Electricians' Essentials

Electricians Tools

When you’re an electrician, no two days are ever the same. Always having the right tools and equipment on hand will allow you to carry out electrical jobs safely and efficiently — whatever the day brings. In fact, a lot of electrical work can’t be done safely without the right equipment and there are certain essential tools that you won’t want to be without, such as pliers, combi-drills and screwdrivers.

Whether you’re a budding electrician or an old time experienced sparky, your tool bag is your trusty companion. But if you’re starting out as a professional electrician for the first time, getting together all the tools you need can be a costly business. At ToolStore UK we’re here to help you keep your start-up costs low while equipping you with all the tools an electrician needs.

We’ve got a wide range of tools for electricians from many of the world’s leading brands, including Stanley, Makita, DeWalt and Bosch. We’re here to help you stock up on trade essentials and, if you spend over £30 on essential hand tools, we’ll deliver your entire order for free!

Electricians Tool Checklist

Here at ToolStore UK, we equip electricians like you with the safe and efficient tools you need to do your job. Look below for a list of our most popular essential tools for electricians.


Power Tools For Electricians


With its interchangeable drill bits and rechargeable battery, your cordless combi-drill will have multiple functions and applications, from driving screws, mounting light fixtures and drilling holes.
Combi-Drills

With its interchangeable drill bits and rechargeable battery, your cordless combi-drill will have multiple functions and applications, from driving screws, mounting light fixtures and drilling holes.

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For those times when you need to cut through floorboards to lay cables, a lightweight circular saw will glide through wood, metal or plastic depending on the blade selected.
Circular Saws

For those times when you need to cut through floorboards to lay cables, a lightweight circular saw will glide through wood, metal or plastic depending on the blade selected.

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DEWALT DWE550 240V 165MM Compact Circular Saw
Highly Rated
£99.98 inc
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(£83.32 ex VAT)
MAKITA 5008MGJ 240v 210mm 1800w Circular Saw
£179.34 inc
VAT

(£149.45 ex VAT)

DEWALT DWE576KL 110v 190mm Circular Saw Track Base
£187.81 inc
VAT

(£156.51 ex VAT)
MAKITA 5903R 110v 235mm Circular Saw
£222.58 inc
VAT

(£185.48 ex VAT)

Oscillating multi-tools are one of the handiest tools you can have. From cutting and drilling to sanding and scraping, they allow you to accomplish a variety of tasks quickly and efficiently.
Multi-Tools

Oscillating multi-tools are one of the handiest tools you can have. From cutting and drilling to sanding and scraping, they allow you to accomplish a variety of tasks quickly and efficiently.

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MAKITA TM3010CK 110v 320w Oscillating Multi Tool
£126.83 inc
VAT

(£105.69 ex VAT)
MAKITA TM3010CK 240v 320w Oscillating Multi Tool
£126.83 inc
VAT

(£105.69 ex VAT)

Hand Tools For Electricians


Screwdrivers are essential in the electrical industry, whether it’s a specialist VDE screwdriver or one for everyday purposes.
Screwdrivers

Screwdrivers are essential in the electrical industry, whether it’s a specialist VDE screwdriver or one for everyday purposes.

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STANLEY 0 65 335 FatMax Pozi PZ1 X 100mm
£4.38 inc
VAT

(£3.65 ex VAT)

MILWAUKEE 4932471868 8-in1 Ratcheting Screwdriver
£10.66 inc
VAT

(£8.88 ex VAT)
STANLEY 0 65 209 FatMax Phillips PH2 X 125mm
£6.01 inc
VAT

(£5.01 ex VAT)

Essential for the management of wires and cables, pliers come in all shapes and sizes.
Pliers For Electricians

Essential for the management of wires and cables, pliers come in all shapes and sizes.


Find The Best Pilers For Electricians

Diagonal pliers are designed for cutting wires and can be fitted with wire-cutting blades either built into the jaws or on the handles just below the pivot.

Long-nose pliers, or needle-nose pliers, are used to bend, re-position and snip wires.

Tongue-and-groove pliers are commonly used for turning and holding nuts and bolts, gripping irregularly shaped objects, and clamping materials.

Wire strippers strip the electrical insulation from electric wires.

