FoxNews.com included this piece yesterday from Jason Cameron, a contributing editor of Men’s Journal Magazine in which he “reveals the essential tools to satisfy your inner Mr. or Mrs. Fix-It!”
His list, in order:
- Ridgid’s R2600 5-in Orbital Sander
- Makita’s LST401 18V Lithium 4-Piece Combo Pack
- Occidental Leather’s 9540 Adjustable Finisher Tool Belt
- Ryobi’s AIRgrip MultiTask-it
- Panasonic’s Cordless Drill & Driver
- Stanley’s FatMax Xtreme Fubar
I’m not sure exactly how to take this list. If it’s intended as a “tool kit,” it makes no sense at all. The only hand tool in the list is the Fubar, which as cool as it is — and it’s very cool — isn’t something most homeowners’ll want to pick up as their only hand tool.
If the list is intended as a “new stuff you should have” list, I’d beg to differ with some of their choices. There’s nothing wrong with RIDGID’s orbital sander, but again, is any orbital sander really at the top of a DIYers list? Makita makes some great power tools, but if you’re buying a combo kit, you’ve got a lot to consider: What other tools do they offer? What’s the future of the battery line? Do you need the power they offer? Competition’s hot in the combo kit market, and I’m not sure I’d recommend the Makita kit to everyone.
And is a tool belt really that important to DIYers? While we’re at it, what makes the Panasonic drill/driver worth $300? (Actually I can answer that questions a bit myself, but maybe Jason should let us in on it in the article.)
Sorry to rant, but this list looks pretty random to me. Kinda like, “Here’s the last six things I heard about this week.” Why does everyone seem to recommend tools as if everyone uses them in exactly the same way?