Howe To buying guides

Howe To: Buying Guides for power tools
and garden machines


If you need to know more about types of power tools or garden machinery before making your choice, then our buying guides will help.

Each buying guide describes the types of machines available, key considerations when purchasing that tool, lists our most popular models, and provides some essential safety tips.

The following guides for power tools and garden machines are currently available, we are working on more so please check back soon!

DEWALT DCD796N Combi drill


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.

Read the Drill Buying Guide...


MAKITA DHR171Z 18v Hammer - SDS plus

Hammers & Breakers

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.

Read the Hammers & Breakers Buying Guide...


DEWALT DCF620D2K 18v Autofeed screwdriver - 1/4'' hex drive


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.

Read the Screwdrivers Buying Guide...


MAKITA DTD152Z Impact driver

Impact Drivers

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.

Read the Impact Driver Buying Guide...


DEWALT DCF899HN 18v Impact wrench - 1/2

Impact Wrenches

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.
Read the Impact Wrench Buying Guide...


MAKITA GA4530R Angle grinder

Angle Grinders

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.

Read the Angle Grinder Buying Guide...


DEWALT DWS774 Mitre saw


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.

Read the Saw Buying Guide...


MAKITA AF505N Compressed air Brad nailer


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.

Read the Nailer Buying Guide...


DEWALT D26204K 240v Plunge router - 1/4


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.

Read the Router Buying Guide...


DEWALT DCP580N 18v Planer - 82mm blade width

Planers & Thicknessers

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.

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MAKITA DTM51Z 18v Multi function tool

Multi tools

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.

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BOSCH GAS 18 V-10 L 18v L class dust extractor

Dust Extractors

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.

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MAKITA DUH523Z hedge trimmer

Hedge Trimmers

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.

Read the Hedge Trimmer Buying Guide...
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