It’s pointless having a great electrical tool bag if you don’t fill it with anything, but it can be a little overwhelming trying to figure out exactly what to put in it when there are so many options on the market. Let’s take a look at the top ten tools every tradie needs to put in their electrical tool bag.
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Ten tools every tradie needs to put in their electrical tool bag
#1 Voltage tester (Multimeter and test pencil)
For safety purposes, every tradie should own a voltage tester. This tool ensures the equipment’s functionality and determines if it’s safe to proceed with circuit work. Given the strict regulations and safety protocols in construction in Australia, prioritising safety is crucial. Electricians must always check for the absence of voltage before engaging in tasks involving live currents. In other words, always test for dead.
#2 Shifting spanner
When it comes to construction, there’s a lot of loosening or tightening of nuts and bolts, and a shifting spanner is going to come in handy. Bahco makes a range with thinner jaws than standard wrenches to give greater access in tight spaces.
#3 Insulated pliers
Electricians need reliable and varied-sized pliers. Insulated tools offer electrical isolation, surpassing regular hand tools with plastic or nylon handles.
#4 Wire strippers
A wire stripper is a compact handheld tool used to remove electrical insulation from wires. Electricians require a tool that includes various holes suitable for different wire sizes, along with a comfortable grip to facilitate ease of use.
#5 Battery drill
A high-quality battery drill is an essential addition to any electrical tool bag and has become a staple tool for industry professionals. Drills are useful when it comes to swiftly installing or removing outlets and switches. In addition, electricians frequently employ them to bore holes through various surfaces, including walls, floors, brick, and even concrete.
#6 Cable cutters (Parrot beak)
Cable cutters, despite their name, offer more than just cable-cutting capabilities. They can also bend, hold, twist, or strip small gauge wires. When selecting a parrot beak cable cutter, prioritising full insulation is crucial for ensuring safety when dealing with high-voltage wiring.
#7 Danger tag / danger lock / miniature circuit breaker lockout
Ensuring electrical isolation is crucial for maintaining a safe work environment. To achieve this, danger tags and lock-out devices are employed when cleaning, servicing, repairing, or altering equipment. These tools effectively provide a distinct warning of potential hazards. Additionally, circuit breakers play a vital role in preventing unforeseen re-energisation of electricity by keeping them in the off position.
You need a few of these in your electrical tool bag, because every project will need a tool to loosen or tighten screws at some stage.
#9 Headlamp or inspection light
When it comes to electrical work, there are often situations where adequate lighting may be lacking in the work area. In such cases, a headlamp or inspection light proves to be indispensable. These tools provide hands-free illumination, allowing electricians to effectively work in environments where lighting is limited or non-existent.
This is a basic tool used often in construction work so it’s always good to have one handy in your bag to use when you need. You don’t want to mount something up only to have someone tell you it isn’t straight.
In a world of sparks and circuits, every tradie knows the power of having the right tools in their trusty tool bag. Safety should always be a top priority, and investing in high-quality, insulated tools can help prevent accidents and ensure a smooth workflow. From voltage testers to hammers, each tool plays a crucial role in completing various tasks efficiently and effectively. By equipping yourself with these essential tools, you can increase your productivity and ensure that your work is of the highest quality.
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