21 Tools We Bought On Black Friday Last Year
Keep an eye out for Black Friday deals like these too-good-to-resist deals we snatched up last year.
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Black Friday prices for winter tools like snow blowers were big last year, including already affordable models like the Snow Joe 24V X2 Cordless Snow Blower. Those in need of a new machine saved up to a whopping 40 percent, so keep an eye out for deals this year. And check out these 15 things you need to know about buying a snow blower.
Specialty Drills and Accessories
For driving or drilling in the tightest spaces, a right-angle attachment is a lifesaver. The Milescraft Drive90Plus is one of our favorites because it’s tough enough to use with an impact driver, and that makes driving screws easier. Other right-angle attachments are only rated for 250 in.-lbs., while this one can handle up to 1,500 in.-lbs.
Car Accessories and Gear
Last year’s rock-bottom discount on computerized car battery testers like the Solar Digital Battery Tester have us excited for what will be offered next. Besides testing voltage, a computerized battery tester checks for internal resistance and conductance, giving you a good idea of the battery’s overall condition.
Cutters and Shears
This cordless electric cutter is a lightweight and handy tool that will make good old scissors seem so last century. It’s small enough to fit in a utility drawer but advanced enough to handle jobs too tough for scissors and knives.
It’s powered by a rechargeable four-volt MaxLithium battery, which holds a charge for months. It went on sale for last year’s Black Friday, and we’re hopeful it’ll be marked down again.
These ISOtunes Pro Bluetooth earbuds are essential in any tool belt. Aside from noise-canceling ANSI-certified hearing protection, they provide ten hours of great sound quality between charges. They let you take phone calls without dropping your tools and never slip out of your ears.
These earbuds are tough, too. They’ve been battered, snagged on nails and subjected to extreme heat, cold, rain and grime. No problem.
Truck and Car Straps
Ropes work great to secure tarps, but tying secure knots with the right tension can be tricky. Proper ratchet-style auto straps are a better and safer way to go.
These Sunferno Ratchet Straps offer up to 2,500 pounds of tie-down strength, at an affordable price Amazon reviewers can’t stop raving about. Nothing could be easier! Next, check out our expert tips for hauling stuff.
Great for the basement or garage workshop, this battery organizer holds 82 batteries of various sizes. It also comes with a detachable battery tester. Plus, here’s how to dispose of batteries the right way.
A cheap vacuum is just that. It won’t have the suction of a higher quality vacuum, or as many helpful attachments, or many high-tech features. So why not buy a top-notch vacuum without the price tag?
The Tineco Floor One S3 Cordless Vacuum is always offered at an affordable price, but sale pricing makes it impossible to resist.
Cordless Tree Trimmers
Stormy weather can lead to fallen branches and damaged trees limbs. When fall is in full swing, you may notice dead limbs that need to be removed. While a chainsaw is your go-to for pruning trees, it’s not the easiest to maneuver, with its lack of control and skipping when starting cuts.
This cordless lopper is a great alternative. It adds powerful jaws that clamp the branch in space so you can cut wood into manageable pieces.
Tire Inflation and Repair Products
Why lug around a heavy compressor and hose just to fill tires? All you really need is a battery-powered inflator.
There are many versions available, some costing less than $40. Our favorite is the more expensive Milwaukee 2475 Compact Inflator, which automatically shuts off when the tire reaches the correct pressure.
Construction and Dust Masks
Standard dust masks just aren’t comfortable for long periods of time. They tend to get sweaty, so we end up taking them off — and they certainly don’t work when they’re not on your face.
This dust mask is made of light mesh fabric, and a pair of straps keep it in place comfortably. There’s a replaceable filter beneath the mask. The discharge valve lets your breath go out instead of up so it doesn’t fog your protective eyewear.
This Snow Joe shovel is perfect for anyone with a bad back. The manufacturer says it reduces the effort, strain and potential injury from shoveling by up to 30 percent.
Whether you’re roasting your first turkey or your or fiftieth, you’ll be grateful for a meat thermometer. This one features a hands-free monitor with a large digital LCD screen that displays food and oven temperatures.
It works up to 300 feet away so you can spend more time with your guests. It also has a timer and dual probes, and works with an oven, smoker or barbecue.
Whether it’s for welding, gardening, grilling or artistry, choosing a built-to-last utility apron is an essential part of your DIY gear. This water-resistant durable canvas apron stands up to heavy tools, gear and splashing. It’s also reinforced with double stitching, heavyweight gun-metal grommets and rivets.
The string of a light-duty shop apron can really slice into your neck when you load it up with screws and tools. That’s not a problem with this apron.
Hose Covers and Bibs
Insulated covers slow the heat loss from a pipe as it travels through the wall out into the cold. They provide some protection for little cost. Plus, check out these cool projects to keep your house warm this winter.
Pet Grooming Products
Thousands of Amazon reviewers say this Go Pets Dematting device gives their cats a purr-fect brushing without hurting them. The comb’s copious teeth and stainless steel blades are so sharp that tugging isn’t necessary, and an ergonomic handle makes the task painless for you, too. Now is the time to grab one.
While we’re at it, we rounded up 10 DIY ways to keep the kitty off the countertop.
Cordless Drivers and Drills
A driver/drill combo set is almost always a useful purchase for DIYers and a safe go-to as a gift. That’s why basic driver/drill sets are often available at deep discounts during Black Friday sales. If you needed another reason to pick up a drill, here are five surprising ways to speed up food prep with a drill!
Table Saw Setups
If you’ve ever set your table saw to make a 45-degree bevel cut for a box or picture frame and ended up with gaping miters because the markings were half a degree off, you need this bestselling GemRed Angle Gauge.
Just set it on your table, zero out the display, stick the magnetic base onto the blade and adjust the bevel. The digital readout will tell you the angle of your blade down to one-tenth of a degree.
Outdoor cooking is easier than ever with this grill brush and scraper that offers bristle-free cleaning. It degunks caked-on meats, fish, and even burned-to-a-crisp vegetables that otherwise might be stuck forever. It’s one of the best-reviewed grill cleaning products on Amazon. You should add to your arsenal immediately.