No matter the size of the project or skill level required, there are tools available for every generation to succeed.
While Baby Boomers might be pros at taking on bigger projects, Gen Z is hard at work perfecting the DIY hacks that have been dominating internet culture.
Regardless of your generation, we believe you should have a personalized tool kit all your own. Ahead, a list of generationally appropriate tool combinations that--err--hit the nail on the head. (Sorry.)
Baby Boomer, Generation X, Millennial, or Gen Z—we’ll guide you to select the tools perfectly suited for you.
Baby Boomers (1946-1964)
Momentary Power Foot Switch. You’re a seasoned vet at DIY projects and home maintenance--sure--but maybe it’s time to work a little smarter, not harder? With this gadget, simply connect a foot operated pedal to your powertools and voila! Maximum power. This one’s particularly good for those who suffer from arthritis or otherwise weak or shaky hands.
eTape16 Digital Electronic Tape Measure. Tape measures are not easy to read no matter the generation. (Amiright, Millennials?) All the more for a--shall we say, well-used--pair of eyes! This gadget squashes all of your squinting struggles with a digital display. One quick glance, and you’re all set.
ToughBuilt® Thigh Stabilization Knee Pads. Sure, they’re less of a tool and more of a workwear accessory, but they still help to get the job done. Wearing proper knee pads can help to protect your knees and thighs during jobs that require you to be on the floor for extended periods--and this pair is ergonomically shaped to support you all day long!
The thigh support offers stability for easy side-to-side movement, helping to keep the knee centered, while the lower portion of the pad raises the shin off the ground, alleviating pressure on the ankles.
Generation X (1965-1980)
Big Red Rolling Creeper. That project is probably going to put you through enough--why relegate yourself to also having to lug around a heavy toolbox? Give your back a break with this rolling tool box, perfect for storing your most commonly used tools. The 360º swivel casters deliver precise movement while the 3 built-in, padded pullout drawers help to stabilize your tools for easy access.
Milwaukee Cordless Jig Saw. Wood- and metal-workers (recreational or professional), rejoice! This jig saw is cordless, making it easy to control and move about your space. Milwaukee’s “REDLINK PLUS Intelligence” assures higher blade speed than corded jig saws, while an LED light and on/off blower keep the cut line visible.
DEWALT Atomic Cordless Brushless Compact Set. Have you found yourself becoming the neighborhood repair guru--constantly keeping up on your own home and those in your community? Good on you! In our experience, a reliable drill set is critical for a variety of fix-it situations.
Both of these DEWALT drills are powered by rechargeable batteries, so you can charge one while you work with the other. This compact tool set is great for when you’re traveling from job to job--and, maybe less importantly (but probably not), it comes in a pretty slick bag.
Triton Oscillating Spindle Sander. Many Millennials have reached the stage of life where choosing an air fryer is more important than shopping for margarita mix--which also means buying a house may make more sense than renting. (Personally, even as homeowners, we’re still all about margaritas.)
If you’re a new homeowner, chances are you have some sprucing up to do around your abode. This sander is the perfect addition to your toolbox, allowing you to quickly prep tired surfaces like old floors, kitchen islands, cabinets, and so much more.
Worx Cordless Driver and Drill Kit. If you’re on the younger end of the Millennial generation, you may have recently found yourself out on your own for the first time. Sure, you can use a heavy shoe for your picture-hanging needs, but a drill kit makes it so much easier. (Not to mention, they’re great for assembling furniture--even the IKEA stuff.)
The cordless option is modern, allowing you to travel from one room to the next with ease, while the variable speed settings allow you to find your groove no matter the task.
DeWalt High Capacity Wet Tile Saw. In the spirit of home improvement, we think Millennials should invest in (or borrow...ahem) a tile saw for those bigger projects. If you’re redoing the floors in your home, a wet tile saw is a life saver. This saw from DeWalt offers easy portability as well as a cutline indicator, rigid frame, and stainless-steel rollers.
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Generation Z (1997 - Present)
RYOBI Spiral Screw Extractor. Generation Z (affectionately known as Gen Z) has become the Generation of DIY™️. From fashion to forgotten furniture, this group isn’t afraid to roll up their sleeves and get their hands dirty to make something beautiful. If you’re a Gen Z who loves to upcycle, the first tool(s) you will need at your side are these screw extractors. It’s nothing glamorous, but these accessories will come in handy when you need to take things apart to rebuild them into something better.
Leatherman Wave Plus. This full-size multi-purpose tool is great for beginners and offers 17 essential tools for completing small tasks. Cut, screw, and pull apart just about anything, anywhere with this compact, supremely versatile accessory.
Olympia Multi-Purpose Tool Set. For the Gen Z who wants it all, this set is a brilliant starter kit, with larger tools like a hammer, pliers, measuring tape, a saw, and more. Perfect for taking care of DIY projects and small tasks around your apartment or dorm, you name it--this tool set has it.