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

Updated 12th January 2018

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Bosch 12v Easy Cut Saw

Makita 12v Micro Drill & Impact Driver

Best Mastik Guns

Powered Multi Tools

Bosch 12v Cordless Drills/sanders & saws

Wire Stripper and Crimper

Bosch Metal and Stud Detector




Bosch Easy Cut 12v Mini Saw with Nano blade

The excellent Green Bosch 10.8v range of cordless powertools has been renamed as the Easy12 range. A new addition is the unique Easy Cut 12 saw that works on the chainsaw principle but using a very small chain and bar. This enables very small plunge cuts, with forwards and backwards cuts with little vibration. The saw comes with the latest, large capacity 2.5 amp, 12v  Li-ion battery, charger and one blade. There are 3 other blades available for different materials.

I will be testing the Easycut 12 over the winter so watch this space!

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


Several tools from the Easy12 range that I am testing.

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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 so you don't need to buy lots of batteries and chargers.

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 many 18v rivals.

Available for around 135 for the pair 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.

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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Best Mastik Guns

Lightweight Dripless Mastik Guns designed in the USA

Over the last 16 years of running Fredshed I have tested many fancy sealant guns including "drip free" and cordless battery powered ones.

Some have worked well for a limited time but none have been worth recommending. Also the standard cheap ones are now such poor quality that they often break or seize up in use. My extensive research led me to the sealant manufacturer Everbuild who also produce a range of guns to compliment their excellent caulks, glues and other sealants. I am a big fan of their Everbuild Weather mate silicon sealant as I use it to seal up the gaps around windows and door frames at my rickety old beach house. The Weather Mate silicon is the most durable I have found and has stopped leaks permanently when standard silicon has shrunk or been broken down by the sun and salty sea air.

Even though the Everbuild guns are good quality they still dribble out goo when you don't want it. Luckily I discovered the Dripless guns from the USA. These really do what they say and the level of engineering and quality is impressive.  There are a couple of models and one is even engineered to have more power specifically for pushing out thicker sealants.

Another great feature of a Dripless sealant gun is the flip out metal pin for cleaning the nozzles.  The guys at Dripless really know their stuff and have thought of everything.

I will undertake long term extensive testing of the Dripless guns and will report back here.

 Dripless Inc. ETS2000 Ergo Composite Caulk Gun

 Dripless Inc. ETS3000 Ergo-Tech Industrial Caulk Gun

Use link below for the best outdoor silicon sealant


 Everbuild Weather Mate Silicon Sealant 310ml - White

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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 0603102070 PMF 220 CE Multi Tool

 Bosch 0603102171 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 and the same blades as the Bosch mains 3-in1 tool featured on this page.

Bosch have 2 ranges of powertools

Blue for professional use & Green for DIY use

The new 10.8v GOP costs about 140 and comes with a range of accessories. 1 sander head, 5 sheets of abrasive, a saw  blade, and 2 Lithium Ion Batteries that also fit other Bosch Blue tools.

The new green model (PMF 10.8 Li) is very similar but uses different batteries to the professional Blue Bosch range but both ranges use the same charger. The cheaper green model actually has a feature not seen on the blue model which is the "eco mode" that automatically reduces the power when you are not using it. This makes the battery last longer and makes the tool more pleasant to use.


Bosch PMF 10.8v Li Cordless Green

Bosch GOP 10.8v Li Cordless Blue

Bosch PMF 10.8 LI Cordless Lithium-Ion All-Rounder  (1 x 10.8 V Battery, 2.0 Ah)

Bosch GOP 10.8 V-LI Professional Cordless Multitool 10.8 V (includes 2 x 2.5 Ah Lithium Ion Batteries)

The same battery from the green Bosch PMF can be used in all the tools below

Blades and Tools For Bosch Multi Tools


 Saxton SH13CS01 13 Blades Case Set for Fein Multimaster Bosch Multitool

Saxton SHLR44TT Titanium Coated Blades  


All 3 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 PSB Cordless Combi Drill

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

Bosch PSB 10.8 LI-2 Cordless Lithium-Ion Hammer Drill Driver  (1 x 10.8 V Battery, 2.0 Ah)

superb tool for household DIY

10.8v PSM Cordless Sander - (Now 12v EasySand)

 Bosch PSM 10.8 LI Cordless Lithium-Ion Multi-Sander  (Baretool: Supplied without Battery/without Charger)

Bosch Cordless sander with 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.


PST 10.8v Cordless Jigsaw


Blade can be rotated to cut both ways!

 Bosch PST 10.8 LI Cordless Lithium-Ion Jigsaw (Baretool: Supplied without Battery/without Charger)

The Jigsaw has a unique design that enables it to be used like a reciprocal saw by turning the blade around.

This makes the saw more versatile and effective. The batteries in the green 10.8v range have also been improved and now have 2.5 amp hour of charge.


Bosch PSB 10.8 LI-2 Cordless Lithium-Ion Hammer Drill Driver  (1 x 10.8 V Battery, 2.0 Ah)

 Bosch PST 10.8 Li Cordless Jigsaw

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

 Bosch 12 V 2.5 Ah Lithium-Ion Battery

 Anglia Tool Centre - Power Tools

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Coming Soon, The Best Repair Tape !   see link below

 FiberFix Repair Wrap Medium (5cm x 127cm)

 FiberFix Repair Wrap Large (10cm x 152cm)

 Anglia Tool Centre - Power Tools



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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Best Multi-tool? Gerber or Leatherman?

so nice to handle


I tried the Gerber Skeletool but much preferred the cheaper Gerber 600 as it was simpler to use and has the option to take normal screwdriver and hex bits to suit your needs.

If you want a smaller lighter multitool the 600's baby brother the Gerber 400 is the same but lacks the saw, file and does not come with the extra screwdriver bits although you could make up your own.

Having owned a multitool for many years one thing I don't like about them is the price. As I have lost a few and only use them occasionally I like to have a cheap one that I don't have to worry about. The Draper 21 function tool fits this job and for just over a tenner the quality is surprisingly good and perfect for occasionally use.


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Also under testing, Bosch Digital Laser Rangefinder

This sizable gadget looks like something from Star Wars but is actually designed to detect electrical cables and water pipes.

I can confirm that it does work - most of the time but is not infallible. Shame really as detecting metal is not rocket science.

The Bosch laser measure on the other hand has been 100% reliable and is very impressive.

It has now been replaced by a similar looking and weirdly named Zamo.

 Bosch PLR 15 Digital Laser Measure (Measuring up to 15 m)

 Bosch 603681000 PMD 10 Multi Detector

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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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