I am looking for ideas on Xmas gifts for my husband. He does a lot of
woodworking and seems to have most tools. Over the years, this newsgroup
has provided me with lots of great ideas and hints for tools that I can
surprise him with. I can't thank you all enough for the help. And, once
again, I'm back here looking for your expertise and thoughts.
I got him an air compressor about 15 years ago (Sears Craftsman - 5 HP,
I think). It still works great and he uses it frequently. Bu I've
noticed commercials for newer portable types of compressors that can be
easily carried about the house and yard. Hubby likes to do most of his
own "fix-it" type stuff so I thought this might be a nice tool for him.
Are these smaller portable units any good? I saw a Home Depot model
called Husky. Costs about $100 and says it has 135 PSI. Is that good?
Are there better lightweight models out there that can do a decent job?
Or is the heavy duty compressor the best way to go.
If you have any other ideas for good Xmas gifts - please share. Like I
mentioned before - he has about most tools - at least it sure looks like
he does. But if there are any new, unique, or truly-improved tools, I'd
Thanks so much for any help you provide - this newsgroup is the only way
I have to be able to surprise my husband with tool toys that he really
likes, needs, or wants.
If he is anything like me, the color or wheel diameter might matter.. ;~)
It does not really matter. But, you may do better by getting him a gift
certificate to his favorite tool store and that way he gets the exact one he
would normally choose.
I went on a job the other day and a really experienced carpenter had a
really small compressor from Home Depot. It is probably the same one. Of
course, all day long he was being kidded about the "girly" compressor, but
it handled two trim nailers well, and the plus part, the compressor probably
weighed around 20 pounds. If you are doing continuous nailing, or using a
high volume tool like an air wrench, it won't work, but for most small
projects, it should work well. In fact, although I have 3 compressors, the
next time I have to go on-site and do some nailing, I am going to buy a
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