Working with a sub-par blade, especially with metal, can be a pain, both figuratively and literally. But the Lenox Lazer CT carbide-tipped recip saw blades have been engineered for quick cuts in tough metals. And, because the carbides are welded, Lenox claims that these blades get up to 10X longer life than standard bi-metal blades.
We used these blades in our recent Reciprocating Saw shootout, and they’re pretty awesome. You can read about our first-hand experience with them here.
The contractor, remodeler, plumber, or handyman in your group. They’ll appreciate the Lazer CT’s ability to rip through cast iron and rebar quickly.
Who could use a handy utility knife in their life? Everyone, that’s who. This isn’t one of those cheap, plastic, throw-away pieces of junk you might be used to. The OLFA MXP-AL uses a sturdy aluminum handle, rubber overmolding, and the brand’s own black snap-off blades. The result is a better utility knife. Think of the OLFA as the Cadillac of boxcutters. And surely you know someone that deserves a Caddy—maybe even you!
Everyone could use a good OLFA utility knife around the house and the jobsite. To read our review about the OLFA MXP-AL Aluminum Heavy-Duty Utility Knife, click here.
Our old Stud tape measures were pretty legit, but the new generation is really something else. Milwaukee has continued to improve the durability of both the tape blade and the housing; EXO360 tech keeps your tape from wearing out or ripping, and the fully reinforced body will protect it from up to an 80′ drop. We’d like to have it because it might be the last tape measure we’ll ever need. Plus it now has a14′ standout!
It’s nice when the tool you have in your hand has been tailor-made to the application you’re working on. For an electrician, Southwire has good news. They’ve looked at the most common electrical applications and come up with a hammer that makes short work of it. For instance, the claw has been designed for pulling both Romex staples and nails, the extended head gets into electrical boxes easily, and the fiberglass handle reduces vibrations.
The electrician in your family. He or she will appreciate the little things that Southwire has done here to make the job easier.
Headsweats makes some excellent athletic apparel that our Managing Editor, Kenny Koehler, wears pretty frequently for cycling, running, and just being comfortable outside. Their Short Sleeve Performance Tee Shirt has an active fit with a moisture-wicking, adaptive warming/cooling material. Not only does it look and feel good, but the creation process includes 4 water bottle worth of recycled material. Now that’s pretty cool!
Anyone likes to wear dry fit-style shirts, especially if they like to spend time outside running, hiking, or fishing.
We love staying hydrated throughout the day, but we don’t always have access to cold, clean water. Or, maybe we’d like to keep our coffee hot during the daily commute. In either case, the vacuum-sealed Klean Kanteen keeps our cold stuff cold for up to 47 hours, and our hot stuff hot for up to 14 hours.
The Klean Kanteen is made from 18/8 food-grade stainless steel. It’s leakproof, BPA-free, and it won’t impart or retain any flavors. Since it has a slim design, it’ll fit into our cupholders, too.
Anyone who appreciates keeping their beverages at the appropriate temperature for as long as possible. Or anyone who’d be thrilled to give up plastic bottles.
The handle is made from G10 with a carbon fiber overlay on one side and stainless steel with a TiNC coating on the other. The highlight for outdoorsmen is the carabiner clip on the back. It clips easily to your belt loop or backpack strap and leaves you without fear of it sliding off as you make your way through the backcountry.
This is an excellent EDC for value-minded knife users that worry about their knife slipping off their bag or out of their pocket.
We love the simplicity of Southwire’s Precision Voltage Detector and Tester. Not only can we fit in a pocket pretty comfortably, but it can tackle all of our voltage detection, testing, and continuity needs up to 600V AC/DC. It has a backlit LCD display for us near-blind folks, and replaceable test leads come in handy for the error-prone.
Since the Southwire Precision Voltage Detector and Tester is great for beginning and experienced electricians, we’d say this is the perfect gift for anyone currently involved in, or even just interested in, the electrical arts.
