No toolbox is complete without a few essential power tools, so we’ve put together the below list of our must-have power tools to help you decide for your next purchase.
Weight: 35kg | Power type: Cordless | No load speed: 3200 rpm | Noise sound pressure: 91dB(A) | Wattage: 3200W
What’s in the box: TCT blade, dust bag, triangular rule, socket wrench, vice, holder.
Standout feature: Reduced-emission engine technology - creates a fuel-free layer of air between the burned charge in the combustion chamber and the fresh charge in the crankcase, reducing the amount of fuel lost during the charge cycle.
Just because it’s got a lot of power, doesn’t mean it needs to make a lot of noise - in spite of a 3.2kW motor this cut-off power saw features extremely low vibration levels.
The reduced-emission engine technology minimises the amount of lost fuel - making it cheaper to run and better for the environment as it significantly reduces exhaust emissions with up to 20% lower fuel consumption than regular 2-stroke engines.
With Stihl’s MicroCESAR security marking system, you can have peace of mind that your property is protected from thieves. Not only does it act as a deterrent, but it also provides a way for police to identify stolen goods if it is taken.
Trade type: Pavers, landscapers, kerbstone and brick and block users
Weight: 1.8kg | Power type: Cordless | Battery type: Li-ion | No load speed: 4400 rpm | Voltage: 18V
What’s in the box: 2 x 18V 2.0Ah XR Li-Ion battery packs, multi-voltage XR charger, DCF6201 collated screw magazine, DT7205-QZ PR2 collated screw bit, single screw nose cone, DT7520-QZ magnetic bit extender with 25mm PR2 screw bit, TSTAK 2 kitbox.
Standout feature: ‘Set and forget’ feature - remembers fine depth adjustment setting when replacing the nose cone for speed and consistency.
The DeWalt Drywall Screwdriver makes fitting drywall easier and more efficient than ever - the incredibly lightweight and compact design makes it comfortable to use without weighing you down.
Complete with a number of time saving features, including - fast-release collated screw magazine, tool-free depth control and fine depth control, ‘set and forget’ feature, trigger lock-on function - it’s also designed to minimise discomfort on site, with features such as LED worklight, an angled belt hook for left or right-handed users, ergonomic rubber handle and wall-balanced tool body.
Don’t just take our word for it, it’s rated highly among users - check out the reviews on the DeWalt website here.
Trade type: dryliners, plasterers.
Weight: 12kg | Power type: Corded | No load speed: 4500 rpm | Wattage: 1400W | Voltage: 230V | Noise sound pressure: 93dB(A)
What’s in the box: TCT tooth saw blade, blade spanner, material clamp.
Standout feature: XPS Shadow line cut indicator - for fast, accurate alignment of the blade on the material.
The DeWalt Slide Mitre Saw is a modern upgrade of the classic saw, featuring a powerful 1400W motor - it can take on any wood. This saw has been designed for the highest level of accuracy possible, crucial when you’re working on a project where every millimetre counts.
Read what others who’ve used the saw have to say about it here.
Trade type: joiners, kitchen fitters, general builders.
Power type: 18V Li-ion XR Batteries | Battery type: Li-ion | Voltage: 18V
What’s in the box: 2 x 4.0Ah XR Li-ion batteries, multi-voltage charger, TSTAK kit box.
Standout feature: the combi’s 15-position adjustable torque control provides consistent screw driving into a variety of materials.
A drill is an essential part of any tool box - and this combi and impact twin pack is the answer. A brilliantly engineered compact and lightweight design, plus a bright integrated LED light, makes it easy and comfortable to use in confined spaces.
The brushless motors run cool to extend the runtime of the drills, so you can use it for longer between charges.
Trade type: general builders, all trades
Weight: 1.1kg | Power type: Corded | No load speed: 4500 rpm | Wattage: 200W | Voltage: 240V | Noise sound pressure: 80dB(A)
What’s in the box: abrasive papers, dust bag, punch plate.
Standout feature: small ergonomic design makes it comfortable to use for long stretches of time.
Decorators will find this palm sander incredibly easy and comfortable to use for extended periods of time thanks to its slimline body shape and conveniently located on/off switch for one-handed use. The paper can be easily installed and removed with the rolled clamper’s edges and a built-in dust collection system reduces the amount of cleaning needed.
Trade type: woodworkers, painters & decorators.
Weight: 11kg | Rated input power: 1400W | Air output: 3660 l/min | Vacuum: 248 mbar | Container volume: 25 litres | Noise sound pressure: 72dB(A) | Suction hose diameter: 35mm
What’s in the box: 3.2m suction hose, handle adaptor, 2 x suction pipes, crevice nozzle, universal nozzle, 2 x polyester filter cassettes, fleece filter bags.
Standout feature: AutoCleanPlus - the automatic MPulse filter cleaning saves time and cost during continuous use.
Thorough concrete and rock dust extraction is crucial on sites for high-quality painting and decorating, improved air quality and faster cleanup. The Metabo ASR wet and dry vacuum cleaner provides powerful performance and features for time-saving and convenience.
Trade type: General builders for cleaning up plus anyone drilling, sanding or cutting, just plug the vacuum into the tool to minimise dust.
