Whether you are a home DIYer or an experienced professional, a well equipped tool set is an absolute essential for the majority of jobs, big or small. There are many things to consider when you buy a tool kit. Are you going to be working with wood, fine electronics or heavier machinery such as car parts? Will these tools be used regularly, on a daily basis or do you just need a few tools for emergency repairs as and when they crop up?

Tools can be expensive so it’s often best to buy a set that has all of the basic equipment that you are most likely to use. You can always add more specialised tools to your collection over time.

Some of the basic, yet probably the most important tools that you may want to look for when considering a tool kit could include:

A Tape Measure - A standard tape measure is an essential and a very useful tool to have in any tool kit.  Great for a wide range of jobs, from sizing up a space for a new piece of furniture or measuring ready to lay new flooring.

Screwdrivers - A good set of Flathead and Phillips screwdrivers in a variety of sizes are an absolute necessity and are a real everyday item. 

Hammer - A tool kit wouldn’t be complete without a hammer.  Great for hanging pictures, fixing shelving and a range of other household applications.  Various sizes and weights are available to suit a range for tasks. 

Pliers - There are many different types of pliers available today, specifically designed for certain jobs.  It may be useful to obtain an assortment of various sizes and shapes, depending on the jobs you have in mind.  You are likely to need long nose or needle-nose pliers most frequently, but it’s useful to have combination pliers for removing nails and other such jobs that may pop up. 

Saw - The type of saw you require will depend on the job that needs doing.  It could be useful to ensure a hacksaw is included in your tool kit, which would be handy for some general household and professional tasks.

Other Small Tools - It is probably worth having an Allen key/hex key set in your tool box, along with some electrical and duct tape and a small spirit level.  You never know when you may need one of these handy tools.

We stock a range of Tool Kits and Tool Trays to suit a wide variety of budgets.  Here are just a few recommendations that include some of the important basic tools we have mentioned above, available to buy from SJ Tools:

Sealey S0613 Tool Kit 71pc

This 71 piece kit from Sealey features a comprehensive range of hand tools, designed for light commercial or DIY applications and is supplied in a practical storage case.

What’s in the kit:

  • Selection of Screwdrivers - satin finish chrome vanadium shafts and soft grip handles
  • Electrical Screwdrivers - insulated for use up to 1000V.
  • Microtip Screwdrivers
  • Reversible Ratchet Bit Driver 
  • An assortment of Bits and Chrome Vanadium WallDrive® sockets.
  • Combination pliers and long nose pliers.
  • Tape Measure
  • Insulating Tape

Sealey S01055 Portable Tool Chest 2 Drawer with 90pc Tool Kit

An extensive range of the most regularly used hand tools, ideal for professional and home use.  Contained within a strong and robust, yet fully portable tool chest. Perfect for those who offer a mobile service.

What’s in the kit:

  • 1/4" and 1/2" Sq drive socket set and accessories
  • Hex keys
  • Combination Spanners 
  • Various Screwdrivers and Bits
  • Spark Plug Sockets
  • Combination Pliers
  • Long Nose Pliers
  • Side Cutters

Sealey S01133 Tool Tray with Cutting & Drilling Set 28pc

Tool trays allow you to build your own custom tool box.  This one features a range of cutting tools that have been carefully selected, suitable for light trade, trainees and DIY enthusiasts.

What’s in the kit:

  • HSS Drill Bits - 1-10mm
  • Step Drills - 4-12, 4-22 & 4-30mm 
  • 12" Hacksaw
  • 6" Junior Hacksaw 
  • Scraper
  • Multi-Function Scissors 
  • Drilling Measuring Gauge 1-10mm

Sealey TBTP04 Tool Tray with Screwdriver Set 72pc

An excellent addition to any toolbox, this screwdriver focused tool tray is from Sealey’s Premier line of tools.

What’s in the kit:

  • Plain & Phillips Screwdrivers - various sizes
  • Hammer Thru Screwdrivers
  • Pozi Screwdrivers
  • Impact Driver Set 
  • Fine Tooth Ratchet Screwdriver 
  • Microtip Precision Screwdrivers
  • Colour-Coded S2 Bits
  • 1/4"Sq Drive Adaptor
  • Quick Release Bit Holder

Sealey S0974 Tool Kit 25pc

This extensive kit has everything you need to carry out day to day repairs and domestic DIY projects.  The tools are made from high quality chrome vanadium steel and the soft grip handles make them comfortable to use.

What’s in the Kit:

  • Slotted and Pozi Screwdrivers 
  • Combination Pliers 
  • Long Nose Pliers
  • Water Pump Pliers 
  • 8oz Claw Hammer with fibreglass shaft.
  • Junior Hacksaw
  • Universal Shears
  • Retractable Snap-off Knife
  • Ball-end Hex Key Set
  • Adjustable wrench
  • Mains Tester
  • Tape Measure
  • Insulating Tape and PTFE Tape

Our recommended products should certainly get you on the right track and help you to tackle just about any repair job or DIY project.  For further inspiration browse our comprehensive range of tools here






Post By Kelly Trethewey