There’s so much work to be done with an oscillating multi-tool, from sanding to cutting and scraping to plunging. But to do your best work, you need the proper accessories. This Ridgid 14-Piece Oscillating Blade Set gives you the right tools for a variety of tasks. It comes with grout blades, plunge cut blades, flush cut blades, an offset plunge cut blade, a scraper, and a triangular carbide rasp.
The remodeler or DIYer in your family—oscillating multi-tools have a ton of great uses on remodeling projects!
Ryobi’s back with an update to their digital inflator for high pressure and high volume inflating tasks. It’s super-simple to use—just set the pressure to the level you want on the digital screen, flip the switch and let it go. Once it gets to the pressure you set, it automatically shuts off.
It’s capable of completely filling a car tire in 4 minutes or a twin-size air mattress in 30 seconds. My favorite job for the P747 is keeping my road and mountain bike tires full without all that hand pumping.
Anyone! It’s a great inflator to keep in the garage for life’s fun-filled activities like bikes and pool toys, to keep in your truck for fill-ups on the jobsite, and to have in your car for road trips.
As our phones get older, the batteries become less efficient. After a few years, that full charge that used to last all day might get you through the lunch break. Having an external battery for those situations can be clutch. The Klein Portable Jobsite Rechargeable Battery, with its 13,400mAh capacity, provides up to 28W of total backup power for those days when one charge of the battery won’t get you through the day.
But plenty of external batteries can do this. What sets Klein’s model apart is its jobsite utility. This battery features Qualcomm Quick Charge 3.0 tech, smart battery protection, auto-device detection, and a 170-lumen work light for those times when some extra light would be helpful. It also has a kickstand, a buffed-up, protective chassis, and an IP65 protection rating.
The Southwire Dual Laser IR Thermometer is fast, accurate, and really easy to use. If there’s a better reason for us to want one, we’re not entirely sure what it is. You’re getting 12:1 optics for long-distance temp checks, dual lasers for precision, and a large, backlit display for easy visibility in any lighting condition. It takes continuous measurements, though it can be set to Lock mode and it has Max, Min, Ave, and Dif modes. The thermometer is 6-ft drop tested, so those of us with butterfingers don’t have to sweat the inevitable so much.
It’s starting to get cold outside, and Walls has you covered. When the temperature drops into low teens and below, these Cedar Flannel-Lined Work Pants will keep you from freezing to death. These pants feature classic Walls construction. The 9 oz cotton sanded stretch duck pants feature triple-needle stitching, a gusseted crotch, a cell phone pocket, and a wide center belt loop. But the main star of this show is the 5 oz stretch cotton brushed flannel lining, which should help protect you everything below your waist, even in sub-zero temps.
Anyone who keeps working no matter what the temperature drops to and appreciates keeping their lower extremities from frostbite.
We love to be prepared for the worst, and the Midland ER310 Emergency Crank Radio could be a big help when you find yourself in a pickle. The crank provides power to the radio, which means you can stay on top of news reports in severe weather or civil emergency. It also gives you a way to charge up your phone in a pinch. And, in true “Swiss Army knife of the prepper world” fashion, this crank radio also features an LED flashlight and a high-frequency dog whistle.
We liked the story behind this whiskey: it’s named Tincup after an old mining town set on the western side of the Rockies in Colorado. The town, in turn, was so named after the old cups that the miners in town would drink from.
But while an interesting back story is great, we really appreciate the flavor profile here. You can pick up notes of cinnamon and earthy pine on the nose. And on the palate, we note peppery dark fruits and leather, with a caramelly finish. If you’re a fan of Tin Cup’s regular whiskey, this has a similar profile with a bolder, spicier approach.
The whiskey-lover on your shopping list. This is not your everyday whiskey for mixing cocktails—this is for sipping neat or on the rocks and enjoying the fellowship of good friends and family.
