If you find yourself reading this then you are most likely located in the UK and you are looking for information on a power tool ... or two. Well, hopefully that is what we will help you find and hopefully answer all of your questions and more in the process.
But first off, most people just want to get the best power tool in a particular category without having to go through all the rigamarole of analysing and trying to decide which of the many brands and models out there are the best. To help answer that question, here at DIY fidelity we have taken our favourite power tools (available in the UK) in each category based on quality, features and overall value and grouped them together into 'Our Favourite Power Tools' list below. The list will be updated if different brands or models of a power tool are deemed better than the current favourite, so stay tuned for future updates especially if you haven't taken the leap into purchasing one yet.
So suffice it to say, below you will find what power tools we ourselves would buy (if we haven't got them already!) for our workshop if we had to get them right now. For further more in-depth analysis of each of our favourites as well as close contenders for the coveted top spot - click on the appropriate category of power tool in the list below.
Our Favourite Power Tools
|SIP 06242 Airmate TN3.0/50-D|
|Bosch PBS 75 A|
|Bosch UniversalChain 18|
|Bosch PSM 100 A|
Multimeter for Automotive
18G Brad Nail Guns
16G Finishing Nail Guns
|Bosch PHO 1500|
|Norton Clipper TT200EM|
Air-powered, Mains-powered, or Battery-powered
Now that we've told you what we like, let's focus a little bit on the background of how to choose a power tool. One of the first decisions to make when buying a power tool is to determine what type of power system to go for. There are, for the most part, only three choices of power system available:
- 1Air-powered - where the tool is powered by compressed air from an air compressor
- 2Mains-powered - where you plug the power tool into a household or workshop wall socket
- 3Battery-powered - where the tool receives power from a battery that requires recharging every so often
There are a number of advantages and disadvantages to each system but deciding on which system to adopt is relatively simple:
- 1Firstly, decide whether it is worth going for an air-powered ecosystem or an electric-powered one.
- 2If air-power is chosen, then there are no further system decisions to make; if electric-power is your choice, then you next need to weigh the pros and cons of mains- vs battery-power for your new tool.
Air vs Electric Power
Most newbies to the DIY and handyman arena will immediately opt for electrically-powered tools without even considering air-powered ones and in many cases this may be the right thing to do. If you are doing the odd bit of household DIY, then electrically-powered tools, especially battery-powered ones can be the more convenient option to reach for. There is no getting out the (sometimes hefty) air compressor, there is relatively little noise, and sometimes you don't even have to plug the tool in if it is running off a previously-charged battery. But if you are or intend to be a serious DIY-er or even make the activity semi-professional, going for an air-powered system can present several advantages.
|What can I use an air compressor for?|
|Inflation (eg. tires, dinghies, basketballs, pool-side accessories, air mattresses etc)|
|Powering air tools (Nailers, Impact Wrenches, Sanders, Grinders, and lots more)|
|Cleaning of work-surface areas of debris (eg. sawdust)|
|Dusting off sensitive or inaccessible areas of electronic equipment, vacuum cleaners, cars, etc|
|Air brush painting|
|Spray painting (and spraying other liquids)|
|Blowing out water lines (eg. winterizing sprinkler or pool systems)|
Mains vs Battery Power
If you don't think that air tools fit your needs or you are just not convinced of the advantages of going the way of air power, then you are left with one more fundamental decision for your next power tool purchase, namely, should it be mains-powered or should it be battery-operated? Below are some of the important pros and cons of each: