Impact drivers pack a powerful punch but often leave behind a trail of stripped screws and split boards. The 18V LXDT06Z Quick-Shift Mode 3-Speed Impact Driver by Makita automatically reduces impact force and rotation speed in the final seconds of driving for a level of control you'd otherwise look for in a less powerful drill/driver. About $180 from makitausa.com | thisoldhouse.com
CRAFTSMAN LIGHTED PLIERS Odds are if you're having to bust out the pliers, you're working on something in a poorly-lit area. Which is why these Craftsman Lighted Pliers ($30) are such a smart idea. Long nose and diagonal models are included in the set, and both feature a center hub that boasts a sealed LED module that provides plenty enough light to get the job done while keeping all the electronics safe from water, moisture, or stray oil sprays.
DEWALT 1-3/4 HP Fixed Base / Plunge Router Combo Kit