The Ultimate Cordless Tool Gift Guide
The best tools, combo kits, accessories and plain-old great deals to help you pick out the perfect gift for everyone on your list
If we've learned anything here at TOH it's to ditch the Father's Day ties and the grill set (he's too attached to the ones he already has) and get him something useful, like the tools and accessories in this lineup. Treat Dad right this Father's Day and he'll be inspired to build and fix things all year long.
Mighty Impact Driver
The heart of this 5-piece kit is an impact driver with a whopping 1,330-inch-lbs of torque, enough to drive the longest screws or the fattest lag bolts with just a pull of the trigger.
Kit also includes a battery-powered hammer drill/driver, reciprocating saw, 6½-inch circular saw, work light, two batteries, a charger, bits, blades, and a carrying bag.
About $550; DeWALT
Lighter, compact versions of older 18-volt lithium-ion tools: a drill/driver and a one-handed reciprocating saw because having a free hand helps when you're repairing things in tight spaces.
Also includes two batteries, a charger, bits, blades, and a carrying bag.
About $250; RIDGID
When Dad's project list starts getting a little long, upgrade his tools with this four-piece kit that is 15 percent shorter and 20 percent lighter than nickel-cadmium-powered equivalents.
Kit comes with a compact drill/driver, 5½-inch circular saw, reciprocating saw, work light, two batteries, charger, bits, blades, and carrying bag.
About $250; RYOBI
Remodeling that closet or basement usually starts with a little demolition. This kit's recip saw, from the inventors of the Sawzall, has counterbalance mechanisms that keep you cutting all day, fatigue-free.
Also includes a hammer drill/driver, 6½-inch circular saw, work light, two batteries, charger, bits, blades, and carrying bag.
About $563; Milwaukee
Is Dad planning to construct a deck this summer? He'll appreciate the variable-speed setting on this impact driver, which reduces the chance of stripped heads or threads.
A hammer drill/driver, 6½-inch circular saw, work light, two batteries, 30-minute charger, bits, and blades all fit in the kit's carrying bag.
About $390; Makita
This kit's hammer drill/driver, 6½-inch circular saw, reciprocating saw, and work light are all covered by Hitachi's 10-year warranty, a nice assurance that these tools will be helping Dad for years to come.
Includes two batteries, bits, blades, and carrying bag.
About $450; Hitachi
Each of the four tools in this kit are compatible with any older Skil nicad batteries, although once Dad tries lithium-ion, we doubt he'll ever give them up.
A drill/driver, 5⅜-inch circular saw, reciprocating saw, flashlight, two batteries, charger, bits, and blades all fit in the carrying case.
About $230, Skil
The 19.2-volt batteries aren't different enough to make them stand out from the rest of the 18-volt pack. But this kit does have a standout circular saw, with a full 7¼-inch blade and a laser to keep cuts on track.
Also included: a drill/driver, impact driver, reciprocating saw, two batteries, a charger, bits, blades, and a carrying bag.
About $350; Sears
Get paint onto your pickets fast with this lithium-ion cordless HVLP paint sprayer, which puts less paint in the air than other types of sprayers.
The paint cup has a 1-quart capacity, and the nozzle switches between horizontal, vertical, or round spray patterns.
About $220; RYOBI
A gravity-fed water reservoir keeps the diamond blade cool and the dust down as you slice though ceramic, granite, marble, and stone veneer that's no more than 7/8 inch thick.
About $120; RYOBI
A cross between a reciprocating saw and hacksaw, the Hackzall cuts through PVC, metal, wood, tile, and drywall—basically anything that stands in the way of your renovation. Its compact size makes it easy to use under the sink or in any tight space; antivibration technology keeps you comfortable while cutting.
About $180; Milwaukee
Fire 15-gauge finish nails as fast as you can pull the trigger with this nailer. A sealed nitrogen gas chamber stores energy so that nails fire without the ramp-up waiting time associated with other battery-powered nailers. Plus, there are no fuel cells to buy or go empty.
About $380; SENCO
The small, ergonomic palm sander is perfect for refinishing furniture or smoothing stair risers.
The kit also comes with a compact drill/driver, 3½-inch trim saw, LED work light, two batteries, 30-minute charger, bits, blades, sandpaper, and carrying bag.
About $170; Craftsman
Ridgid's Jobmax tool has a single motor-and-battery base designed to power interchangeable, task-specific heads. This kit comes with three heads: a right-angle drill/driver and right-angle impact driver, which fit in places even the smallest compact tool can't, and an auto-ratcheting impact wrench, ideal for tightening bolts under the hood or on a new BBQ set. Additional heads run about $50 apiece.
