Holiday Tool Buying Guide 2

By Robert Robillard on Uncategorized

Based on the suggestion of a friend, I’ve compiled a list of great gift ideas of the tools and products that I have tested and reviewed.  All are great tools and many of them have found permanent homes in my toolbox!!

While most of these recommendations are tools, some of them are really cool products, clothing and gear.

Each category has a short description and an Amazon link to buy the tool or product online.   I do most of my shopping at Amazon and recommend their site.  I also get a very small commission from any tool purchase off the included links.

The tools below are in no special order, clicking on the title link will bring you to for additional information and purchasing.

You can learn more about any of these items by searching for them in my search box.



Porter-cable Oscillating Multi-tool

In my opinion, the Porter Cable PC250MTK has one major advantage over the well known “Fein” multi-tool.

The most obvious feature would be the tool-less blade change which allows you to change the blade without handling any loose nuts or bolts.  The very first time I installed a blade on the Porter-Cable Multi tool, I was impressed that I did not have to remove any part of the tool to install the blade.

At  $ 105.00 it’s a great addition for the PRO or DIYer’s tool box.

Buy it online here: Porter-Cable-PC250MTK-Oscillating-Multi-Tool-Accessories

Rockwell Sonicrafter

The Rockwell SoniCrafter is a hand held multiple purpose tool. The SoniCrafter works by creating a high frequency oscillation motion.

The tool is adapted for a wide variety of applications by attaching specially designed accessories on the end of the oscillating shaft. The SoniCrafter by Rockwell Tools is Rockwell Sonicrafter RK5105kexcellent for sawing, sanding, scraping, cutting, rasping and removing grout.

Sells of $64.00 online here: Rockwell-RK5101K-SoniCrafter-37-Piece-Oscillating

Porter-Cable 5” Oscillating Sander

WOW ~ what a difference from my old random orbital sander.  The 390 is smooth, lightweight and powerful enough to use on all types of professional,  carpentry and Do-It- Yourself projects.

The Porter-Cable 390 Low-Profile Random-Orbit Sander is a powerful palm sander that has a low center of gravity for better control and handling as allows you to getting the sander into tight spots.
I’ve always used random orbitals because they sand so nicely across the grain!

Sells on line here for $ 95.00.  Highly recommended!


Porter-Cable Portable Hand Planer

I was super impressed with the PORTER-CABLE Hand Planer.  It’s reasonably priced and worth every penny.

The ergonomic design, light weight and newer features such as the micro adjustment and dust control make an easy tool to use and fall in love with.  Highly recommended.

This tool is a bargain at $ 103.00, sells online here:


Bosch ROS65VC-6 Oscillating Sander

This sander is for PRO’s and woodworkers.  You’ll not find a nicer sander than this.

Bosch has made this sander to perform with the industry’s lowest vibration, highest removal rate and most efficient on-board dust extraction in its class.

Sells online for $425.o00 here:

DEWALT DWS780 Miter-saw

I love the DWS780.  I found it accurate right out of the box and the XPSTM LED light was easily seen in daylight and accurate.

The capacity of this saw gives any contractor the versatility and accuracy to work from frame to finish as well as stair tread work and cabinetry!

This PRO sells online for $506.00

here: DEWALT-DWS780-12-Inch-Sliding-Compound

BOSCH Jigsaw

I was impressed by the JS470E, I found it to be an easy to operate, smooth cutting high-quality perf

ormance saw.The 7.0 –AMP motor is a plus for power and longevity and the blade changing system is tough to beat.

At $139.00 this little jig saw has a lot to offer.


DEWALT Compact Router

My over all impression was that this is a great tool. It did everything it said it would and more.  I would highly recommend this tool to all woodworkers pro’s and homeowners. The compact size will amaze you!

The $175.00  price is amazing for this muchtool.



DEWALT SDS Combo Hammer Drill

The DEWALT D25602 1-3/4″ SDS Max Combination Hammer Kit with SHOCKS® & CTC®  is a real deal PRO tool.

As a re-modeler I especially like the light weight of the tool.

The SHOCKS option is a huge improvement of this tool.

Plumbers, electricians, builders, carpenters and anyone who finds themselves drilling or chipping will enjoy this tool.  Highly recommended!

Sells online for $949 here: DEWALT-D25701K-8-Inch-Combination-Hammer

1-3/4" SDS Max Combination Hammer










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Robert Robillard

Carpenter / Remodeler / Editor

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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