Tools for the Home and Shop

For the do-it-yourselfer in your life, give their next project a boost with these tools.

B&D jigsaw

A jigsaw makes a great gift for the DIYers in your life.

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We all know someone who loves tools – you know, that guy or gal who can never have enough! Following are some great gift ideas for those folks. From jigsaws to drills to air compressors and pressure washers, these products are sure to find a permanent spot in the house, garage or shop.

Black+Decker Jigsaws

Perfect for taking care of odd jobs around the house, as well as for the DIYer who enjoys building wood projects, the Black+Decker BDEJS300C 4.5 Amp Jigsaw and Black+Decker BDEJS600C 5.0-Amp Jigsaw offer plenty of power in a lightweight package. The tools features variable speeds of up to 3,000 SPM, a wire guard sightline channel that improves visibility to cut line and helps with cutting accuracy, a compact handle, a lightweight body, and a base plate that tilts to allow bevel cuts of up to 45 degrees. In addition, they have a quick-clamp that allows the user to change the blade without tools, an adjustable shoe that helps maintain cutting stability, and a dust blower that helps to maintain cut line visibility and keeps saw dust out of the work area. The BDEJS600C 5.0-Amp jigsaw also features Curve Control technology, which allows the user to adjust the saw’s orbit in one of four customized settings.

Where to buy: Amazon

Comments from the Capper’s Farmer editors: Perfect for little jobs around the house. Powerful tool that works great for DIY building projects. Lightweight and easy to maneuver. Angle cuts are simple. Fits a woman’s hand nicely, without feeling too large. Changing blades is easy. Great price for a great tool.

Black+Decker Powered Squeegee Vac

This is the perfect tool to keep glass clean, from windows to shower stalls to mirrors, and it also works great for picking up spills. Designed for a streak-free clean, the Black + Decker Powered Squeegee Vac features a built-in sprayer and a powered squeegee for easy, one-step cleaning. The vac is lightweight, and includes a rotating head with a microfiber scrubbing pad to make removing stubborn grime a cinch, and also comes with a micro-USB charger.

Where to buy: Amazon

Comments from the Capper’s Farmer editors: Easy to operate with one hand. Holds a good charge. Powerful scrubbing pad. Leaves windows and mirrors shiny and free of streaks. Spray function is very convenient. Makes the task of cleaning glass easier than ever.

DEWALT Air Compressor

The DEWALT D55146 is a heavy-duty, 200 PSI, 4-1/2 gallon, 120-volt electric, hand-carry air compressor with a mobility kit built to stand up to the toughest conditions. It produces the air necessary to support up to three framing nailers or two roofing nailers simultaneously, and innovative design provides increased durability and versatility. It features an oil-free, maintenance-free pump, and the pneumatic wheels make it easy to move and store.

Where to buy: Amazon

Comments from the Capper’s Farmer editors: Very powerful air compressor. Easy to use, and easy to store. Wheels and extendable handle make moving it from place to place simple. Heavy-duty, built-to-last machine. Less noisy than other air compressors. Professional-grade tool at a great price.

DEWALT Cordless Drill

A great gift for the do-it-yourselfers on your gift-giving list, the DEWALT DCD771C2 20-volt Max Lithium Ion Compact Drill Driver is lightweight with a high-performance motor that delivers 300 unit watts of power, while the high-speed transmission delivers two speeds – 0-450 RPMs and 0-1500 RPMs. The ergonomic handle allows comfort and control. The drill comes with two battery packs, a compact charger, and a durable contractor bag to keep it all stored together nice and neat. It’s the perfect tool for home projects.

Where to buy: Amazon

Comments from the Capper’s Farmer editors: Lightweight and compact. Easy to use. Included bag makes storing it easy. Two battery packs means there’s always a charged battery ready to go. Batteries hold a good charge. LED light above trigger makes it easier to see in dark areas. High-quality, durable tool – just as you would expect from DEWALT. Priced right.


One of the lightest 5-inch random orbit sanders in its class at only 2.9 pounds, the DEWALT DWE6423K Sander is a powerful tool that delivers 8,000 to 12,000 OPM on a 3/32-inch orbit. This sander is also short, at 140mm, meaning the user can get closer to the sanding surface, making sanding projects easier. The sander can be used for a variety of sanding applications, including top grip flat or edge sanding and body grip edge sanding. Whether for use by general contractors, remodelers, woodworkers or DIYers, this sander is built tough, and works on wood, metal, sold surfaces, fiberglass and more.

Where to buy: Amazon

Comments from the Capper’s Farmer editors: Lightweight, compact, and easy to use and control. Built with DEWALT quality. Great sander at an affordable price.

Powerhorse Pressure Washer by Northern Tool

The Powerhorse Gas Cold Water Pressure Washer is powerful and easy to use, providing up to 2.5 GPM and 3,000 PSI to make quick work of a variety of chores. The rugged steel frame features a push-down handle, and 10-inch never-flat wheels make it easy to move. Everything needed is at the fingertips, including 5 quick-connect nozzles, 30 feet of high-pressure hose, stainless steel lance, and an onboard soap tank. In addition, it has a Powerhorse 208cc engine, axial cam pump, and features low oil shutdown. For everything from washing the car and the siding on the house, to cleaning the deck and patio furniture, to washing off the sidewalks, the Powerhorse is a powerhouse!

Where to buy: Northern Tool & Equipment

Comments from the Capper’s Farmer editors: Easy to assemble. Very powerful. Long hose makes it easy to reach higher areas. Soap dispenser is handy. Hose and nozzle holders keep everything tidy and within reach. Starts easily and works great.

Note: Something to be aware of is that BEFORE adding oil to the pressure washer, the plastic tube from the pump needs to be removed, or you will experience an oil leak.

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