We’d love to have the Bosch LED Floodlight because it never hurts to have an extra light source available, especially when it works with your power tool batteries. With this one, you can blast up to 1200 lumens where you need it. It has a protective roll cage and is IP64 rated, so weather conditions and hard knocks shouldn’t be a concern. It has threads for tripod mounting and 5 setup positions if you don’t want to bother with the tripod. Finally, it has Bluetooth capability, meaning that you can adjust the brightness, set a timer, and check the battery level from your phone or tablet.
Anyone who enjoys being able to see what they’re doing. Because this one runs on batteries and is highly portable, you can use it anywhere. It’s perfect for lighting up a workspace, but we also really like it for when the big storm rolls through and knocks out our power for a few hours.
Who doesn’t like a rotary hobby tool? Ryobi has taken this useful tool design and made it more convenient with battery power. Rather than being tethered to an outlet, you can get all your cutting, sanding, grinding, and polishing work done anywhere. Just plug one of Ryobi’s 18V One+ batteries in and get to work.
This bad boy also has mounting brackets so you can mount it up on the wall of your shop. Rubber feet keep it from sliding around if you’re keeping it on your benchtop. It can top out at 34,000 rpm and it comes with 33 various accessories for covering a wide variety of hobby-related tasks.
Everyone comes across the need for a rotary tool. Crafty folks will get the most use from it and even many Pros keep one handy.
“A place for everything and everything in its place.” The Craftsman VersaTrack Trackwall improves upon the pegboard motif with a system that’s more secure and more versatile. It features a HookTight locking system that locks in hang hooks to the track wall, which can be installed to just about anything involving drywall, studs, or masonry. Each individual VersaTrack strip can support up to 75lbs per linear foot, and it comes with endcaps to create a clean, finished look.
We like the work Kobalt’s been doing lately, with this 24V drill being a prime example. This one has a brushless motor that can crank out 650 in-lbs of torque and has a two-speed gearbox for drilling and driving at the 0-550 and 0-2,000 RPM ranges. It might not get as much attention as some brands, but this is one of the better cordless drills available.
We really like the pricing and warranties on these tools. $99 for the kit with a 2.0Ah battery and charger is excellent and it comes with a 5-year warranty on the tool and 3-year warranty on the battery.
We like this Kobalt 24V Impact Driver for the same reasons we like the drill/driver. Its brushless motor has some power to it (3,500 IPM and 1800 in-lbs of torque), it has a variable speed control for precision (0-850, 0-2000, and 0-2700 RPM), and it has convenience features like a quick-release collet and LED work light.
It’s also a solid value. For $99, you get the tool, 2.0Ah battery, and a charger. It comes with Kobalt’s 5-year tool warranty and 3-year battery warranty.
Anyone who doesn’t already know the joys of owning an impact driver. Not only will they be super psyched about a great tool, but you’ll also have purchased enough goodwill to convince them to fix some stuff around the house for you.
We love knives around here, and the Gerber Fastball has been a big hit. It doesn’t have any crazy bells and whistles or a weird shape or a wild finish. But, it does have a practical design and rock-solid build. It features a finger flipper that opens the knife with a satisfying click. Gerber has made the handle from aircraft-grade aluminum, and the Wharncliffe blade is made from S30V steel.
Everyone needs a good pocketknife and this one is a good middle ground between value and premium knives.
Eddie Bauer’s Rivet Chore jacket is part of their First Ascent Mountain Ops line. It has a DWR finish to repel water and snow with a 74% cotton/25% nylon/1% spandex blend that offers better movement. The outside features a tough cotton/Cordura outer while inside, thick sherpa fleece provides excellent insulation.
There are a ton of pockets—four plus a couple of pen sleeves on the outside and another zippered inner pocket on the inside. Its hazelnut color looks great with a pair of jeans. Aside from the compliments you’ll get for your excellent taste in style, you’ll also thank yourself when it comes time to do winter laundry. The jacket is machine washable in warm water and you can tumble dry it on low heat. If you need to, you can even use a warm iron to smooth out any wrinkles.
