Home Depot Recommends Top Tools for Your Maintenance Team

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There are no two ways about it: your maintenance team is often the face of your apartment community. So, why not show your appreciation for the value they add to the overall operation of the property and their contribution to resident satisfaction?

The New Year is the perfect time to say a special thanks with tools that will help techs do their jobs much easier. Many can be purchased for only a few bucks and make a big impact on maintenance operations.

“The maintenance staff is vital to a property manager or group,” says Adam Swenson, a Texas-based store manager for Home Depot. “Being able to take care of them and show your appreciation at the same time with a great gift is a great way to celebrate the New Year.”

Tools that help techs stay organized

A number of new tools under $100 make great additions to your maintenance technician’s tool belt for 2017.

Staying organized and having easy access to tools enables efficient use of time while making repairs, and a couple of featured items will do just the trick. Husky offers the 12-inch Tool Bar Bag ($35) that’s water resistant and has plenty of pockets and compartments to keep things organized. Klein Tools also has the durable 7.25-inch Tradesman Pro Organizer Backpack ($90) with 35 pockets.

Husky’s 6-in-1 Multi-Function Pliers ($14.97) and 90 Lumens 2AA LED Unbreakable Flashlight ($13.97), plus Milwaukee’s Shockwave Impact Duty Driver Bit Set ($19.97), are small, inexpensive gifts that fit nicely into either storage system and provide necessary tools anytime.

Bosch’s Self Leveling Cross Line Laser ($74.97) is a small, handy device that makes a cross-line projection that can be used for a wide array of leveling and aligning. The laser lines are visible up to 30 feet.

For about $50, the Ryobi ONE+ LED Workbench Light is an easy, quick source of light for repairs back in the shop. The light has up to nine hours of run time and a 270° rotating arm, plus produces more than 950 Lumens to illuminate large work spaces. The light runs cooler than halogen or incandescent lights.

For those special maintenance techs

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Image via The Home Depot

Power tools make a larger statement of appreciation while outfitting maintenance techs with more efficient tools. New battery technology is powering tools and lights longer so work can be done with fewer interruptions.

Milwaukee and DeWalt each offer new drills and drivers that perform faster and longer for around $400 each. Both have power, torque and stamina that rival electric tools, Swenson says.

“The Milwaukee M-18 Cordless/Brushless Hammer Drill/Impact Drivers comes with an amazing name and an amazing value,” he said. “It’s about as durable as they have. And with the brushless motors, they have twice the power and twice the life.”

DeWalt’s MAX FLEXVOLT Brushless Hammer drill and impact combo kit, launched exclusively at Home Depot earlier this year, features FLEXVOLT technology; the world’s first battery that automatically changes voltage when tools are changed. The 60-volt multi-use battery works with the 20-volt drill and driver and enables them to run four times longer.

A durable 12-volt Lithium-Ion battery can also help techs stay toasty warm during those particularly chilly jobs. Milwaukee has a cordless heated jacket that uses carbon fiber heating elements to create and distribute heat to the chest, back, and front hand pockets.

Of course, Swenson says, if property managers are unsure exactly what maintenance tools will work the best for their staff, there’s always another option.

“A gift card is always great.”

Even more, showing your appreciation to a vital contributor to property management.


Contributing Editor, Property Management Insider
President, Ballpark Impressions, LLC

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Tim Blackwell is a long-time publishing and printing executive in the Dallas/Fort Worth area who writes about the multifamily housing and transportation industries. He has contributed numerous articles to Property Management Insider, and worked as a newspaper reporter in the D/FW area. Blackwell is president of Ballpark Impressions, and publishes the Cowcatcher Magazine. He is a member of the Fort Worth Chapter/Society of Professional Journalists.

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