4 cordless tools for Father’s Day gifts
By Pat Keegan and Brad Thiessen
Finding a useful gift for dads and husbands can be tricky. Ideally, you want them to use it and to enjoy using it. If your dad or husband likes to work on home projects, getting him a rechargeable cordless tool can be a great choice.
Rechargeable cordless tools can be easier and more convenient to use than corded versions. For example, a power drill is something you usually use often and walk around with. 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.
Quality cordless tools are usually less expensive if you buy them as part of a set. And since each line of tools uses a unique battery, you can’t mix and match between brands. You can of course, buy one rechargeable tool or you can also buy him a cordless starter kit with a few helpful tools and a battery, then he can add tools as needed. Here are a few cordless tools to consider as gifts:
A string trimmer is a quick way to trim weeds and grass near walls, bricks and rocks. If your father or husband 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 more energy efficient and quieter. You can find a variety of models between $50 and $150, and it’s worth paying a little more to get a highly rated model that will last longer.
If your father or husband uses a gas-powered leaf blower, you can do him (and the neighbors!) a favor by giving him a cordless leaf blower, which is more energy efficient, much 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.
Today’s LED flashlights can produce 20 times as much light as the old incandescent ones. And they come in a variety of options, from tiny keychain lights to headlamps to waterproof spotlights. A flashlight can usually give better light than a cell phone, especially if you’re working in a tight space like under a sink. A flashlight often comes as part of a cordless tool set, or you can buy a single unit that recharges using a USB port on a charger, a USB wall socket or a mobile phone battery.
Don't forget Dad!