Every house needs a great DIY toolkit; with a good set of tools you can carry out your own repairs, and also work on projects to build and upgrade things around the home. In this post, we’ve rounded up a list of the best DIY tools to keep in your toolkit.
We’ve found the most useful tools that will help you out with everything from basic home repairs to more complex and time consuming home DIY projects.
These must-have power tools for DIY include a hammer, cordless drill, circular saw, screwdrivers, wrenches, pliers, work supports and sanding tools.
A good set of screwdrivers is almost certainly one of the most important things to include in your toolkit. They can be used for a huge range of tasks, from changing a doorknob to more complex DIY projects such as shed-building. The best idea is to start with a basic set that includes flatheads in a range of sizes, and a few different Phillips screwdrivers, before adding in some long-handled screwdrivers, mini versions and less common head designs such as the Torx or Robertson screwdrivers. An electric screwdriver with a set of heads like the Worx SlideDriver WX255 is a nice versatile tool to keep on hand.
Every DIY toolkit needs a hammer, without a doubt, as this is another tool you’ll need for a wide range of projects. For most homes, a 16-oz claw hammer should be perfectly adequate for any DIY project you might need to carry out. Our top tip when shopping for a hammer is to try holding a few in your hand for a few seconds to give a good feel for which one has a comfortable weight and grip suitable for you.
When it comes to DIY power tools, a cordless drill should be at the top of your list – you’ll find a number of projects need drilling holes or driving screws, so you can’t really afford to be without one. Along with the drill, you’re going to need a good set of drill bits which will allow you to work on a diverse range of projects. If you’re just getting started with DIY projects, the WX902 Combi Drill/Driver Kit is ideal. The kit includes the Worx WX370 cordless combi hammer drill and WX291 cordless impact driver, all in a super light and compact format. If you are going to tackle a job that requires you to drill and screwdriver frequently, you might want to consider the 20V Switchdriver, which allows you to change bits quickly and easily when working on a project by rotating dual chucks.
Wrenches are a key part of any DIY tools list, and we think the best style to choose if you’re just starting out is an adjustable crescent wrench. The adjustable head makes it a versatile tool that can tackle a huge range of DIY repairs and projects, so it’s definitely a great addition to your basic toolkit. Beyond that, a good set of combination wrenches will help you tackle any DIY project with ease.
A Circular Saw
A circular saw is one of the most useful power-tools for DIY projects. The stock blade is great for making a wide range of cuts, and you can expand its versatility with an assortment of other blades – these can be used to cut everything from lumber to tile, metal, plastics, stone, brick and concrete. The Worx 20V Worxsaw Compact Circular Saw is a great option for any DIY toolkit – it’s light and compact, but has enough power to help you out with even the most tricky projects. With its easy handling and laser guide, you’re sure to get straight cuts every single time. Its definitely a friendlier option than most large circular saws.
Pliers are an absolute essential for any toolkit. They have a wide range of uses, from gripping objects to twisting and cutting wire. A pair of slip-joint pliers are the ideal starting point, but it’s a great idea to add in some channel lock and needle-nose pliers when you expand your kit.
If you often find yourself working on woodwork projects, you’re definitely going to need a good sanding tool to give you a great finish. Instead of buying a range of sanders for different tasks, a multi-sander is a great option – they take on the work of several different sanders, reducing the cost of building your toolkit while still ticking the boxes of all your sanding needs. Have a look at the 20V Worx Sandeck.
When you’re building a DIY toolkit, it’s not all about the tools – you’ll need some extra support as well. A good work support tool will come in handy for a huge range of projects, and the Worx Pegasus is the ideal choice. With built-in clamps, it’ll help to keep your work stable when cutting, sanding or drilling. With the items listed here, you’ve got a great foundation of a good, solid DIY toolkit.
As you expand and add to it, don’t forget to keep things organised with a good toolbox – great tools are worth investing in, but they are an investment, so it’s also important to store them correctly and keep them in the best possible condition.