“ Brand: Ikea / Product Type: Hand Tool Set „
I've long said that IKEA can sometimes be a bit of a false economy, buy it cheap buy it twice sort of thing. I tend to buy smaller items from there - clocks, maybe a lamp, boxes, soft furnishings and my yukka plant that's been going a good 6 years now (despite unintentional best efforts to kill it off!).
I have to say though - this IKEA tools set has exceeded all my expectations, we bought it about 6 years ago (yes!) when we purchased some flat pack wardrobes and doors when we lived in a flat. Now we've bought a house and the FIXA set has moved with us and has proven indispensible!
We originally picked it up as a bit of an afterthought 'oh well, it'll do for this one job, saves buying some proper stuff from B&Q' sort of thing. It cost £4 (I think it's since increased to £4.99, still great value) and is advertised as a 15 piece tool set. Well, I suppose it is, but there are four tools proper and the rest are interchangable screwdriver heads. Still really useful, though.
A note on the case - it's slightly flimsy whilst also being a bit stiff so it's easy to crack, 6 years on ours is hardly as new, but it's lasted, and it's good to have a little set you can stick in the car for DIY jobs at other people's houses and so you have the basics all in one place. It comes in one colour - a sort of a burnt orange.
So - what do you get in the case?
A Claw Hammer - Sturdy and robust, it's great for any light to medium hammering and the claw is strong and works well. The handle is a black rubberised type which makes it comfortable to use and soft and easy to grip.
A Spanner - we've used this under the sink when we needed to tighten a nut. A perfectly adequate day to day adjustable spanner with a decent weight behind it.
A Screwdriver with interchangable heads - by far the item we've used most in the set. It seems to have a head to fit everything we've needed it for so far - we use an electric generally, but this is great for quick jobs, or in the garden or car. It's strong and the heads are too - they haven't got chewed up and they're years old.
A pair of Pliers - We've used these a few times for fiddly jobs around the house, they're strong, they're not needle nosed but they're very handy and a good addition to the set.
Overall the tools have lasted excellently, I'd say we use the screwdriver, hammer, spanner and pliers in that order, but they're pretty much as good as the day we bought them - a few scratches and signs of use but what can you expect over six years?
I highly recommend the IKEA FIXA tool set not just as a stand by set but for all your DIY needs - a great little set at a fabulous price! Five stars out of five.
Even though we live with my husband in rented home where everything necessary is done for us (and what's not is forbidden) and are both totally non-DYI people, we got this toolkit from Ikea as it was really good value and you never know when you will need a screwdriver...
It comes in orange case with transparent side and a clip to the side of the case. It's flat and quite sturdy (at least for the price), so easy to store, I'm not worried it will get broken if I stack something on it.
What you can find inside?
15-piece toolkit consists of hammer, screwdriver, pair of pliers and spanner. The rest are different bits for screwdriver (normally this kind of marketing drives me crazy - like 3-piece cookware set = pot, lid and a box, but actually I didn't notice how it was called until I got home). All seem to be sturdy, good quality tools with plastic grip (apart from spanner of course) and are more than sufficient for occasional home use.
The bits hold in screwdriver properly, they don't fall out as it did happen with some cheaper screwdrivers. There are many to choose from so you can be almost sure you will have the right bit when it comes to need.
Hammer is quite heavy and sturdy and has part for removing nails. Not much you can go wrong with when it comes to hammer, is it?
Pliers are standard and comfortable to use, after more than 2 years we have this toolkit they are not rusted nor loose.
Spanner - sorry, I don't know, never got to use it. But looks ok...
All in all, if you only need some basic elements when it comes to tools and don't want to use up space with large toolkit boxes, FIXA is exactly what you need. Handy when it you need it, doesn't let you down with poor quality as many cheap tools do and it doesn't take up precious space. One star down as it's just basic set and has annoying (hundred-piece-set-for-£1) advertising.
We have a proper tool-kit, of course. It's one of those double fold-out enamel-painted metal ones with interior trays and an over-top carrying handle, like you see that real workmen often have in the back of their vans.
This pristine toolbox, and all the pristine tools in it is of course buried under approximately a metric tonne of junk in the cupboard under the stairs and I haven't seen it since we moved here in 2007.
What we do when we want to use a hammer or screwdriver in practice is to go to the Ikea 'Fixa' 15 piece tool set that we bought about five years ago for £4. This small and compact tool set is conveniently stored on top of pile of junk over the washing machine, which means we can get at it at a moment's notice.