Weight: 5.2kg | Power type: Cordless | Battery type: Li-ion | No load speed: 2000 rpm | Voltage: 18V
What’s in the box: 2 x 5.0Ah Li-ion batteries, charger, carry case.
Standout feature: variable speed trigger control for adaptable use.
The Makita 18V LXT brushless combi drill is designed with a range of features to adapt the tool to your job - with three modes, 21 torque settings and variable speed trigger control. Plus it’s provided complete with two 5.0Ah batteries that charge in only 45 minutes, so there’s no disruptions.
Trade type: general builders.
Weight: 4.2kg | Power type: Corded | Battery type: Li-ion | No load speed: 5500 rpm | Noise sound pressure: 96dB(A) | Wattage: 1400W | Voltage: 230V
What’s in the box: 190 x 30 x 16 blade, parallel guide, allen key, carry case.
Standout feature: built-in turbo blower - blows away dust to prevent it from obscuring the cutting line.
Ideal for fast, high-powered sawing of both soft and hardwood to a high cutting depth of 70mm, the compact design of the Bosch circular saw makes it more comfortable when using to cut in awkward positions.
Trade type: general builders, flooring, joiners.
Weight: 1.8kg (with battery) | Power type: Cordless | Battery type: Li-ion | Voltage: 18V
What’s in the box: sanding pad, 12 x sanding sheets (60, 80, 120 and 180 grit), fixed scraper, HSS segment saw blade, 65mm E-Cut long-life saw blade, 44mm universal E-Cut saw blade, rapid charger ALG 50, 2 x Li-ion batteries, plastic carry case.
Standout feature: quick release mechanism for easily changing between tools.
The Fein Multi Master is the ultimate multi tool - combining five tools in one it reduces the amount of tools you need to transport, making life much easier. With three blades, a scraper and a sanding pad it’s up to almost any job, and the quick release mechanism means you can easily swap between them.
Trade type: plumbers, electricians, general builders.
Weight: 2.6kg | Power type: Corded | Noise sound pressure: 84dB(A) | Wattage: 650W | Voltage: 230V
What’s in the box: anti-splinter guard, dust extraction set, 3 x T144DP Jigsaw blades, carry case.
Standout feature: tool-free blade changes for easy use.
From the Bosch Professional range, the GST90BE Jigsaw makes cutting through materials a breeze with tool-free blade changes and a dust blower for clear cutting view. To make extended use easier on users and more precise it runs incredibly smoothly.
Trade type: kitchen fitters, plumbers, joiners.
Weight: 3.1kg | Power type: Cordless | No load speed: 1200 rpm | Voltage: 18V
What’s in the box: 2 x 4.0Ah Li-Ion batteries, multi-voltage charger, kit box.
Standout feature: 3 modes, rotation stop mode for light chiseling in plaster, tiles and render and impact stop mode for rotary only drilling in wood and metal. Rotary Hammer mode for drilling into concrete, brick and masonry from 4mm to 24mm
For a variety of drilling applications, the DeWalt Hammer Drill is multifunctional as a drill and hammer drill and is fit for a variety of materials. The best in class vibration of 6.6m per s2 makes it a really comfortable tool to use, so you can work for longer without stopping. Plus a bright LED light provides great visibility in dark and awkward spaces.
Trade type: general builders, plumbing and heating installers.
Weight: 35kg | No load speed: 2000 rpm | Wattage: 1650W | Voltage: 18V
What’s in the box: 2 x 4.0Ah Li-ion batteries, charger, wheeled tool bag.
Standout feature: POWERSTATE™ motor increases motor life by up to 10 times and provides 60% more power.
The Milwaukee FUEL combi drill features an unmatched torque of 135 Nm making it an incredibly powerful tool for your toolbox. It delivers a high speed of 2000 rpm and the individual battery cell monitoring optimises run time for longer running - but still is only 197mm in length for comfortable and easy usage.
Trade type: general builders.
Power type: Cordless | No load speed: 10,000 rpm | Noise sound pressure: 73dB(A) | Voltage: 18V
Standout feature: easy-grip body for comfortable use.
Another essential tool for the professional’s toolbox, the Makita Angle Grinder is extremely powerful with a no load speed of 10,000 rpm - perfect for grinding metal, cutting tile, sanding, polishing and sharpening.
Trade type: general builders.
Weight: 3.3kg | Power type: Cordless | Battery type: Li-ion
What’s in the box: 2.1Ah Li-ion battery, charger, safety glasses, high-impact carry case.
Standout feature: quick-charge lithium battery charges in only 90 minutes.
Whether you’re erecting a timber frame, battening a roof, installing panelling or cladding or anything else requiring loads of nails, a powerful nail gun is essential. The Paslode framing nail gun is reliable and comfortable to use, with a dual action rafter and belt hook and comfortable non-slip grip.
Trade type: joiners, roofers.
Weight: 3.6kg | Power type: Cordless | Battery type: Li-ion | Noise sound pressure: 84dB(A) | Voltage: 18V
What’s in the box: 2 x reciprocating saw blades, hanging hook.
Standout feature: tool-less blade change for fast and easy use.
The Makita Reciprocating Saw makes professional cutting quicker and easier. The lightweight design with vertical crank mechanism and brushless DC motor makes it comfortable to use for long periods of time and the integrated LED job-light provides maximum visibility.
Trade type: general builders.