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The latest DIY tools tested and reviewed by Fred-in-the shed

Updated 9th May 2022

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Makita 12v Cordless Air Compressor

Makita 12v Micro Drill & Impact Driver

New Claw Hammers

Powered Multi Tools

Bosch 12v Cordless Drills/sanders & saws

Wire Stripper and Crimper

Worx 20v Hydroshot Cordless Pressure Washer




Makita 12v Cordless Air Compressor

This Makita 10.8/12v cordless air pump is super and can pump up your car or bike tyres in seconds. It's gauge is very accurate and the battery can be used in other superb Makita powertools (see below).

It is so easy to use as you set the pressure you want by pressing the + or - buttons.

Then press go and it will pump your tyre to the set pressure and automatically stop.


Makita MP100DZ Inflator 12V

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The 14.4v or 18v impact driver is an essential tool for most builders but now manufacturers are bringing out 10.8v models with high capacity Li-ion batteries.

At the top end of the market these micro tools can have more power than 18v tools and are much lighter and easier to use.

Bosch started the trend with its professional blue tools then Makita and DeWalt followed on with twin packs consisting of a drill and an impact driver.

The 10.8 volt batteries can also be used in a range of other powertools like the Makita JR103DZ Reciprocating Saw so you can have a range of tools and only 1 charger and as many batteries as you need.

Makita Li-ion Mini Drills and Impact driver

Makita CLX202AJ 10.8 V CXT Li-Ion Cordless Kit (2-Piece)



This new kit is a superb improvement on the old one and performs as well as cheaper 18v rivals.

Available in a set with 2 batteries, charger and rugged carrying case.

The advantage of the micro tool twin pack is that you can drill with one and screw with the other.

As both tools use the same battery you can still carry on working if one goes flat.

 Makita JR103DZ Reciprocating Saw, 10.8v

Makita MP100DZ Inflator, 10.8 V

Dewalt make a similar set but don't be fooled, their drill is not a combi, just a drill/driver.

Since getting this Makita kit I have hardly used my 18v drill and can't find one thing I don't like about these tools.




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New Claw Hammer Range With Shock Absortion

Over the last 20 years of running Fredshed I have tested many new hammers but none were better than my trusty Estwing.

The classic blue handle design is durable and proven over decades of use, it is hard to imagine how it could be improved.

Fiskars from Finland have done this by using a range of materials to absorb some of the impact away from the users wrist.

The mixture of composites and metals really works and after some persuasion my builder friends used my Fiskars IsoCore claw hammer and grew to love it.

There are a range of hammer types and weights in the Isocore range and although they are more expensive than Estwing if you wish to reduce the wear and tear on your hands and arms the extra cost will be minimal compared to a longer more pain free career.

Fiskars IsoCore L Hammer with Curved Claw, Length: 34 cm, Weight: 779 g

Fiskars IsoCore M Hammer with Curved Claw, Length: 34 cm, Weight: 884 g

 Estwing E3/20c Curved Claw Hammer - Vinyl Grip 20oz



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Oscillating Blade Power Tools

The Fein multimaster is the German made industrial tool that can saw, grind, sand and polish. The tool and its blades are very expensive.

Fein invented this type of tool but now the patent has expired all the big powertool brands make their own versions.

The last Fein model I owned had a spring loaded quick release for changing blades without using a tool. It is very good until you get your finger trapped in it. The new Bosch CES models have a much better "auto-clic"  blade changing mechanism.

Bosch bring out lower cost version of the award winning Fein Multimaster

The new Bosch PMF250 CES and the more powerful 350CES have a superb new auto-clic mechanism.

This enables blades to be changed in an instant with no tools required and no crushed fingers!


PMF Cordless Multi-Tool

The Bosch All rounder 3-in 1 multifunction powertool (shown with a plunge cut saw blade).

The powered plunge cut saw is extremely useful for small fiddly jobs.

I have a friend who is a locksmith and uses this tool to cut new lock catches in. The tool paid for itself in around 5 jobs!

I have extensively used the old Bosch PM190E  "All Rounder" and can report that it does the job well, but with a bit more noise and vibration than the Fein. The PMF190E has been replaced with the PMF220CE that has more power.

The tool comes with 2 saw blades and a sander attachment with 6 pads. It has a 19mm dust extraction hole.


Bosch PMF 220 CE Multi Tool

Bosch PMF 250 CES Set Multi Tool

Bosch PMF 350 CES - power multi-tools


Cordless versions of the 3 in 1 All rounder multi-tool.

This Bosch GOP tool uses 10.8v lithium ion batteries but for most cordless use an 18v model is more useful.

 Bosch AdvancedMulti 18, 18 V

 Bosch Professional GOP 18 V Cordless Multi - Cutter +


Bosch have 2 ranges of powertools in each voltage size.

Blue for professional use & Green for DIY use

The Bosch Blue tools are more durable and have longer warranties.

The batteries for Bosch Blue and Bosch Green tools often look the same but beware! they are NOT COMPATIBLE.

Blades and Tools For Bosch Multi Tools


Saxton 13 Blades Case Set for Fein Multimaster Bosch Multitool

Saxton SHLR44TT Titanium Coated Blades  


All Bosch models use the same range of blades and accessories which also happen to fit the Fein Multimaster.

