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A review of the best tools for DIY in 2019

In this guide I’ll take a look at some of the best DIY tools currently available for complete DIY novices, right through to experience professionals. I’ll consider power, performance, build quality and cost to give you my top three recommendations for my must-have tools for 2019 - to find out which one is best for you click on over to

DeWalt DCS355D2 XR Cordless Oscillating Multi-Tool

Like anything that comes from DeWalt, this is a quality product. The motor has been developed with modified components that work to reduce friction, and thus heat, allowing it to cut, sand and grind with greater power and last longer. With a soft start function you don’t get the surge of power when it starts, making for an easier and more comfortable experience. The trigger has a variable speed, dual-grip to provide greater control, making it perfect for those fiddly little jobs. The tool comes in a hard-shell carry case, with 30+ attachments and accessories, including an adaptor that enables other brand accessories to be mounted on to the DCS355D2. If this is within your price bracket, then I’d highly recommend making a purchase in this nifty piece of kit.

Makita 12V Max CXT Brushless Drill FD07R1

Makita are at the forefront of looking at what 12V cordless drills can and will develop. Although at first appearance it seems pretty standard, it’s only when you delve underneath the surface that this thing comes into its own. With a short overall length, the drill is perfect for working in confined spaces where every millimetre counts. This, along with the fact it’s so light (it weights under 2lbs) makes it sit comfortably in the hand and easy to use. Makita’s BL Brushless motor is general considered the best in terms of efficiency and run-time. A steady and reliable tool, the FD07R1, packs enough of a punch to make it one for serious consideration.

Southwire Side Cutting Combo Pliers SCP9TPCB

Although these were specifically designed with electricians in mind, that should not deter the occasional DIYer. The 8-in-1 cutting tool has the look and feel of any other 9” cutters; made using steel and rubberised hand grips. However, it’s when you start using the SCP9TPCB that they come into their own. The rivet mechanism is as some as they come, making working as pliers a breeze. The handles (all 6 inches of them) provide greater leverage and even come with nifty holes at the end for tethering. Not quite the complete deal for professional electricians (who probably still need a pair of wire strippers), there good enough, and replace several other tools for most DIYers.

This is by no-means an extensive list and there are lots of other, similar, quality tools available on the market at the moment. These are simply tools that I’ve used and found most beneficial to my projects. It’s about finding what works for you and what suits your needs as a hobbyist DIYer or professional tradesman.


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