10 Best Tools for Builders

Discover the 10 best rated power tools, hand tools and accessories for builders as rated by 1,000's of trades on Tool Talk. Whether you're an apprentice starting out or a builder with years of experience, these top-rated tools should give you everything you need to become a master of the trade.

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Makita DMR104W DAB Digital Radio

Portable DAB radio designed for on-site use and great sounding music. Compatible with MP3 players or smartphones via the aux input. Rubber bumpers for protection during use and transportation. DAB signal provides a wide selection of radio stations.

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Makita 18V LXT Impact Driver DTD152Z

The Makita DTD152Z is a cordless Impact Driver powered by an 18V Li-ion battery. Ideal for applications such as tightening of self-drilling screws or light duty machine screws.

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Stanley Fatmax One-Piece Claw Hammer 20OZ

One-piece steel hammer with anti-vibration technology built into the handle. Large strike face for great accuracy. Precision balanced head and soft-grip handle for ultimate comfort and control.

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OX Tools Pro Stainless Steel Plasterers Trowel

Pre-worn edges to eliminate line & ripple marks. High quality tempered stainless steel blade. Lightweight aluminium shank. Handle set for perfect balance. Fully riveted shank.. DURAGRIP handle for ultimate comfort.

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Makita DGA456Z 18V Brushless Cordless Angle Grinder

Cordless angle grinder with a high power brushless motor, increasing power and reducing battery drain. Features automatic speed control (constant speed control), which automatically changes blade speed according to load. Electronic brake for rapid deceleration of blade. Anti-restart prevents accidental machine start up, current limiter and anti-kickback detection features offer added protection.

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DeWalt Multi Tool

Multi-function tools use an oscillating action to carry out a large variety of smaller scale, detailed functions including routing, sawing, sanding, scraping, cutting etc. The materials the various accessories can be used on include copper pipes, plastic, dry walls, wood, stone, paint, grout removal, tile adhesive, window putty, caulking etc.

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Optimaxx is a top quality extreme-performance wood screw that incorporates a number of unique features… A specifically positioned long thin groove dramatically reduces the pressure build up on insertion by dispensing wood fibres, preventing splitting when screwing close to the edge. The razor-sharp point ensures you have an immediate start even in the hardest, smoothest surfaces.

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DeWalt 18v Circular Saw

Latest generation premium Circular Saw featuring new XR Lithium Ion Technology. Part of the intelligent XR Lithium Ion Series designed for efficiency and making applications faster. Powerful & Highly Efficeint PM58 DEWALT fan cooled motor with replaceable brushes. Delivers up to 3700 rotation per minute for fast cutting action. Ergonomic handle set with rubber overmold to optimise end user comfort.

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Stabila Spirit Levels

Features 1 horizontal and 2 vertical Vials. Accurate to 0.5mm/m in the normal position and 0.75mm/m in overhead position. Removable end-caps for flush fitting. Anti-slip end-caps for easier one-handed marking.

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DeWalt Tough Box

Engineered plastic side clips allows stackability with other boxes. When carrying the toolboxes by hand, they can also be fastened together, allowing them to be carried as a stack. Heavy duty metal latches and hinges for added durability. Bi-material comfortable top handle is easy to grip. Locking side handles offer alternative lifting and easier manoeuvrability.

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Big Wipes Heavy-Duty

Dual-sided for the toughest jobs, when you really need to cut through the dirt. Ideal for heavy duty use on the toughest stains and dried-on dirt, our industrial strength dual sided 'scrub & clean' Heavy-Duty 4x4 wipes offer the fastest deepest clean ever. Containing no fewer than four powerful cleaning agents and four dermatologically tested skin conditioners, Big Wipes 4x4 cleansing wipes are even tougher on grime and even kinder to your hands.

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Wiha LiftUp 26one® magazine bit holder
New review by Limegreen
1 week ago

Great tool with most of common blades in compact handle, really smart. Deals with most jobs with just one tool. Hard wearing Wiha handle is good to grip and click up action of handle is awesome.

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Wiha Professional Diagonal Cutters
New review by K Anscombe Builder
2 weeks ago

Good strong cutter’s keep a good cutting edge and stay tight .found the handles a bit narrow for my big hands, managed to cut 6mm and 10mm t&e with some pressure

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Wiha Single-Pole Non-Contact Volt Detector 90 - 1000 V AC
New review by DKMProperty
3 months ago

As always for Wiha this is a very well built and sturdy tool. Disappointed it doesn’t have auto shut off and a sounder. Also I noted that sometimes it appears too sensitive and lights up about 4” from the wire and other times it seems to struggle a little. It will always light up when very near a live wire so it’s not a safety issue it’s just I had a cheaper one that could detect a live wire through a plastic switch and this can’t. I do like this tool and will continue to use it day to day but I will likely replace it with a Fluke when I inevitably lose it or the apprentice borrows it and doesn’t put it back.

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Wiha Professional Needle Nose Pliers
New review by Aes Electrical
4 months ago

A absolute must have if you are wiring through conduit systems on your own! They make life a lot easier if you’re fat fingered. Only down side is the price you pay for them but anything that has vde on goes up 40% so it’s expected.