphite, and Washed Forest Shadow. I went with the Pecan (light brown) color and it looks great with your favorite denim jeans.

Get it for:

Get this one for any Dad – it’s got the comfort of his favorite sweatshirt with a look and function that’s better for the job site or shop.

Check out more details here.

Buy it at Walls – $79.99 – $87.99

Bosch Blaze Pro 165 Laser Measure

Bosch Blaze Pro 165 Laser MeasureWhy we’d love to have it:

Getting accurate estimates to bid for a job can be a time-consuming pain in the neck. The Bosch Blaze Pro 165 Laser Measure makes life easier and saves you a ton of time. It gives you a 165-foot range to cover larger spaces than you find in most residential construction projects. The control layout is also easy to understand – there’s no need to spend hours pouring over a manual to try and learn all the functions. From real-time measurement, you can store up to 10 lengths in memory and you can add or subtract measurements if you need to. Accurate up to 1/16″, you can leave your tape measure in the truck.

Get it for:

Every Pro will come across the need for a laser measure at some point.

Check out more details here.

Buy it at Acme Tools – $89

 

Ryobi One+ 3-Gallon Project Vac

Ryobi One+ 3-Gallon Project VacWhy we’d love to have it:

Cordless is certainly more convenient than dragging around a cord, especially when it’s time to clean up. Ryobi has you covered with their rolling cordless shop vacuum and now also has a more compact 3-Gallon Project Wet/Dry Vac. It’s a great solution for cleaning up workbenches and vehicles that you can easily carry from one spot to the next. Hose and accessory storage are well organized and the box-like design makes it easy to store and stack.

Get it for:

Grab this as a great addition for any Dad who is already on the Ryobi 18V One+ battery system.

Check out more details here.

Buy it at Home Depot – $89

Ryobi One+ Drywall Screwgun

Ryobi One+ Drywall ScrewgunWhy we’d love to have it:

Ryobi latest generation of brushless tools is moving beyond the Prosumer level and reaching into the Pro ranks. One of their newest examples is the 18V One+ Drywall Screwgun. Aside from the brushless motor, you’ll find a Pro design with grooves and a lock on switch so you can get your hand right behind the drive. In QuietDrive mode, the motor only engages when it senses you putting pressure on the screw, so the motor doesn’t continuously run. Wrapping it up with an adjustable nose cone to dial in your depth, it’s an excellent entry into the drywall screwgun class for Ryobi.

Get it for:

This is an excellent choice for drywallers and remodelers that do even occasional drywall.

Check out more details here.

Buy it at Home Depot – $99

Kobalt 24V Multi-Material Cutter

Kobalt 24V Multi-Material CutterWhy we’d love to have it:

Kobalt’s 24V Multi-Material Cutter is the what you want in your arsenal for a variety of tasks that pop up. The 7/8″ cutting depth can cut, flush cut, plunge cut, and grind in a variety of materials. Whether you’re cutting wood, metal, brick, ceramic tile, marble, concrete, or plastic, connecting your vacuum to the dust port ensures that the mess gets contained rather than ending up all over the floor or the air.  There’s even an auxiliary handle for better control.

Get it for:

This is an excellent tool to have on hand for nearly every Pro for the unexpected cutting that pops up, especially on remodeling jobs.

Check out more details here.

Buy it at Lowe’s – $99

Skilsaw 15-Amp 7-1/4″ Circular Saw SPT67WL-01

Skilsaw 15-Amp 7-1/4" Circular Saw SPT67WL-01Why we’d love to have it:

There are a couple of different circular saws you use on the job site – lightweight cross cutting saws and heavier rip cutting saws. The Skilsaw SPT67WL-01 is a lightweight sidewinder-style option that checks off all the boxes for Pros. The 15-amp motor spins the blade at 5300 RPM to make quick work of wood and the magnesium foot keeps the weight down to 8.6 pounds. With a blade-right orientation, you can bevel up to 56° with stops at 0° and 45°. Coming in at under $100, this is a tool your Pro Dad can rely on for years.

