Forget the socks and undies this Father’s Day - give Dad something he’ll really love – a power tool. It doesn’t matter if he’s a DIY novice or a seasoned campaigner, there’s a power tool that will put a smile on his dial. Here’s a look at the top 5 power tools that are sure to be on his wish list.
1. Cordless Drill Driver
This will be the most used tool in the shed. As well as drilling holes, it can also be used to drive screws. A larger model with a hammer action will effortlessly drill holes into bricks and concrete, increasing the number of ways it can be used.
2. Impact Driver
This tool is specifically designed for driving screws. It has greater torque, or turning power than a drill/driver, so it can handle some of the tougher screwing jobs. If he’s planning on doing a big project like a deck, which requires a lot of screw driving, then an impact driver is an absolute must-have.
The type of power saw your DIY dad needs depends on the type of jobs he likes doing. If he’s more of a making woodwork projects in the workshop type of guy, then a jigsaw is probably the saw you should surprise him with. If bigger construction-type jobs or landscaping are more his thing, then the grunt of a power saw will be more useful.
4. Angle Grinder
An angle grinder is a versatile tool that can be fitted with various attachments to do a range of tasks. They can be used to cut or grind metal and masonry, as a rough sanding tool or to polish and buff. There is a range of sizes available and they come in corded and cordless models so you can choose power or convenience.
Sanders can be used for both smoothing off a finished woodwork project and come in very handy when preparing to paint. There are a range of sizes available from the heavy-duty belt sander right through to compact palm sanders. A good all-rounder is a random orbital sander. Fitted with different grades of sandpaper it will accomplish most sanding jobs.