9 Must Have Tools Men Should Own in 2018

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Introduction

Having lived alone, with a partner and now with my own family, I know through experience how necessary it is to have my own tools for when those necessary jobs around the house need to be addressed. You may think that a claw hammer and screwdriver will be the only necessary tools that you’ll require but you’d be wrong.

Yes, they are the most popular tools and will probably be used more than any other, but what about those plumbing mishaps. I’m sure you’ve seen adverts or sitcoms where water starts spurting from the kitchen tap. So, how will a hammer help you in this situation? You’d be hard pressed to find any plumbing issue where a hammer will fix the issue.

So, keeping a set of essential tools about the house is crucial to keeping your house or appartment in good order. If you consider yourself a bit of a handyman, your tool kit will grow considerably over time with tools required for specific jobs.

Below is a brief buyer guide that will help advise you on a few things to consider before making a purchase. Once you’ve read it, check out our 9 essential must have tools men should own.

Must Have Tools Buying Guide

With varying types of hand tools, there’s so many aspects we could talk about to be aware of. We’ll go over a few of them for some of the most common tools you’ll require at home.

Hammer

Your hammer for instance will want to last and be great for general use. Every man needs a hammer and it may just become your best mate. When we talk about obtaining a must have hammer for home, we mean a claw hammer. You know, the type you can pull nails up with when they bend or are not aligned correctly. Not a mallet or sledge hammer.

All good hammers have a head weight and we suggest anywhere from 16oz to 20oz. to be a nice size for general home use. Another aspect of hammers is the face. Some hammers have a milled face which tends to be rigid. This is often used as a framing hammer, so I wouldn’t recommend it. Although a great aspect of the milled face is that it prevents the nail head from slipping off the face, it can also leave imprints on timber that you don’t want.

A smooth face hammer is ideal for general everyday use, there’s no need to pretend to be a tradesman if you are not. Obviously, you’ll need a rip claw on the rear of the hammer head. The other thing to keep in mind is handle length. Cheaper claw hammers have shorter handles, so I’d pay the extra few dollars for a longer handle, 15-17inches is what your after. A longer handle will cause you less strain on your wrist.

Screwdriver

As you’re probably be aware, there’s two main types of screw-heads amongst others. The ‘Slotted-Head’ (or flat-head) and the ‘Philips-Head’. So, it makes sense to have two different screw drivers. There’s also the option to have a single screw driver with changeable heads. Although this may seem more logical, they tend to be more clunky to use and the heads can fall out. It may be an idea to have one of these as a backup to you main screwdriver.

I’m going to suggest getting a ‘Philips-Head’ screwdriver as your first point of call as you’d probably use this more often (unlike the old days). But I’d also suggest purchasing a ‘Flat-Head’ screwdriver also as this is your next most common type of screw-head. In-fact a screwdriver set would ideal with various heads types and sizes. Another great idea is to keep a screwdriver in your car, mine has helped me out countless times.

Now different screws have various size indentations ranging from 0-25. So, if you’re only purchasing your first screwdriver you’ll want one that fits a general size, not too large or too small. From this list of screw head sizes, you’ll want the screwdriver that fits the most common ones, so I’d suggest the #2. This #2 screw driver will fit screw numbers 5-9.

You can also get long and short handle screwdrivers which all come in handy for different types of jobs. To start with I’d suggest a general 8-inch long screwdriver that will suit most jobs.

Measuring Tape

Do not buy a 2.5-meter measuring tape, you’re setting yourself up to fail any handyman job from the start. Can you image trying to measure a lounge room to buy a new furniture piece? Your lounge room could be 5-6 meters long!

So, I’d suggest a 7.5m minimum measuring tape which will be more than adequate for just about any job. There’s also a couple of features to look for when acquiring a new measuring tape. A magnetic hook is a great idea for those times when you’re working alone. You can also benefit from a heavy-duty case so that if you drop your tape measure, it will withstand the impact.

One other thing to make sure of, is that the measuring tape should have the correct measurement indicators that you’ll be working in. For instance, Inches in the USA, millimetres in the UK or Australia. Often, you’ll find both imperial and metric measurements which is ideal.

Others

Of course, there’s things to be aware of with other tools that one requires at home, but we won’t go into all of them. But let me give you a tip. Never buy the cheapest. You generally get what you pay for and I’d suggest doing a little due diligence before you purchase your next useful tool. It’s slao often best to look for a name brand such as Makita, DeWalt or Craftsman.

Below is a list of our 9 must have tools men should own and have stored in your garage or man-cave. We hope you find it useful.

#1 - Estwing 16 oz Straight Rip Claw Hammer

Customer Reviews

4.8

Pro’s

? Nylon Vinyl vibration reduction grip
? Smooth head & rip claw
? 16oz weight

Con’s

? Slight ‘pinging’ noise

Perfect for tradies or home handymen alike and obviously as we’re talking about must have tools men should own, here’s your starting point. Forget purchasing the old timber claw hammer like our fathers used in the 1970’s which can split or crack, todays hammers are so much more comfortable to use and manoeuvre.

At 16oz this it an ideal weight for the general home handyman and you’ll find it will be suitable for just about any job. What I really love about this hammer is it’s comfortable (and shock reducing) grip. Apparently is reduces vibration by 70%! I won’t argue with that, as it certainly feels nice and I’ve never noticed any jarring or vibrating.

