Tools you wish you'd bought sooner...

Tools you wish you'd bought sooner...

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227bhp

10,203 posts

128 months

Friday 28th September 2018
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A hammer.
Things are much easier now.

Crumpet

3,894 posts

180 months

Friday 28th September 2018
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B17NNS said:
Festool TS55.
I’ve seen so many people raving about these. Are they that much better than a cheapo Titan Plunge Saw? Like £350 better for your average DIYer?

My circular saw is buggered so it’s either a battery powered Dewalt circular or a Tital Plunge for the same price.

Oh, and a cordless Dewalt impact driver is something I should’ve bought years ago!

Laurel Green

30,776 posts

232 months

Friday 28th September 2018
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Johnnytheboy said:
Electric plane.
Especially so if suffering from tennis elbow.

B17NNS

18,506 posts

247 months

Friday 28th September 2018
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Crumpet said:
I’ve seen so many people raving about these. Are they that much better than a cheapo Titan Plunge Saw? Like £350 better for your average DIYer?

My circular saw is buggered so it’s either a battery powered Dewalt circular or a Tital Plunge for the same price.
Better definitely. £350 better for a DIYer? Probably not.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=_8sagpnlF1Q

Once you've ripped 2mm off a full height kitchen decor panel and are left with a factory clean edge your circular won't get a look in anymore.


Thats What She Said

1,151 posts

88 months

Friday 28th September 2018
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Dewalt impact driver.

eldar

21,702 posts

196 months

Friday 28th September 2018
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Drumroll said:
Johnnytheboy said:
Electric plane.
Have used a couple but I find I don't really get on with them.
Excellent tools, but with a lot of scope for buggering things up quickly.

Crumpet

3,894 posts

180 months

Friday 28th September 2018
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B17NNS said:
Better definitely. £350 better for a DIYer? Probably not.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=_8sagpnlF1Q

Once you've ripped 2mm off a full height kitchen decor panel and are left with a factory clean edge your circular won't get a look in anymore.
Nice comparison, thanks. I wonder to what extent a decent blade would narrow the gap? I was told a decent Freud would really improve the cut and for the sake of an extra £40 might be worth a try.

B17NNS

18,506 posts

247 months

Friday 28th September 2018
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Crumpet said:
Nice comparison, thanks. I wonder to what extent a decent blade would narrow the gap? I was told a decent Freud would really improve the cut and for the sake of an extra £40 might be worth a try.
yes I reckon the same blade and the results in terms of cut would be pretty much identical.

Yabu

2,052 posts

201 months

Friday 28th September 2018
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sparkythecat said:
CAPP0 said:
Lots of things but a recent one was an adjustable spanner with a mole-grip clamp on it - it's excellent, no more slipping off the nut or bolt head..
I'm struggling to picture this.
Got a link?
Alternative is knipex pliers wrench, great little tool

Mr Dendrite

2,315 posts

210 months

Friday 28th September 2018
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A grubbing mattock, bought one last year on recommendation, to dig out a few bushes/small tree roots. The hours I could have saved in years gone by! A wonderfullly basic brutal tool that does exactly what it should!

mart 63

2,070 posts

244 months

Friday 28th September 2018
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Makita cordless reciprocating saw

dazwalsh

6,095 posts

141 months

Friday 28th September 2018
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18v multi tool, i use this little beauty for so many tasks at work (property maintenance). Was used today for sanding and cutting the bottom of architrave so laminate flooring slips underneath.

Also purchased an 18v mini circular saw, great for floorboards and thin sheet material.

By far and away the best tool that i convinced myself for years i could live without was the impact driver. What was i thinking?. Amazing tool.


skilly1

2,702 posts

195 months

Friday 28th September 2018
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Funny the items mentioned I have recently bought.

Ts55 - amazing piece of kit, built a shelving / cupboard unit from scratch, quoted £1000 by a carpenter so with man maths I bought saw and did it myself. No way I could have done it without.
Just bought a dewalt battery chop saw and a dewalt stand which it fits on as I have some cladding and a deck to do.

Also agree on the multi tool, so many applications.

I have to have the right tool for the job and it makes it so much easier.

B17NNS

18,506 posts

247 months

Friday 28th September 2018
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dazwalsh said:
18v multi tool, i use this little beauty for so many tasks at work (property maintenance). Was used today for sanding and cutting the bottom of architrave so laminate flooring slips underneath.
If the only thing they did was undercut architrave they’d still be worth owning smile

tim0409

4,390 posts

159 months

Friday 28th September 2018
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B17NNS said:
dazwalsh said:
18v multi tool, i use this little beauty for so many tasks at work (property maintenance). Was used today for sanding and cutting the bottom of architrave so laminate flooring slips underneath.
If the only thing they did was undercut architrave they’d still be worth owning smile
I do property maintenance for a living and my Dewalt Multitool is used all the time.

At the cheaper end of the scale, my friend owns a hardware shop and one of the reps left a GripIt Marxman as a sample which he passed on to me - I use it all the time now!



Bodo

12,373 posts

266 months

Friday 28th September 2018
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frisbee said:
sparkythecat said:
CAPP0 said:
Lots of things but a recent one was an adjustable spanner with a mole-grip clamp on it - it's excellent, no more slipping off the nut or bolt head..
I'm struggling to picture this.
Got a link?
Imagine a really bad photoshop of mole-grips with an adjustable spanner. But they actually exist!

Bodo

12,373 posts

266 months

Friday 28th September 2018
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B17NNS said:
Festool TS55.
This.

Sheepshanks

32,707 posts

119 months

Friday 28th September 2018
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Bodo said:
frisbee said:
sparkythecat said:
CAPP0 said:
Lots of things but a recent one was an adjustable spanner with a mole-grip clamp on it - it's excellent, no more slipping off the nut or bolt head..
I'm struggling to picture this.
Got a link?
Imagine a really bad photoshop of mole-grips with an adjustable spanner. But they actually exist!
This, I think:


OldSkoolRS

6,740 posts

179 months

Friday 28th September 2018
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Angle grinder...so many jobs that it gets used for.


Unfortunately also quite dangerous in the wrong hands and I managed to bounce one off my face, luckily I only had a wire brush attachment on it at the time rather than a grinding disc I usually have. eek

Bodo

12,373 posts

266 months

Friday 28th September 2018
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Sheepshanks said:
This, I think:

Looks good! I actually found it diffcult to find parallel vice grips with smooth jaws. Is the grip force going through the adjuster wheel?