British Made Tape Measures
Fisco – http://www.fisco.co.uk - make tape measures in Essex in England. They make tape measures (the kind used by builders and in DIY), spirit levels, laser measures, long tape measures and surveyor’s tape measures, set squares, wooden rulers (bench rules, surveyor’s rods), steel rulers, and chalk line reels. I am not sure if everything they sell is made in England, so best to check before buying. Their products are available in Jewson, on the net, etc. Fisco are not British owned, rather they are part of the Hultafors Group AB which is in turn a business area wholly owned by Swedish Investment AB Latour. I have a Fisco Pro-Flex and it is a really good tape measure at a reasonable price. I note their tape measures, whilst still made in England, are now marked Hultafors Fisco rather than just Fisco.
I also found made in England tape measures branded Lion Heart on e-bay.
Does anyone know of other companies making tape measures in the UK? What about sewing / tailor’s measuring tapes (Dean as far as I know no longer exist)?
Woodworking tools, engineering tools, DIY tools, trade tools and equipment and other Tools
King Dick Tools (Abingdon Engineering, Abingdon King Dick) – The company have confirmed to me that the majority of the King Dick range of products is made at their factory in Birmingham. These include all wrenches; ring, combination, sloggers, podgers etc, and socketry. Some items though, such as their pliers and screwdrivers, are made for them in Europe.
Thomas Flinn and Co - http://www.flinn-garlick-saws.co.uk - Thomas Flinn and Co make a whole range of quality saws in Sheffield, England. Thomas Flinn and Co brands include PAX, Lynx (The Garlick Saw Company) and more recently, the Dorchester and Parkstone brands which originate from Roberts & Lee Saws. They say that they are “proud to be standing as the UK’s only remaining traditional saw manufacturer”. They also sell a variety of other tools most, if not all, of which are Sheffield made tools.
Clico (Sheffield) Tooling Ltd make cutting tools in the Aerospace, Window Frame and Woodworking Industries as well as a range of hand woodworking tools. Their website suggests everything is made in Sheffield, but it would be wise to check before purchasing.
Robert Sorby make woodworking tools, woodturning tools and woodcarving tools. All Robert Sorby products are made in Sheffield, England. Robert Sorby is part of the Spear and Jackson Group. Most other Spear and Jackson products are now produced in Asia, as are their other brands Neill Tools, Eclipse Tools, TYZACK Brickwork Tools and WHS TYZACK archaeology trowels.
Bowers Metrology - http://www.bowersmetrology.com - is also part of the Spear and Jackson Group. They supply metrology instruments. Bowers Metrology possibly have factories in the UK (hard to tell – their website is pure gobbledygook!) and some of their products may be made in the UK, but please check before purchase. The Group includes Moore & Wright (precision measuring equipment, made in the UK and China; check what you are buying is made in the UK), Baty International (makers of precision measuring equipment; still manufactured in Sussex, England; also own John Bull and British Indicators) and CV Instruments (portable and bench hardness testers; not made in the UK).
Ashley Iles make woodworking tools, woodturning tools and chisels in Lincolnshire, England. Their website suggests everything is made in the UK, but it would be wise to check before purchasing.
For over 100 years Frank Shaw (Bayonet) of Redditch in the UK has been supplying the finest quality hardware products to both the trade and DIY’ers. Marketed under the brand names Bayonet, Challenge, Solstuds and brand “X” – plate stands, plate hangers, picture hooks, picture hanging accessories, pins, cable clips, drawing pins, panel pins, tacks, carpet tacks, upholstery nails, nails, etc. All still made in England. http://www.frankshaw.co.uk
My Stanley Knife is made in England, but sadly the company have informed me that their knives are now made in the USA. You can though still get British made blades that fit Stanley knives, for example these ones on e-bay.
Leading Edge (a brand of Tool Safety Solutions Ltd.) provides working at height training and safety equipment, and tool systems. Leading Edge equipment is all designed and manufactured by Leading Edge at their UK factory in Gosport. They make harnesses, lanyards, rescue kit, anchorage and connectors, inertia reels, restraint kit, ladder safety kit, tool tethers, tool belts, tool bags, etc. which are available from their website and various stockists.
Gardening and Agricultural Tools and Equipment
Bulldog Tools - http://www.bulldogtools.co.uk - Bulldog Tools have been making spades, shovels, forks, rakes, cutting tools and the like for gardening, farming and construction in Wigen since 1780. Most, possibly even all (please check as always), their products are made in the UK. The wood handles are made using wood from the USA or Germany. There is a list of stockists on the Bulldog Tools website.
Haws Watering Cans - http://www.haws.co.uk - Haws Watering Cans is a trading name belonging to Haws Elliott Ltd which is a subsidiary company of Eclipse Sprayers Ltd. Haws Watering Cans have been manufactured in England since 1886. According to their website “most cans are ‘Made in England’” and because all their products are not made in England you should check the place of manufacture before buying. They also sell a range of made in England gardening leatherware. Stockists are listed on their website.