Filson makes high-quality gear and there are some scenarios that you need a more mature look to your on-the-go document and tech storage. The Dryden Briefcase is only 2.3 lbs, but since Filson has constructed it from 1000D Cordura nylon and Bridle leather, it can stand up to everyday use. It features a padded sleeve for your laptop (up to 15″), two large exterior pockets, and some interior slotted patch pockets. The strap is robust enough to support the weight of your work materials without digging into the meat of your shoulder. It’s still a really handsome piece that looks great when you’re meeting with high-end clients and tough enough for any jobsite.
Grab this for someone who needs to look the part in a business meeting and still directly manage the project on-site.
We love a good router table but when we’re not actively using it, it can take up a fair bit of space in the shop. That’s not the case with the Bosch Portable Router Table. It sits on your benchtop, and with folding legs, can store away easily when not in use. At only 33 lbs, you can pretty much tote it around anywhere your work takes you.
It has an easy click router mounting system that doesn’t need any leveling, a tall fence with two adjustable featherboards, a starter pin and guard, and a bit height gauge. It works with a wide variety of routers from a wide variety of manufacturers, so you can use this even if you’re not working with a Bosch router.
The Milwaukee M12 Fuel Surge is the first subcompact hydraulic impact driver on the market. It’s light, compact, and quiet, and with its impressive power, it can just about keep up with the larger M18 Fuel Surge when it comes to fastening torque. It handles small to medium diameter fasteners exceptionally well, and because it’s about half as noisy as your standard impact driver, it’s perfect for any close-quarters work or work in an occupied building.
We’ve had the chance to use the impressive Milwaukee M12 Fuel Surge. See how it fares against the M12 Fuel impact driver here.
Anyone involved in maintenance or repair. Mechanics. Electricians. Handymen. Really, get it for anyone that has cause to drive a screw. This thing is awesome.
Angle grinders are so wildly helpful that it’s hard to imagine not having one. But some make the job easier than others. The Bosch X-Lock Grinder is one that really is a game-changer.
It works on Bosch’s 18V battery platform and features a brushless motor, opening it up to all sorts of advanced features, like drop control, kickback control, restart protection, and soft-start tech. It even features an X-Brake to stop the wheel quickly when you turn off the grinder.
But the real innovation that Bosch brings to this tool is the X-Lock mount. Changing a wheel takes up to five times less frustration than other grinders. Rather than screwing around with a spanner wrench and flange nuts, you’ll pull a lever to release the wheel. When installing a new X-Lock wheel, you’ll snap it into place and pull the lever back.
Anyone that uses a 5″ grinder—mechanics, metalworkers, fabricators, general contractors, and virtually any other trade.
Some of us in the office (AKA me) are animal enthusiasts who don’t really want to pull out a full-size vacuum every day to deal with cat fur. For us, having a lighter weight, grab-and-go cordless stick vacuum makes a lot of sense. For that matter, it makes a lot of sense in almost any home.
The Hoover ONEPWR Blade+ features dual cyclonic DustVault tech, which captures 99% of dust and fine particles. Hoover claims that, no matter how much cat hair is matted to your floor, you won’t lose suction when you go to suck it up. It features a removable dirt cup for easy post-vac cleanup, and because of its multi-surface brush roll, it can tackle both carpets and hard floors.
Not only is the Hoover Blade+ cordless, but it can transition from full stick vac to handheld vac. It comes with a wall mount for easy, out-of-the-way storage. It runs on Hoover’s ONEPWR lithium-Ion battery platform, and it gets up to 35 minutes of runtime on a charge.
The Hoover ONEPWR Blade+ is so convenient, you’ll never pull out your standard upright vac again. Get it for any home, apartment, or office.
There are rare times when you find the perfect balance of high-quality character wrapped in a package that you just can’t take your eyes off of. In the world of premium knives, Zero Tolerance pulls it off with the 0470. Its CPM 20CV blade steel is in the upper echelon of super steels while the titanium handle offers a lighter weight and incredible strength.
