The Black & Decker JS515 4.5 amp Jigsaw can be found for a reasonable “street” price and offers reliable, if simplistic performance. The saw is your basic model and certainly doesn’t feature many frills besides tool-less changing of both universal and t-shank blades and a handy magnetic storage area for up to 3 blades. If you can find it on sale you may have a deal, but paying retail isn’t something we’d recommend for this model.
Dremel is well-known for their rotary tools, but the new Multi-Max oscillating tool may put a fresh smile on the face of those who ever wanted to plunge cut into a door jamb or easily remove nasty old caulk from around a sink or tub enclosure. The Multi-Max features multiple attachments that allow it to be used for cutting, grinding, sanding scraping and even grout removal. It’s the kind of tool that actually does something no other tool does, making difficult and otherwise messy jobs rather simple.
We reviewed the Milwaukee 1107-6 7 amp D-handle drill with the optional right angle drive attachment and were blown away by its powerful torque and drilling capability, especially in tight corners. This is a tool that, bar none, any serious contractor should have in their arsenal. This tool is not for bargain hunters, however as it will set you back quite a bit to benefit from its stellar performance.
The Hitachi C7SB2 7-1/4 inch 15 amp circular saw is a workhorse product which can be found for a very reasonable price if you look hard enough. Its clean lines, comfortable feel, and powerful motor make it a decent saw for cutting, but clumsy depth and bevel adjustments give it at least some areas of improvement. This tool will do well in any handyman’s kit and some professionals may even find its lightweight styling is worth a second look.
We found the Hitachi G12SR3 4-1/2 inch 6 amp angle grinder to be an easy to use tool that should be at the top of any handyman’s short list. Price, performance and ease of use make this an easy pick for someone looking to grab a flexible tool that can be used in tile, metalwork or concrete applications.
How would you make a 2-1/2″ hole in a piece of 3/4″ plywood? A great choice is to use the 2-1/2″ hole saw that is included in the Ridgid 7040 13 piece Bi-Metal Hole Saw Set. This is the one set you need for all your large diameter holes. Since these hole saws are not your standard steel, they are able to handle going though some pretty though materials thanks to the bi-metal construction. The whole set comes in a compact hard case that keeps everything organized.
If you are, or know, a hobbyist with a Dremel Tool you can’t really go wrong with this product. It delivers all sorts of polishing, grinding and carving tools to satisfy nearly any project DIYer. Know your audience, however, as this won’t be the perfect gift for that heavy-duty woodworker who uses the Dremel tool for custom routing or shaping.
Milwaukee makes some excellent tools and their bit sets are no slouch either. Getting a hold of a contractor pack of 81 bits for under $20 is a find that no serious cordless drill-toting tool guy should pass up. You get 19 titanium-coated drill bits and a whole suite of Philips, flat, Torx and nut driving bits to make you equipped for just about any job – or replenish your worn out bits with some new, durable replacements.