Good quality tools can last decades if properly cared for.

Good quality tools can last decades if properly cared for.


Getting good tools in developing countries is challenging since the market is flooded with very low quality products. Often the tools are worthless within minutes or a few hours of use. Sometimes they never work. For instance, I bought a screwdriver a few weeks ago that stripped out on the first screw. This is not unusual. It’s actually very common in poor countries.
Good quality combination pliers can last a very long time.

Good quality combination pliers can last a very long time.

Simple tools like tampers, sledge hammers, sliders, metal or strong plastic buckets, shovels, etc. can be purchased locally. For more precision tools like spirit levels, wire cutters, linesmen pliers/combination pliers and scissors for cutting earthbags it’s best to import quality tools from modern countries. Note how it’s not necessary to buy super expensive ‘surgical’ precision or NASA quality tools. All that’s needed is good enough quality to last 5-10 years versus one week. In terms of cost, this would mean spending $10-$20 for good quality tools versus $2-$3 for throwaway tools.

Good quality wire cutters or snips can last for years.

Good quality wire cutters or snips can last for years.

Scissors
Wire cutters
Combination pliers
(No particular brands are being recommended here. Do you own research. Talk to building professionals for suggestions.)


Comments

Finding Good Tools in Developing Countries — 2 Comments

  1. Thinking about all the great tools lying around abandoned in people sheds and garages.
    Maybe the charities should round them up and hand them out?

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