In case you missed the heads-up from a few weeks ago, now is the perfect time to take a stroll down your local power tool aisle. Fall cleaning, holiday stock preparation, and a lull in sales are prompting some decent deals at the big boxes. The key to getting a great deal around this time of year, though, is visiting the hardware stores in person since they don’t advertise most discounts — and the discounts are probably unique to each particular store location.
While strolling the aisles at Home Depot a week ago, I found a stack of Ryobi angle grinder twin packs. Basically, you receive two angle grinders for the typical single unit price of $40. Other manufacturers may follow suit: all three of the Home Depots I visited today offered several different Makita tool bundles which included a free 4-1/2″ angle grinder.
Usually these deals are in front of the tool aisle, but sometimes you can find them at the endcaps.
After checking this week’s sales flyer, I saw mention of the Ryobi angle grinder twin pack that I scoped out, as well as one of the Makita bundles. The lesson: if while touring the tool aisle, a pricetag seems too good to be true, it’s either on clearance or soon to be on sale. In both cases, hesitation is your enemy as you might not be able to get the sale or clearance item once it’s advertised and availablity plummets.
Also at Home Depot, I’m starting to see many more WorkForce tool bargains, such as a complete screwdriver set for $20. This may be in preparation for the holidays, or perhaps a late answer to Lowes’ broad selection of entry-level Task Force branded tools.
And Home Depot isn’t the only retailer quietly offering some great deals. Several Sears stores in my area put most of their routers on clearance — some for less than $20, if you can find any in stock. For greater success, try to hit up your local K-Mart or Sears essentials stores where you’ll usually find less tool-grabbing competition and greater selection.
Last but not least, Lowe’s locations are offering some decent bench tools at closeout prices by the pallet-ful. At these and the other bix box retailers, you can still get seasonal products on closeout, but you’re stuck with bottom of the barrel products that didn’t sell for a reason.
Despite Black Friday being more than eight weeks away, the frenzy has already begun, with Ace Hardware being the first retailer to “leak” their sale details. A quick google reveals many Black Friday discussion blogs and forums, which the savvy shopper should check often.