Seeking out the right tools can be a challenging process. Especially for a prospective buyer who hasn’t built a tool kit before – or perhaps has but only a long time ago – and this can ultimately frustrate progress. This isn’t an uncommon problem, but the good news is there’s also an easy solution. So let’s look at 5 essential items all tool kits should have.

1. Claw Hammer

There’s no doubt all tool kits, like those from RS Components, are made better when they’ve a claw hammer. First and foremost, a hammer will be utilised for securing nails and other items into place. But the advantage of a claw hammer is its two-way facing. As well as an ability to hammer, the claw can be put to work to retrieve nails that were incorrectly inserted, alongside pulling out any small items that’ve gotten stuck somewhere.

2. Needle Nose Pliers

Just as a claw hammer is terrific for getting nails and other small items out, sometimes it will be necessary to utilise a tool with a bigger surface area for extraction tasks. It’s here that needle nose pliers can be fantastic. This tool typically operates by utilising two arms with a narrow point on one end, and strong hand grips on the other. Thanks to this combination, utilising a pair of pliers can make it easy to apply strength when seeking to pull out a small item, or delicately insert an item into place with precision.

3. Utility Knife

The advantages of having a great knife in a tool kit cannot be understated. All sorts of surprising uses can come up for it when working on just about any project. Oftentimes, people will find a knife is useful for quickly cutting open boxes with goods in them. Also, scraping away at something to open up more room for another tool to access. These are just some of the many tasks a great utility knife can find use in when working away with a tool kit.

4. A Screwdriver Set

There’s no doubt having a screwdriver is an important part of any tool kit. But commonly prospective buyers will find the screwdriver they have doesn’t suit the task they’re doing. Then they may go get another screwdriver, but eventually that one too may not fit the needs of a new task. Buying a screwdriver set can help overcome this issue. A set will provide a range of screwdriver heads that means the odds are excellent they’ll be the right tool for the job close in reach, for any screwdriver task that comes up in future.

5. Spanner

Spanners find use each day for countless tasks. With its adjustable heads, a spanner can be utilised for the tightening and loosing of a variety of nuts, bolts, and similar items. Furthermore, because of their adjustable heads, spanners can provide greater flexibility when pursuing a task like this in comparison to a wrench that – while also a very good tool – ultimately will have its heads fixed in place, and thus make it impossible to adjust.

Other Must-Haves For DIY Projects

Aside from the basic or essential tool kits, you also need the following must-have tools for your do-it-yourself or DIY projects. 

  • Ladder: You need ladders to reach difficult areas such as high walls and ceilings. There are many types of ladders available nowadays, such as telescopic ladders. The newest and most innovative type of ladder is the telescopic ladder with a space-saving straight design and aluminium make. This modern ladder has become increasingly in-demand among commercial users and DIY home enthusiasts alike. 
  • Tool Bucket Organizers: Avoid spending plenty of time looking through your tools just to find the ones you urgently need to complete a task at hand. A good DIY-er should have an organised tool kit that’s also easy to reach. Choose a tool bucket organiser with stunning load limit and strong walls and base, suitable for heavy-duty DIY work.
  • Power Tools: You need a power drill for DIY projects as it’s also one of the indispensable tools you need for home improvement. You equip it with bits to drill tiny holes for your craft projects or with large hole saws to cut up to five-inch diameter drywall holes. In addition, you might also need a circular saw, an electric planer, and a random orbit sander.


A claw hammer, pliers, utility knife, screwdriver set and spanner all provide a fantastic foundation in the construction of a brilliant tool kit. Every tool can come with an alternative like a good alternative for a hammer is a nail gun. Each of these tools are very capable in use on their own, and can be combined together effectively in a number of tasks. It’s true building a truly great tool kit can take time. But having key items at the start can help speed up this process, and these 5 items provide an excellent starting point.

Nathan Thomas

With a Bachelor’s in Mechanical Engineering from Purdue University, Nathan Thomas has been a leading expert in power tool technology and application for 15 years. His previous experience includes roles in product development for major tool manufacturers. He focuses on providing comprehensive reviews, user guides, and maintenance tips for power tools. His background includes working in construction management and as a freelance consultant. In his leisure time, he is a great car restorer and a mentor in youth engineering programs. He also enjoys woodworking and participates in local DIY workshops.

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