Top 10 Cool Tool Gift Ideas for 2014

By: Danny Lipford

Top Ten Holiday Gift Tool Ideas

Check out these 10 great tool gift ideas, from innovative tape measures and stud finders to rugged cordless chainsaws and portable table saws, which are sure to satisfy the home improvement DIYers on your shopping list!

Tool Gifts Under $25

Paint Brush Cover

Paintbrush with paint in Paint Brush CoverNow there’s no need to clean your brush when you’re through painting for the day! The Paint Brush Cover (Likwid Concepts, model# PBC001) is an airtight, plastic cover with a foam seal around the handle that can be used to store wet paintbrushes for days, even weeks, without the brush drying out.

The Paint Brush Cover fits brushes from 1/2″ to 3” wide (a version for 4″ wide brushes will be out soon).

Under $5 at The Home Depot

Husky Total Socket Wrench

Husky Total Socket WrenchThe Husky Total Socket Wrench (model# 97764) adjusts from 3/16” to 1 1/16” (5mm to 27 mm) to take the place of 44 different SAE and metric sockets or wrenches.

The Husky Total Socket Wrench is made from heat treated, high carbon steel and makes fast work of tightening and loosening nuts and bolts without having to hunt for the right size wrench.

Under $13 at The Home Depot.

I-Mark Tape Measure

I-Mark Tape MeasureThanks to the I-Mark self-marking tape measure, you no longer need to spend time hunting for a pencil to mark your work when tackling a home improvement project.

Simply measure as usual with the 16’ retractable tape, then press the case of the tape measure down lightly to leave a mark. The I-Mark is perfect for one-handed use.

Under $25 at i-marktools.com or on amazon.com

Tool Gifts Under $50

Black+Decker Mouse Detail Sander

Black+Decker Mouse Detail Sander The Black+Decker Mouse Detail Sander (model# BDEMS600) is great for general sanding as well as sanding in corners and other hard to reach areas using the included finger attachment.

The sander has a 1.2-amp motor that produces 14,000 orbits per minute. A three position grip provides control and ease of use while the high performance dust collection system with micro-filtration helps keep your workshop clean.

Under $40 at The Home Depot.

Franklin ProSensor Stud Finder

Franklin ProSensor 710 Stud FinderThe Franklin ProSensor 710 Stud Finder is a professional quality stud detector that uses 13 sensors to accurately show the exact location and width of studs, pipes, and other objects hidden behind walls.

The ProSensor has an ergonomic grip for ease of use. It even works on plaster, thick walls, and uneven surfaces to find materials up to 1½” deep.

Under $50 at amazon.com or find a store near you at franklinsensors.com

Bosch Compact Laser Measure

Bosch Compact Laser MeasureThe Bosch GLM 15 Laser Measure can measure distances ranging from 6” up to 50’ to an accuracy of 1/8”. The easy to use one button control can hold and display two measurements at the same time and be set to display the measurements in either feet and inches or metric.

The compact size (1” x 1½” x 4”) allows the Bosch GLM 15 to fit easily in your pocket for instant measuring anytime.

Under $50 at The Home Depot.

Tool Gifts Over $50

Werner Podium Stepladder

Werner Podium StepladderThe 4’ high platform working height on the Werner Fiberglass Podium Stepladder (model# PDIA04) allows easy access up to 10’ high while the guardrail allows you to work in all four directions safely. The stepladder has a Type IA rating with a 300 lb. load capacity.

Slip-resistant treads and an extra large platform make using the ladder easy and safe. The HolsterTop PRO guardrail has built-in wells for holding fasteners and accessories.

Under $150 at The Home Depot.

Ryobi Air Compressor with Nailers

Ryobi vertical pancake air compressor with nailersThe Ryobi Vertical Pancake Air Compressor (model# YG63CK) is easy to carry and weighs only 35 lbs. The compressor delivers 2.6 SCFM at 90 psi with a maximum of 150 PSI of pressure.

The compressor comes with a hose, three nailers (16-gauge finish nailer, 18-gauge brad nailer, and 18-gauge crown stapler), and fasteners to tackle all of your nailing and stapling needs right out of the box.

Under $200 at The Home Depot.

EGO Cordless Chainsaw

EGO POWER+ cordless chainsaw The EGO POWER+ Cordless Chainsaw (model# CS1401) delivers the performance of a gas saw without the noise, fuss, and fumes. It comes with a 56-Volt, lithium-ion battery and charger.

The saw has a brushless motor to extend motor life and run time, and a chain tensioning knob for easy adjustment. The 14” bar provides 12½” cutting depth. An automatic lubrication system and oil inspection window make using the saw a breeze.

Under $300 at The Home Depot.

DeWALT 10” Compact Table Saw

DeWALT 10” Compact Table SawThe DeWALT 10” Compact Job Site Table Saw (model# DW745) is lightweight (45 lbs.) for easy moving, and comes with a metal roll cage to protect the saw.

The fence rails slide in and out to provide 12” ripping capacity to the left of the blade and 16” on the right. Rack and pinion movement keeps the fence parallel with the blade. Depth of cut is 2¼” at 45° and over 3” at 90°.

Under $300 at The Home Depot.

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