Get it for:

Every Dad from DIYer to seasoned Pro needs a good sidewinder – he won’t be disappointed with one from Skilsaw.

Check out more details here.

Buy it at Acme Tools – $99.99

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Best Tool Gifts for Father’s Day 2017

$100 – $250

Milwaukee Ratcheting Wrenches

Milwaukee Ratcheting WrenchesWhy we’d love to have it:

When Dad’s ready to upgrade to Pro level on is his wrench set, it’s time to take a look at ratcheting wrenches. These ratchet just like a socket but get into much tighter spaces. Milwaukee is expanding their reach with a new line of metric and SAE sets available. These wrenches up the game from a standard 72-tooth pawl to 144 teeth, giving them 2.5° of arc swing for working in tighter spots. On the opposite side, the open-ended wrench feature Max Bite grip to, well, bit down on fasteners better. Just be sure to use smooth grip wrenches on those chrome exterior nuts and bolts. With a lifetime guarantee to back them up, you can be confident in the quality Milwaukee builds their wrenches with.

Get it for:

Ratcheting wrenches make a great gift for any Dad, and mechanics will really appreciate the quality.

Check out more details here.

Buy it at Acme Tools – $108.75

Hitachi 1-Gallon Quiet Compressor EC28M

Hitachi EC28MWhy we’d love to have it:

Here that? Neither will anyone else. At just 59 decibels, Hitachi’s new quiet 1-gallon trim compressor is little more than white noise to just about anyone listening. That’s really important if you’re working on trim in occupied spaces like offices, schools, and homes. Of course, it’s also just nice to reduce the job site noise level in general. More than just quiet, Hitachi also gets on board with an oil-free pump to reduce maintenance concerns. For air delivery, you’re looking at 125 max PSI, with 0.8 CFM at 90 PSI. The motor draws little power at just 2.8 amps and it weighs in at 25.2 pounds, making it conveniently portable as well.

Get it for:

This makes an excellent gift for trim carpenters and remodelers who do their own trim work.

Check out more details here.

Buy it at Acme Tools – $129

 

Makita 12V CXT Multi-Cutter

Makita 12V Max Multi-Cutter ReviewWhy we’d love to have it:

When the Makita 12V CXT Multi-Cutter came in, there were a couple of unnamed people in the office that laughed at how much I was raving about it. Then they used it for themselves and they’re no longer laughing. As a matter of fact, Clint pulled the Editor-in-Chief card and put his name on it. But what is it exactly? It’s a tool that will replace your utility knife in most cases. It cuts cardboard, carpet, rubber, vinyl, and so much more. As long as it’s semi-flexible and less than 1/4″ thick, it’s on the menu. The Multi-Cutter works fast and it’s also efficient. We used it for weeks without draining the battery.

Get it for:

Anyone from the Dad that receives shipments at the office to flooring Pros and Makers to homeowners that shop online will love how easy the Makita 12V Multi-Cutter makes their lives.

Check out more details here.

Buy it at Acme Tools  – $139.99

Check out our review!

 

Southwire 14090T Bluetooth Multimeter

Southwire 14090T MeterWhy we’d love to have it:

There are plenty of reasons to get your hands on Southwire’s 14090T Cat IV Multimeter. For the basics, it covers you for your Cat IV 600V/Cat III 1000V reading needs, but it takes things several steps further. As if they had our own Ben Parker test it himself, they gave it a housing that earns an IP67 rating against dust and water. Southwire’s Low Z technology eliminates false ghost voltage readings and there’s a built-in work light. But the star of the show is the Bluetooth connection to your phone – it allows you to record, store, and share reading along with controlling the meter from a safe distance.

Get it for:

Get this for any electrician – he’ll appreciate this full-featured, connected multimeter.

Check out more details here.

