5 Must-Have Tools: Drill & Saw Combo for $300, Heavy Duty Staple Gun for $23


You could act like tool and just wait for someone else to tackle all those home fix-it jobs, or buy some handy tools and get things going. We're hoping you opt for the latter, as this roundup of tool and hardware deals features an affordable staple gun, an assortment of wrenches for $3, a drill and saw combo for $300, and more.

  1. Surebonder Staple GunSurebonder Heavy Duty Staple Gun
    Store: Amazon
    Price: $22.49 with free shipping via Prime
    Lowest By: $9

    Is It Worth It?: The staple gun is the kind of tool that not only saves handymen lots of time on tasks such as finishing cabinet backs and crafting picture frames, but it also spares them the aggravation of banging their thumb on a hammer from using teeny weeny nails. This model features a quick-release magazine, 100 staple capacity, drop-in loading, and carry case.

  2. Kobalt Hex Nut DriverKobalt 1/4" x 3-1/4" SAE Hex Nut Driver
    Store: Lowe's
    Price: $2.48 with in-store pickup
    Lowest By: $11

    Is It Worth It?: With this Editors' Choice handtool, you're getting the functions of a screwdriver and a wrench socket all in one. It's ideal for working on electronic equipment, car ignitions, and plumbing jobs, and is the best price we've seen for any hex nut driver.

    Lowe's also offers the Kobalt 5/16" x 3-1/8" SAE Hex Nut Driver, also for $2.48 with in-store pickup. This tool is $2 off list price and also tied as the best price we've seen for a hex nut driver.

  3. Craftsman Ratcheting WrenchCraftsman 1/2" Professional Use Combination Ratcheting Wrench
    Store: Sears
    Price: $2.97 with free shipping via Shop Your Way Max
    Lowest By: $20

    Is It Worth It?: Why wrench your self into a shopper's contortion when you can save $20 off list and get this Editors' Choice tool? Craftsman tools also carry that famous lifetime warranty, making this wrench a bargain for years to come.

    But why stop at one wrench when you can outfit your entire tool kit? Also available at Sears is the Craftsman 12-Point 1" Stubby Combination Professional Use Wrench for $2.97 with free shipping for SYWM members. That's $13 off list and tied with last week's mention as another price low.

  4. Kobalt Tool SetKobalt 42-Piece Stubby Tool Set with Shelf
    Store: Lowe's
    Price: $12.98 with in-store pickup
    Lowest By: $17

    Is It Worth It?: Speaking of all-in-one, this 42-piece kit includes a 3/8" drive ratchet handle, 3/8" female x 1/4" male adapter, 3" extension bar, 14 3/8" sockets, 13 1/4" sockets, 8" stubby adjustable wrench, ratcheting screwdriver handle, 10-piece screwdriver bit set, and plastic storage shelf for all your handyman needs. The ergonomic handle has a non-slip rubber grip, and the sockets are made from chrome vanadium steel for durability.

    For a smaller set of tools, look to the Kobalt 34-Piece All-Purpose Home Tool Set, also available in-store for $12.98 (a low by $17). It includes a 6" long-nose pliers, 6" slip-joint pliers, 20 screwdriver bits, screwdriver handle, knife, 13-oz. hammer, four precision screwdrivers, tape measure, two stubby screwdrivers, and two offset screwdrivers.

  5. Ryobi Cordless ToolsRyobi ONE+ 18-volt Lithium-Ion Cordless Drill and Saw Combo 5-Piece Kit bundled with Ryobi ONE+ Miter Saw
    Store: Home Depot
    Price: $299.99 with free shipping
    Lowest By: $133

    Is It Worth It?: If you ask us, at the heart of home improvement projects is a handyman with a good drill and saw set. And here is such a bundle that'll also set you free from the confines of cords. The kit includes a drill driver, impact driver with Tri-Beam LED light, reciprocating saw, circular saw with ExactLine laser, multi-tool, miter saw, two lithium-ion batteries, and charger.

DealNews Contributing Writer

Lou Carlozo is a DealNews contributing writer. He covers personal finance for Reuters Wealth. Prior to that he was the Managing Editor of WalletPop.com, and a veteran columnist at the Chicago Tribune.
DealNews may be compensated by companies mentioned in this article. Please note that, although prices sometimes fluctuate or expire unexpectedly, all products and deals mentioned in this feature were available at the lowest total price we could find at the time of publication (unless otherwise specified).
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