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  1. dom91c
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    Hi Guys,

    I've just been taken on as an apprentice for a commercial electrician firm and am in my first month. I'm wondering what tools you'd recommend me buying?

    I'm looking at getting a knife (maybe a Delphin), set of drivers, cable cutters, side cutters etc.

    Which are brands that you'd recommend that are decent quality and last a while, that also won't cost a fortune?

    Thanks in advance!
     
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  2. Pete999
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    Depends what you can afford really, you have to realise I am what most folk on this forum call a tool tart, if it was me I would go for an Electricians pen knife CK do one, and a cheap Stanley knife, use the pen knife for stripping cables the Stanley could be used for cutting boxes in plasterboard, CK Pliers and cutters, you wint go far wrong with either WIHA or WERA scredriver sets. If you can ask a staff member for access to the trainee area you could maybe find out what other trainees do regarding tools, good luck anyway, if money is tight don't go for one of the expensive tool bags, they are nice, but not really necessary for an Trainee.
     
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    Hey Dom, I recommend you join the trainee section (if you haven't already). It's a bit quiet just now but will hopefully pick up. There is a wealth of useful information in there including a list compiled by myself that would answer your question (although aimed more at domestic) and some additions by other members.

    You can gain access by following this link and filling in the blank form at the top of the page. No-one apart from staff and yourself will be able to see the details you put up.
     
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  4. Specialist
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    Hi Dom: Pete is definitely a tool tart and proud of it :D, but he certainly knows his quality tools. You won't go far wrong with his recommendations, as for Cable cutters it has to be Knipex. They're not cheap but will last for years.
     
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    Everyone has their favourites. For me, it's Knipex for cutters and pliers, and Wera for screwdrivers.
     
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    I would definitely get a set of voltage indicators too.
     
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  7. Specialist
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    Aah I see the disease is spreading nicely, your becoming a tool tart as well :p:D
     
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  8. Pete999
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  9. Specialist
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    Agreed Pete, a bit too soon probably. But a nice bit of kit all the same.
     
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  10. Pete999
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    OP Please don't be coerced into wasting cash on a non contact voltage indicator (volt stick) waste of your hard earned.
     
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    why? how else do you prove a circuit is dead?
     
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  12. LankyWill
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    Buy a decent set of pliers and snips as these are daily tools. I rate knipex highly and they fetch for a decent price on Amazon, I recommend 180mm snips for the high leverage and standard 160mm pliers.

    Must haves:
    Vde screwdrivers(whia are best and there slim drivers can be found cheaply on Amazon)

    Decent torpedo spirit level (Stanley fat max one has done me proud.

    Stanley and cable knife(knipex again)

    Stanley 23" toolbox (waterproof one from B&Q)

    Bahco hacksaw (screwix is decent for it)

    Decent Tape Measure (Stanley fatmax works well 5metre is very versatile)

    That should get you started, I'm a self confessed tool tart also. A decent tool collection takes years so don't throw all your hard earned cash on them straight away. Bit by bit works best and you still need pint money!
     
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  13. Pete999
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    Lick yer fingers and pray, oh and wear some googles and ear defenders.
     
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    This is my preference:
    Ck Cable cutters £14-£19

    Ck 3MAX Side cutters £30

    Stainless steel insulated Wera Screwdrivers £30

    Stanley Metal magnetic boat level £12

    Stanley tin snips with the gold tip £15

    Fluke Voltage testers £110

    Fluke volt stick £20

    Proving unit £50

    lock off device and sign £14

    Stanley Tool Back pack £35

    Bosch robust 18v drill £200

    Bosch 36v compact hammer drill £350

    Spit pulsa 800e nail gun £600 (god send for 1st fix)

    Stanley padsaw £10

    any Stanley knife with a good blade in

    Stanley tape measure £8

    Milwaukee 12v Recip saw £160
     
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    He's only just started he won't need half of that!
     
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  16. Joshua
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    HAHAHA I got a little carried away and a little too excited talking about tools :oops:

    If you're just starting out then all you need are cutters, screwdrivers, level and a spoon to stir tea
     
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    No he won't but he should get a kettle, spoon and a broom:rolleyes:
     
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  18. Specialist
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    You forgot the guide on how to make a good cup of tea ;):)
     
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  19. Joshua
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    ah but that's dependant on the individual

    mine is extra milky 2 sugars. . milk goes in last and at least 1/3 milk
     
  20. Specialist
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    Ewch that's not tea, it's just milky water.
    Get a good hot & strong cup of Yorkshire tea into you, sets you up for the day & helps you relax.
     
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    Tin of elbow grease

    A long stand with a hook on it.

    20m of fallopian tube

    Sky hooks etc..
     
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  22. Specialist
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    You missed skirting ladders & spirit level bubbles Lee ;):)
     
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    Just don't ask Baldrick to make it:
     
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  24. Specialist
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    Might be an improvement on his normal tea :)
     
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    Build your kit up each week/month. I recommend the stanley fatmax tool rug sack.
     
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    If anything from Yorkshire,is going to be going in to him,he should at least expect some flowers,and a phone call...
     
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    Rug sack??
     
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  29. Specialist
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    A rug looks nicer than knee pads Pete :), has to have somewhere to keep it.
     
  30. Pete999
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    Talking of knee pads I won a Klein kneeling Mat at CEF Live yesterday very nice.
     
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  31. Specialist
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    Nice one mate :).
     
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    typical essex. ..... wimpy..... real man's drink is 2 heaped spoons nescafe original, dash of milk, 3 sugars, 1/2 tot scotch.
     
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  33. Joshua
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    If you carry on I'll go real Essex on you and threaten you while standing behind my mates and calling you "Geez" or "son" between insults :cool:
     
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  34. Specialist
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    That'll take the hairs off your chest :)
     
  35. Specialist
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    Don't do that, he'll send the boys around to feed you his coffee ;):)
     
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  36. Specialist
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    Tel: Go in Tesco & buy a jar of Colombian coffee, that'll sort the men from the boys ;):cool:
    Used to always have a jar with me when on call or pulling an all nighter, sure keeps you awake.
     
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    the pure stuff, or the packs with the white powder packets inside?
     
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  38. Specialist
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    Don't know what you could mean old boy, Always has to be pure. After all, you know how Chaste & pure I am :innocent::confused::p:D

    Oh gawd: Just realised it's Friday again 
     
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    chaste? you should be... chased with a baseball bat. :eek:
     
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  40. Specialist
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    What's that poor baseball bat done, to deserve a fate like that ? :fearscream: :D
     
  41. dom91c
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    Thank you all for your detailed responses, it's very much appreciated!

    I'm planning on getting cutters, screwdrivers, and a knife in the first few weeks. Luckily the lads I work with are sharing with me (for now!), so I'm alright for a bit. Can see myself becoming a 'tool tart' myself, so you may see me around this forum more often!

    As for the tea I've also been lucky with us all liking our tea the same way. And plenty of it.

    Thanks again!
     
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  43. Specialist
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    Hey Dom: Depending on what your looking to spend, there are some reasonably priced starter kits on eBay.
     
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  45. dom91c
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    Think I'll be investing in the CK Cable Cutters this week and the side cutters in the next couple of weeks then!

    Thanks for your help and opinions. Makes it a lot easier to make a better purchase, saving me trying out all the dud brands.
     
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