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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.

The list:

“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 Pro Tool Bag for $35
Here’s the tool bag Toolmonger readers recommended when we posted its Irwin counterpart.  It looks solid and we love the hard-handle design.

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]


3 Responses to Home Depot’s Dad’s Day Deals

  1. Please, please, please, do your readers a favor and NEVER recommend any lawn and garden power equipment manufactured by MTD. That includes Cub Cadet, Yard Machines, Yard-Man, Bolens and Troy-Bilt.

    Yes, some of those brands like Cub Cadet and Troy-Bilt used to be quality products. But not since they became part of the MTD empire. These people cut costs and corners at every turn and their products are pure crap now.

    I know engineers who work for MTD who could tell you horror stories about how the MTD bean counters made them cheapen their designs to the point they no longer wanted to be associated with the products.

    They’re made practically in my back yard and I know what I’m talking about.

  2. Old Donn says:

    I’ll defer to Mike on his comments above, but I’m pretty sure the same thing can be said about most major American businesses these days. Globalization has forced bean counters into the forefront, and good or bad, they’re running the show. I suspect there are insider horror stories everywhere. Unless you build it yourself, anything you buy can be a crapshoot.

  3. Stuey says:

    After I saw this post, I realized that I needed (wanted) a step bit set. But the $55 3 piece set that you guys posted about can be had for $30 on amazon and elsewhere, and a titanium coated set is $40 on amazon.

    It makes me wonder how many of HD’s deals are really discounted at all.

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