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: 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 features: 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.
Trade type: joiners, kitchen fitters and general builders.
Power type: cordless | No load speed: 10,000 rpm | Noise sound pressure: 73dB(A) | Voltage: 18V
What’s in the box: cordless angle grinder with side handle.
Standout features: 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 features: 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 lots 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 and roofers.
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 features: 3 modes, rotation stop mode for light chiselling in plaster and 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 as 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: 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 features: 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.
Power type: cordless | 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 features: 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 toolbox, and this combi drill and impact driver twin pack will help you to deliver all the goods. 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: 1kg | Power type: cordless | Screen size: 3.5” | Waterproof: 2.7m | Voltage: 10.8v
What’s in the box: inspection camera designed to enable viewing of awkward areas and tight spaces, with a screen plus hook and magnet retrieval accessories.
Standout features: this hand-held camera comes with a detachable, wireless screen for when it’s tricky to see into difficult areas. Micro SD compatibility is also included for recording video and taking stills for later reporting. For better visibility, there’s a 3 x zoom to make out details of obstructions and blockages.
Trade type: plumbing, HVAC, engineering and maintenance.
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 features: 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 this petrol saw has a lot of power, doesn’t mean it needs to make a lot of noise. Despite 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.
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 kit box.
Standout features: ‘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 several time-saving features, including a fast-release collated screw magazine, tool-free depth control and fine depth control, a ‘set and forget’ feature, and a trigger lock-on function. It’s also designed to minimise discomfort on-site, with features such as an LED work light, an angled belt hook for left or right-handed users, an ergonomic rubber handle and a wall-balanced tool body.
Trade type: dryliners and plasterers.
Weight: 0.33kg | Power type: cordless | Laser class: 2 | Levelling range: 4 degrees | Working range: 15m
What’s in the box: this self-levelling point laser permits for accurate positioning of laser lines and centred plumb dots. Lightweight, tough and compact, this combi laser provides quick and easy guidance across horizontal and vertical planes.
Standout features: visible laser lines and a professional rotating mount for precise positioning and accurate mounting. Essentially does the job of a two-person plumb point. Slope function with LED indication for pipework, staircase etc. installation.
Trade type: HVAC, electrical, plumbing.