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Amazon Prime Day is upon us, and that means there are plenty of eye-popping deals on tools from some of the best hardware brands, including DeWalt, Milwaukee, Craftsman, and Black+Decker. Amazon has been running early Prime Day deals with discounts as steep as 70 percent off on hand tools, power tools, and workshop accessories. Based on what we’ve seen, Prime Day 2023 is the ideal time to shop if you’re looking to expand your toolkit.

There are tons of incentives over the course of this massive two-day sale, which technically runs July 11 and 12, though finding the best tool deals among them may be a dizzying task. That’s where we come in. We’ve culled the pretenders from the real savings to give you the download on which tools are worth your money, even on discount.

The Expert: I’m a freelance writer who has written about landscaping, home improvement, gardening, and home security for publications like Popular Mechanics, Bob Vila, Popular Science, U.S. News and World Report, Switchful, and Futurism. Over the years, I’ve hand-tested and reviewed dozens of different tools, ranging from socket sets to cordless drills to angle grinders, from various top tool brands.

What to Consider

How to Find a Good Deal

Not every product on sale for Prime Day is actually a good deal. Some sellers employ devious practices to make their deals look better than they are, like raising the price of a product a few weeks before Prime Day, then “slashing” it back to a small discount, making a 10 percent discount look like 30 percent off.

So, how do you separate the wheat from the chaff amid chaotic Prime Day shopping? I recommend using a shopping assistant browser extension such as Honey or Camel Camel Camel. These helpful price trackers can show you how the price of a product has changed over time and alert you if it’s cheaper at another retailer. The latter feature is especially useful given that major tool retailers, including Home Depot and Lowe’s, tend to launch their own sales to compete with Prime Day.

What to Look For

It’s hard to know exactly what deals you can expect when Amazon Prime Day’s virtual doors open at 3 a.m. on July 11. As with past years, many of our favorite tools brands—including Bosch, DeWalt, WorkPro, Milwaukee, Black+Decker, Craftsman, and Greenworks, to name several—are not shy about offering major discounts.

Expect to find great deals on corded and cordless power tools, including drills, impact drivers, and circular saws. Sale prices on hand tools, such as socket sets and home tool kits, should also be abundant as well. Check Amazon regularly once the sale starts: You never know when a limited-time “Lightning Deal” will pop up with a great price on something you want.

If you’re keeping your fingers crossed for some specific tools to drop dramatically in price on Prime Day, then you’ll want to track them by logging into your Prime account and adding the products to your Wish List. You can also place them in your shopping cart or mark them as “Save for Later” to get alerts when prices drop.

Power Tool Deals

On Sale
ROS20VSC 2.5 Amp 5-Inch Palm Sander
Bosch ROS20VSC 2.5 Amp 5-Inch Palm Sander
Now 24% Off
$58 at Amazon

Not everyone loves sanding. While you may not be able to avoid this tedious step when working with wood, this sander from Bosch will make it easier. This disc sander comes equipped with variable speed controls and‌ a small filtration system that collects all the saw dust you’ll be creating with it. And, thanks to its discounted price, you also won’t have to fork over a lot for it.

On Sale
20V Max Cordless Drill and Impact Driver
Dewalt 20V Max Cordless Drill and Impact Driver
Now 46% Off

DeWalt’s offering an incredible price on a combination impact driver and cordless drill kit that packs a heck of a one-two punch. The drill can reach speeds of up to 1,500 RPM, allowing you to make quick work of projects that require a lot of fasteners, while the impact driver comes equipped with enough torque to drive 3-inch screws through two 2x4s. Two 20-volt batteries and a charger accompany this kit, along with a handy canvas storage bag that’s large enough to store the tools, batteries, and charger. It also has side pockets for bits.

On Sale
5080-01 13-Amp Circular Saw
Skil 5080-01 13-Amp Circular Saw
Now 14% Off

Skil has long been renowned for its circular saw, which should come as little surprise given that the company invented the tool more than 100 years ago. This starter model is a fine choice for anyone cutting their teeth in the world of DIY home improvement. It’s lightweight, making it easier to handle than other circular saws, but still allows you to cut to a depth of 2 3⁄8 of an inch and bevel up to 51 degrees.

On Sale
Oscillating Tool Cordless Kit
Craftsman Oscillating Tool Cordless Kit
Now 41% Off

Craftsman’s cordless 20-volt oscillating tool kit comes with a varied selection of attachments, including wood and metal blades, a scraper, and a sanding platen. It’s a great jack-of-all-trades tool to keep around. The kit includes a battery and charger, plus a canvas tote bag to store all of its tools and attachments to boot.

On Sale
12V Max Cordless 2-Tool 1/4 in. Hex Pocket Drill/Driver and 1/4 in. Impact Driver Combo Kit
Bosch 12V Max Cordless 2-Tool 1/4 in. Hex Pocket Drill/Driver and 1/4 in. Impact Driver Combo Kit
Now 31% Off

Bosch has a reputation for making quality tools that cost less than similar options from the elite brands of the tool industry. Add a Prime Day incentive on top of that, and you get an exceptional deal.

This cordless tool combo pack comes with a pocket driver and an impact driver. I love these because they’re more compact than most cordless drills, making them easy to wield and fit into tight spaces. In addition to the two tools, the kit comes with two batteries, a charger, and a handy carrying case.

Hand Tool Deals

On Sale
General Household Toolset
Apollo Tools General Household Toolset
Now 27% Off

If you live in an apartment or only plan on tackling odd jobs around the house, then you don’t need a bulky 200-piece tool set. This 39-piece kit will do just fine. It comes with enough hand tools to take on small jobs, like hanging a picture, removing the battery cover on a toy, or even trading out a light switch with a dimmer switch. Its compact size and molded case make it easy to store in a utility drawer or closet.