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MILWAUKEE 4932464571 VDE Combination Plier 165mmMILWAUKEE 4932464571 VDE Combination Plier 165mm
£25.63 inc
VAT

(£21.36 ex VAT)
MILWAUKEE 4932464565 VDE 45deg Rnd Nose Plier 205mmMILWAUKEE 4932464565 VDE 45deg Rnd Nose Plier 205mm
£32.05 inc
VAT

(£26.71 ex VAT)

STANLEY 084003 Fatmax 175mm VDE Diagonal Pliers
£17.48 inc
VAT

(£14.57 ex VAT)
STANLEY 0 84 647 Fatmax 200mm Groove Joint Pliers
£14.92 inc
VAT

(£12.43 ex VAT)

For cutting floors to walls, you need effective tools that deliver a professional result every time. A decent hand saw is essential as it is versatile enough to cut through nuts, bolts, timber, plastics and metals.
Hand Saws

For cutting floors to walls, you need effective tools that deliver a professional result every time. A decent hand saw is essential as it is versatile enough to cut through nuts, bolts, timber, plastics and metals.

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MILWAUKEE 48220305 Folding Jabsaw
£23.82 inc
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(£19.85 ex VAT)
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STANLEY 1 20 112 Mitre BoxSTANLEY 1 20 112 Mitre Box
£12.68 inc
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(£10.57 ex VAT)
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Whether you're securing electrical boxes with nail-on brackets or removing nails and wood when you’re making room for wiring, a hammer is key piece of kit for your toolkit. 
Hammers

Whether you're securing electrical boxes with nail-on brackets or removing nails and wood when you’re making room for wiring, a hammer is key piece of kit for your toolkit. 

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A great installation starts with level boxes and straight switch and outlet covers. See our range of levels from the brands you trust.
Levels

A great installation starts with level boxes and straight switch and outlet covers. See our range of levels from the brands you trust.

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Perfect for setting heights for switches and outlets and marking surfaces for cutouts, a good quality tape measure is a must-have for all electricians.
Tape Measures

Perfect for setting heights for switches and outlets and marking surfaces for cutouts, a good quality tape measure is a must-have for all electricians.

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Accessories For Electricans


Blades

You will most likely be sawing through floorboards when laying cables so a high-quality wood blade is essential. However, it is sensible to have blades for cutting metal and plastic handy too. 

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Drill Bits

Whether you’re drilling into masonry, metal or wood, drill bits come in all shapes and sizes. And using the right drill bit for your application will give you a far more professional result in a faster time. 

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Hole Saw Sets

Our hole saw sets include ring-shaped saw blade attachments that attach to a power drill. When the drill rotates, the hole saw cuts a hole and can even be used to make holes in electrical panels or junction boxes.

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Step Bit

A step drill bit can drill through metal sheets up to 7mm. The increasing diameter of the bit enlarges the hole at each step. These are particularly convenient for creating holes quickly into junction boxes and panels.

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For Multi-Tools

As well as wiring, you probably find yourself drilling, grinding, sanding, polishing, scraping, trimming and cutting. Keep your multi-tool as versatile as possible with our huge range of multi-tool accessories, ideal for a variety of tasks. 

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Nails and Fixings

Browse our wide range of nails and fixings from the biggest and most trusted brands in the trade. Ideal for carpenters, drywallers, electricians and DIY enthusiasts, you’ll find all the nails and fixings you need to get the job done.

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Best Power Tool Accessories For Electricians



DEWALT DT90238 6pc EXT Tri-Flute Spade Bit Set
£36.84 inc
VAT

(£30.70 ex VAT)
DEWALT DT4535QZ 5pc Brad Point Drill Bit Set
£6.24 inc
VAT

(£5.20 ex VAT)

MAKITA P-46084 5 Piece Flat Bit Set
£5.51 inc
VAT

(£4.59 ex VAT)



BOSCH 2608580094 Extension 305 mm
£12.07 inc
VAT

(£10.06 ex VAT)
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Safety Equipment For Electricians


Many plug sockets are mounted 8 to 10 inches off the ground, protect your knees with some knee pads. Reduce the chance of cuts from electrical wires with a pair of cut-resistant gloves.
Knee Pads and Gloves

Many plug sockets are mounted 8 to 10 inches off the ground, protect your knees with some knee pads. Reduce the chance of cuts from electrical wires with a pair of cut-resistant gloves.

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When you’re working on jobsites, and particularly when using power tools, flying debris and dust is a very real concern. Eye protection is important to prevent any dust or other particles from causing damaging eye injuries.
Safety Goggles

When you’re working on jobsites, and particularly when using power tools, flying debris and dust is a very real concern. Eye protection is important to prevent any dust or other particles from causing damaging eye injuries.

