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by constructaquote - 6 August 2019


In our recent constructaquote.com Twitter poll we asked UK tradespeople for their opinion on the best power tools on the market. Around 184 people took part in our social media survey.

We asked: Which brand of tools do tradespeople prefer? Here’s what you told us.

Makita (36%)

Leading the way in innovative products in terms of design and manufacturing, Makita, who has a dedicated research and development centre in Japan, appears to be at the forefront of technology when it comes to power tools. Our readers acknowledged this with 36% voting Makita as their choice of brand when it comes to selecting a new trade tool.

DeWalt (28%)

Established in 1922, DeWalt focuses on products primarily used in the construction industry. The extensive range of products can be found in leading trade stores such as Screwfix, Travis Perkins, and RS among others.

Other (24%)

“We’re surprised to see our poll participants choose ‘other’ and voters appeared reluctant to state what other brands they were using or prefer. So after much lively debate in our office, we’ve come up with a couple of companies that we think are good alternative brand options that deserve a ranking in this poll based on quality products and years of experience,” said Millie Hamman, Social Media and Marketing Executive at constructaquote.com.

Hitachi Power Tools (UK)

Following numerous awards for product design – (Hitachi won the iF design award in 2018 for its cordless framing and finish nailers meaning users don’t need an air hose, compressor, or gas cartridges) – the 11th award for the company in six consecutive years. Hitachi also prides itself on its after sales customer service.


A mid-sized company with the range of a global player, this made-in-Germany company offers powerful systematic product solutions for engineering ingenuity.

Bosch (12%)

Surprisingly, Bosch came last in our online poll but it’s fair to say that from power tools to accessories to spare parts, the online Bosch shop features plenty of innovative power tools for engineering excellence and still remains a firm favourite with many.

We also wanted to find out where tradespeople shop for their power tools. TradePoint, Travis Perkins, and Jewson were cited as tradespeople’s favourite place to shop for work equipment and tools.