Top Tools on Dad's Wish List
We asked some deserving dads what they really want. Here are our suggestions for fulfilling their wish lists
We asked, "What new tool or workshop accessory is on your wish list?"
A few of you shamelessly chose to "go for broke" and beg for such big-ticket items as "an industrial planer," "a boom truck," and "a drum sander." But more often, your requests were just a general plea for good tools to help you finish your projects.
We selected eight wishes and then came up with recommendations for the newest and best offerings, goodies that your loved ones can actually get for you. You'll be happy to know there's not a single tie in the bunch.
Your husband's messy workshop will look a whole lot neater with this Modular GearDrawer from Gladiator, once he unties its silk bow. The all-metal cabinet is 3 feet high and 2 feet deep, and its five cushion-lined drawers
slide smoothly on ball bearings. $499 for the cabinet, $99 for the optional maple top, Gladiator Garage Works
Want a table saw to make tables of your own? Well, we recommend this Bosch table saw—its blade guard safely prevents kickback and its "square-lock" fence keeps your cuts true. Best of all, when you're not using the saw, its "gravity-rise" stand easily upends the saw and lets you wheel it out of the way. $600, Bosch Tools
If you already have the compressor, this Campbell Hausfeld spray gun should be just what you need to "go to town on shutters and outdoor furniture." You can use it to spray latex paint, lacquer, stain, or primer. $30, Campbell Hausfeld
We heard this request for a recip saw, but then we thought—what the heck—go ahead and get an entire bagful of cordless tools. Ridgid's four-piece kit includes a variable-speed saw, a hammer drill, a 6½-inch circular saw, and an impact driver, all driven by a powerful, lightweight, lithium-ion battery pack. $469, Ridgid
Stanley's new, 99-piece collection will make a nice replacement for that cheap (brand name withheld) set that you have now. He'll appreciate how easy it is to read the laser-etched gold numbers against the scratch-resistant black chrome, which should make keeping them organized a breeze. $100, Stanley Tools
Using this combo kit, with its 18-gauge nailer, 2-gallon hot-dog-tank compressor, and 25 feet of hose, you can now finish off the stairs in the living room or pump up bike tires and basketballs. $110, Campbell Hausfeld
We like this bag for its two large pockets—great for stowing drills, circular saws, or bulky hand tools—but don't overlook its standout feature: a removable, 24-compartment fastener organizer. $60, Duluth Trading Company
He busted his last flashlight when it dropped off the roof. We suggest using the Energizer Hard Case next time. The ultrabright xenon bulb in its swiveling head can handle dives of up to 15 feet. $13, Energizer