Here are a few tools I recommend personally use. A quality tool is one that can be handed down through generations. As such I try to avoid some of the cheap rubbish rebadged by umpteen brands, and instead choose quality tools that will last and do a much better job. Buy cheap, buy twice as they say. That doesn’t mean a great tool has to be expensive. In the opening episode I’ve featured the essential tool in any toolbox – the screwdriver. Without further ado, let’s go.
Wera’s KraftForm screwdrivers are some of the best around. The multi-component handles are super comfortable and allow you to apply a lot of torque, and the anti-roll feature has prevented me losing the screwdrivers on a messy bench on more than 1 occasion.
These KraftForm nut spinners are great for removing hex nuts and bolts in hard to reach areas, or in a way that is simply better than using a spanner. The hollow shaft lets you access nuts on bolts with a lot of protruding thread.
This draper screwdriver set is great if you’re just starting out, or if you want a set that covers pretty much every common size in a handy storage box. They do a set of nut spinners too if you can live without the hollow shafts:
Here is the Stanley alternative to the Draper screwdriver set. These sit somewhere between Draper and Wera and the set is not as fully-loaded as Draper’s, but you get what you pay for.
My torx sets are also from Draper tools, as are my sets of security bits. They’re not as comfortable as the Wera screwdrivers but they’re perfectly adequate for the amount of use they get.