Home Depot devoted a whole website page to gifts for “tool dads,” by which they probably mean your dad, since you’re a Toolmonger. Here’s what they recommend — and our take on their choices.
“Big Max Shed” for $547
Maybe dad’s been eyeing this shed — in which case, by all means go for it — but generally I don’t imagine dumping a some-assembly-required major storage building on anyone for dad’s day. This is the kind of gift one buys one’s self.
DeWalt’s 1/2″ Compact 18V Compact Drill Kit for $209
Not bad, though I imagine you can find a better drill for the price. We’ve had some really good experiences with Ridgid, and I’m surprised more of ’em didn’t make the ‘Depot’s list.
Yard Machines 17.5 HP 42″ 7-Speed Lawn Tractor for $1000
This looks like a good deal, but that’s again a pretty big chunk of cash to spend. If you’ve got it, though, why not?
Ryobi 18V Super Combo II Kit for $159
Ryobi’s 18V drill did much better in our recent (not yet published) tests than we expected, and the One+ battery system seems perfect for those who want a wide variety of power tools but don’t use them heavily. With five tools and a carry bag, this is probably one of the ‘Depot’s better recommendations.
RIDGID 12 Gallon Wet/Dry Vacuum for $70
I have a RIDGID vac very similar to this one and I love it. Add to that the fact that it’s under $100, and we have a winner!
Husky 160-Piece Mechanic’s Tool Set for $90
Husky makes good quality entry-level mechanic’s tools, and this set looks surprisingly complete. It’s worth a look.
Black & Decker Alligator Lopper for $100
Despite the fact that this gets crapped on by hard-core tool people, it’s great for mid-size pruning. It’s also unusual enough to qualify as a gift for “the guy who’s got everything.”
RIDGID 6 Gallon 2.5 Peak HP Wet/Dry Vac for $40
This is the one I have. It’s good stuff, and cheap at this price. Recommended.
DeWalt 10A Reciprocating Saw for $109
This is a decent recip saw, but for this price you can find a saw with lots more features. Take a look at the Worx we reviewed a while back — or save up and spring for a much-more-useful cordless model.
Bostitch Coil Roofing Nailer for $259
While there’s no doubt that this is an awesome tool, it’s a bit specialty for our taste as a dad’s day gift — unless he specially requested it, of course.
Husky Flush-Mount Aluminum Truck Box, Full Size for $250
Again, this is a good deal, but it’s a very personal item. Unless you’ve worked it out in detail with him, you’d better stick to something that you know he’ll want.
Black & Decker Auto Wrench for $30
Props to the Auto Wrench — it performed exactly as advertised in our testing — but $30 is a lot for a non-professional wrench. On the other hand, if dad likes gadgets, we’d recommend this over the Auto Clamp.
Husky 5-Piece Mini Precision Pliers Set for $10
Now here’s a specialty tool set anyone can use. Though we haven’t done an official hands-on with these, I’ve used them before and they seem of good quality. It’s also really cheap, so we’d recommend this if you’re short on cash but still want to give a decent gift.
Black & Decker 14.4V Drill Kit w/Built-In AutoLeveling Laser for $80
Toolmonger readers aren’t fond of this model — they claim the laser level isn’t that useful — and for $80 you could probably find a better quality drill from Sears on sale right now.
Ryobi 60-Piece Drill/Driver Accessories Set for $20
We like these, but many Toolmonger readers don’t. We like the way it includes a lot of pieces for the cash, giving you a better chance of having the one you need when you need it. Readers hate the cheap bits — especially the masonry bits which most readers say die before the end of their first use. As a friend of my dad once said, “You pays your money, you takes your chances.”
Husky 3-Drawer Portable Tote Chest for $40
I’m not a fan of tool chests, but some people are. If dad is, this is a pretty decent deal.
RIDGID 2-1/8″ Brad Nailer for $109
Look for a hands-on with this tool soon here at Toolmonger. In short: we liked it. This is a good price, too.
Irwin 3-Piece Step Bit Kit for $55
If your dad does a lot of metalworking, this would make a good gift. We have two of the three bits in this Irwin set, and we use them quite a bit around the Toolmonger shop.
Ryobi One+ Renovator Plus Combo for $200
Here’s an even bigger combo than the other one they recommended. This includes seven tools and a charger. It’s still a good deal for home use.
Cub Cadet 20 HP 26″ Hydrostatic Lawn Tractor for $1,700
Cub Cadet makes good gear in our experience, so if you just hit the lottery, you’d make dad happy with this. In reality, we suspect this ‘Depot recommendation is a bit optimistic.
There you have it — more dad’s day options.
Dad’s Day Deals [Home Depot]