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Thursday 25 December 2014

The ten best power tools

This tool lives up to its billing: it can cut, saw, rout, sand and even, er, scrape. You can use it to slice the tops off protruding nails or cut tiles out of a bathroom wall. Easy to control, and very satisfying to use. £129.99,
DeWalt offers powerful, well-built tools, though they're not cheap. This model is effective and easy to use, with a shoe that twists through 45 degrees in both directions. The dust blower means the line that you're cutting is kept clear of chips and debris. £344,
MAKITA ORBITAL ACTION JIGSAW: Makita's great-looking jigsaw is comfortable to hold and highly adaptable. An LED light shows you where you're cutting and it's both powerful and relatively quiet. Solid and reliable. £139.98,
b>DREMEL SPIRAL SAW: Its three tasks are cutting, sanding and routing. As you'd expect with Dremel's reputation for versatility, it comes with assorted attachments for cutting straight lines or curves and circles. Light, portable and easy to use. £119.99,
BOSCH UNEO DRILL: Three tools in one: screwdriver, drill and rotary hammer. It's powerful enough to tackle masonry as well as wood and plastic thanks to its pneumatic hammer mechanism. Its range of tasks is handy if you're at the top of a ladder and don't want to keep coming down to change tools. £129.99,
BLACK AND DECKER STUD, PIPE AND WIRE DETECTOR: Black and Decker excels at budget tools for casual DIYers. Like this safety accessory. Place it against the wall and it will detect wooden and metal studs before you drill. Handy before you hit a live wire or water pipe. £30.69,
DEWALT PERCUSSION DRILL: Even the best cordless drill can't match the power of a corded model. This model has high wattage (850W) which adds to the oomph. It has a two-speed gearbox and a keyed chuck (so mind you don't lose it). £164.29,
KARCHER PRESSURE WASHER: A pressure washer is an easy way to prepare a surface for varnishing, say, or clean the patio, car or bike. This model has decent pressure (1800W) and the latest water-cooled motor to reduce noise and maximise power. £199.99,
BOSCH QUIGO CROSS AND LINE LASER LEVEL: The Quigo is self-levelling so you know the horizontal and vertical laser lines that it beams on to the wall are straight. There's a clamp in case there's nothing convenient to stand it on, too. Very cool. £49.99,
MAKITA COMBI DRILL: This drill is very comfortable in the hand and has an LED light to see where you're drilling - handy if you've had to turn the electricity off. Has a two-speed gearbox and a long-lasting battery. £232.99,

Resolved to do it yourself this bank holiday? We’ve got all the plumb lines, pressure washers and heavy-duty drills you’ll need to get the job done...

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Source: Independent

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