8 great Gifts for the DIY Dad
Father’s Day is rapidly approaching, so now’s the time to find the perfect gift for your dad. He probably already has enough neckties, coffee mugs and “World’s No. 1 Dad” t-shirts, so why not show your love by getting him something he’d truly appreciate, like a new tool or accessory from WORX.
After scouring dozens of WORX products, I selected eight extra-special gifts that any dad would love to own. The diverse collection includes portable power tools, lawn-and-garden equipment, and a few cleverly designed accessories. I’m sure you’ll find just the right gift for your DIY dad.
The WORX Switchdriver (Item WX176L) is a cordless drill/driver that’s unlike any drill your dad has ever seen. Its two rotating chucks provide a quick and effortless way to switch back and forth between drilling holes and driving screws—without changing bits.
The chucks accept standard ¼-in.-shank bits, so they can be used to hold one drill bit and one screw-driving bit, two different drill bits, or two different screw-driving bits. To switch back and forth, simply press the red button above the trigger and rotate the chuck 180° in either direction.
The Switchdriver has a variable-speed, two-speed motor that’s powered by a 20-volt lithium-ion battery, which produces an impressive 265 in.-lbs. of torque. It also features a compact design for use in confined areas, cushioned over-molded grip, and built-in LED work light.
The Switchdriver comes complete with two 20-volt, 1.5-amp-hour lithium-ion batteries; a five-hour battery charger; two twist-drill bits (1/8 in. and 3/32 in.) and one No. 2 Phillips screwdriver bit.
If dad uses a garden hose to water plants and wash cars, then he’s going to love the WORX Hydroshot Portable Power Cleaner (Item WO7076). The Hydroshot is a high-pressure sprayer that’s powered by a 20-volt battery, which delivers five times more water pressure than a typical garden hose.
The two-speed motor produces water pressure between 58 and 94 PSI on low speed for garden watering, and 200 to 320 PSI on high speed for power cleaning. The Hydroshot can be connected to a garden hose or—and this is the really cool part—attach its 20-ft.-long siphon hose and draw fresh water directly from a bucket, pool, lake, even the kitchen sink.
The Hydroshot provides a quick, easy way to wash cars, trucks, boats, RVs, and motorcycles. It’s also great for washing windows, rinsing house siding, power-cleaning fences, decks, patios, outdoor furniture, and much more. And the adjustable nozzle allows watering delicate plants without causing any damage.
The Hydroshot Portable Power Cleaner (about $170) comes with two 20-volt batteries, a battery charger, spray wand, 20-ft. siphon hose, multi-spray nozzle, mesh carrying bag, and bottle-cap connector that attaches to a two-liter soda bottle for siphoning liquid soap directly into Hydroshot’s pressurized water stream.
Cordless Portable Vac
This curiously looking cube is a compact, cordless vacuum that’s specifically designed for cleaning cramped spaces in and around the home, garage, workshop and especially inside cars, trucks, boats and recreational vehicles. It’s also great for quickly removing dust and dirt from computer keyboards, kitchen surfaces, windowsills, sliding-door tracks and anywhere else you need to pick up dry spills.
The WORX Portable Vacuum (Item WX030L) has a two-speed motor and is powered by a 20-volt lithium-ion battery. This lightweight, go-anywhere vac features a flexible hose that extends to 4 ft., upholstery brush attachment, narrow crevice tool, and removable/washable HEPA filter. And the debris container releases with the push of a button for easy emptying.
Give your dad his very own personal charging station with the WORX USB Charger Adapter (Item WA3769). This take-anywhere portable device snaps onto a WORX lithium-ion tool battery, and can then be used to recharge small electronics, including cell phones, laptops and tablets.
The adapter has two USB ports that accept Type A cables, which are commonly used to charge iPhones and Android phones. And it’s compatible with three sizes of WORX 20-volt Power Share batteries: 1.5, 2.0 and 4.0 amp-hour batteries. (Batteries sold separately.) The WORX USB Battery Adapter ($20) is constructed of high-impact nylon resin, and has an output of 5 volts and 2.1 amps.
Make yard work easier for your dad with the WORX 3-in-1 Trivac (Item WG512). This versatile tool is a powerful leaf blower that quickly converts to a mulching yard vacuum at the flip of a switch.
It’s powered by a two-speed, 12-amp electric motor that delivers an impressive air volume capacity of 600 CFM. As a leaf blower, the Trivac has more than enough power to blast away wet, matted leaves, but it’s also useful for blowing dust and debris out of garages and sheds, and off of patios, decks, driveways and sidewalks. And when shifted to mulching mode, the Trivac’s high-speed metal impeller has an impressive 16:1 ratio, meaning it shreds 16 bags of leaves and twigs into just one bag!
The WORX Trivac ($100) comes with a 1.2-bushel collection bag, as shown below. Or, get the optional WORX LeafPro Universal Collection System (WA4057, $45), and blow mulched lawn debris directly into a trashcan.
Cordless Detail Sander
There’s a lot your dad will love about the WORX Detail Sander (Item WX822L). First, unlike most orbital sanders, this one’s cordless, so it’s convenient to use anywhere. It’s powered by a 20-volt lithium-ion battery that drives the sander at 12,000 orbits per minute.
Plus, the WORX Detail Sander is extremely versatile. It can be used to smooth large, flat surfaces, but because of its pointed tip, it’s also great for sanding in corners of drawers, cabinets and boxes. But that’s not all: Snap on the narrow sanding finger, and sand in tight spaces where no other sanding can reach, as shown below.
The WORX Detail Sander ($90) comes with one 20-volt lithium-ion battery, battery charger, sanding finger attachment, six hook-and-loop abrasive sheets, micro-filter dust-collection bag, an adapter for attaching to a vacuum and soft-sided storage bag.
40-volt Mulching Lawnmower
Make lawn mowing much less laborious by giving dad the WORX 40-volt Lawnmower (Item WG743). This 17-in.-wide push mower is powered by two high-capacity 20-volt, 4.0 amp-hour lithium-ion batteries. As a result, there’s no gas or motor oil to mess with, no pull cord to yank, and it’s super quiet and clean, exhausting no noxious fumes. And on a single charge, the mower can cut approximately 1/8 of an acre, that’s nearly 5,500 square feet of grass!
The mower features the WORX exclusive IntelliCut torque on-demand technology, which monitors the mower in real time, increasing cutting power when needed, so it doesn’t bog down when mowing tall grass. Other features include a no-rust nylon-resin mowing deck, single-lever deck height adjustment, comfort-grip handle, 8½-in.-dia. rear wheels for enhance maneuverability, rear-mounted collection bag with “bag full” indicator, and collapsible handle for easy storage.The WORX 40-volt Lawnmower ($300) is available at Amazon.
Storage Step Stool
The cleverly designed WORX Storage Step Stool (Item WA4214) is a combination step stool and toolbox, designed to help keep dad organized while lending a step up on his home-improvement projects.
The 13-in.-high stool is made of super-tough nylon resin, and has a hinged lid that conceals an extra-deep tool-storage compartment. And beneath the compartment is a pullout drawer that’s perfect for storing hand tools, drill bits and other small parts. The toolbox can hold up to 28 lbs. of tools and accessories.
The Storage Step Stool ($40) is also useful for reaching into upper kitchen cabinets and closets, and when painting around windows and doors. Outside the home, dad can use the stool when cleaning and detailing his car, truck or SUV.
The stool features a metal snap-lock toolbox clasp, four sturdy rubber feet, fold-flat handle, and slip-resistant surface for sure footing.