The Best Tools of 2022

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Building an extensive collection of tools takes time. Even DIYers with a few years and plenty of projects under their belts probably still pine for new gear they’ve yet to acquire. Make sure you’re off to a good start with a few of the best tools available.


Not all newer DIYers know what to look for or what they need when starting their tool collection. Whether it’s household DIY, automotive maintenance, or woodworking, there’s just so much to know.

The Best Tools of 2022
1 DEWALT 20V Max Cordless Drill Combo Kit
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DEWALT 20V Max Cordless Drill Combo Kit

This DEWALT 20V max Lithium Ion Drill Driver/Impact Driver Combo Kit comes with DEWALT cordless tools including the DCD771 20V max 1/2-inch Drill/Driver, and the DCF885 1/4-inch Impact Driver. Both have a compact and lightweight design to fit into tight areas, as well as an ergonomic handle for comfort and control. The DCK240C2 in DEWALT tool kit is ideal of completing a wide range of applications. LED foot light for superior visibility.
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  • DCD771 in cordless drill combo kit features 2 speed transmission (0-450 / 0-1500 RPM)
  • DCD771 high performance motor of cordless tools combo kit delivers 300 unit watts out (UWO) of power ability completing a wide range of applications
  • DCD771 compact, lightweight design of the drill/ impact driver combo kit fits into tight areas
  • DCD771 1/2-inch single sleeve ratcheting chuck provides tight bit gripping strength
  • DCD771 Ergonomic handle delivers comfort and control
  • DCF885 Compact (5.55-inch front to back), lightweight (2.8 lbs) design fits into tight areas
  • DCF885 1-handed loading 1/4-inch hex chuck accepts 1-inch bit tips
  • DCF885 features 3 LED light ring withe 20 second delay to provide visibility without shadows
2 Klein Tools 32500 11-in-1 Screwdriver / Nut Driver Set
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Klein Tools 32500 11-in-1 Screwdriver / Nut Driver Set

This versatile 11-in-1 tool has everything the professional needs. The integrated screwdriver/nut driver shaft holds 8 popular tips and converts to 3 nut driver sizes. The blades are interchangeable for quick and easy switch out. The Cushion-Grip handle allows for greater torque and comfort. You'll be reaching for this tool to meet your needs on the job.. Integrated screwdriver and nut driver shaft holds 8 popular tips and converts to 3 nut driver sizes.
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  • Multi-bit screwdriver / nut driver shaft holds 8 popular tips and converts to 3 nut driver sizes
  • Includes industrial strength heat treated bits: 3/8-Inch, 5/16-Inch and 1/4-Inch nut drivers, #1 and #2 Phillips, 1/4-Inch and 3/16-Inch slotted, T10 and T15 TORX, and #1 and #2 square recess
  • Interchangeable blade for fast and easy switch out; comfortable Cushion-Grip handle
  • Blast finish bit tips provide a firm hold and reduce cam-out
  • The following replacement bits are available: see Cat. No. 32482 (#1 Phillips and 3/16-Inch Slotted), Cat. No. 32483 (#2 Phillips and 1/4-Inch Slotted), Cat. No. 32484 (#1 Square and #2 Square), and Cat. No. 32485 (T10 TORX and T15 TORX)
  • TORX is a registered trademark of Acument Intellectual Properties, LLC
  • Assembled in USA of US and imported components
3 DEWALT 20V MAX 7-1/4-Inch Circular Saw with Brake
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DEWALT 20V MAX 7-1/4-Inch Circular Saw with Brake

This DEWALT 20V cordless circular saw gives you with the power and depth-of-cut of a corded circular saw, but with the portability and convenience of cordless. DEWALT brushless motor technology delivers excellent performance and runtime when cross cutting 2x material and ripping sheet goods.
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  • Power – Brushless motor of DEWALT 7 1/4 circular saw provides 5500RPM maintaining speed under load
  • Runtime – The cordless circular saw provides 330 crosscuts in 2×4 (pine)
  • Capacity – 7-1/4-inch blade of the compact circular saw provides 2-9/16-inch cutting capacity at 90 degrees
  • Ease of Use – Bevel capacity up to 57 degrees for increased versatility
4 CRAFTSMAN Mechanics Tool Set
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CRAFTSMAN Mechanics Tool Set

