By Capper’s Farmer Editors
For the do-it-yourselfers, handymen, and handywomen – of all ages – these practical products are sure to please.
The 48-Pocket Tool Carrier from Lee Valley fits over a standard 3½- to 5-gallon bucket to create an effective and portable "toolbox." The 34 outside pockets, combined with the 14 pockets just inside the lip, hold an incredible number of tools, leaving the bucket's center open for levels, hammers, hand drills, and more.
Where to buy: Lee Valley
Comments from the Capper's Farmer editors: Well-made, heavy-duty material. Fits easily over a bucket. Holds a lot of tools. Keeps tools at your fingertips. Convenient and portable.
The 65-Piece Homeowner's Tool Kit from STANLEY includes all the tools needed to complete basic DIY projects around the home. The tools are packaged in a case for easy storage and portability. Among the tools included are a hammer, a 16-foot tape rule, an 18mm snap-off knife, a torpedo level, long nose and slip joint pliers, two screwdrivers, 16 hex keys, a ratchet, 8 sockets, a spinner handle, a bit holder, and 30 bits.
Comments from the Capper's Farmer editors: Great little tool kit. Has all the essential tools for general household needs. Strong, durable, high-quality tools. Great price.
For the youngsters who like to fix things, the Junior Deluxe Tool Set from Black & Decker is perfect. Little helpers will love using all the cool tools, including a tape measure, screwdriver, and mechanical drill with interchangeable drill bits. For ages 3 and up.
Where to buy: Amazon
Comments from the Capper's Farmer editors: Realistic-looking tools. Nice assortment of toy tools. Enclosed DIY tool caddy is tiny, but kids love using their tools to build it, over and over again. Keeps kids entertained.
The 4V Max Lithium Ion ROTO-BIT Storage Screwdriver from Black & Decker comes with eight bits housed within an onboard storage cartridge for convenience, has an integrated LED work light to illuminate dark project areas like cabinets and drawers, and is compatible with Black & Decker 4V Max right angle, offset, and multi-cutter screwdriver attachments.
Comments from the Capper's Farmer editors: Great tool. Lightweight. Comfortable in hand, and easy to use. Nice work light. Compatibility with other attachments is an added bonus and convenience.
Useful in a variety of situations, the versatile Take Anywhere LED Light from Lee Valley has a tough, water-resistant housing and four brightness settings – plus an SOS flash setting – so the user can choose the amount of light needed for the task. The light has a wide-beam reflector for broad coverage, and it emits very little heat, ensuring that the lamp won't burn anyone or overheat an enclosed space like halogen and incandescent work lights can. The battery allows up to three hours of use at maximum brightness and up to nine hours on the low setting. The light output is regulated to stay within 10 percent of its brightness setting, even when the battery nears the end of its charge. Included adapters let the user run the light directly from a wall socket or vehicle power outlet, and the same adapters are used to recharge the battery in about four hours.
Made of die-cast aluminum and tempered glass, the 4½-by-3⅜-by-4¼-inch body is mounted on a steel stand with a cushioned carrying handle. The adjustable stand lets the user angle the beam as needed, and it can even be mounted to most work light tripods. The light weighs just over two pounds.
Where to buy: Lee Valley
Comments from the Capper's Farmer editors: Lightweight, rugged, well-built light. Bright and powerful. Doesn't get hot. Easy to angle, adjust, and mount on a tripod. Holds a good charge.