Early Bird Shopping Ideas for DIYers
Even before the turkey gets stuffed, start looking for deals for the holidays. Here are some of the early bird shopping gift ideas that have our attention.
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Milwaukee Tool M18 FUEL 7-1/4” Dual Bevel Sliding Miter Saw
Milwaukee Tool recently released its new cordless miter saw, the M18 FUEL 7-1/4” Dual Bevel Sliding Miter Saw, and it’s a light-weight option for the mobile handyman. The saw weighs 28 pounds with a battery and that only increases to 59 pounds when using a miter saw stand. It has a brushless motor, goes 5,000 RPM, can make 600 casing cuts per batter charge and has a LED shadow cut line. It retails around $600 so it’s an investment, but reviews have raved about it. It comes with a five-year warranty. If you're in need of a place a work station, build your own miter saw table. Photo: Courtesy of Milwaukee Tool
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Bosch LED Worklights
Working with LED lights has safety advantages and Bosch just introduced the GLI18V-300 18-volt articulating LED worklight and a 12V version that put out 300 lumen power. The 18V version has an articulating head that can pivot but the 12V does not. The 18V product can run for about 10 hours with a 2ah battery while the 12V model can run for six hours. Both cordless products use six LED bulbs and are light weight. The 18V option is .69 pounds and the 12V model is .36 pounds. The down side is that neither light comes with a battery, so that adds to the price if you aren't already on these platforms.
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DeWalt Cordless Air Compressor
DeWalt released its Flexvolt 60V 2.5 gallon cordless air compressor in 2017, its first cordless air compressor. It’s a convenient tool around the shop for inflating items or getting finishing jobs done. It’s just the second cordless air compressor on the market, after Rigid came out with one earlier. The DeWalt compressor carries a little more power than the Rigid 18V 1-gallon compressor. The DeWalt model has a brushless motor and a heavy duty oil-free pump. It also uses a OneTurn regulator, which allows adjusting of the PSI without delay. The compressor weighs about 21 pounds and it’s smaller size gears it toward smaller jobs. But, if you're not ready to give up on your old one, learn how to fix an air compressor.
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Gift Ideas for New Homeowners: Snap-On USB Outlets
This outlet cover plate with a built-in USB charger is as easy to install as a regular cover plate. You just shut down the power, unscrew the old plate and screw on the new one. No receptacle replacement required. The USB port gets its power from two prongs that contact the screws on the sides of the receptacle. Step up your technology game but updating your home with smart appliances.
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Milwaukee Tool M18 FUEL™ Metal-Cutting Circular Saw
This brushless motor version of previous corded saws for Milwaukee will make 370 cuts in EMT with a fully charged battery. That is about 40 percent more than other cordless metal-cutting circular saws on the market now. The motor runs at 3,900 rpm with a 2-1/4-inch cut capacity with a 5-7/8-inch blade. Doing other metal work? Check out these tips on drilling holes in metal. Photo: Courtesy of Milwaukee Tool
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Bosch’s GBL 18V-71 18V Blower
Bosch’s GBL 18V-71 18V Blower offers an ergonomically designed handle and enough power for any job around the job site or the workshop. The blower has an air delivery of 71 cubic feet per minute and has speeds of 167 mph. It has two speed settings and features an attachment to dry out concrete holes to set an epoxy anchor. The blower has 54 hours of run time on the low speed setting and comes in under $100, making it a good choice for blowing out a workshop, cleaning up around the home and even some light yard work from time to time. If you need something larger for around the yard, check out these leaf blower options.
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This Starrett 505A-12 Miter Protractor quickly earns its keep. The long, 12-in. legs make it much more accurate than a T-bevel, and the hinge is tight enough to hold the legs in place without having to tighten knobs or wingnuts. The protractor dial shows angles, for making miter cuts. Really, its only downside is the price, but like other Starrett tools, it's solidly built and will last a long time. Check out these easy tips for measuring.
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Milwaukee 52-inch Mobile Work Station
Need an all-in-one workbench for your garage? Check out this tool chest from Milwaukee! You get nine drawers that include 100-pound soft-close slides, a center drawer with a moveable divider and a total weight capacity of 1,800 pounds. The work station also includes two pullout trays for quick access to tools. Need power? It comes with a six-plug power strip with two USB ports that carry a 2.1-amp rating. It also features a 1.25”-thick wood top that is elevated to allow clamping on three sides, which makes it an attractive option for weekend woodworkers as well. If you're looking for wood workbench ideas as well, check these plans.
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Measuring Tool from Yesteryear
Before the advent of tape measures, you'd often find a folding rule in a woodworker's pocket. The Robert Larson Co. 650-1167 3-Foot Folding Ruler brings the old world into the new. Made from solid hardwood with brass joints, this tool will become your go to measuring device for all kinds of projects. And, at less than $20, it makes a great stocking stuffer.
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A Handsome Leather Apron
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A Backpack for Job Sites
For thousands of years, tradespeople have been climbing ladders and scampering around on scaffold platforms with only one hand on the railing because the other held the toolbox. And sustaining millions of injuries in the process. Avoid those injuries by following these tips for easier DIY when working by yourself. The solution, of course, is to use both hands for scampering. Milwaukee's Jobsite Backpack makes that possible. It has tons of tool storage space, a laptop compartment, a molded base to keep it upright on the ground and a handle on top to make it easy to move short distances. This is the perfect solution for you folks who regularly work on roofs, off scaffolds, or at any job where climbing is part of the daily routine. It could also come in handy for maintenance workers who have to lug their tools around huge facilities. Pick up the Milwaukee Jobsite Backpack wherever Milwaukee tools are sold. Get it now on Amazon. Or buy it from The Home Depot.
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Action Work Jacket
If your worn-out work jacket is ready to be replaced, check out the Duluth Trading Co. Flannel-Lined Action Jacket, No. 32526. It's made from the ultra-durable "Fire Hose" fabric and has all the other good stuff: attached hood (no zippers or snaps), under arms and shoulders designed for nonbinding movement, and best of all, the rugged zipper that should last the life of the coat. Plus, it has more pockets than a billiard hall! Buy the Flannel-Lined Action Jacket at duluthtrading.com. Next, see 24 outdoor projects you can still get done this fall.
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The Mitt That Can Conquer the Cold
These mittens are great, not only do they fit somewhat like a glove, but they are comfortable, tough, water resistant and, best yet, warm. The inside of the mittens pairs up the index and middle finger and gives the ring and pinkie their own compartment. You can pick up lumber and actually carry bigger tools to the job site with some dexterity. You're not going to be picking up dimes or nickels off the sidewalk, but that's not a job for mittens anyway. They're so good that they usually sell out before the season ends, so order early. Find the Kinco Lined Pigskin Mitt on Amazon today. These gloves for auto repair will help protect you from working with hazardous materials.
Originally Published: October 13, 2017