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8 Cordless Tool Gift Ideas for DIYers

Shopping for a handyman or DIYer? If he or she has expressed an interest in cutting the cord, you've come to the right place. These power tools all pack quite a punch, and all without plugging into the wall. Check out these editor-approved gift ideas for DIYers with nary a cord in sight.

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Gift Ideas for New Homeowners: Better Than a BroomFamily Handyman

Gift Ideas for New Homeowners: Better Than a Broom

Construction projects create an abundance of all sorts of filth: sawdust, insulation fibers, drywall dust, shingle grit, dirt. It's everywhere. Sure, you'll always have to keep a broom and dustpan in your truck, but consider adding a blower to your cleaning arsenal. It's great for clearing floors during rough framing, blowing shingle grit or slippery sawdust off a roof, cleaning up that miter saw before packing up, blowing out the inside of your work could even use it to dust yourself off before heading home for the day. If you're already running the Milwaukee's M18 battery platform, check out the new M18 Compact Blower. It has three speed settings, a max airflow of 100 cfm and air speeds up to 160 mph!
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Pole Saw AttachmentFamily Handyman

Pole Saw Attachment

Last year we bought a 40-volt Ryobi string trimmer. It worked so well that when our gas-powered pole saw died, we decided to ditch the gas and go cordless. We figured we'd stick with Ryobi but were disappointed when we didn't see a 40-volt model at The Home Depot. But then a pole saw attachment without a power head caught our eyes. It turns out that we had unknowingly bought a stringer trimmer that was part of the Expand-It line, which works with all sorts of different attachments, including a pole saw.

We bought the Ryobi Pole Saw Attachment and abused it all afternoon with excellent results. The best part was that it cost about half as much as one of similar quality that required a power head and battery?sometimes it's better to be lucky. Other Expand-It attachments include a hedge trimmer, brush cutter, edger and more.

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165-Foot Laser MeasureFamily Handyman

165-Foot Laser Measure

If you do much estimating or working alone, a laser measure can be a real time-saver. It's easy to operate: Hold the laser to one surface, turn it on and measure to a distance of up to 165 ft. You can also use it to calculate area, volume and angles, and record all your results wirelessly on your phone. There's also a handy digital level.

For many contractors and real estate agents, a laser measure is an essential tool. But DIYers may also find one handy: It's like a super-long, one-handed tape measure that you can slip into your pocket. You can buy the Bosch 165-ft. Laser Measure at The Home Depot and other retailers.

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Clear Drainpipes Like a ProCourtesy of Ryobi

Clear Drainpipes Like a Pro

Professional drain augers cost anywhere from $300 to well over $1,000. That's just not in the price range of most homeowners, even for us hard-core DIYers. But now every homeowner with finicky drainpipes can play professional plumber with Ryobi's new battery-operated Drain Auger. It runs on an 18-volt ONE+ battery and costs less than $60 (for the tool only). That's about half of what a plumber would charge just for showing up at your door.

Image: Ryobi

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Gift Ideas for New Homeowners: It's a Utility Light, Lantern, Flashlight and More...Family Handyman

Gift Ideas for New Homeowners: It's a Utility Light, Lantern, Flashlight and More...

Here's another product we received that initially elicited a shoulder shrug, this time from our senior editor, Travis Larson. His reaction changed once he started playing with it: 'Hey, it can work as a flashlight or a lantern. Cool, it's rechargeable and the cord stays attached so it doesn't get lost. Wow, you can charge your phone with this thing. Neat, it has a magnet on the bottom as well as a hook.' Needless to say, he was impressed. You can buy the Cat brand CT6515 Rechargeable Utility Light/Lantern for about $45 at some home centers, hardware stores and online retailers. You can also find them at truck stops (truckers love them). Buy it now on Amazon.
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Robotic Lawn Mower: AutomowerFamily Handyman

Robotic Lawn Mower: Automower

The Automower from Husqvarna works great. The guide wire that runs around the perimeter of your yard is held down with stakes, so no trenching was necessary, and programming is simple. The whole setup took less than 90 minutes. What makes this machine excel is the retractable, razor-like cutting blades. They're just a fraction of the size of thick steel blades, which results in clean cuts, longer run-times and super-quiet operation.
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Gifts for Homeowners: Unplugged Housekeeping AssistantFamily Handyman

Gifts for Homeowners: Unplugged Housekeeping Assistant

If you hate cleaning and are looking for something to make the job less painful, this just might be the assistant you need. Black + Decker's 36V MAX Lithium Stick Vac (No. BDH3600SV) is a cordless upright that's fun to use and does a great job on carpeted stairs and in tight spaces. What's even cooler is that it doubles as a handheld vacuum. You just pull the motor away from the handle to create a powerful handheld cleaning buddy. It works great around toilets and tubs — many people's two least favorite spots. The cleaning wand on the handheld part extends another 4-1/2 in., making it easy to get into closet corners. The fully charged 36-volt lithium battery lasts 17 minutes—an indicator light lets you know the remaining battery capacity. A lightweight upright/handheld won't replace the full-size plug-in vacuum that for heavy cleaning (accompanied by heavy complaining), but it makes a midweek touch-up easy. Plus, you'll love not tripping over the cord. The 36V MAX Lithium Stick Vac is available at home centers, many stores and online.
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Powerful Yard ToolsFamily Handyman

Powerful Yard Tools

Not that long ago, battery-powered outdoor equipment was a promising idea, but not all that practical. But battery technology has improved, and the power of modern lithium-ion batteries has grown substantially. First there was 18 volts, then 36 volts, then 40, 56 and now even 80 volts from a single battery! When you combine these honkin' big batteries with new motor technologies, you get tools that compete favorably with their gas-engine cousins. Chain saws powerful enough to cut 18-in. logs all morning. Mowers you can use for huge yards. Trimmers that will run longer than you can.

And boy, do we love the benefits. Reliable push-button starting, quieter operation and no messing with gas (or worse, mixing gas and oil!). You'll find most of the major manufacturers making these next-generation tools. Each offers many tools that take the same batteries: mowers, trimmers, chain saws, blowers, pole trimmers, hedge trimmers and more. The new 80V battery from Greenworks will even run a snow blower! Cordless tools cost more up front, but they are super-handy! If you've ever doubted that battery-powered tools would pack enough power for you, give these new ones a try.