135-piece 3 Drive Mechanics Tool Set featuring mechanic socket set comes equipped with 72-Tooth ratchets, a broad assortment of drive tools, and a rugged blow mold case. This case is constructed with metal hinges for separate sets, and the dimensions are specifically designed to fit into CRAFTSMAN metal storage boxes for easy organization.
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  • CORROSION RESISTANCE: Socket sets have full polish chrome finish
  • MINIMAL ARC SWING: 72-tooth ratchets in 3 drive sizes come with socket set metric and standard
  • INCREASED TORQUE: 6-point sockets set with fastener
  • ALLOWS FOR EASY TOOL STORAGE: Durable Blow Molded Case
  • Meets or Exceeds ASME Specifications


5 Metabo HPT Sliding Compound Miter Saw
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Metabo HPT Sliding Compound Miter Saw

The 12 Inch Sliding Dual Compound Miter Saw (C12RSH2S) is the top-of-the-line ideal for trim carpenters, framers, and woodworkers who demand precision and reliability. It is equipped with a compact slide system that requires zero clearance. The fixed rail system allows the saw head to smoothly glide along the fixed rails, eliminating the rear clearance that other sliding miter saws require. The compact slide system decreases the footprint of the saw by up to a foot, saving valuable real estate in any shop environment.
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  • AWARD: Rated Best Miter Saw for the Money for Pros by Pro Tool Reviews 2022
  • MOTOR: Powerful 15 Amp motor to tackle tough cutting jobs with ease
  • LASER: Laser marker system from Metabo HPT increases cutting accuracy
  • FENCE: Large sliding fence raises fence height to 5.125 In. to cut up to 7.5 In. crown molding vertically
  • MITER: 0-57 degree miter angle to the right and 0-45 degree to the left for flexibility
  • BEVEL: 0-45 degree bevel angle range to the right and left allowing users to quickly and easily flip the saw blade and leave the material in place
  • SCALES: Positive stops and indications on the miter and bevel scale, for easy to read measurements and quick settings

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Buyer's Guide, Comparison and Advices

What to Consider When Choosing the Best Tools

The expansive world of hand and power tools can be both exciting and overwhelming. In order to choose the best tools for a DIY-friendly set, it pays to become familiar with some of the finer points and nuances of tool selection. The following sections cover the most important things to consider when shopping for the best tools.


Tool Types

The average DIYer should make sure their collection includes a few crucial tools. The following list details tools you’re most likely to need for any project, from mechanical to woodworking tasks.


The Best Tools of 2022

Tools are the primary means by which human beings control and manipulate their physical environment. Various hand tools in a toolbox. …such may be considered hand tools.

Striking tools

These include hammers, mallets, and sledgehammers. Most projects require at least some type of hammer, so it’s important to have one that’s both versatile and tough.

Measuring tools

Many projects require these as well. They include tape measures, rulers, squares, and even spirit levels.

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Fastening tools

Fastening tools are critical to attaching nuts, bolts, and other small fittings. They include sockets, ratchets, wrenches, pliers, and other gear designed to twist small fasteners into place.

Power tools

Hand tools are great, but power tools make tough jobs easier. The most popular tools in this category are circular saws, miter saws, and drill drivers.


When it comes to the best tools, thoughtful design matters. Years ago, very little thought or research went into ergonomics, anti-vibration, and other user-friendly features. The adage about not fixing something if it isn’t broken seemed to be the motto of every large tool manufacturer for decades.


Today, much more planning goes into the production of tools that users can wield and manipulate with ease. Rubber overmolded grips, curved handles, shock absorption, energy efficiency, and specialized materials make a significant difference in the design (and thus, the ease of use) of the best tools.

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The best tool kits include versatile tools. While the pros might be able to spend money on specialty tools for each individual purpose, DIYers need tools to tackle a wide range of projects.


For that reason, many of the best tools come in sets that bring cost savings. Power tools, pliers, and marking and measuring tools may come in kits that feature five or six tools. For tools that don’t come in sets, it’s important to purchase models that offer the most flexibility, such as pliers that adjust or hammers that can handle framing and finish carpentry.


A DIYer’s tool kit needs proper storage. They don’t belong loose in a bucket or the trunk of a car.


Some of the best tools, including power tools and mechanics’ tool sets, often come in a plastic case. These cases protect the tools and also keep them organized, which can be a significant benefit for those who don’t have dedicated workshops or garages. Some other tools (particularly hand tools) don’t come with their own storage, so it’s a good idea to invest in a quality tool bag or toolbox.

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