1. PS50 Bosch Multi-X
Oscillating tools are the most popular tool gift for 2008 holidays. Fein owned the market for several years with their MultiMaster but at $300-400 outside of most people’s budget. Bosch’s new cordless Multi-X expands nicely on their 12v Max line up and is available in 2 models :PS50-2A ($179) & PS50-2B ($199).
2. 2420-22 Milwaukee M12 Hackzall
The new Hackzall is a very cool new tool. Basically a mini version of the popular Sawzall reciprocating saw this tool is great for pros and DIY guys alike. The Milwaukee M12 tool line up has been expanded tremendously and there are combo kits and free tool promotions that make the Hackzall very attractive. Price is $179 on Ohio Power Tool.
3. 30063 Seesanke MicroExplorer
Probably outside more people’s gift giving price range at $690 the MicroExplorer is an investment. For pros it’s probably one of the best gifts you could give yourself. The inspection camera can record images and videos along with many other features including digital self-leveling.
4. T308B Bosch Jigsaw
At under $10 per 5 pack these saw blades might make a great stocking stuffer for any woodworker or handyman. Unlike typical jigsaw blades these extra clean cut saw blades leave you wood cuts burr free and practically a finished edge. At only a few cents more per blade who wouldn’t get the T308B jigsaw blades?
5. 2611-24 M18 2 Tool Combo Kit (free battery)
Milwaukee has long been known for some of the best cordless tools in the market. The new M18 hammer drill puts them well above the competition with 650 lb. torque. For a limited time the hammer drill includes the M18 Impact tool for free ($179 value)! To make the deal even better until Dec 31 Milwaukee is giving a free 3rd battery (mail-in rebate) with many of the M18 tools, this kit included. Sale price $349.
6. IQv144K IR Cordless Impact, drill, light (free socket set)
Ingersoll Rand, one of the top brands among mechanics, has been known for their air impact tools for quite some time. IR has proven they can also be one of the top brands for cordless tools. The new 14.4v IQv kit includes 2 batteries, 3/8” impact, drill, charger and LED flash light which will run for hours. Price on the kit is $398, for a limited time that also includes a free 3/8” socket set.
7. 36614-02 Bosch 14.4v Drill (free battery)
Recently Bosch introduced all new 18v and 14.4v lithium tools. These have all been really great performers but the 14.4v Compact Tough drill for $199 has been a real standout light weight drill/driver. These new tools are high quality, made in Switzerland and come with a free 3rd battery (mail-in rebate) until December 31st. If you are looking at light weight compact drills it would be hard to look past this one.
8. DSB5013P Bosch Dare Devil 13 Piece Kit
Another great stocking stuffer are the new DareDevil spade bits. Checkout our YouTube video for details on why these spade bits are so different. Any of the kits would make great gifts for woodworkers, DIYers or anyone who owns a drill. Price for the 13 piece kit with case is only $31.
9. 23578 Ridgid Laser Thermometer
This is one of my favorite new gadgets for the year. Point and shoot for the temperature of any surface. Obviously this is a great tool for plumbing, electrical or HVAC guys but there are all sorts of practical uses for anyone. Just recently I used one to get ready for winter around my house. Point and shoot at all the windows and doors and you will get a great idea where you are losing all your heat. Probably would pay for itself in the first 15 minutes you get it out of the box in December. Price for the IR-100 is $117 at Ohio Power Tool.
10. 6300-01 Dremel Multi-Max
I would say the Dremel Multi-Max is the #1 holiday gift for the tool lover in 2008. The price point is perfect at $99 and it is quickly becoming the most popular oscillating tool in the market. The kit includes the basics to get started but the great part is their accessories are very inexpensive with additional accessories expected in early 2009.