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Is There a Power Tool Lover on Your Gift List?

A well-stocked workroom is the dream of every "do-it-yourselfer". Having the right tool for a particular project makes home repairs easier and less expensive than having to hire a handyman or remodeler for every project. That's why power tool purchases make such great gifts.

Here are some of the considerations that should go into power tool purchases, whether you're buying someone (or yourself) a tool gift:

  • Determine which tools are needed or used on a regular basis. Tools that gather dust are never a wise investment.
  • Be sure to purchase tools made by a reputable manufacturer, and don't be lured by bargain tools.
  • A good rule to follow when buying power tools is to purchase the most powerful tool your budget will allow.
  • Professional tools will cost about 50 percent more than non-professional versions, but they will come with more features than their non-professional counterparts.
  • Cordless tools are another option to consider in stocking your workroom or stuffing stockings. They are convenient, mobile and an energy-wise purchase.
  • When purchasing cordless power tools, stick to the same manufacturer line and the same voltage. That way you can interchange the batteries from one tool to another.
  • Before you buy a cordless tool, find out how long the battery takes to recharge. Tools with a fifteen minute recharge time are optimal since corresponds nicely to the time it take to get a cold glass of lemonade and rest a bit between projects.

Remember, we like to keep our do-it-yourself-ers (or selves!) enthusiastic about their to-do lists.

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