As 2013 gets under way, the tool deals are so abundant that you won't have to hammer, saw, or drill your way through to find a great bargain. We've found one of the best-ever sales on Craftsman tools, along with all-time low prices on a Rockwell jawhorse, and a seriously high-performance flashlight. Looking for more ways to seal a deal? Be sure to check out our daily tool and hardware deals.
Craftsman Hand Tools Sale
Store: Sears Outlet
Discount: Up to 70% off
Shipping: From $6 s&h
Is It Worth It?: One of the best sales we've seen for Craftsman tools, this selection features a wide assortment of wrenches and socket tool sets, ideal for both home fix-it jobs and more complex mechanical projects. The deals for this Editors' Choice bonanza start at $5.99, and more than 50 items are on sale. A best bet is the Weldit Craftsman 338 Piece Mechanics Tool Set for $159.99 (search for "16568" to find it), a 60% savings. This kit features three quick-release ratchets with a hand reversing lever, 190 sockets, 62 wrenches, 13 drive tools, 20 screwdrivers and nutdrivers, and a lifetime warranty.
Price: $119 with free in-store pickup
Lowest By: $31
Is It Worth It?: With this Editors' Choice deal, you're getting the the lowest price we've ever seen for the Rockwell Jawhorse. And what exactly is a jawhorse, you may ask? It's basically a sawhorse with a powerful clamp attached, which makes it ideal for holding tricky items in place. This one features a clamping width of up to 37", one ton press function, steel construction, and more. A 2-year limited warranty applies.
DeWalt 10-Gallon Dust Extractor with HEPA Filter
Price: $219.99 with $17.99 s&h
Lowest By: $182
Is It Worth It?: This Editors' Choice item will bust your dust with a vengeance, and is well suited for cleaning up after sawdust, particle debris, and concrete dust extraction. Weighing 33.7 lbs., this extractor operates at 72 decibels, slightly louder than normal conversation. It features variable suction, a 9-amp motor, 10-gallon tank, 21-foot power cord, auxiliary fleece filter bag, and twist-lock hose connections.
DeWalt 4-Tool 18V Cordless Combo Kit
Price: $219 with free shipping
Lowest By: $81
Expires: January 7
Is It Worth It?: Cordless drills and power tools allow you to get into tight spaces and work freely without worrying about finding an outlet or getting tangled up in cords. This set includes a compact drill/driver, impact driver, cordless reciprocating saw, pivoting head flashlight, and DeWalt bag. Batteries take 60 minutes to recharge, and a charger is included. A 3-year warranty applies.
Fenix TK45 High Performance Flashlight
Price: $94.39 with free shipping
Lowest By: $35
Is It Worth It?: As one reviewer put it, this is not a toy flashlight. While wimpy flashlights are the bane of many a home repair honcho, this light literally shines. Available at the lowest total price we've seen, this waterproof flashlight features three LEDs, 8- to 760-lumen output, a 200-meter beam, four lighting modes, and multiple flash settings. It requires eight AA batteries (not included), has a maximum beam length of 200 meters, and can run up to two hours on its highest power setting.