On Sale
Mechanics Tool Set
Dewalt Mechanics Tool Set
Now 48% Off

The price on this DeWalt mechanics tool set may be enough to make a gearhead drool. The 192-piece set features 1/4-inch, 3/8-inch, and 1/2-inch ratchets, plus standard and deep sockets that range from a tiny 5/32-inch up to 9/16-inch in SAE sizes, and 4mm to 14mm in metric sizes. There’s also a smorgasbord of extenders and flexible joints that make it easier to work inside the cozy confines of a car engine, not to mention a robust selection of socket screwdriver bits.

On Sale
8-inch Pro Series Cutting Pliers
Crescent 8-inch Pro Series Cutting Pliers
Now 49% Off

These aren’t any ordinary wire cutters. This pair of Crescent cutting pliers have compound action, which gives you twice the cutting power. Plus, their rubberized ergonomic grips make them easier to squeeze when you need to apply some pressure and cut through thick wiring. With this deal, they also go easier on your wallet.

Fiberglass Hammer
Irwin Fiberglass Hammer

You’d be hard-pressed to find a better deal on this workshop staple from one of the better quality brands in hand tools. This 16-ounce claw hammer features an ergonomic rubberized handle, an alloy steel head, and vibration-reducing fiberglass construction, so you’ll drive in nails faster and feel it less while you’re doing it. Take advantage of this deal. Your arm will thank you.

Battery Deals

On Sale
20V Max XR Battery, 5 Ah, 2-Pack
DeWalt 20V Max XR Battery, 5 Ah, 2-Pack
Now 49% Off

Upgrade the battery life of your DeWalt cordless tools by more than double with these larger 5Ah batteries, which are compatible with DeWalt’s family of 20V/60V cordless tools and chargers. In addition to lasting longer, they come equipped with a three-LED fuel gauge that lets you know how much charge you have left.

M18 Red Lithium-Ion Battery Pack
Milwaukee M18 Red Lithium-Ion Battery Pack
Now 67% Off

Milwaukee’s M18 batteries provide some of the longest run time of any cordless tools on the market but they typically come with a high price tag. That’s why this deal from Milwaukee is such a steal. This Red Lithium 18-volt battery, which is compatible with Milwaukee cordless tools and chargers, boasts a whopping 8.0Ah capacity. That gives you plenty of juice to handle a full day of work or more depending on what tool it’s powering up.

PRO 80V 2.0Ah Lithium Ion Battery
Greenworks PRO 80V 2.0Ah Lithium Ion Battery
Now 16% Off

If you don’t want your tree trimming and lawn mowing efforts to come to a halt while you wait for your Greenworks mower or chainsaw battery to recharge, then you should invest in an extra battery. This 80-volt battery has enough juice to keep those power-hungry yard machines going. And, with this Prime Day deal, you won’t have to empty your wallet to add it to your Greenworks arsenal.

18V Core18V Lithium-Ion 8.0 Ah Battery 2-Pack
Bosch 18V Core18V Lithium-Ion 8.0 Ah Battery 2-Pack

Boost the run time of your Bosch cordless tools by taking advantage of this great deal on Bosch’s most powerful lithium-ion batteries. This pair packs a punch with two 8.0Ah batteries, which offer 50-percent more run time and 75-percent more power than Bosch’s smaller 4.0 Ah batteries. They also come equipped with a handy LED battery indicator, so you always know how much charge you have left.

More Prime Day Tool Deals

2.5 Gallon Wet/Dry Shop Vac
Armor All 2.5 Gallon Wet/Dry Shop Vac

While we may associate Armor All with cleaning cars, the brand also makes a great shop vacuum. With its 2-horsepower motor, this 2.5 gallon wet/dry vac will suck all the saw dust and debris sitting around your workshop floor. (It’ll do a number on dirt and crumbs between the seats in your car, too.) It comes with a wide selection of attachments for handling various types of jobs, including a brush, crevice tool, blower nozzle, and detail brush.

On Sale
DPG82-11C Concealer Anti-Fog Safety Goggles
DeWalt DPG82-11C Concealer Anti-Fog Safety Goggles
Now 50% Off

There's arguably no more important tool in your workshop than your safety eyewear. Protecting your peepers is crucial–you only get two of them, after all–yet most of us grab the cheapest pair out there. With its anti-fog scratch-resistant lens and a rubber molding that comfortably conforms to your face, these DeWalt goggles are comfortable, offer great eye protection, and currently cost about as much as the cheap ones.

JawHorse Portable Support Station
Rockwell JawHorse Portable Support Station

When it’s time to cut a large sheet of plywood, you can ask around for an extra pair of hands for help, or you can take advantage of this deal on Rockwell’s JawHorse. This hybrid sawhorse-clamp can apply up to 2,200-pounds of pressure, while holding bulky objects weighing up to 600 pounds. The clamp is even foot activated so you can load workpieces into its jaws yourself. This way, you can paint, sand, saw, or do whatever else you need to do without any extra help.

From: Popular Mechanics
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Tony Carrick

Tony Carrick is a full-time freelance writer who specializes in technology, home improvement, DIY, home security, and outdoor recreation. He’s tested and written about everything from home security systems to power tools to gas grills. His product guides, how-to articles, and feature stories can be found in such publications as Bob Vila, Angi, U.S. News and World Report, Field & Stream, Futurism, and Switchful. When Tony isn’t writing, he can be found working on his latest home improvement effort at his home in North Carolina.