New tools from Home Depot

I have acquired some really good professional tools from Home Depot at extremely good prices. They seem to have “specials” on a regular basis. As I mentioned, I got my Milwaukee 14.4v Battery operated drill (including flashlight, extra battery, and case) for only $99. Then I got my Ridgid 18v heavy duty 1/2″ Hammer Drill (which included 18v reciprocating saw, and extra battery) for only $139. This one is regularly about $290.

I always find these “specials” in the main aisle. You do have to keep your eye open though. They are generally quickly grabbed up, and when gone they are gone. With the Ridgid drill they were out at the 1st store, I quickly went to another store to get one (that store was down to the last 2). I wish, now, that I had bought one more to give my son as a birthday present.

And now: I have been wanting a 4-1/2″ Angle grinder for about 2 years. I would regularly visit Home Depot looking for a “special” on this item. Well, the other day I was in the store and, LO & BEHOLD, they had a special on the Makita 4-1/2″ Angle Grinder where you got two of them for the price of one. So, I ended up with 2 for a grant total of $71.00, which makes them $36 each. That means I have one to give away as a birthday present to one of my sons! These are professional quality grinders (heavier duty, higher amp, higher rpm, etc). They also included a grinding wheel. You can also get cutting wheels (for concrete or metal), and a more expensive diamond blade for serious cutting. Grinding/stripping brushes & sanding disks are also available.

Anyway, it is a tool I have occasional need of but could make do without until a “steal of a deal” came up. You have to differentiate between needs vs wants and have the necessary patience for the needs. As I get older, I find myself more frequently asking myself “do I really need this?” This doesn’t just apply to material things.

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