If your budget for new tools isn’t an infinitely renewable resource, you might want to hit up Sears for a couple of your need-to-have power tools. Their ever-expanding C3 Ni-Cad line includes over 20 tools that don’t cost much cash when compared to others of their class.
We’re not sure how handy the battery-powered RC truck is, but the drill, recip, and circular saw look like decent deals. They aren’t the best money can buy, but Ni-Cad power is better than nothing and easy on the budget.
Most tools in the line are well under $100 and readily available at the local Sears — no shipping or waiting required. If you’re hunting for a cheap power tool that might actually last a few years, this is a good start.
Craftsman C3 Line [Sears]