Buy it at Acme Tools – $144.49

Ridgid 18V Octane Recip Saw

Ridgid 18V Octane Recip SawWhy we’d love to have it:

Where is Ridgid heading next with their Gen5X lineup? Let me introduce you to the Octane series. Brushless motors and more powerful batteries combine to offer performance like you’ve never seen in a Ridgid product – or any cordless tool in some cases. For starters, the Ridgid Octane Reciprocating Saw is loaded with Pro features. It has a brushless motor, orbital action, site line blower, adjustable shoe, and LED light. The 1-1/8″ stroke length and 3100 SPM stroke rate is enough to keep up with anyone else’s recip saw. Pairing it with the new Ridgid Octane battery is where the magic happens, giving the system up to 65% more performance than standard Ridgid cordless tools and batteries. And it’s backed by Ridgid’s Lifetime Service Agreement.

Get it for:

This is a great gift for any Pro that’s already on the Ridgid 18V platform or is looking for a battery system to commit to.

Check out more details here.

Buy it at Home Depot– $149

 

Southwire 240′ SIMpull Fish Tape Tube

Southwire SIMpull 240 FT Fish Tape

The original Southwire SIMpull fish works great for residential installs, but when you’re making longer runs in larger conduit on commercial sites, you need something more. Check out the Southwire SIMpull 240′ tube. By eliminating the reel, the tape has two ends available and Southwire puts a swiveling metal leade one side and a non-conductive on the other. They also make this one 50% thicker – 4.5 mm – so you can push the tape through longer runs and more turns without bunching up. Concerned that manually winding the tape back through the tube isn’t as convenient as a reel? Our electrician doesn’t think so and found several benefits to this style.

Get it for: 

If your Dad is an electrician or installer that runs wire on commercial or industrial job sites, he’ll thank you for making his life SIMpull!

Check out more details here.

Buy it at Ohio Power Tool – $149.96

Check our review!

 

Bosch Connected Thermostat

Bosch Connected ThermostatWhy 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 Dad’s home or office.

Check out more details here.

Buy it at Amazon – $169.99

Georgia Boot Carbo-Tec LT

Georgia BootWhy we’d love to have it:

Work boots can be a real drag when it comes to style. But for those Dads out there that prefer a Western style, get him a pair of Carbo-Tec LT’s from Georgia Boot. Not only do they have a classic western design with a rounded toe, it’s ready for the job site with Georgia’s Carbo-Tec rubber outsole that’s slip and oil resistant. Welted stitching gives the boot a durability you won’t find with cement or direct attach construction boots. Georgia Boot doesn’t leave you uncomfortable – as EVA midsole and removable polyurethane footbed highlight a shoe built to work all day long.

Get it for:

Get Dad a pair of these if he’s more comfortable in wide open spaces than in the middle of the city.

Check out more details here.

Buy it at Georgia Boot Store – $184

Ryobi Quiet Compact Garage Door Opener

Ryobi Quiet Compact Garage Door OpeneerWhy we’d love to have it:

The GDO from Ryobi is back! Ryobi’s innovative and affordable modular garage door opener system is a hit with our team here at Pro Tool Reviews. The latest version calls itself quiet and compact, but it has some real muscle with a 1-1/4 horsepower motor. It features a steel-reinforced belt drive and Quiet Drive system to give it an advantage over the other openers out there. Then there are the accessories – oh, the accessories. Add a security camera, laser parking assist, Bluetooth speaker, or any of the other options in Ryobi’s GDO accessory lineup. You get a pair of remotes and wall control to raise and lower the door. Of course, you can always control everything from the app on your smartphone.

Get it for:

If Dad is ready to add a garage door opener or replace an aging one, Ryobi’s Quiet Compact GDO is tough to beat!

Check out more details here.

Buy it at Home Depot  – $198

Bosch FlexiClick

Bosch FlexiClick 5-in-1 12V Drill ReviewWhy we’d love to have it:

The Bosch FlexiClick 12V Drill gives you a ton of variety to drive fasteners and drill holes in tight and awkward spaces. With its 5 chuck choices, you’ll be able to work in areas easily that once made you cuss loudly. And of course, that leads to better and more professional results. The kit comes with a pair of batteries and the 12V platform means you get Bosch quality, ergonomics, and a compact design that will make the tool a joy to use.