The tools are all brushed steel with cheap-looking matt-black plastic handles, and they each individually clip into their allotted spaces in the very crappy-looking orange plastic 'presentation case' that the toolkit is sold in. The outer case is admittedly a bit rubbish; it's difficult to clip the tools in and out, and because the tools don't go in easily, the clear plastic front of our split quite early on while we were trying to force it shut....but that said, even part-broken, it still does the job of containing the various tools reasonably well.
The good news is that the actual tools are surprisingly sturdy, especially considering the low price of the toolkit. There is a claw-head hammer which is particularly robust, a pair of heavyish pliers, a sort of a wrench thing that I don't know what that's for, and especially a multi-head screwdriver, that we've used many, many times. I'm not sure how all this adds up to 15 pieces; they must be counting each separate Philips / regular interchangeable head on the screwdriver individually or something. Although the handle of the screwdriver isn't brilliant - eg. if you've a lot of heavy-duty (harrumph, harrumph) 'screwing' to do (eg. if you're assembling the infernal, non-pre-drilled-holes wooden 'Rowlinson Rustic Seat' that I reviewed here recently) it's certainly adequate for smaller / quicker jobs. The screwdriver heads, despite their toolkit's low composite cost aren't the made-of-soft-metal type that tend to shred immediately if faced with a difficult-to-turn screw either, which is bonus.
It's worth mentioning here I think, that although we've stored our toolkit out by a sink / washing machine in an area where other, lesser tools have picked up a bit of surface rust, the Ikea tools are all pretty much rust-free, so they seem quite well-made / durable in that respect.
The tool set is still on sale in Ikea for around the £5-£6 mark, and for the price and its convenience, I'd have no hesitation in recommending it.
Ikea FIXA 15 piece tool set
== How I came by it ==
Well I was on a visit to my local Ikea and ended up purchasing a few things for the baby's room and on the way to pay the husband noticed this little set of tools and the fact it was very cheap and the box it came in was also very sturdy. So rather than having tools randomly floating around the house we would have them in a neat little box. So I picked it up and popped it in the big yellow bag as a litle present for him- afterall he'd only get jealous of the baby getting things bought!!!
== What exactly is a FIXA set? ==
Well sit your self's down people for once an Ikea products name actually has some thing vaguely to do with the item itself. So rather than a Molester Fubar (an electric toothbrush- I made this up can you even buy toothbrushes in Ikea?). They have rather cleverly named it the FIXA range of products because most of the product's in this range you fix stuff with it.
See there not that daft really just like to test our language comprehension to all new level's, but in this case they have stuck to something simple because when your turning the air blue whilst trying to build an Ikea product the last thing you want is a language exam to ask for a screwdriver. There's 15 pieces in this actual set which comprises around 4 basic tools, a hammer, adjustable spanner, a set of pliers' and a screwdriver with interchangeable bits from flat head bits up to hex bits and everything in between.
== Much fixing going on? ==
Well I have to say for the price I paid for this little tool set I take my hat of to these Swedes again. It was an absolute bargain, it's just a simple down to earth kit no fancy bits not trying to be anything else but a simple tool kit. All the tools contain a moulded grip cushioned handles, apart from the adjustable spanner but- wow I can use the screwdriver without hurting my hands! Yes you might be able to get cheaper screwdrivers but a lot of them have plastic handles that start to hurt the palms of your hands after a while but no this screwdriver has a lovely cushioned grip and it's nice and wide to ensuring you get a good grip of the tool in question.
The hammer has a claw grip on it useful for pulling apart wood and removing wonky nails and with the cushioned handle you can be sure to have a firm grip without it flying out of your hands and smacking the person behind you in the face.
The pliers have a wire cutting bit on them plus teeth to grip nuts whilst you're screwing from the other side. The adjustable spanner is light weight but drop forged and covers a good range for most general DIY tasks. We have had this tool set for over 2 months now and everything's still good as new despite being used frequently and even the little red box has stood up to this test as well (there is a plastic front on it so you can see the tools, which has a small crack in it, but nothing more severe than that!). Plus note if your pregnant don't stick your nose in the box when you've just bought it the smell of freshly vulcanised rubber will make you vomit and yes the last thing the other half wants whilst trying to build an Ikea bed which has taken 9 hours of turning the air blue is to reach out for the screwdriver and find it covered in honey nut cornflakes.
== Price ==
Well I haven't mentioned the price yet but for this 15 piece set it's £4.99 and in my honest opinion this is an absolute bargain. An amazing product for an amazing price if you're a DIY lover and like to have everything arranged in a neat little box then this set is definitely for you. I'd happily recommend this product to all my family and friends- big thumbs up Ikea another quality product.
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