The blade is formed into a highly functional drop point style and slips inside a handle offset by anything but ordinary carbon fiber. By dropping carbon fibers randomly onto the plate instead of creating a weave, ZT achieves a marbling look that means no two handles are identical. High quality. Beautiful design. You can have both with the Zero Tolerance 0470.
This is a beautiful premium pocket knife that’s a great gift for knife collectors and folks that prefer a quality EDC with a classy look.
We already love Milwaukee’s Packout modular storage system for its easy portability and streamlined organization, but the addition of the Packout Radio makes it even better. Now, you can crank up the tunes with crisp highs and rich lows, and with enough volume to drown out some of the workplace commotions. When the job is done, you can secure it with the rest of your Packout storage options and roll it away.
The M18 Packout radio features 4.2 Bluetooth capability, an aux input, and an AM/FM radio. It also has a built-in M18 battery charger.
You can’t argue with the classics, and the Metabo HPT NR83A5 sits in that camp. When you’ve got floor and wall framing, truss builds, roof decking, or any other kind of construction at hand, you’ll want this old tried-and-true framing nailer by your side. It has the same cylinder valve drive system that you know and love from the original NR83, but now has an improved trigger design for rapid response and exceptional driving power.
There’s a big convenience factor that comes with a good battery-powered chainsaw, and this one, in particular, is super convenient. Its brushless motor brings some instant torque to the party without any cord-pulling. It also means that you won’t have to do any maintenance before you get to work (short of chain sharpening and keeping the oil filled). With an 18″ bar and chain, and a motor that has power equivalent to a 50cc gas engine, you can do plenty of firewood cutting, trimming, tree felling, and forestry work.
The Greenworks 18″ Chainsaw kit comes with a 2-year tool and battery warranty, and it starts at $349.
Anyone who could use a tool that helps out with storm prep. Or anyone that has a good amount of tree work to tackle.
This string trimmer comes to us on the 82V Commercial Greenworks line. We particularly like bike handle designs because they give us a bit more control and take a bit of the strain off of our arms and shoulders when you have a lot of trimming to do.
This trimmer also has other tools to make the job just that much easier. The brushless motor offers high power and torque. A bump feed head means you can slap the head of the trimmer against the ground to unspool more line. And 18″ of line means you can clear more growth quicker.
The Greenworks Commercial 82V Bike Handle String Trimmer starts at $389, and it comes with a 2-year tool and battery warranty.
This is a great tool for anyone working in landscaping or homeowners with a lot of property to maintain. The battery power means that work can start earlier or go later without having to worry about frustrating the neighborhood with excessive noise.
Combo kits are great; you get a few tools, a couple of batteries, and a charger for a price that’s generally a good deal less than you would pay for the individual pieces. With this DeWalt Hammer Drill/Impact Driver Combo Kit, you’re getting a couple of quality tools that cover a lot of ground.
This is a premium combo kit that packs a lot of power. Get it for the Professional contractor or tradesman who needs heavy-duty performance.
We’d love to have this because EGO makes some of the best cordless mowers on the market. Let me tick off the ways that this mower rocks.
This walk-behind mower gets 45 minutes of runtime on the 5.0Ah battery and only takes 40 minutes to recharge to full. The 56V platform provides enough power to actually get through some overgrowth without bogging down. It has weather-resistant construction, as well as an LED headlight case you get stuck mowing at dawn or dusk, a single-point height adjustment that works easily enough for you to use it one-handed, and it folds over easily for vertical storage.
The kit, which comes with a 56V 5.0Ah battery and a charger, is a great price for the performance you get at $399. It comes with EGO’s 5-year warranty.
Anyone who is considering getting into battery-powered lawn and garden tools. This mower will make a believer out of them.
