5 Handy Tools To Have in The Shop

This post is sponsored by The Home Depot.
Cristina Garay cutting throw wood with Makita cordless circular saw /Diablo tools blade - outdoors

Organizing tools seems like a job that has no end. Last week I was at it once again! Organizing all the mess I had in the garage and getting it ready for my next projects was, in itself, a big win, but I also took the time to take pics of these five tools that I wanted to highlight and recommend to you on this post.

Sometimes we don't even know there's a tool for certain job and on the other hand, there're so many other tools that we know exist and we use them all the time, but we usually don't have idea of all the capabilities packed in those tools.
Well, I'm here highlighting these five tools. Some might be new to you, while for others, you might find interesting facts you didn't know about. They all are wonderful tools that you or the handy person in your life might love to have in their collection.

Let's check them out:

1. BOSCH GLM 50 CX Laser Measure

If you're still taking measurements solely with a measure tape, think again! 

Laser measures are here and they are, like this Bosch GLM 50, so accurate and packed with features!

Bosch GLM 50 Laser meassure

A few of the Bosch GLM 50 Laser Measure are:
  • Real time measurement - Length, area and volume measurement with accuracy of 1/16 in.
  • Indirect measurement -  for measurements that can't be measure directly because an obstacle is obstructing the laser beam.
  • Stake out function - Used to repeatedly measure a predefined length.
  • Wall surface measurement - Used to determine the sum of several individual surfaces which all have same height. Like when you want to determine the surface area of many walls to be painted in order to know how much paint to buy.
  • Memory function - The last 30 measurements are automatically stored.
  • Level function.

Bosch GLM 50 CX level feature

  • The Bosch GLM 50 CX offers a backlit color display with large numbers to easily see measurements, letters and words to provide simplicity when using its array of features.
  • Default real time measurement shows distances move in relation to target
  • The GLM 50 CX offers Bluetooth functionality, so you can digitally transfer measurements to a smatphone or tablet.
  • Overall range is 165-ft.
  • Bluetooth functionality.
  • Free GLM measure and document app allows you to overlay your measurements onto photos.
  • Handy pocket-size design.

Bosch GLM 50 CX Laser Measure -


2. RYOBI 18-Volt ONE+ Cordless Bolt Cutters

If you're constantly reaching out to your 14" manual bolt cutters, then, you need this! The new Ryobi CORDLESS bolt cutters, which means cutting through those bolts is going to be much easier for now on.
Ryobi Cordless bolt cutters

The Ryobi 18-Volt Cordless bolt cutters is the tool you need when cutting materials like chains, locks, bolts, fencing and wire shelving up to 3/8 in. diameter with up to 200 cuts per charge using a Ryobi high capacity LITHIUM+ Battery.

Here are some more of its features:
  • They're part of the Ryobi ONE+ family of over 125 tools
  • Innovative design to minimize hand and arm fatigue compared to manual bolt cutter
  • Separated forward and reverse buttons for precision cutting control and repetitive cuts
  • Clear sight line to cut are for optimal visibility.
  • Hot forged steel jaws and hardened steel mechanism for maximum durability.



Here's a little video of me using the Ryobi Cordless Bolt Cutters:


3. Husky Multi-Use LED Utility Lights

I was one of those who laughed at someone owning utility lights (the husband). Well, that was until I had to use them because the cell phone light was not enough.

Yes, the cellphone light is the one I use for many tasks, but when I'm doing something that requires hands on action and really bad light setting, it's always good to have a good set of utility lights so you can concentrate on the problem you're trying to fix not how to hold that phone!

I used them here when adding insulation to the walls on the attic behind the bathroom.

  • Great for working on dark, tight spaces.
  • Bright LED light to illuminate really well dark spaces.
  • Hands free use.
  • High and low light illumination.
  • Lifetime warranty with no questions, no receipt required.

200-Lumen Multi-Use LED Utility Light  |  300-Lumen LED Dual Beam Umbrakeable HeadLight  |  

200-Lumen Multi Use LED Clip Light



  • 300 lumens with 3 Modes: Spot + Flood, Spot, Flood;
  • Handles a 30' drop and is waterproof to 1m;
  • Lifetime Warranty.


  • 200 Lumens with 3AAA Batteries included and a 3Hr runtime;
  • High and Low modes;
  • Can handle a 3m drop and has a magnetic back along with an integrated hook for versatility.


  • 200 lumens with 3 AAA batteries included;
  • High & Low settings;
  • Handy belt clip/kickstand option;
  • Includes a handy magnetic back great for electrical boxes and car hoods


4. DIABLO TOOLS - Blades

If you have a circular saw or reciprocating saw, most probably you have the blades to use with each of these tools.  And you know that you need to use the specific blade for the kind of material you want to cut through.
However, you might not know that how each blade is constructed plays a big roll in how well it performs.

Well, let me show you this small video, where Diablo blades were put to the test against their competitor's:

The point is, yes, the blade make a huge difference when cutting through any material.


Diablo 6-1/2 x 60T Ultra Finish Saw Blade
Diablo 6-1/2 x 24T Demo Demon Saw Blade
Diablo 7-1/4 in. x 48-Teeth Steel Demon Ferrous Metal Cutting Saw Blade
Diablo 9 in. 9 TPI Demo Demon Carbide General Purpose Reciprocating Saw Blade
Diablo 9 in. Carbide Pruning and Clean Wood Cutting Reciprocating Saw Blade
Diablo 9 in. 10 TPI Steel Demon Carbide Medium Metal Cutting Reciprocating Saw Blade



5. RIDGID 18-Volt Cordless Mini Bluetooth Radio with Radio App

Finally this one, not exactly a tool and yes, a tool to keep us happy while we work! :) 
Well, I keep on arguing with my husband because he thinks this is his radio, he takes it with him to the basement where he works. :/  

I love this radio, it's small, it doesn't take much space and I can bring it with me to wherever I want to.

And here are another features I like a lot:

Ridgid radio app compatible pair your smartphone to stream music, set job site alarms and alerts and control the radio remotely through the Ridgid radio app using bluetooth wireless technology.
USB charging and aux in connection for charging your devices or smartphone on jobsite. MP3 compatible.
Weather resistant protects radio from job site conditions.
Fold-down rotatable antenna.
Backed by the Ridgid Lifetime Service Agreement: Free parts, free service for life with registration.



Five tools that will make your life easier and happier!


Bosch laser measure, Husky utility LED lights, Ryobi bolt cutters, Ridgid radio, Diablo Tools blades



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