When choosing a career in a trade, it’s important to assess all costs, from getting started with your tool kit to the training you'll need, and even the potential cost that theft could impact on your business. So, what are the top costs to a tradesperson, and how do different trades compare?
When time is in short supply and something in our homes needs to be fixed or maintained, it’s often an easy option to go to a friend or family member in a trade and ask for some help. While pay is normally included in these deals, generous "mates' rates" discounts could make the job unprofitable.
Find the right drill for you, whether a combi drill, rotary drill, angle drill or diamond core, or if you just need to know what the difference between them are. Howe Tools tells you what to consider, along with safety tips and advice on how to use a drill and choosing the right drill bits.
Hammers and breakers are used for the most challenging of drilling tasks. This buying guide highlights the key considerations when buying a hammer or breaker, explains what they can be used for, explores some differences between the available options, and provides guidance on safety use of the machines. It also lists our best selling hammers and breakers.
Screwdrivers are the ideal power tool for screwing and unscrewing into soft woods and plasterboard. They can save a lot of time over handheld screwdrivers for tasks such as putting together flat-pack furniture, sheds, fences, decking, drywall fitting and roof cladding. Visit our screwdrivers buying guide to understand the different types and features of powered screwdrivers.
Impact drivers have a higher amount of torque than conventional drills making them much better at tightening and loosening screws and bolts. Our impact driver buying guide explains the two types of impact drivers we stock, the key points to consider when buying an impact driver, and safety tips during use.
Impact wrenches provide a great deal of rotational power when undoing and tightening bolts. They are used in the automotive industry (often to change car tyres), to erect and dismantle scaffolding, for maintenance of heavy plant and machinery, and in construction projects. The amount of torque, the machine and chuck size and the power source are all important considerations when choosing an impact wrench.
Learn about the key uses for Angle Grinders, what to consider when purchasing one, and how to stay safe when using it. Get advice from Howe Tools and shop from our range of Angle Grinders, along with various other power tools and accessories.
There are many things to consider when buying a powered saw and there are several different types of saw available. Saws can differ by cut type, power source, cut size and the material the machine can cut. Our saw buying guide provides further information on these points, explains the different types of saws, and provides key safety tips when using a saw.
Our nailer buying guide explains the differences between first fix and second fix nailers, brad nailers, positive placement nailers and staplers. It then goes on to explore some key considerations when purchasing a nailer, such the choice between a gas nailer or a battery nailer. See what other nailers customers are buying by reviewing our list of most popular nailers.
Routers are versatile woodworking power tools used for trimming, cutting, edging and engraving. Although most routers look relatively similar, they can differ by size, power source, holder (collet) size, router base and functionality. Whatever router you choose they will help you to produce a professional finish to your work.
Planers and thicknessers are both used to trim thin pieces from wooden boards, but they are very different in the way they function. This planer and thicknesser buying guide considers these differences, explores what these tools can be used for, and will help you identify the most suitable model depending on your requirements.
Multi tools have a multitude of uses – it’s not just a clever name! They are able to cut, sand, scrape or rasp when fitted with the appropriate multi-tool attachment. They are available in corded (110v or 240V) and cordless (10.8v, 12v or 18v) power options. Oscillating speed, angle and wattage can vary across similar machines. Read this buying guide to find out more.
Dust extractors are power tools that help to maintain a safe air quality, which is extremely important when working with hazardous materials. This buying guide looks at the key considerations when buying a dust extractor and the different classes of dust extractors available.
Read our hedge trimmer buying guide to help you choose the right machine. Hedge trimmers can have different power sources, blade lengths and blade spacings, which may all be key considerations to you when buying one. Shrub trimmers are a smaller alternative to a hedge trimmer, and a pole hedge trimmer may give you that extra reach you need.