We think this Makita top handle chainsaw has it all when you’re ready to make the switch from gas. It has power that’s equivalent to a 30cc gas engine. Torque boost helps to get through knots and other rough bits. It has the muscle to stand up against traditional chainsaw powerhouses in the same class and comes in with some cost savings.
The XCU08 is a 14″ model and the XCU19 comes with a 16″ bare and chain. Both kits comes with a pair of 5.0Ah batteries and a dual-port Rapid Optimum Charger to get you back up and running in 45 minutes or less.
Top handle chainsaws are for arborists and utility workers who have been trained to use this specific design. Grab this for someone that fits the bill.
Drywall work is dirty and tedious, but with the right tools, you can mitigate some of the obnoxiousness. As the first cordless drywall sander available, the Makita XLS01 is the right tool.
This sander features a brushless motor that’s been positioned on the sander head for better efficiency. The sanding head flexes and swivels for maneuverability on all sorts of wall orientations. And an adjustable extension pipe can be extended or collapsed for better access.
The Makita can match its speed to application with a variable speed dial, and it works with the brand’s AWS dust extraction technology. It gets up to 35 minutes of runtime on a charge.
It’s no secret how we feel about Makita’s cordless miter saws—they’re some of the best miter saws on the market, cordless or otherwise. This 12″ exhibits no discernible blade wobble, and in our case, it came to us spot-on accurate out of the box. It can make miter cuts up to 60° in either direction, with positive miter stops at 0°, 15°, 22.5°, 31.6°, 45°, and 60°. Beveled cuts in either direction can be made from 0°-48°.
The steel rail slide that uses 6 linear ball bearings feels incredibly smooth in its action. It’s also a single action slide, meaning that you can back it up to a wall without losing any slide capacity.
This saw uses a direct drive gearbox and guard system, and the design increases vertical cut capacity significantly. With the two kitted 5.0Ah batteries, you can make up to 175 cuts on 2×12 lumber.
This miter saw features an adjustable laser for lining up your cuts, and the whole thing is AWS capable for when you have a dust extractor to hook up to.
The EGO Nexus Power Station is pretty incredible. It provides a battery-powered alternative to your gas generator. We’ll forgive you if you’re feeling skeptical. However, with 3000-watt peak power and 2000-watt continuous power, as well as three 120V A/C outlets and four USB ports, you can power TVs, appliances, a full-sized fridge, and more. But what impressed us the most when we reviewed the Power Station was its ability to power a 15-amp circular saw and large drum fan at the same time.
The EGO Nexus Power Station is perfect for anywhere where you need power but have no access to an outlet. Campers, preppers, and tailgaters could all use the Power Station. It’s also great for short-term power outages. With its ability to run tools up to 15 amps, you might find some jobsite uses, too.
You'll find Chris behind the scenes of almost everything Pro Tool Reviews produces. When he doesn't have his hands on tools himself, he's often the man behind the camera lens making the rest of the team look good. In his free time, you might find Chris with his nose jammed in a book, or tearing out his remaining hair while watching Liverpool FC. He enjoys his faith, family, friends, and the Oxford comma.
Ummm….. The Greenworks 181 doesn’t come out until Q1 of 2020. So its not really going to show up under any trees this year. All this will do is help clear out the current GW 180s from shelves. But the current 180 is an old design and total weak sauce these days. 181 should be good, but it will NOT make it in time for these holidays. If you can’t wait for the 181, get the EGO 18″. Superior to the GW 180 by far. 181 will be competitive if you’re on that platform (when it gets here). But otherwise,… Read more »
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So how does the Packout radio sound compared to DeWalt’s TSTAK/Toughsystem versions? Already have the TSTAK and it’s literally half the weight of the Packout. Would love to compare the two but the Packout radio STILL hasn’t shipped to stores and apparently won’t until after Black Friday/Cyber Monday. I love Milwaukee but $299 is a huge leap of faith to pay for something that won’t arrive until well after the best discounts have gone by.
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