Home improvement projects are great fun to reflect upon when they are complete.
But they require a lot of planning and tools, and shopping for your home improvement projects can be overwhelming with all the choices, many of which look the same.
Through our research, we’ve compiled this list of our favorite home improvement products we think every DIY-er should own. And because today is the first in Amazon’s 12 Days of Deals with spotlight deals on home improvement products, some of them are available at deep discounts.
* Prices and links reflect best deals at time of publication.
Husqvarna is one of the most well-regarded brands in the power-equipment industry, and the 460 Rancher is at the top of the heap for “all-round” chainsaws. The perfect balance of lightweight efficiency, ease of use, and raw capability, the 460 Rancher features a power output of 3.62 HP and recommends a 24-inch bar. Husqvarna’s X-TORQ feature helps lower fuel consumption and exhaust emissions as well, and the saw includes air injection, an adjustable oil pump, and a low vibration system for hours of use without less fatigue.
This saw is included in Amazon’s 12 Days of Deals sale today for $440 – that’s 14% off.
Accuracy is paramount when choosing a miter saw, because nobody likes a sloppy crosscut. With that in mind, it’s easy to see why we chose the DWS780 by Dewalt as our favorite — it offers an integrated XPS crosscut position system that provides clear cut line indication with little adjustment. It also features a powerful 15 amp, 3,800 rpm motor for all-day durability, and its Exclusive Back Fence design can handle large lumber and multiple cutting angles. For even more flexibility, the saw can even bevel from zero to 49 degrees with several positive stops.
This miter saw is on sale today for $499 – that’s 21% off.
This powerful tool by Hitachi earns our top spot for a cordless drill that can tackle just about every home improvement task. The battery lasts and allows the drill to be more lightweight than heavier battery types, and the brushless motor ensures that this drill will be a reliable tool that gets the job done through many projects and years to come.
This drill is on sale today for $149 – that’s 17% off.
Empty batteries of the Hitachi model can be fully charged in just 45 minutes.
An air compressor should be powerful, durable, and mechanically reliable, which is why the MAC2400 by Makita is our favorite compressor on the market. Made from cast iron components, the MAC2400 is built to last, and its powerplant design reinforces that sturdiness. It features a “big bore” piston and cylinder that compress more air per stroke than the competition, resulting in lower RPMs, less noise, increased efficiency, and a longer lifespan. In addition, the twin-stacked 4.2-gallon tank sustains 130 PSI of operating pressure, meaning you can operate two tools (such as nail guns) at once.
This air compressor is on sale today for $299.99 – that’s 6% off.
A precise torque wrench can make the difference between a perfectly executed job and an unmitigated disaster. Used on cars, powered equipment, homes, and everything in between, a torque wrench is a must-have in any tool kit, and for our money, this 1/2-Inch Drive Adjustable unit from CDI is the best of the best. Sturdy and durable, the wrench has a torque range of 30 to 250 pounds, and is calibrated for dual direction. The plastic handle is comfortable to use as well, which is worth its weight in gold during a long work day.
This torque wrench is on sale today for $152 – that’s 52% off.
You might think all nail guns are the same, but when dealing with delicate trim pieces, you really need a finish nailer. Finish nailers use smaller nails with lower profiles than standard, and a top-shelf version works quickly, efficiently, and consistently. This 18-Volt cordless Dewalt model ticks all those boxes and more. Accepting of any 20-degree finish nails, the lightweight Dewalt holds up to 120 nails per magazine and features a trick nosepiece for removing jammed nails — no screwdrivers or wrenches required.
This kit is on sale today for $257, but could be included in flash sales throughout the day.