Holiday Tool Gift Guide

By Robert Robillard on Tools PLUS!

 

10 Gifts For The Contractor That Has Everything!

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The holidays are around the corner and I’m betting you found this page because your looking for that that perfect gift for your PRO contractor, serious enthusiast or Do-It- Yourself er?   Don’t fret ~ I’ve got you covered with my Holiday Tool Gift Guide .

I’ve spent the last year reviewing a plethora of interesting and useful tools from the newest gadgets to the classic must have in your tool box!  This Holiday Tool Gift Guide will help you find that special tool that will your special persons projects easier, faster and just plain better!

So forget about buying that stupid sweater or tie again, and instead get your favorite PRO / DI-Yer a tool he or she will use!

Top Holiday Tool Gift Ideas for 2012

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It only makes sense to organize your tools and accessories in such a way as to minimize the time it takes to store, locate, access as well as transport them to and from the job site. You get what you pay for and time is money right?

Below are my top tool choices, not in any order of importance:

Bosch Click And Go System:

 

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The Click and Go System is really sweet system that is designed to provide secure, efficient tool storage and is a perfect solution for the guy that has a ton of tool boxes that he uses daily.   Its a complete system designed to improve tool storage and mobility to and from the job-site.

Read my review and watch my video review here:  Bosch Click and Go System

The L-BOXX containers come in four compatible sizes and allow a single click, locking and stacking option. The stacking feature allows the containers to lock and work together to make storage and transportation safe, secure, easy and efficient.  The system includes two transport modes; a four wheel cart called a L-DOLLY and a two wheeler called an L-CART.

How Much and Where To Buy:

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  • The Bosch LBOXX-1A with 13 pc. insert set, sells for $ 50.00 online here: Bosch-LBOXX-1A-Carrying-Case
  • The Bosch LBOXX-1 Carrying Case sells for $ 50.00 online here:                  Bosch-LBOXX-1-Carrying-Case
  • The Bosch LBOXX-2 Carrying Case sells for $51.00 online here:                   Bosch-LBOXX-2-Carrying-Case
  • The Bosch LBOXX-3 Carrying Case sells for $56.00 online here:                   Bosch-LBOXX-3-Carrying-Case
  • The Bosch LBOXX-4 Carrying Case sells for $82.00 online here:                  Bosch-LBOXX-4-Carrying-Case

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Bosch PB360S Basic Power Box Jobsite Radio

Bosch Power Box 360 Job-site Radio

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Everyone Knows That Job Site Radios Take A Beating! They get 2×4’s dropped on them, paint splattered on them, fall off staging, sit in piles of sawdust and are always the last tool to be “literally tossed” into the back of the truck.

The Bosch Power Box 360 is durable, functional and versitile.

Read my review and watch my video review here:  Bosch Power Box 360 Jobsite Radio Review

Some of the cooler features of this radio are:

  • 360 Degree Stereo Sound – 4 speakers plus sub woofer project sound in different directions
  • A Sub wooferBosch PB360S Basic Power Box Jobsite Radio
  • Moisture & Dust-Resistant (IP rating of 54)
  • Aluminum & Rubber Roll Cage
  • Digital Media Bay: for MP3, SD cards, thumb drives or iPods
  • Bosch battery / Charger Bay
  • Powered USB Port – charges cell phones
  • 4-Way Power Outlets

How Much and Where To Buy:

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The Bosch Power Box 360 sells for $175.00 online here:Power Box 360 Deluxe PB360D

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Bosch MX30EC-21 Multi-X Oscillating Tool

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The Bosch MX30EC-21 Multi-X Oscillating Tool is the first Bosch oscillating tool to boast a tool-less accessory change lever, making it easier to attach or reposition the blade or accessories.  I reviewed this tool and also use it daily – its a PRO tool and a workhorse.  This tool is just plain AWESOME!!

Read my review and watch my video review here:   Bosch MX30EC-21 Multi-X Oscillating Tool

The three BEST new features of this tool are:

  1. The tool-less accessory change lever,
  2. The “ball joint” cord swivel which reduces wear and tear on the cord as well as allows better tool positioning.
  3. The Constant Response Circuitry which provides  that ever important “soft start” as well as keep the tools power consistent under load.

How Much and Where to Buy?

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The Bosch MX30EC-21 Multi-X Oscillating Tool sells for $192.00 online here: Bosch-MX30EC-21-Multi-X-Oscillating-Accessories

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Rockwell RK5140K Sonicrafter Oscillating Tool Kit

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The Rockwell RK5140K Sonicrafter with Hyperlock is three systems in one-making it a very efficient and versitile job stite and workshop tool.

The RK5140K Sonicrafter is also the fastest cutting sonicrafter out there and is suitable for cutting wood, removing grout, and cutting through pipe.

Priced right and the perfect tool for the serious DI-Yer!

How Much and Where To Buy?

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The Rockwell RK5140K Sonicrafter Oscillating Tool Kit sells online for $ 149.00 here: Rockwell-RK5140K-Sonicrafter-Hyperlock-Oscillating

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Milwaukee M12 Heated Jacket

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The Milwaukee heated jacket is a MUST HAVE for everyone.  Whether you work outdoors, watch sports outside or just like to walk the dogs – this jacket is amazing.

I always say that heat is uncomfortable but cold hurts – this jacket takes away that hurt!!