Get it for:

Carpenters and cabinetmakers will find the FlexiClick particularly helpful and it’s a great drill to have around the house for DIYers that want Pro-level quality.

Check out more details here.

Buy it at Acme Tools – $199

Check out our review!

Dremel 4300 Platinum Set

Dremel 4300 Platinum SetWhy we’d love to have it:

Dremel is the name synonymous with rotary tools and they’re incredibly useful for some of the most unique tasks and builds. The 4300 is the first model from Dremel to move to a completely tool-free collet so you can swap out accessories much faster. With the Dremel 4300 Platinum Set, your Dad will have the tool and a boatload of accessories to get started on a host of projects. The only part about this gift might be deciding what to do first! And just to make sure he can keep things organized, Dremel packs this set in a premium case.

Get it for:

Get this for Dads that has a knack for creating something out of anything!

Check out more details here.

Buy it at Acme Tools – $199

Milwaukee M18 Fuel Hackzall

Milwaukee M18 Fuel Hackzall ReviewWhy we’d love to have it:

Milwaukee’s M18 Fuel Hackzall answers the call of many Pros who begged for one following the incredible success of the M12 Fuel model. As a one-handed reciprocating saw, it’s a must-have tool for plumbers, electricians, and other Pros that need to saw in tight spots that a full-size model won’t fit. The PowerState brushless motor gives this model a serious performance boost of the brushed M18 and brushless M12 Fuel models. 3000 strokes per minute and a 7/8″ stroke length give this model the fastest cutting speed we’ve tested in the one-handed category.

Get it for:

Any Pro can use a one-handed reciprocating saw at some point and plumbers will be lining up to upgrade to the new M18 Fuel Hackzall.

Check out more details here.

Buy it at Acme Tools – $199

Check out our review!

Southwire LED String Lights

Southwire LED String Lights ReviewWhy we’d love to have it:

As far as temporary job site lighting goes, Southwire’s LED String Lights are a hit amongst our crew. With light every 10 feet, it produces 700 lumens down and 100 lumens up. Since they’re LED, there’s very little heat coming from the lights if you’re using them in a tighter space or one that’s already prone to being hot. You also don’t have to worry about replacing them since LED’s last for tens of thousands of hours. For rough-in and framing, these lights can stand alone to give you enough working light. And when they’re not on the job site, they’re perfect outdoor lighting for your Super Bowl party.

Get it for:

Get these for the Dad that is often one of the first Pros on site before any lighting is installed.

Check out more details here.

Buy it at Ohio Power Tool – $199.49

Check out our review!

 

Kobalt 24V 650 Ft. Lb. Impact Wrench

Kobalt Cordless 1/2-Inch Impact Wrench: 24V Max KIW 1524A-23Why we’d love to have it:

Getting your hands on a cordless high-torque impact wrench is hard, but it is expensive. Especially if you want to get a brushless motor to extend runtime and the life of the tool. Kobalt’s 24V High-Torque  Impact Wrench boasts 650 ft.-lbs. of nut-busting torque that won’t bust your bank account at the same time. With a 4.0 Ah battery and charger, this kit comes in at just $249. Worried about having only one battery? Kobalt has some of the best lithium-ion battery prices around.

Get it for:

Get this for the gearhead in your life. Whether he’s a Pro or just enjoys working on cars for a hobby, the cordless convenience is great!

Check out more details here.

Buy it at Lowe’s – $249

Check out our review!

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Yeti Hopper Backflip 24

Why we’d love to have it:

The next generation for the Yeti Hopper lineup of soft coolers moves to the Backflip 24. With MOLLE-style straps, this cooler has a built-in backpack frame, complete with hip and chest straps. The Hopper Backflip 24 measures 19-1/8″ tall, 13-3/4″ wide, 8-1/2″ deep and can fit 20 cans of your favorite beverage with a 2:1 ice to can ratio. The zipper wraps around the top to give you let you flip it over and have wide open access. With its Hydrolock design, the Hopper Backflip 24 also ensures that the cooler stays leakproof, so you stay dry while the ice works on cooling down your destination celebration.