There is a large choice of blades including at least 5 different plungecut saw blades.

The plunge cut saw really is the "killer application" for this type of tool.

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Bosch 10.8v Powertool Range Rebranded as Easy 12

Due to changes in how battery capacity can be described the former 10.8v tools can now be called 12v

Bosch EasyImpact 12 Cordless Combi Drill with 12 V Lithium-Ion Battery

This is the smallest combi drill available and can drill up to 8mm in brick.

superb tool for household DIY



Bosch EasySander 12 Cordless Multi-Sander with 12 V Lithium-Ion Battery

The first cordless sander I tested was the Bosch Prio  which has now evolved into this superb little tool.

The cordless PSM has a sensor to measure the amount of force you apply so if you want to remove more material just push harder and the motor moves up a gear in response.

This unique feature helps give a better finish and increases battery duration.

Bosch 12v Nano Blade Saw


Blade is like a mini chainsaw

The saw has a unique design that enables it to be plunged into wood and then produce a fine, very accurate cut.

This makes the saw more versatile and effective. The batteries in the green 12v range have also been improved and now have 2.5 amp hour of charge.



Bosch EasyCut 12 LI Cordless Multi Saw with 12 V Lithium-Ion Battery

 Bosch EasyImpact 12 Cordless Combi Drill with 12 V Lithium-Ion Battery

 Bosch EasySander 12 Cordless Multi-Sander with 12 V Lithium-Ion Battery

 Bosch EasyHedgeCut 12-35 Cordless Hedge Cutter 350 mm Blade 15 mm Tooth Opening

 Bosch 12 V 2.5 Ah Lithium-Ion Battery


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Tools on test - Best Wire Stripper and Crimper

I have owned and thrown away many pairs of wire strippers over the last 20 years and have been on a mission to find the best and most reliable tool.

Automatic wire strippers often start off working well and then just when you are doing an important job they fail and mangle or cut the wire. Many times I have had to fall back on using my simple pliers based strippers to get a job done.

Currently I am  trying a new set of automatic wire strippers, crimpers and cutters from my old friends at Draper Tools. I will be giving this tool a lot of use on many types of wire and reporting back. So far so good and I am very impressed with the accuracy of the stripping.

As you can see from the image to the right, I was able to take off the thick outer protective plastic insulation and then strip off the very thin coloured insulation from 4 audio and video cables. This very delicate work was achieved in seconds and with great accuracy.

From fine to thick the plastic is magically removed! it cuts ends too.

This is one of my "must have " tools that has saved me so much time.



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Which is the Best Swiss Army Knife Model?

New version of traditional Swiss Army knife - with Torch

I still use my 30 year old Swiss Champ Knife that contains so many useful tools. There are 14 blades and 5 hidden things like tweezers, toothpick and even a PEN! - (I lost the other 2)

It is called the Swiss champ and makes a perfect gift for anyone, mine is still sharp, I know as I just cut my finger again- Doh!

A more recent addition to the range is the Cyberknife which has a small screwdriver with separate sockets designed for working on computers and electrical goods.

I find the Cyberknife even more useful than my trusty Swiss Champ due to these separate little accessories designed for today's living.

My Swiss champ is good but I have yet to remove anything from a horses hoof!

If you are looking for a fantastic gift for any practical person then a Swiss Army Knife is the ticket.





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Worx Hydroshot 20v Cordless Pressure Washer


The  Worx 20v Powershare range of cordless powertools has been joined by the first cordless pressure washer. The Worx Hydroshot uses a standard hose connector and hose to access water from a bucket or any water source you have. Whilst the power does not match a mains pressure washer it is good enough to blast muck from objects like windows, bikes, boots and cars.

One of my testers suggested it would be good for muddy dogs feet as washing them down after a walk is one of the best ways to avoid the deadly Alabama Rot disease that is spreading throughout the UK. I will try the hydroshot soon on some doggy friends and let you know how they like it - or not - GRRRR- OW!

The Hydroshot really shows its worth if you need cleaning power in an area with no mains water or electric supply. You can even take it in your car with a container of water and use it at events like motocross, fieldsports and all sorts of country pursuits or just use it in distant parts of your garden.

The Worx 20v Li-ion battery is the same one I use in my cordless mower which doubles up to make 40v and a superb mower.

Other tools in the Worx range include top quality drills and impact drivers with the latest brushless motors!


 WORX WG629E.9 Hydroshot 20V Portable Pressure Cleaner - BODY ONLY

WORX WG779E.2 Cordless Mower 34cm Dual 20V Batteries

 WORX 40V Cordless 34cm Lawn Mower WG779E with 2 x 2.5Ah Batteries

WORX WA3551.1 20V 2.0Ah Battery pack with Powershare Battery platform


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New "All Purpose" Drill Bits from Bosch

 Bosch 2607010546 Multi-Construction Drill Bits, 7 Pieces

All Purpose Drill Bits for All Materials?

 This ingenious design enables you to drill masonry, wood, plastic and some metals using the same bit!

I will say that "multi-tools" are never as good as specialised tools but these work well enough and if you don't do a lot of specialised work then they are very convenient.

If you want specialised bits then the Bosch concrete drill bit set is great value at around 5 and will outperform even a standard masonry bit.






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