The M12 heated jackets now come in Milwaukee Red,  Camoflauge, Black  and High Visibility yellow. The new High Visibility Jacket features a zip-in removable hood and a hidden inside pocket to facilitatecustom embroidery.  The High Visibility Heated Jacket has extra storage pockets on the chest and left arm to provide storage for the user’s cell phone, pens, badges.

The coolest thing about these M12 heated jackets is they are set up with three sewn-in carbon fiber heating zones on the chest and upper back to warm the user’s body core. The pockets are also heated.   The heating element can be set to low, medium, or high with a simple touch of a button on the lapel – see my video review.

All M12 Heated Jacket are also water and wind resistant to provide comfort and durability in harsh environments.

A hidden side / back pocket can hold an XC battery, for extended run time with up to six hours of continuous heat on a single battery charge.

How Much and Where to Buy?

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The Milwaukee M12 jacket sells for $ 130.00 online here:Milwaukee-2330-XL-12-Volt-X-Large-Heated

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Milwaukee 2590-20 M12 Radio

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The Milwaukee 2590-20 M12 Radio was my favorite of all the radios and a must have on the job-site or in the workshop!  Every contractor that sees my radios wants it!  It’s such a hit that DEWALT and Bosch copied it!

SIZE DOES MATTER!  The M12 radio is small, lightweight and can be plugged in or powered by Milwaukee’s M12 lithium-ion battery pack.  If your FAV person already has Milwaukee 12 volt tools – this is a no-brainer gift!!!

The front of this radios has a real nice weather sealed MP3 compartment and two premium weatherproof aluminum speakers.  The M12 radio has a digital tuner and sounds great. It also has a “mute button” which I think may come in real handy on the job site.

Read My review and watch my video review:  Job-site Radio Comparison.

How Much and Where To Buy?

The Milwaukee 2590-20 M12 Radio online for $99.00 online here: Milwaukee-2590-20-M12-Radio

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DEWALT Compact Reciprocating Saw

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The Dewalt DWE357 compact reciprocating saw is a completely new design and super compact saw.  Everyone needs a recip saw and everyone should have one of these saws!

This  saw has no difficulty cutting through framing lumber, LVLs, plaster and metal pipe. Extremely well balanced the saw also features a variable speed one-finger switch.

One super nice feature is the lever-actuated, four-position blade clamp and fixed/pivoting shoe allows the user to position the reciprocating blade in horizontal and vertical posit, depending on the cutting application and position needed to make the cut.

Read my review on this DEWALT Compact Reciprocating Saw.

How Much and Where Can I Buy?

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The Dewalt DWE357 compact reciprocating saw sells online for $116.00 here: DEWALT-DWE357-10-Amp-Compact-Reciprocating-Saw

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DEWALT 12V MAX Pivot Reciprocating Saw

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This interesting looking 12 volt reciprocating saw is bound to be a huge hit with Electricians, Cabinet installers & Plumbers, HVAC contractors and maintenance professionals for it’s compact size, decent power and versatility.

The 12 volt pivot saw has an adjustable three-position handle that allows the saw to complete applications in confined spaces.  the blade has a 9/16″ stroke  and a variable speed trigger with 0-2700 spm provides blade control for precision cuts.

The blade reverses for greater access to tight spaces and flush cutting, smooth, keyless lever-action blade clamp for quick and easy blade changes, a bright LED Light illuminates dark work areas for better visibility.

Watch my video review on the DEWALT 12 V Pivot Saw.

How Much And Where To Buy?

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The DEWALT 12 Volt Pivot Saw sells for $ 139.99 online here:  DEWALT-DCS310S1-12-Volt-Pivot-Reciprocating

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IRWIN Marples Woodworking Chisels

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Every carpenter, woodworker and anyone who has a workshop needs a pair of the Irwin Marples bevel edge chisels.

I’ve been using these chisels for almost a year and would never go back to my old brand.  The fit and finish on them is great, the blade is 100 CRV metal hardened to 58-61 HRC for a super sharp edge  and sharpness retention.   Great quality and a great price!!

The Woodworking Chisels are offered in 1/8″, 1/4″, 3/8″, 1/2″, 5/8″, 3/4″, 1″, 1 1/4″, 1-1/2″ and 2″ sizes and are sold in 3-piece, 4-piece and 6-piece wooden box sets.

How Much And Where To Buy?

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The Irwin woodworking chisels sell as a real nice woodworking set for $36.00 online here:Irwin-Marples-M444-S4-Woodworking

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DEWALT DWE575 7 1/4-inch Circular Saw

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Everyone should own this circular saw!!!

Dewalt recently redesigned their circular saw, trimmed a bunch of weight off it and are now offering the DEWALT Lightweight Circular Saw DWE575. At 8.8 pounds.   This saw is light!   It has all the features of a PRO saw and is powerful ~ no skimping here.

The DEWALT Lightweight Circular Saw DWE575 was designed to cut framing material, plywood, siding, and exterior siding and trim materials.

Read my review and watch my video review here: DEWALT Lightweight Circular Saw DWE575

Highly recommended.

 How Much And Where To Buy:

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The DEWALT Lightweight Circular Saw DWE575 can be purchased for $114.00 online here: DEWALT-DWE575-4-Inch-Lightweight-Circular

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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 ToolBoxBuzzr 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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