Holiday Gift Guide

By Robert Robillard on Tool Reviews

A Concord Carpenter’s Holiday Gift Guide

Hmmm the holidays…….  Need that perfect gift for your determined Do-It- Yourselfer? I’ve got you covered.  I’ve spent the last year reviewing a slew of interesting and useful tools from the newest gadgets to the classic must have in your tool box!

Gifts that Make Work Easier, Faster and Better!

Hmmm the holidays…….  Need that perfect gift for your determined Do-It- Yourselfer? I’ve got you covered.  I’ve spent the last year reviewing a slew of interesting and useful tools from the newest gadgets to the classic must have in your tool box! Rockwell 12 volt drill driver Forget buying a sweater or tie, your DIYer wants a power tool or cool workshop jig!  The following is our list of the Top 6 Holiday Gift Ideas for 2010.


ROCKWELL 12-Volt Lithium-Ion Cordless Drill-Driver

As a DIYer or homeowner you’ll find the Rockwell 12V LithiumTech combo set is a great investment.

The set is powerful enough to handle most if not all of your do-it-yourself chores and the lithium-ion batteries deliver longer life and run-time with fade-free power.The combo sets ergonomic, compact and lightweight design offer it’s user plenty of power all with comfort and convenience.


The Rockwell 12V LithiumTech Drill/Driver (#RK2510K2, $129.99) is available here: Rockwell RK2510K2 12-Volt LithiumTech Drill

The Rockwell 12V LithiumTech Impact Driver (#RK2512K, $129.99) is available here: Rockwell 12V Impact Driver

BOSCH Top-Handle Jig Saw JS470EBosch JS470E JIGSAW

The Bosch JS470E  impressed me.  I found it to be an easy to operate, smooth cutting high-quality performance saw. The 7.0 AMP motor is a plus for power and longevity and the super easy, super fast blade changing system is tough to beat. This little jig saw has a lot to offer.


The Bosch JS470E jigsaw can be purchased online or here: Bosch Jig Saw

Duo-Fast Construction Coil Siding Nailer

I have had the Duo-Fast DF225C Coil Siding Nailer for some time now and it has held it’s own on the job site by providing me with a powerful yet lightweight, accurate and productive nailing tool.

Time saved is money earned and this nailer WILL save you time!! In my opinion, the tool less depth of drive adjustment is this nailers best feature and has saved me time and aggravation with it’s pin point accuracy.

I highly recommend this tool to DIYers for any wood siding, decking, trim or fence nailing. It even shoots stainless steel nails.


The Duo-Fast coil trim nailer lists for $369.00 and can be purchased here:  Duo-Fast-DF225C-Degree-Siding-Nailer

Paslode T250A 16 Gauge Angled Finish Nailer

Because of its compact size, the Paslode T250A is perfect for working above your head or in cramped spaces. It has a real nice weight and balance that plays well with finish work.

The 16 gauge nail approach come in useful when installing moldings on cabinets where splitting expensive or pre-finished stock when driving nails can be costly and is to be avoided at all costs.

It is a real nice nailer for the job site, workshop or DIYer and does a nice job installing door trim, window trim, wainscoting, baseboard, casing, crown molding, and pre-finished components.


The Paslode T250A is light, powerful, and has very accurate nail placement.  Great nailer -great price, at approx     $ 189.00. You can purchase this nailer online here: Paslode-16-Gauge-Pneumatic-Angled-500910

DEWALT 12V Lithium Ion Screwdriver DCF610S2

The DEWALT 12 Volt MAX Lithium Ion 1/4″ Screwdriver Kit (DCF610S2) as part of the new 12 Volt MAX cordless platform.  Weighing only 2.2 pounds, this cordless screwdriver is compact and super light. When you think about 2.2 lbs it’s approximately the same weight as an 18 Volt battery.

The DCF610S2 screwdriver is compact but powerful enough to handle a variety of professional contractor jobs.  I see this as an ideal tool for DIYers, remodelers, electricians, cabinet installers, HVAC, woodworkers, maintenance personnel and many others whose jobs rely on fastening and drilling applications but do not require the torque or the weight of an 18 volt tool.

The beauty of this screwdriver is it’s weight and compact size  which translates into less fatigue using the tool and more opportunities to fit it into smaller tight spots like under sinks, inside electrical boxes and a slew of other hard to access places.

The DEWALT, DCF610S2 can drive 207 2-1/2″ cabinet screws on a single battery charge. DeWalt went to directly to the end users at job sites to see what they needed. The result is a powerful, ultra compact screwdriver that is durable and packed with innovative features that increase productivity. The new Screwdriver Kit (DCF610S2) includes two 12 Volt MAX Lithium Ion battery packs, a 40 minute charger, bit tip, belthook and contractor bag in addition to the screwdriver. DEWALT DCF610S2 cordless Screwdriver Kit


The new 12V drill/driver retails for approx.  $139.  You can purchase one here: DEWALT-DCF610S2-12-Volt-4-Inch-Screwdriver

Rockwell SoniCrafter Oscillating Tool

The Rockwell SoniCrafter is a hand held multiple purpose tool adapted for a wide variety of applications by attaching specially designed accessories on the end of the oscillating shaft. I found the SoniCrafter very useful when splicing in exterior house trim like window sills, corner boards, sofit cuts and water table as seen below.

The tool cuts easily with little pressure applied to the tool. I can also see it as useful with interior remodeling situations where you need to save interior trim by cutting it back or when fitting cabinets or bookcases into a previously trimmed space.

The SoniCrafter by Rockwell Tools is excellent for sawing, sanding, scraping, cutting, rasping and removing grout.


You can purchase the Rockwell Sonicrafter for approx. $178.00  here:Rockwell-RK5107K-SoniCrafter-73-Piece-ProfessionalRockwell sonicrafter oscillating tool

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Rob Robillard is “The Concord Carpenter” Rob is a builder, general contractor, carpenter, woodworker, and editor of Concord Carpenter and ToolBoxBuzz As a General Contractor and carpenter, Rob owns and operates Concord Carpenter LLC. A full-service remodeling and construction company. Rob is a recognized leader in home building best practices and a source for how-to information for building professionals. On this website, Rob covers all aspects of home construction, building science, home improvement, woodworking, remodeling, and some of the best product and tool reviews. Rob is in charge of our Tool and Product Review series - Concord Carpenter Videos where we post all of our tool reviews and video tutorials. Rob approaches remodeling and building construction with a pragmatic and problem-solving approach. He enjoys using his knowledge and experience to help and educate building professionals as well as DIYers on best practices in the construction and remodeling industry. He's a strong advocate for "raising the bar" in the construction trades and promoting the trades to youth. #BeAMentor #Green2Great Craftsmanship, quality, and pride guide his journey on this channel The Concord Carpenter's motto: "Well done is better than well said!" : Read more about Rob

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