Get it for:

If your Dad works or plays in the outdoors, he’s going to find a reason to put the Backflip 24 to use.

Check out more details here.

Buy it at Acme Tools – $299.99

 

Hitachi Triple Hammer Impact Driver

Hitachi Triple Hammer Impact DriverWhy we’d love to have it:

Hitachi ushered in a new generation of cordless tools with the Triple Hammer Impact Driver that have made our Pro team notice. An impact driver works by driving a hammer and anvil mechanism to create the telltale sound and higher torque that makes impact drivers so popular. Hitachi takes things up a notch by swapping the traditional two-hammer design for a three-hammer one. For every rotation of the hammer, the anvil gets hits an extra time, giving the Triple Hammer Impact some of the fastest driving speeds we’ve seen.

Get it for:

Nearly every Pro can use an impact driver. The performance and ergonomics of this model make it one of the best.

Check out more details here.

Buy it at Acme Tools – $379

Check out our review!

 

 

 

DeWalt DCF894HP2 1/2″ Impact Wrench

DeWalt DCF894HP2Why we’d love to have it:

For construction Pros, mid-torque impact wrenches are where it’s at. But unlike our friends in the service garage, there’s not always a compressor around to power a pneumatic. That and who really wants to drag around a hose just to tighten down some bolts or drive some lag screws? DeWalt answer the call with their 20V Max 1/2″ Mid-Range Impact Wrench. It offers 330 ft.-lbs. of fastening torque to give you much more power than the compact wrenches without jumping into the weight and footprint of a high-torque model. With a brushless motor and two 5 Ah batteries in the kit, chances are you’ll be done for the long before this impact wrench is.

 

Get it for:

Mechanics, plumbers, remodelers, and general contractors will all find a good use for this mid-torque impact wrench.

Check out more details here.

Buy it at Acme Tools – $399

 

CAT Phones S41 Smartphone

CAT S41 Rugged Smartphone Review

Why we’d love to have it:

Is anyone else besides me tired of smartphones that break if you just look at them funny? The CAT Phones S41 offers a compelling solution for Dads that expect their phones to work as hard as they do. As the toughest phone we’ve ever tested, this one can handle being 2 meters underwater for an hour. Gorilla Glass 5 protects the screen and makes Pro Tool Reviews Live look even better on Friday afternoons. But the other major talking point is the monstrous 5000 mAh battery that offers up to 38 hours of talk time and even includes an app to let you share some of that power with those $800+ phones. And it does it for nearly half the price.

 

Get it for:

If Dad is prone to breaking smartphones or just needs an upgrade that he doesn’t have to baby on the job site, get him a CAT S41.

Check out more details here.

Buy it at Amazon – $449.97

Check out our review!

Makita AWS Dust Extractor

Makita Cordless SDS-Max Rotary Hammer: XRH07Why we’d love to have it:

When you’re ready to create a truly cordless job site, you have to include cordless dust extraction. Makita’s AWS system takes a big leap forward with a Bluetooth connection between your cordless AWS cordless rotary hammer, grinder, miter saw, or track saw so you get automatic tool activation without the cord. Since the dust extractor only works when it has to, it preserves battery life and reduces the overall amount of job site noise.

Get it for:

As the only dust extractor currently in the AWS system, your Pro Dad needs this if he wants to move toward a completely cordless system.

Check out more details here.

Buy it at Acme Tools  – $459

Check out our review!

EGO Power+ 56V Self-Propelled Lawn Mower

Why we’d love to have it:EGO self propelled lawn mower

There’s never been a better time to make the jump to battery-powered outdoor power equipment. EGO took their popular 56V mower and made a few improvements, the most notable being a self-propelled model. Dad will be able to cut the grass with less effort on his part and the mower does a legitimately nice job of keeping the lawn neat and tidy. It’s a high cost of entry compared to most gas mowers, but you’ll unlock one of the best lithium-ion lines from top to bottom with everything you need to keep your lawn in tip-top shape!

