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The Nice List: Top 10 Tools for Your Favorite Contractor

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The Nice List: Top 10 Tools for Your Favorite Contractor

An LED light stand, laser level, heavy duty tool chest, and headset with built in audio are among this year's hottest gift ideas

December 19, 2016
Dewalt miter saw kit

Looking for a gift for your favorite pro? Whether you want to capitalize on holiday savings, provide ideas for your friends and family or offer a special treat for your crew, here are 10 of the hottest gift ideas for contractors.

DEWALT FlexVolt Series: DEWALT’s groundbreaking FlexVolt line brings new levels of flexibility and power to cordless tools. FlexVolt batteries automatically modify voltage levels from 20 to 60 volts, allowing you to quickly switch the same battery from your 20V drill to your 60V circular saw. You can even combine batteries to provide 120 volts for a large tool, such as a miter saw. Best of all, the batteries are backwards compatible with DEWALT’s popular 20V MAX tools, bringing improved power and runtime to the tools already in your toolbox.  

Makita 18V LXT Lithium-Ion Sub-Compact Brushless Cordless 2-Piece Combo Kit ($229): Makita’s lightweight combination kit – featuring an impact driver and lightweight driver-drill - helps pros accomplish more with less strain. The tools’ compact designs allow faster drilling, driving and fastening in normally hard-to-reach locations. Plus, each tool weighs less than 2.8 pounds, helping reduce the strain on your arms.

Milwaukee M18 Cordless Rocket LED Stand Light ($249): Brighten up any job site with this industrial-designed lighting solution that sets up in five seconds and runs on Milwaukee’s M18 batteries. Pros can select from three output modes to optimize brightness (up to 2,000 Lumens) and run time for their unique work needs.

3M WorkTunes Hearing Protector ($39.97): For the pro who likes to jam out on the job site, 3M’s new multi-functional headset provides both entertainment and safety. The headset includes integrated AM/FM radio and MP3 device compatibility to allow uninterrupted music access during loud projects, with a soft-padded design comfortably reducing noise exposure by up to 24 decibels.

Bosch Self-Leveling Cross-Line Laser Level ($74.97): Obtain more precise measurements quickly with Bosch’s digital level, which provides cross-line laser projections visible from up to 30 feet away. The laser level features a lightweight design and comes with a belt pouch for easy transportation.

Husky 12 Ft. Ratchet Tie Down ($13.87): Secure your cargo more easily with Husky’s industrial-strength tie downs. These fasteners feature a durable break strength of 1,500 pounds, weather-resistant design and a quick and easy thumb release.

RYOBI 18 Volt ONE+ Quiet Strike Pulse Driver ($99): Ryobi’s new drill is an excellent choice for the house. This new drill creates 50 percent less noise than a typical impact driver and features tri-beam LED lights to help illuminate dark spaces.

Husky 52 In. Tool Chest/Cabinet ($698): If your collection of tools is outgrowing your storage, check out Husky’s new heavy duty chest/cabinet. It features 18 reinforced drawers that can hold up to 2,500 pounds, eight electrical outlets, four USB ports, a magnetic wall and even a bottle cap opener.

Husky 10 Gallon Portable Air Compressor ($149): For projects ranging from light-duty automotive tasks to trim and finish applications, this portable compressor is a breath of fresh air. Pros can quickly achieve a max of 135 PSI through a long-life, oil-lubricated direct drive pump.

Milwaukee 40-Piece Shockwave Impact Duty Driver Bit Set ($19.97): Consider equipping your top-of-the-line power tools with the best bits available. Milwaukee’s durable, all-inclusive 40-piece set provides 30-times longer life and can absorb three times more torque than other impact bits, while also reducing stripping and wobble risks.

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Brock and his team work to improve the in-store pro customer experience. This includes improvements to companies’ products and services offerings, building strong relationships with pro customers, training, communication and driving overall value. Brock joined The Home Depot in 1989, previously holding roles as sales associate, assistant store manager, store manager, district manager and regional services manager.

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