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Spy Gift Guide: 5 Tools Every Dad Needs

DEWALT DW660 Cut-Out 5 Amp 30,000
dewalt rotary tool
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Is your dad the sort that loves fiddling with the car engine, leaps to attention when there’s a loose hinge to be fixed, and has a workshop devoted to DIY projects in progress?  Then this gift list of our top tool picks is for you, and every handy man on your holiday list.

Cut It Out (and Out and Out)

DEWALT Cut-Out Rotary Tool For dads who are home-improvement oriented, we like DeWalt’s Cut-Out 5 Amp 30,000 RMP Rotary Tool. The motor is the most powerful in a cutout tool, so it’s perfect for drywallers, electricians, and carpenters. It also sports a quick-and-easy, tool-free bit-changing system and comes with both 1/8 and 1/4 inch collets.

Drill, Baby, Drill

For dads looking to upgrade their power drill, we like Makita's XPH12Z 18 Volt LXT Cordless Hammer Driver Drill. Makita is the innovation leader in brushless motor technology, and this model combines powerful torque power and run-time for more drilling, driving and fastening tasks. Efficient, electronically controlled and engineered for longer run time and tool life, it also has lithium-ion batteries that charge fast, so dad can spend more time working. For dads looking to upgrade their power drill, we like Makita’s XPH12Z 18 Volt LXT Cordless Hammer Driver Drill. Makita is the innovation leader in brushless motor technology, and this model combines powerful torque power and run-time for more drilling, driving and fastening tasks. Efficient, electronically controlled and engineered for longer run time and tool life, it also has lithium-ion batteries that charge fast, so dad can spend more time working.

The Tool Set of Tool Sets

craftsman tool set For mechanic dads or those who like to play them on the weekends, we like Craftsman’s Evolve 101-Piece Tool Set (yep, 101 pieces). This set is amazingly well priced, and includes every tool imaginable for his fix-it jobs, including: socket sets; drive socket sets; bits, holders, wrenches, and more. All packed in a compact tool box that weighs only 11 lbs. Good to know: the set is covered by Craftsman’s lifetime guarantee.

The Father of All Pliers

Gerber Diesel Multi-Plier, Black [22-01545N] For dads who are always hunting in their overstuffed toolbox for the right-size plier, we like Gerber’s 22-01545 Diesel Needlenose Multi-Plier. Crafted from high-quality stainless steel, Diesel offers a thicker-than-average blade and versatility for many tasks. The Diesel is packed with 11 other tools, including; a cross-point and flat-blade screwdrivers; can and bottle opener; file; saw; scissors, and dedicated wire cutter/stripper.

You Saw It Here First

Bosch JS120BN 12-volt Max Cordless Jig Saw with Exact-Fit Insert Tray For dads who are forever building treehouses and are frustrated with their current jigsaw’s power, we like Bosch’s JS120BN 12-Volt Max Cordless Jigsaw. Made to exacting standards to deliver the ultimate in performance and reliability, it has an adjustable footplate for precise bevel cuts up to 45 degrees. It also has a convenient one-handed blade insertion, and comes with an inlay tray to work with Bosch’s L-BOXX system, and hold individual tools in place.

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