You should be able to find British made water butts and compost bins. I found water butts and compost bins on e-bay. R. Sankey (part of the Finnish Fiskars company) make both water butts and compost bins and say on their website that they try to make all their products in the UK. You’ll need to check whether the product you want is actually made in the UK.
The Walsall Wheelbarrow Company are the only manufacturer of wheelbarrows left in Great Britain. Wheelbarrows are used in the construction industry, agriculture, for horse and animal care, gardening, DIY, etc. British Owned and British made. They manufacture the complete wheelbarrow on-site in their factory in the West Midlands. They also make sack trucks and barrow-in-a-box boxed wheelbarrows. They also sell a few other products like buckets and clothes driers but I do not think these are made in Britain. Wholesale. Available in stores and online. I found some on e-bay - http://www.thewalsallwheelbarrow.co.uk
Hill and Sons - http://www.riddles-sieves.co.uk - Hill and Sons are apparently the last remaining beech riddle and sieve manufacturers in Britain. They also have a range of garden accessories including a modern trug, dibber, pot tamper and pair of garden lines. All their products are made in Britain. As well as horticultural sieves, etc they also make a kitchen sieve.
Burgon and Ball - http://www.burgonandball.com - Burgon and Ball are the largest sheep shear manufacturer in the world. They also sell other agricultural and garden tools and accessories. However, most of what they sell is made in SE Asia, so check if what you are buying is actually made in England.
Hozelock - http://www.hozelock.com – Hozelock make products in the UK and in the Far East. They say they manufacture the majority (75%) of their products in the UK, but because some of their products are made abroad you need to check what you are buying is actually made in the UK. Hoselock produce products to help people water their gardens - garden watering, garden pressure sprayers, pond equipment and high pressure cleaners – garden hoses and bits for them essentially. The Hozelock Group supplies products under two brands : Hozelock – their retail gardening brand, and Tricoflex their industrial hose brand.
Evergreen make a 1/2″ diameter 30 metre garden hose in the UK and possibly their other hoses are made in the UK. Available in shops.
For Matchets (machetes) made in the UK at very reasonable prices try Ralph Martindale - http://www.ralphmartindale.co.uk - They have their own steel mill. Search online to find retailers or e-mail the company. Their’s is the genuine “Crocodile” blade and is designed to demands of rural farmers throughout the tropical regions of the world. The handles though are made using German beech wood. Ralph Martindale also make a wide range of other agricultural tools including sharpening files and saws, knives and files (including sugar cane knives, tea pruning knives, tree/cocoa pruners, copra knives and rubber tapping knives), digging and construction tools (spades, forks, shovels, pick axes, wrecking bars, cold chisels, sledge hammers, hammers, hatchets and so on), sickles, sheaths, gardening tools (rakes, shears, hand trowels, hand forks, secateurs and so on), protective clothing and sprayers. The Ralph Martindale Group of Companies also own The Chillington Tool Company who make hoes and forks sold under a variety of brand names and are available online at http://www.chillingtontoolsonline.co.uk where they also sell a variety of other gardening equipment.
Hayter - http://www.hayter.co.uk - Hayter make lawnmowers and say on their website that they still manufacture many products in the UK. They make electric and petrol mowers (including sit-on mowers) and rotavators. As far as I can see their website does not specify which mowers are made in the UK, so you will have to ask.
Allett Mowers (part of the Turfmech Group) - http://www.allett.co.uk make petrol and electric lawn stand-behind mowers. There is a list of dealers on their website. They also acquired rights to former Atco and Suffolk Punch cylinder mowers that now carry the Allett brand name. As far as I can gather all their mowers are made in the UK, but please check before buying. Their petrol mowers are powered by Japanese engines.
Confusingly Qualcast now seem to own the Suffolk Punch brand name. Qualcast mowers are now made in China.
Bosch (the former owner of Qualcast and Atco) apparently makes at least some of its lawnmowers in the UK, in Stowmarket, Suffolk. You will have to check which mowers are made in the UK; possibly their Rotak range of electric mowers. Bosch is a German company.
Flymo mowers (or at least some of them) are also made in the UK, in Newton Aycliffe. Please check that the mower you are buying is in fact made in the UK.
The new Atco Lawnmowers (GGP UK Limited) are powered by American engines and are now made abroad I believe.
Countax make ride-on mowers in the UK, although they are owned by a US parent company.
Dennis and SISIS make lawnmowers and other ground maintenance equipment in Britain. As always, please check what you are buying is actually British made but from what I can see on their websites it looks as if some or even all their products are UK made or at least partly UK made.
Does anyone know of any British made hand (non-motorised) mowers - push reel lawn mowers - please?
http://www.fredshed.co.uk/mowers.htm - has reviews of some mowers.
British made knives
Please see my earlier articles on pocket knives, survival knives, bushcraft knives and safety knives and my article on British made kitchen knives, cutlery, scissors and silverware. These articles also cover surgical instruments and healthcare products to some extent.
Does anyone know of any more UK made tools and garden tools I can add here please?
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