If the dad in your life enjoys home projects, rechargeable tools are an excellent gift idea.
Rechargeable cordless tools are worth the investment when the corded version is inconvenient. For example, a power drill is something you usually move around with and often use outside.
On the other hand, a table saw is usually not the first choice of cordless tools because it doesn’t need to be moved repeatedly during a project.
Quality cordless tools are generally less expensive if you buy them as part of a set instead of one at a time. Since each line of tools uses a unique battery, you can’t mix and match between brands.
It may cost less in the long run to buy a cordless starter kit with a few helpful tools and a battery, then add tools to the set.
Here are a few cordless tools the father in your family should love.
If the father in your family uses a gas-powered leaf blower, you can do him—and your neighbors—a favor by giving him a cordless leaf blower, which is more energy efficient, quieter and less polluting.
As one of the most used power tools, a drill should be everyone’s first cordless tool. Using a corded drill can mean constantly moving the cord around furniture, other tools or your own feet, which can be dangerous. Cordless drills are easy to use, and the technology has improved so they have more power and hold a charge longer.
Light-duty drills are smaller and less powerful but easy to use for smaller projects.
A string trimmer is a quick way to trim weeds and grass near walls, bricks and rocks.
If your family uses an old gas trimmer around the yard, it’s time for a change. Two-stroke engines pollute the air and require regular maintenance. Electric trimmers are quieter and more energy efficient. Models range in price from $50 to $150. It’s worth paying a little more to get a highly rated model that will last longer.
Today’s LED flashlights produce up to 20 times as much light as incandescent ones. They come in a variety of options, from tiny keychain lights to headlamps to waterproof spotlights.
A flashlight usually gives better light than a cellphone, especially if you’re working in a tight space, such as under a sink. A flashlight often comes as part of a cordless tool set, or you can buy a single unit that charges using a USB cable.
Batteries make cordless tools possible. Lithium-ion batteries are more expensive, but are gaining popularity because they hold a charge longer. They have a longer life, but still degrade over time.
It’s worth buying cordless tools from a reputable brand so you can be confident you will be able to find replacement batteries.
It goes without saying,
but these cordless tool gift ideas aren’t just for dads. All do-it-yourself enthusiasts could put any of these gifts to good use.