Get it for:

If your yard is under a half acre, Dad will love the self-propelled function, noise reduction, lack of emissions, and no gas/oil mixtures to make and store.

Check out more details here.

Buy it at Acme Tools – $499

Skilsaw Heavy-Duty Worm Drive Table Saw

Skilsaw SPT99-12 Heavy-Duty Worm Drive Table SawWhy we’d love to have it:

We love Skilsaw’s original worm drive table saw. It’s lightweight and holds its own in a crowded field. But there are other saws that lead in the power department. Now Skilsaw has a Heavy-Duty Worm Drive Table Saw that takes things up several notches. You get a rolling gravity rise stand to work with as your platform. Skilsaw put a larger 99 series worm drive motor to power this beast and it makes for one of the smoothest cutting saws we’ve ever used. The whole package is a big upgrade and earns itself a Pro Tool Innovation Award in the table saw category.

Get it for:

Framers and job site carpenters

Check out more details here.

Buy it at Acme Tools – $499

Check out our review!

Festool Cordless Random Orbit Sander

Festool Hybrid Sander Line Offers Cordless FreedomWhy we’d love to have it:

Festool decided not to make you decide between corded and cordless sanders by introducing hybrid models. By changing the battery form factor, you still get Festool’s outstanding ergonomics and sanding performance with or without the cord. Better yet, you can go with a circle, rectangle, or delta pad design. Or do what we did – get all three!

Get it for:

Hybrid sanders are a job site carpenter’s dream, but even the shop guys will appreciate losing the cord.

Check out more details here.

Find a Festool Dealer – $560

Check out our review!

 

Makita AWS Miter Saw

Makita 10" Cordless Miter Saw XSL06 ReviewWhy we’d love to have it:

Cordless miter saws are no longer just a pipe dream with several models available, including the 10″ and 12″ class. I’ve used them all and Makita’s XSL06 is my favorite. There just doesn’t seem to be any compromise. Makita takes the 18V X2 platform and brushless motor to give the saw performance levels that will make you forget your corded saw exists. Makita also sticks with their direct drive design – rather than a belt drive – making this saw noticeably more confident cutting through lumber. With AWS built in, even the dust collection can be cordless. If your Dad has been extra good this year, this is the gift to get!

Get it for:

Any Pro looking for a cordless miter saw.

Check out more details here.

Buy it at Acme Tools – $599.99

Check out our review of the non-AWS model!

 

 

Festool Planex Easy

Festool Planex EasyWhy we’d love to have it:

The Festool Planex was a game-changer when it came out, but Festool saw a need for a simpler and less expensive version for Pros that don’t need all the bells and whistles. The setup and controls are now easier – hence the name – so there’s less of a learning curve. When it comes to sanding drywall smooth, the EC TEC brushless motor works with the flexible head to give you results that you’ll have a hard time matching with any other method and you’ll get the job done faster.

Get it for:

Whether your Dad is leaving the drywall perfect for the painter or he’s the painter and needs perfect drywall, the Festool Planex Easy will get the job done right.

Check out more details here.

Find a Festool Dealer – $750

Vibe Yellowfin 130T Fishing Kayak

Short on the cash you need to buy Dad a new boat for Father’s Day? A kayak is the next best thing, and you never have to worry about whether that outboard is going to cut out at the least opportune moment. Check out the Vibe Yellowfin 130T – it’s a tandem fishing kayak that can also be used solo. With excellent stability and decent tracking, you’ll find your sea legs much quicker than you might think and the Hero seats are comfortable enough to spend 6 hours or more on the water without a break. Seats, paddles, and integrated rod holders are all included in the price. All you need to do is add your fishing gear and decide where to go first.

Get it for: 

If your Dad likes to stalk fish where most boats can’t go, take kayak camping trips, or just wants to get on the water for less money than a boat, the Yellowfin 130T is a great way to spend some time with him.

Check out more details here.

Buy it at Vibe Kayaks or find a dealer near you – $999.99

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