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UPDATE: Best Black Friday Tools: What to Buy at Home Depot, Sears, and more

Harbor Freight to offer the deepest discounts; Lowe's is the destination for appliances; Home Depot's small tool deals can't be beat; and Sears covers your yard.

While many shoppers associate Black Friday with consumer electronics, the holiday is also one of the best time to buy tools, home appliances, and other hardware. But not all deals are created equal. So whether you're shopping for a diehard do-it-yourselfer or just need to make a few home repairs of your own, take a gander through our breakdown of what hardware stores and deals will be worth your time this Black Friday.

Harbor Freight: Deepest Discounts on Hardware and Tools

For down 'n dirty carpentry tools, Harbor Freight currently leads the pack with the best discounts on everything related to home repair. The retailer is offering deals on polishers/sanders, pneumatic staplers, and workbenches to name a few items.

Lowe's: A Bigger Focus on Home Appliances

If you prefer to replace rather than repair, Lowe's Black Friday ad hones in on various indoor and outdoor home appliances. From BBQ grills to patio heaters, below are some deals that stood out to us the most.
  • 25% off Dyson Floor Care
    It's not the best discount we've seen on Dyson appliances (Walmart holds the crown on that after taking 27% off Dyson items in May), but Lowe's Dyson sale still receives honorable mention for offering the second-biggest percent off discount we've seen on Dyson items this year. Of note, Home Depot will also cut 25% off a selection of Dyson vacuums, too.

  • Whalen Storage Java 3-Piece Dining Set for $109
    When it comes to dining sets, Target, Walmart, and Sears generally offer the best discounts. This deal, however, beats all three for the title of cheapest ever 3-piece dining set.

  • DeWalt 80-Piece Drilling/Driving Set with Bag for $20
    While Lowe's offers a lot of deals on appliances, there are some hardware deals worth mentioning. For instance, this DeWalt 80-piece drilling/driving set beats our Editors' Choice mention of a similar set we saw in mid-October by $5. It's also the cheapest 80-piece set of its kind we've seen.

  • Garden Treasures 41,000-BTU Propane Patio Heater for $99
    Finding patio heaters of this size at this price point isn't easy. However, this limited-quantity deal is the second-best we've seen for this category. (For a lower price on a similar heater, check out Ace Hardware below.)

Ace Hardware: The Most Deals, But Not Always the Best

Ace Hardware offers more hardware deals than Lowe's and Harbor Freight combined. That said, not all of its discounts are worth your time, so tread carefully and make sure to comparison shop.
  • $50 in Ace Rewards Points with $500+ Ace Rewards Visa Purchase
  • Retailers will once again use social media to create buzz around their sales this holiday season, but this Black Friday we predict scoring deals will be different: it'll take more than just "Liking" a Facebook page to score the best deals. Case in point, this deal from Ace Hardware, which offers $50 in Ace Reward points for members who pay with their Ace Rewards Visa card only.

  • 7.5-Ft. 40,000-BTU Patio Heater with Adjustable Table for $80
    Though it throws out slightly fewer BTUs, this patio heater beats Lowe's and Home Depot's offerings by a comfortable $19. Plus, to date it's the cheapest 40,000-BTU heater we've ever seen.

  • 50% off 1 Regularly-Priced Item Under $30
  • Although it hasn't been confirmed, there's a good chance this rumored discount will come to fruition since Ace Hardware offered this same promotion last year. That would make this coupon an Editors' Choice deal for the second consecutive year.

Home Depot: Big Savings on Small Tools

Though Home Depot's sale flyer is huge, there are very few deals in it that we haven't seen before — and at better prices, either in other merchants' Black Friday ads, or throughout the year. However, Home Depot seems to shine in its smaller tool offering, which may not be gas-powered, but they'll get the job done.
  • HDX 71-Piece Screwdriver Set for $9.88
    Every Black Friday, we like to see who is going to offer the biggest tool sets. This year, the crown goes to Home Depot for its impressive 71-piece kit. At $0.014/tool, it's certainly an incredible Black Friday price, but it's also the best price we've ever seen for any similarly size screwdriver set.

  • Husky 235-Piece Mechanics Tool Set for $99
    Not only is this the best mechanic's set on offer so far this Black Friday, it's also a historically good deal: similarly sized and priced sets just don't come around that often.

  • Dremel 200 Series 2-Speed Rotary Tool Kit with 15-Piece Accessory Kit for $29.97
    The best Black Friday Dremel offer this year is also a current low by $15. On top of that, we just saw one for $40 earlier this month. In fact, this Black Friday mention ties a September deal as the lowest we've seen for any Dremel.

Kmart: Great Saw Deals Were Seen

Despite not being known for their tool deals, we found that Kmart really knew how to price a saw for sale on Black Friday.
  • Craftsman Reciprocating Saw for $30
    Though this is the exact same deal that Sears (who also owns Kmart, don't you know!) had on offer last Black Friday and it's the best Black Friday price for any reciprocating saw this year, we did see this same tool for $3 less in October. However, outside of that October mention, these types of saws usually only dip as low as $40 when on sale, so this is a good one to grab. (Just grab it at the correct end or you won't be able to count to 10 anymore.)

  • Craftsman Evolv 18780 Circular Saw for $30
    We saw this same saw for $3 less last December, but not anywhere near as low since then, so this may be its once-a-year price! It's also the lowest price any retailer is offering on sale during Black Friday by $40.

Sears: For the Yard & Car Enthusiast

If you're the type to yell at things to "get off your lawn" (snow, leaves, etc.), Sears delivers the Black Friday deals for you. If you prefer hiding under your car... again: Sears.
  • Craftsman 24" Dual-Stage Snow Thrower for $500
    This deal is $50 less what we've been listing this snow thrower for in recent months, and ranks as the lowest price we've ever seen for this model. Sure, we have posted deals on smaller throwers with narrower path-clearing sizes for much less, but when it's cold out do you really want to take twice as many trips to get your walk clean? There's cocoa inside!

  • Craftsman 9-Amp Electric Blower for $20
    Tied with a deal from several days ago (maybe Sears got too excited and couldn't wait to put it on sale for Black Friday?) as the absolute lowest total price we've seen for any leaf blower, this guy is cheap enough that you can buy several and test if you can "Rocketeer" around your yard.

  • Craftsman 36" Creeper for $20
    Not only is this mechanic tool the lowest total price we could find for a creeper since Minecraft last December, when it was $2 less. Even if you're not into cars: WHEEEE!, right?

If any more smokin' hot tool deals pop up, in the next couple of days, we'll update this post, so come on back! Also, be sure to check out all of our Black Friday deals where you'll find more ad analyses as the ads are released.

Media Editor

Jeff Somogyi is the DealNews Media Editor. Since working here he's written deals, features, promotional and newsletter copy, blog posts, as well as scripts for our videos. Follow him on Google+, Twitter at @sommerjam or his blog.
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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