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Your work boots are one of the most important parts of your uniform. Keep your feet protected from workplace accidents and enjoy the comfort you need to stay on your feet with our range of safety boots.
Safety Boots

Your work boots are one of the most important parts of your uniform. Keep your feet protected from workplace accidents and enjoy the comfort you need to stay on your feet with our range of safety boots.

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TOUGHBUILT TB-KP-101 2-in-1 Knee PadsTOUGHBUILT TB-KP-101 2-in-1 Knee Pads
£15.06 inc
VAT

(£12.55 ex VAT)
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JOB SITE ESSENTIALS


Keeping your tools accessible and safe will make your working day run a lot smoother. Tool belts allow for convenient and quick access while you work, while a sturdy tool bag or tool box for your bigger tools is essential.
Storage

Keeping your tools accessible and safe will make your working day run a lot smoother. Tool belts allow for convenient and quick access while you work, while a sturdy tool bag or tool box for your bigger tools is essential.

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You’ve got the tools. Now you need the tunes! Sing along while you work with our fantastic range of job site radios. Bluetooth, FM, DAB, USB? However you like to listen, we’ve got it covered.
Turn it up!

You’ve got the tools. Now you need the tunes! Sing along while you work with our fantastic range of job site radios. Bluetooth, FM, DAB, USB? However you like to listen, we’ve got it covered.

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Electricians FAQs

What do I need to become an electrician?

There are a few different ways to become an electrician. You could take a college course, such as Level 2 and Level 3 diplomas in Electrical Installation or a Level 2 Diploma in Access to Building Services Engineering (Electrical). You'll need some practical experience to become fully qualified but doing a college course may help you get an apprenticeship or trainee position. You could also apply for an apprenticeship that combines study and work to become qualified. If you've worked in the industry for over 5 years but don’t have a Level 3 qualification, you may be able to get your experience recognised through the Experienced Worker Assessment.

What brands are the best to provide electrician tools?

At ToolStore UK, we stock a wide range of power tools and hand tools that professional electricians love and trust. DeWalt’s power tools are built to withstand heavy use, increase your efficiency while mitigating risk when performing commercial electrical jobs. Bosch’s range of professional power tools and accessories are engineered for high performance, meeting the highest standards in speed, precision and robustness for great, professional work results. Stanley offer a range of high-quality hand tools, from pliers and handsaws, to spanners, sockets and wrenches —providing professional electricians across the globe with products that are smart, tough, pioneering and up to the task.

How long does it take to become an electrician?

There are several ways to become an electrician and it will depend on your personal circumstances which one will be best. To work legally as an electrician, you’ll need your level 3 electrical or electro-technical qualification – or an equivalent. You could take a college course, which if you focus solely on training and complete your course full-time, you could be qualified within 12 to 18 months. You may need to plan around existing commitments, whether that’s family life or another, so it could take a little longer. You could become an apprentice, combining study and work to become qualified, which usually take around three years to complete and become fully qualified. Whatever route you choose, motivation and hard work will be essential and it’s crucial to remain committed.

What test equipment does an electrician need?

When you’re working as a professional electrician, you’ll need to test a wide range of electrical functions in residential and commercial electrical wiring.

Non-contact voltage testers are one of the safest tester and are easy to use. Also known as inductance testers, a non-contact tester is a battery-operated device that lets you check for voltage in devices and wires without having to touch any part of them. You can read the voltage by pointing the small tip at the end of the device to an electrical outlet, electrical wiring, circuit breakers, light sockets, switches or any other object.

Neon voltage testers is similar to a non-contact voltage tester but this device requires you to touch the circuit wires, screw terminals or outlet slots with wire probes and therefore should be handled with caution.

Plug-in circuit analysers test ordinary electrical outlets. They are cheap and easy-to-use and can tell you about the functions of an electrical circuit when you plug them into an outlet.

Solenoid Voltage Testers, also known as ‘wiggies’, can test for both voltage and polarity.

Digital clamp meters combine both multimeter and current sensor functions that uses clamping jaws to grip wire conductors.

Continuity testers check to see if something like a single-pole switch is working correctly. It has a probe at one end and a cord with either an alligator clip or another probe at the other end.

Multimeters measure current, voltage and resistance — making them one of the most versatile of all the electrical testers. They provide precise readings of AC and DC voltage, resistance, continuity, frequency and capacitance.

Wand voltage meters are digital voltage testers that work in two ways — wire leads that measure voltage or continuity by touching bare wires or metal contacts and electrostatic wands that can detect and measure voltage by merely holding them in proximity to wires or metal contacts.