Our Top 5 Hand Tools of 2023

Published: 03 Mar 2022 ・ Read time: 6 mins
Last updated: June 2023
At City Plumbing, we’re dedicated to providing you with all the tools you need to succeed. This means stocking the best products and only using the best suppliers.
This list will provide you with our top 5 most popular hand tools, and they’re popular for a reason. So, in no particular order, let’s highlight some of our customers’ favourite products and put you in the best position to tackle any plumbing problem.

1. Rothenberger Superfire 2 Soldering Torch

  • Weight: 600g
  • Gas Type: MAP/Pro and Propane
  • Heat output: Up to 1950°C
The Rothenberger Superfire 2 Soldering Torch is the UK's number 1 selling torch for plumbing and heating and it is easy to see why. Rothenberger is a market leading brand for plumbing, heating and air conditioning, providing some of the best products for plumbers and installers. The torch itself provides the highest standard in concentrating high temperature for fast and effective soldering and brazing, ensuring a clean and consistent connection between pipe fittings. The Superfire 2 can also be used in any position, even upside down, allowing for use in the tightest space. The solid diecast torch body include fracture groove, preventing gas leakage if the torch is dropped. Thankfully, the torch fits all types of gas cylinders, ensuring you don’t have to hunt down that one specific and likely expensive brand
othenberger Superfire 2 Soldering Torch

2. Irwin Jack Plus 880 Universal Handsaw

  • Blade Length: 500mm
  • Blade Material: C75 Steel
  • Blade Thickness: 0.85mm
Every tradesman needs a top handsaw in their van and you don’t get much better than Irwin’s Jack Plus range of saws. The 880 Plus provides industry leading speed and ease/quality of cut. It achieves this in a number of different ways, firstly the high quality C75 steel, which is incredibly stable, ensuring maximum power transfer with every stroke. The blade itself is treated with a water based lacquer, providing 4 times the added protection compared to conventional anti-rust agents, ensuring a much longer life compared to some similar blades. The blade boasts a triple ground tooth design, providing 25% faster cutting performance than traditional double ground saws. To top it all off the saw also includes an ultrasonic welded soft-grip for increased comfort, while providing enough room to wear gloves while working.
 Irwin Jack Plus 880 Universal Handsaw

3. Stanley FatMax Box Beam Spirit Level

  • Length: 1200mm
  • Weight: 640g
  • Number of Vials: 3
For the perfectionists among us, an easy to use and accurate spirit level is an absolute necessity. Even if you’re not a perfectionist, in order to ensure your system, boiler or radiator performs to the best of their ability it needs to be levelled. The Stanley FatMax Box Beam Spirit Level makes installing as simple as possible. It is built from a durable plastic material, 5 times more robust compared to conventional spirits. The levelling vials include a 20% magnification for improved visibility, no longer having to strain to see the result. The solid block vials also provide best in class accuracy in 8 orientations, providing an accuracy of 0.5mm/m on all working planes.
Stanley FatMax Box Beam Spirit Level

4. Irwin Hilmor GLM Pipe Bender 15-22mm

  • Maximum Bend: 120 degrees
  • Weight: 460g
  • Material: Steel
One of the more frustrating moments as a plumber, is ruining a length of pipe because you’re struggling to bend it to the right angle. The Irwin Hilmor GLM Pipe Bender provides you with an easy to use and accurate tool, ensuring confidence that your pipe work will be perfect every time. The pipe bender can be used for both copper up to 22mm and stainless steel up to 15mm. The tough, rugged construction allows for improved control, supported on both sides to prevent twisting. The pipe bender can also be mounted in a vice or workbench for extra leverage and stability.
 Irwin Hilmor GLM Pipe Bender 15-22mm

5. Rothenberger Plumbing Pipe Slice Cutter No.1 15mm

  • Cutting Capacity: 15mm
  • Weight: 259g
  • Material: Metal
When creating the perfect pipework clean cuts are necessary to ensure there is minimal leakage and everything looks smart. The Rothenberger Plumbing Pipe Slice Cutter provides a clean, square cut in just 1-2 turns, allowing you to create clean connections between fittings. This compact piece of kit is ideal for use in tight or hard to reach spaces. Incredibly simple to use, this simple to use tool is a must have for any plumber.
Rothenberger Plumbing Pipe Slice Cutter No.1 15mm

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