One cool tool

BoschdrillIf you have a deserving DIY-er on your holiday gift list, one of these new small cordless screw guns is a cool way to go. Bosch came out with its little 10.8-volt Pocket Drive powerhouse less than two years ago. Designed to fit in a construction worker’s tool belt, it will drive 300 3-inch screws on one charge, the company claims. As one reviewer wrote, it’s got: Lotsa Guts in a Small Package.

I used this one to take down gadgets from my house in preparation for a paint job, and I found myself wishing I had more screws to remove. At less than 2 pounds, this drill feels like nothing in your hand. At around $110 to $130, it will cost more than your typical home handyman screw gun.

You can read an opinion of the driver from Consumer Reports. If you want pro tools — such as Makita, DeWalt, Hitachi, Porter-Cable, Bosch, Skil, Milwaukee — you generally find them at a tool store.

But if pro tools are too pricey, you can certainly find nonprofessional and less expensive screw guns at Sears, Lowe’s or Home Depot. But first, go to your local tool store and hold one of these Bosch minis in your hand. Let me know how it feels.