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Hand Tools vs Power Tools: The Pros and Cons Of Hand Tools

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Hand Tools vs Power Tools: The Pros and Cons Of Hand Tools

There is always a debate about hand tools and power tools. Which is better? Most say that it depends on the application and circumstances. We agree and believe this is true. Sometimes, the same application may require a hand tool as opposed to a power tool to avoid applying too much torque and power. Whereas in other applications, a power tool can provide the consistent force required to enable the task to be completed without damaging the materials. Whatever the application might be, we recommend that every automotive technician and mechanic should have a reliable set of durable, well-made and effective hand tools and power tools so that any job can be performed on vehicles.

Hand tools and power tools have been around for centuries. Power tools were developed to make it easy to perform tasks without repetitive or vigorous hand movements. Using your hand can be tiring, and power tools help to perform simple tasks without requiring too much effort. However, power tools can also apply too much force that can damage the materials that are being used or worked on. Power tools do need to be handled carefully so that they operate effectively. With hand tools, the operator has more control and can stop early and make adjustments before the outcome is irreversible.

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We stock a wide range of hand tools and power tools. Our range includes screwdriver sets, ratchets, socket sets, wrenches, hammers, pliers, worklights, battery analysers, torque wrenches, spanners, cordless drills and more. Whether you are looking to upgrade the tools in your tool box or invest in your first set of premium quality tools, our online shop has a wide range of well-made tools that can be used to service, repair or modify vehicles. We source our tools from reliable manufacturers who take pride in crafting tools that help automotive technicians and mechanics perform their tasks with precision and control.

In this blog, we share with you the pros and cons of hand tools. We will contrast the cons of hand tools with the benefits of power tools so that you can see the difference.



You can control the use of a hand tool better than a power tool. Hand tools allow you to apply a smaller amount of force that can help you to control your activity. For example, if you are fastening a screw or removing a nut, a hand tool can help you to prevent overtightening the screw, butchering the head or damaging the nut and cross-threading. It is important to trial the use of a power tool so that you understand how it operates before you make any errors. All powers tools operate differently, so don’t assume that by adjusting the settings or pressing the trigger, it will apply the same amount of force as another tool that you have used.  


Hand tools provide greater accuracy. With a power tool, the force from the machine can cause you to make an error because the fastening device has moved off-centre or damaged due to the force. Hand tools enable you to position the screw, nut, bolt or other fastening device or material in the correct location before you apply force to complete the activity. This helps you to apply the device with precision so that the hole into which the fastening device is to be inserted is not damaged or the threaded rod over which the nut needs to be affixed does not break.

No electrics

Hand tools do not require electric power to operate. Hand tools are mobile devices that can be used without a power supply at any time of the day and in any location. This means that you do not have to worry about using long extension power cables or charging your device everyday before work starts. This makes hand tools available for use immediately without much preparation and maintenance. Power tools also have electronic components that might need to be serviced to ensure continuous operation. While hand tools require maintenance as well, the regime is less complicated.


Without a battery pack or other electronic components, hand tools are lightweight, agile and easy to handle. Hand tools are not bulky and can be used in tight or confined spaces because they are crafted from lightweight and sturdy materials. This makes handle tools are more suitable option for those who do not want to strain their hands or arms during operation due to carrying heavy or bulky power tools.


Hand tools are cheaper than power tools and more versatile. Hand tools are also a safer option because they can be used in circumstances where power tools may be dangerous. This makes hand tools versatile because you can buy the right tools that you need, use them in various ways without having to configure or readjust the settings and can be picked up and handled immediately without putting the power tool parts together.



Hand tools lack the automatic supply of power from electricity. Hand tools must be operated manually which means that the consistent application of force might not exist. You might start of using a hand tool with greater force, and then over time as you tire the force will drop causing greater chances of error from either slipping, losing grip or losing accuracy. Also, if something is fastened securely you will need a power tool with the right amount of torque to release the fastening device.


Power tools offer variable speeds of power so that the activity can be completed efficiently. Hand tools take up a lot of time. If you need to fasten lug nuts to secure a wheel in place, you can save time by using a power tool instead of using a ratchet to fasten each nut. It is important to ensure that you do not become complacent with power tools because, for example, over-tightening the lug nut can damage the threaded rod and cause it to shear or snap.


The use of hand tools can be tiring. Repetitive motions, the continuous vigorous application of force and working in tight, confined or difficult to reach places can place a strain on the body. While most hand tools are now designed with comfortable materials and ergonomic features, they can still tire the body and cause hand and arm health conditions over time. It is appropriate to use both hand tools and power tools in balance so that you can relax during certain activities that suit power tools better.


Power tools can complete complex and difficult activities that cannot be achieved by hand tools. Inserting a screw into thick metal, removing a damaged threaded rod or unfastening a very tight nut can all be achieved with a power tool. Power tools help the operator apply the right amount of force with a secure grip to complete tasks that hand tools alone are not capable of achieving. Power tools complement hand tools and they should always exist together in any toolbox or workshop.

At Norva Tools, we stock both power tools and hand tools. As an automotive technician or mechanic, we understand that you need access to both types of tools. Our cordless power tools and wide range of hand tools can help you complete your toolbox with all the necessary tools required to operate on automotive vehicles. Take comfort with well-made, durable and effective tools from Norva Tools. For further information, visit our website, call us on 03 97933558  or email us at