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DIY is one New Year's resolution that's not hard to keep. Make those changes and fixes to your home with the help of one of these handy bits of kit

1. Draper Expert 18V Cordless Combi Hammer Drill

This is a drill for serious DIY enthusiasts. With its impressive technical spec including a Johnson 700 motor, 24-position torque control and a two-speed gearbox, there's not much it can't get through, including masonry.

£79.95, amazon

2. Evolution RAGE3-S Sliding Compound Mitre Saw

This saw cuts through steel, aluminium and nail-embedded wood using just one blade. It's easy to assemble and simple to use and almost impossible to fault.

£99.99, amazon

3. Stanley FatMax FME600K Oscillating Multi Tool – 250W

There are many oscillating multi-tools out there and although this is one of the cheapest, it's also one of the best. It makes short work of cutting, sawing, chasing, scraping, sanding and polishing and it's comfortable to hold, with variable speeds.

£159.99, amazon

4. Makita Palm Sander 240W

This high performer makes fine finishing work easy and is remarkably quiet. Yes, there are cheaper sanders on the market, but this trusty Makita is streets above the rest, although the cable is ridiculously short, meaning you'll need an extension cable.

£55, amazon

5. Draper 710W 230V Reciprocating Saw

This saw will cut through anything from drywall to metal to wood. Although it's quite bulky, it's easy to control thanks to the soft-grip handle and variable speed settings.

£80, raygrahams

6. DeWalt DCD795D2 Compact Brushless Hammer Drill Driver

A compact, lightweight drill that has an impressive run time and can fit into the tightest of spots, with an LED light for darker spaces. The handle provides excellent balance and tool control. It's ideal for ham-fisted DIYers.

£257, amazon

7. Bosch GOP250CE 250W Multi-Cutter 240V

No matter how much bashing you give this hard-wearing machine, it just keeps cutting away. Featuring a slim grip for comfort and speed pre-selection for precision work, it's very reliable and will save you huge amounts of time. The only niggle is the cost of blades and accessories.

£148, amazon

8. Dremel 8200 Cordless Multitool

As you'd expect with Dremel's reputation for versatility, this top-of-the range machine comes with all the attachments you could need to drill, sand, precision-cut and polish, and more. It's light and easy to use.

£99, amazon

9. Kärcher Eco Beast

A pressure washer is the best way to prepare a surface for DIY jobs such as varnishing, or for cleaning the patio, furniture or a bike. This removes mould and grime from a whole range of surfaces. It also has a blower function.

£475, johnlewis

10. Bosch PSB 10.8 LI-2 Cordless Hammer Drill

This powerful and solid drill is really easy to manage thanks to its compact gearbox, making it lightweight. There's a separate function for drilling in masonry and a handy LED light for working in darker areas.

£75, amazon

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