You’ll notice that the head of the hammer is a smooth finish which is perfect for jobs around the house as you’ll not leave any rigid indentations that can be possible with a milled head. As the name suggests, you’ll be equipped with a rip-claw for pulling out misaligned or bent nails which happens with many a new handyman!

Notice that the steel hammer is forged of one piece making it extremely durable and has a great balance about it. You’ll find a nylon vinyl grip that is well cushioned for added comfort on the steel handle making this hammer one of the best in this price range.

Great features include:

  • Smooth head & rip claw for removing nails
  • Nylon vinyl cushioned grip
  • Perfect 16oz weight
  • Vibration reduction grip

With loads of customers having purchased this particular hammer, the 4.8-star rating proves its popularity and brand trust.

Just one thing to note is that a couple of customers have noted that a slight ‘ping’ noise is heard every time you hit a nail in. It may bother some, but most don’t seem to have a problem with it.


#2 - Vessel Megadora Cross Point Screwdriver

Customer Reviews

4.9

Pro’s

? JIS design
? Comfortable handle
? 8.3 inches

Con’s

?

If you’ve never heard of a JIS screwdriver you wouldn’t be the first, and you won’t be the last. But it’s also time to find out because these are a godsend when it comes to removing screws.

The screwdriver we suggest as a must have in your tool kit is the Vessel Megadora JIS. You can thank us later. This one has a lovely rubber grip that feels comfortable when manoeuvring screws into place. A magnetic tip is also a great aspect of this screwdriver. They’re not for everyone but I’d certainly recommend a magnetic tip if you only have the one screwdriver.

But the magic of this screwdriver is the JIS (Japanese Industrial Standard) design which allows for much better grip and less cam out on tight removal of screws. Standard Philips-Head screwdrivers have a radius on them that disallows the tip of the screwdriver to remain in the screw head when at maximum torque. Instead the tip will cam out and disfigure the screw head.

The Japanese have their own type of screws that the JIS screwdriver fits snugly into. The screwdriver is designed to never torque out, instead allowing the operator to control the tightening of a screw.

The great thing is, these JIS screwdrivers also fit typical Philips head screws which allows us to take advantage of a much more versatile screwdriver. It fits all #2 Philip head screws and many other sizes that are similar.

Great features include:

  • JIS (Japanese Industrial Standard) design
  • Fits many screw sizes including the most common #2
  • Comfortable handle
  • 8.3 inches long

This is one of the most popular screwdrivers on Amazon. Over 80 customers have rated this 4.8-stars and the reviews are very complimentary. If you read the reviews, you’ll note that mechanics swear by these screwdrivers. You will do well to own one of these screwdrivers in your home.


#3 - Craftsman 4 Piece Plier Set

Customer Reviews

4.9

Pro’s

? A full plier set for a multitude of jobs
? Proudly made in the USA
? Made from the quality ‘Craftsman’ brand
? Lifetime warranty

Con’s

? Pliers may be stiff at first

Although a single pair of pliers is adequate to start off with, a set of various plier types is more ideal. If you’re only going to get just the one pair, I’d suggest typical universal (or combination/slip-joint) pliers (pictured 3rd from left). However, each different pair of pliers shown has a unique purpose and will all come in very handy from time to time.

This collection will set you up with all the necessary plier types for a huge range of household jobs. From the slip-joint pliers that will serve a multitude of various tasks such as crimping, gripping and twisting objects that cannot be pinched by fingers. They are an older and more durable set of pliers that don’t try to keep up with the modern colourful sets.

The long nose (or needle-nose) pliers are so useful when it comes to electrical work. Not that I suggest doing your own electrical work around the house, that’s what electricians are for! But you can often have wiring issues for appliances or toys that require fixing. This is where the long nose pliers come in and they include a small section that allows you to cut wires.

You’re Arc Joint pliers are going to help you out when you require gripping a larger object such as a pipe or large nut. This is like an expended version of your universal pliers and you will find it coming in more useful than you think.

Lastly, you’ll get a lot of use from the diagonal pliers which are made for snipping. They’re a wire cutter that will help with household and gardening jobs like wire mesh chicken coops, wire vegetable gardens stand and so forth. Often, you’ll need to cut your wire mesh to size, this is the tool.

Great features include:

  • 4 x various pliers
  • Well made, very durable
  • Made in USA
  • Ideal for home or automotive

Hugely popular with tradesmen from the Craftsman brand. The reviews are extremely commendable with a 4.9-star rating. One customer has noted that they found a pair of pliers stiff to begin with. In our experience that is not unusual or a big issue.

A plier set like this will set you up nicely, especially for those new family men getting their new garage in order.


#4 - Kutir Retractible Measuring Tape

Customer Reviews

4.7

Pro’s

? Magnetic hook
? Shock absorbent case
? Bold measurements
? Locking mechanism

Con’s

? No light

I couldn’t imagine not having a good measuring tape in my tool kit. And no, I don’t mean a sewing measuring tape that your grandmother used for making your knitted jumper. I’m talking about a strong, durable measuring tape for taking measurements for a garden shed, paved are or timber decking. Even hanging pictures requires a measuring tape to align centrally between windows and doors or above your new locking liquor cabinet.

You simply need a measuring tape and this one is ideal in terms of cost and features, for any tool box. It has a maximum length of 7.5m or 25ft with a stand out of approximately 7 feet. This means the tape will stand out f