Power Tool UK Reviews

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Thanks for taking your time to read our detailed reviews on the best power tools, that are currently available on the UK marketplace. To make things easier for you to navigate, we have divided these into categories, as we think that makes it easier to see quickly what you are looking for.

As you will see, there are a wide variety of options when it comes to buying power tools. The important thing is of course to fully understand exactly what tools you need. That will depend on the job, task, or project that you plan on doing

Drills

This includes corded and cordless drills along with the many drilling accessories

Electric Sanders

This includes palm, floor, belt, random orbit with the many sanding accessories

Power Saws

This includes circular, mitre, jigsaws with the many sawing accessories

Impact Wrenches

This includes impact drivers, wrench drivers with the many accessories

Nailers & Staplers

This includes brad nailers, framing nailers staplers with the many accessories

Air Compressors

This includes air compressors, tyre inflators with the many accessories

Routers

This includes plunge, fixed and trim routers along with the many router accessories

Planers

This includes planers and thicknessers with the many accessories

Grinders

This includes angle, bench and straight grinders with the many accessories

Rotary Tools

This includes the popular Dremel style tools with the many accessories

Oscillating Tools

This includes oscillating multi-tools with the many accessories

Combo Kits

This includes the wide range of combination power tools with the many accessories

Concrete Tools

This includes cement mixers, stirrers, and compressors along with many accessories

Planers

This includes planers and thicknessers with the many accessories

Dust Collectors

This includes the various dust collection options and accessories

Miscellaneous Power Tools

This includes the remaining power tools that are available but which are not so common. This includes power tools such as boring machines, brazing equipment, chasers, glue guns, hot air guns, lathes, milling machines, plate joiners, sand blasters, tile cutters and welding equipment.

Power Tool UK Buying Guide

Below we have included a guide which we think will be very useful to anyone considering buying a power tool for home use. There are thousands of these available on the UK market, and as you can imagine this is a Global industry. Trying to pick your way through that can be quite challenging.

We hope this guide will do a few things for you:

  • Help stop you from buying the wrong tools
  • Will help you buy power tools that you need and will make good use of
  • Buying power tools that will last
  • Finding the best in each category and at the best value for money

For many jobs around the home, all you really need are a few basic hand tools such as a hammer, screwdrivers, a saw etc. Power tools are for the bigger jobs, and they also help you get those jobs done quicker. Those jobs can include drilling, heavy sawing, woodworking and taking on projects like laying floors, building a deck and putting up fences or stud walls.

Most Popular Power Tools

Most homes will benefit from a few basic power tools. We have listed these below for your convenience.

Power Drills

The drill is by far the most popular power tool. Drills are available in different types, but for most homeowners a good basic cordless drill is the best option. If you need to drill through concrete or masonry of any type, then that drill will also need to have a hammer function.

Most cordless drills also double up as a screwdriver. Those are called drill/drivers. So the perfect drill for most homeowners will be a cordless drill/driver with a hammer function.

Cordless Screwdrivers

If you don't believe you will ever need a drill, then it would be a good idea to own a cordless screwdriver. This will just make your life easier, and speed up those basic jobs around the home and garden. These are not an expensive option and there are plenty of really good choice available from a range of brands.

Circular Saws

There are a lot of power saws available such as a circular saw, a jigsaw, a reciprocating saw, a mitre saw, etc. You really only need a power saw around the home for jobs like laying a floor or for building a deck. For most other smaller jobs a basic hand saw will do the job. However, when it comes to heavier cutting, or a lot of cutting, then we would recommend a good circular saw to help you.

Buying Cheap Power Tools

We fully understand the urge to buy cheap or bargain tools. We have all done that at some stage in our lives. In fact, for some people, buying cheaper tools is actually a very good option. The people who write on our website are professionals, and we also have a few very keen DIY writers as well.

Buying cheap tools is not something they would do, simply because they use their tools often, and they are usually working on bigger construction products.

However, for the average home owner, who doesn't like, or doesn't want to do a lot of DIY, then a few cheap power tools will do the job nicely.

Power Tool Brands

Understanding Buying Habits

Tool Brand Buyers

Many buyers prefer to buy tools by buying a particular brand that they trust. As an example the Dewalt brand is extremely popular with the construction industry and in addition to that, many trades people will only use the Dewalt brand. We agree they do make excellent high quality tools and have a good parts availability and customer service. Makita are a similar high quality brand.

The drawback for most home owners is that both Dewalt and Makita tools are expensive. They are built to last the rough and tumble of building sites etc so they have to be made to last. That usually means metal bodies and gears and that just makes them more expensive.

Most home owners don't need this quality of power tool. If you are a keen DIY person or someone who will take on bigger projects like building a deck, garage conversion, or putting up a fence, then Dewalt and Makita tools will make these tasks easier and frustration free.

Brands for Particular Tool Types

Other buyers buy certain types of tools by brand. as they specialise in that type of tool. For example Bosch are best known for their garden tools and also for their professional drills. Bahco are known for making really good spanners and wrenches.

Affordable Brands - Still Good Quality

Other popular brands in the UK are Black & Decker, Stanley, Bosch and Ryobi. At the lower price points there are brands such as Silverline.

Most of these brands are actually all owned by the same larger corporate company. They still trade under their brand name though as the larger corporates know that many people like certain brands and will only buy tools from these brands.

Company Name - Stanley Black & Decker

This company owns the following power tool brands:

  • DeWalt
  • Stanley
  • Black & Decker
  • Bostitch
  • Craftsman
  • Irwin
  • Mac Tools
  • Vidmar
  • Porter-Cable
  • Proto
  • USAG
  • Emglo
  • Sidchrome
  • Lista
  • Powers Fasteners

Company Name -Techtronic Industries Company Ltd

This company owns the following power tool brands:

  • Milwaukee
  • Ryobi
  • Ridgid (Orange)
  • Hoover
  • Dirt Devil
  • AEG
  • VAX
  • Empire Level
  • Homelife
  • Hart Tools

Company Name - Chevron

This company owns the following power tool brands:

  • Skilsaw
  • EGO
  • Skil
  • Xtron
  • Kobalt
  • Devon
  • FLEX

Company Name - Bosch

This company owns the following power tool brands:

  • Bosch
  • Diablo
  • Dremel
  • Freud
  • Rotozip
  • CST/Berger
  • Vermont American