Tools Your Gadget Loving Dad Doesn’t Have | WJHL

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There is no substitute for having the right tools on hand


When it comes to household chores, there’s nothing more frustrating than not having the right tools. Accidents tend to happen when you try to do something with a tool that’s unsuitable for the job, such as using a knife as a screwdriver or a piece of wood as a hammer. Not only is it incredibly dangerous, but you can also damage the item you’re using as a makeshift tool.

Tools are the gift that is always given

The right tool for the job doesn’t have to be the most expensive or the best on the market. In many cases, something as simple as a pocket multi-tool provides all you need. Our DIY and DIY expert Beth Allen never goes a day without using hers.

“My favorite tool for so many projects is an oscillating multi-tool. I call this tool the MacGuyver of all tools. It cuts wood, metal, plastic, drywall and grout. It even has a grinding head. Seriously, this is a must-have for any gadget-loving dad,” explains Allen.

That’s not the only thing on Allen’s list that makes the perfect gift to surprise a gadget-loving dad. “For the dad who travels a lot, portable power is incredible. With portable chargers and generators, he can have fun on the go, whether he loves sports, DIY or engineering equipment. Portable power gifts are gifts that donate charge at a time.”

The best tools your gadget loving dad doesn’t have yet

Dremel MM50-01 Multi-Max Oscillating DIY Tool Kit

Do-it-yourself renovations are exciting, but getting in the right position and making changes can also be difficult. However, this Dremel tool makes cutting, trimming or sawing much easier. It comes with a carrying case and is rated at 5 amps, allowing for between 10,000 and 21,000 oscillations per minute. You don’t need any additional tools to swap out the 30 accessories, including two types of wood and drywall cutting blades, a Velcro sanding pad attachment, and a drywall jigsaw.

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Leatherman Sidekick pocket-sized multi-tool

No one, not just fathers, should do without a robust multi-tool. Leatherman is known around the world for its high-quality gadgets, and the Sidekick is no different. The compact pocket accessory has 14 tools including various knives, pliers, screwdrivers, wire cutters, a bottle and a can opener. There’s even a saw and ruler in case you need to build something quickly. “I own this tool and love it. It’s great for the car, work or at home,” explains Allen.

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Jackery portable power plant Explorer 300

Power resides in the power, making this portable power generator a must-have accessory for adventurers and couch potatoes alike. Allen says that Jackery makes a solid portable power station that can be charged at home, in the car, or in the sun – although that requires an additional solar panel. It has two AC outlets, a USB-C port, a fast-charging USB 3.0 port, and a DC car port. It’s also no problem for multiple devices, as up to six devices can be charged at the same time without any problems. “It makes a great gift for on-the-go dads, nature lovers, or travelers.”

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Atolla Laser Range Finder

You don’t have to just walk around your yard or backyard estimating the distances to get accurate measurements, especially if you’re putting up extra walls or fences. This laser range finder makes those projects easier – and dead straight. It is waterproof, has a bubble level and is accurate to within about 2 millimeters. As Allen says, this tool is “great for project-loving dads.” It’s especially helpful for older eyes because it has a backlit display and you don’t have to go deep to the floor to measure it.”

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ThxToms LED Flashlight Gloves

While these gloves may seem quirky, Allen thinks they’re great. “These bionic flashlight gloves are super cool and practical as they allow you to wear gloves and light your way as you work. They’re great for DIY, hunting, camping, and especially car repair.” They’re made from stretchy fabric, have a Velcro strap to adjust the fit, and feature two lights per hand that run on a removable battery.

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Gardena Sileno Minimo automatic lawn mower robot

Few people would turn down the chance to hire a robot to mow their lawn, and that’s what this device is for. This automatic lawn mower can cover up to 2,700 square meters on a single charge and connects to your mobile phone via Bluetooth. With this app you can plan mowing processes and configure the cutting length. It’s also equipped with a boundary wire to keep you on course.

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Occer 12×25 compact binoculars

If your dad enjoys bird watching, excellent binoculars will be invaluable. These from Occer are a good choice as they have 12x magnification through 25mm lenses with a 270ft field of view. The adjustable eyecups are perfect for those who wear glasses and the large focus knob is in the center of the device.

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