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If the latest gear and Li-ion isn’t a must, cashing in on an older frontrunner like the DeWalt 18v combo kit might prove pretty handy. Sure, it’s 4-year-old tech, but in the end, a $250 kit (marked down from $375) from Lowe’s gets you a lot of functionality.

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As Black Friday gets closer, some of the posted ads are already trying to chum the water. Home Depot, for instance, is rolling hard on the kitchen appliances. Discounts of up to $700 apply to some of the big-ticket kitchen items. While these select deals are going to be on sale for this price on the day of consumer darkness and they are lower than current offers, it may not be the deal you think it is.

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Labor day sales are coming out of the woodwork at all the big box stores and home centers this weekend. There are the traditional deals on patio equipment and lawn care gear. You know, all the stuff they need to clear the floor space for fall/winter items. Just be careful when you go hunting: There are several “gotchas” out there among the sweet sales.

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Of course, we’re all about building your own shop seat. Or having a wife (like Sean does) that’s cool enough to buy you custom paper writing service your own custom Toolmonger shop stool. But if you just want a quick, cheap place to sit, Northern Tool is currently offering their $50 (overpriced) shop chair for (a quite reasonable) $36.

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TM reader Douwe turned us on to this deal at Lowe’s: a 81-piece Irwin drill/driver bit kit with case for $15. The kit includes a combination of twist drill bits, spade bits, and a ton of screwdriver bits, and would make a nice addition to that 18V cordless you got your buddy for the holidays. Sure, you can find more complete sets, and you can probably build yourself a custom kit more perfectly aligned to your needs. But for $15 you can’t go wrong. We’re finding the same kit selling elsewhere for twice the price.

Irwin 81-Piece Tool Accessory Kit w/Bag [Lowe’s]


They’re nothing super-special, but you can never have too many lights of various sorts kickin’ around the shop. Northern Tool is currently offering a pack of three different LED lights — all featuring various flexible arms — for $10.

The smallest is a “mini 1/2-watt light” with a 4-3/4″ arm. The middle-sized one includes three LEDs and a 7-3/4″ arm, and the big hulkin’ on with the clamp mount brings six LEDs to bear with an even longer flex arm.

Wel-Bilt 3-Pk of LED Flex Lights [Northern Tool]


For some strange reason I found myself at Lowe’s the week before the holiday bomb that goes off on the 25th, and while strolling the completely empty tool aisles I ran across a stack of 7 1/4″ Skilsaws for $30 a pop.

I just had to pick one up for a nephew freshly out of the nest and in need of good tools. Saws like this are a great answer for friends and relatives who need functionality, and it was almost a reflex reaction, seeing the reduced price, knowing he needed real tools, and the restricted holiday budget we are all running on this year.

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Right now, Amazon is selling the Milwaukee 6519-31 12-Amp Sawzall Reciprocating Saw Kit for $94.75 (and Prime eligible). It’s the sturdy, mid-sized, corded Sawzall that Milwaukee updated earlier this year (see TM’s March 2010 writeup) with a QUICK-LOK blade clamp for speedy, tool-free blade changes and a counterweight system to reduce vibration. The kit doesn’t include a bunch of extra blades, but it’s hard to complain with the affordable pricing.

Milwaukee 12-Amp Sawzall Kit


Looking for a killer “big present” for your favorite DIYer? Sure, lithium ion is the hot ticket, but step back to Ni-Cd and you find deals like this: a four-piece DeWalt cordless kit — hammer-drill, impact driver, recip saw, and flashlight — for under $400, complete with a battery and charger.

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*Cue Dracula-like organ music with howling theremin*

Once again the horror is upon us, and there’s nothing you can do to stop its reign of holiday terror. Retail chains and brick and motor establishments are gearing up this week for the single darkest shopping day of the year — Black Friday. It’s just a few days hence.

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