The kit comes with batteries, charger, bits, and carrying bag.
About $150; RIDGID
Cut through nearly any material with the one-handed recip saw, or drive fasteners with an impact driver that packs 850 inch-lbs of torque.
The kit includes two batteries, charger, bits, blades, and carrying bag.
About $289; Milwaukee
The batteries in this kit plug into any other Bosch tool of the same voltage.
This five-piece kit packs a compact drill/driver, impact driver, articulating-head driver, oscillating tool, and flashlight, as well as two batteries, 30-minute charger, bits, blades, sandpaper, and carrying bag.
About $470; Bosch
From installing drywall to driving deck screws, the drill-driver in this kit has Dad covered. Switch between the two speeds and up to 200 inch-lbs of torque for a variety of fastening tasks. Switch to the impact driver's 800 inch-lbs of torque when maximum driving force is needed.
The kit also includes an LED flashlight, two batteries, bits, and carrying case.
About $180; Makita
Kick Out the Decibels
Charge 7.2- to 18-volt lithium-ion batteries while listening to either the radio or an MP3 player. The roll cage protects the electronics from bumps and dings.
About $170; DeWALT
This six-port charger takes on any combination of Ryobi lithium-ion or nicad batteries, topping them off as necessary. Energy-Star technology lets Dad leave the batteries in the charger indefinitely without damaging them.
About $80; RYOBI
Chalk lines are messy, easily smudged, and often require another person to make the snap. Bosch's laser square has two bubble vials and lasers to help set tile, panels, cabinets, wallpaper, or straighten that crooked family photo.
About $40; Bosch
Give your dad an extra hand whenever he needs it with the sturdy, foot-operated Jawhorse, an all-steel sawhorse and clamping station with a 37-inch clamping range. It can also be fitted with an accessory that turns it into a miter saw.
About $179; Rockwell
Ryobi Starter Kit
Handle nearly any drill/driving task around the house with 18-volt nicad power.
This kit includes a 5½-inch circular saw, radio, work light, battery, charger, bits, blades, and carrying bag.
About $90; The Home Depot, online only
This kit features two of the most frequently used tools, a drill/driver and circular saw, each with their own 18-volt nicad battery.
The kit is compatible with any of Ryobi's one+ system, so you don't have to buy additional batteries with each new tool.
About $90; The Home Depot
Give your dad the tools to cope with the most common jobs he faces, from driving screws to assembling furniture.
Inside this kit's carrying bag he'll find a drill/driver and impact driver— each with LED lights to illuminate the work surface—along with two batteries, a charger, and bits.
About $140; Lowe's
When Dad needs something small enough to stash in his tool belt or cargo pocket, opt for scaled-down powerful versions of full-size tools.
This two-piece combo features a compact drill/driver and impact driver, two batteries, charger, bits, and carrying bag.
About $160; Lowe's
Pair a circular saw with a drill/driver and Dad's got everything he'll need to start—and finish—nearly any project.
This kit features a drill/driver, 6½-inch circular saw, reciprocating saw, flashlight, 2 batteries, charger, bits, blades, and carrying bag.
About $160; Lowe's
For less than the price you'll pay for one 12-volt lithium-ion tool, you can score this 18-volt nicad combo kit with a drill/driver and 6½-inch circular saw and buy a second battery with the money you saved.
Kit also includes a battery, charger, bits, blade, and carrying bag.
About $110; Lowe's
Black & Decker CD418C-2
Most bargain cordless kits include a smaller 6 ½-inch circular saw, but this kit's 7¼-inch saw gives you the same cutting capacity as a corded saw.
Also included in this 18-volt kit are a drill/driver, reciprocating saw, flashlight, two batteries, charger, bits, blades, and carrying bag.
About $165; Walmart
SOG's patented, spring-assisted technology makes opening the blade on this tool a snap. There are 13 separate tools jammed into its handle, including Phillips and slotted screwdrivers.
About $100; SOG
The power of an adjustable vise grip comes in handy when you need a good bite on an errant nail or rusted nut. Tool has 12 components including a serrated knife and pry bar.
About $104; Gerber
From the spring-action needle-nose pliers to the Phillips and slotted screwdrivers, the Squirt ES4 screams handy. And considering it weighs about 2 ounces and measures only 2¼ inches long when closed, this is a tool built to travel.
About $25; Leatherman