BOLD Industrial has been in the tools business for more than 5 years now. We have been serving several categories of tool users. First is the individual DIY user whose tools are mainly for home remodeling and repairs. The second is the contractor running a solo or small-scale workshop whose needs are versatility and portability of his tool arsenal. The third is the professional, often a user in an industry. Their needs are professional grade tools that match the investment in equipment found in their respective industries.
We aim to please the customer. We therefore often go out of our way to source the brands that a customer requires. Tools preferences, we have discovered, are as varied as the people who use them.
Here below, we explore what in our opinion are the top brands of tools in Kenya.
4. Black + Decker
The Bosch Group is a German multinational engineering and technology company with headquarters in Gerlingen, near Stuttgart, Germany. It employs roughly 401,300 associates worldwide (as of December 31, 2021). The company was founded by Robert Bosch in Stuttgart in 1886. Today, Bosch is one of the most recognizable tool brands in Kenya and in the world. It is also the most profitable tools company with preliminary sales figures for 2021 at approximately 78.8 Billion Euros.
Bosch’s power tools division is a supplier of power tools, power tool accessories, and measuring technology. In addition to power tools such as hammer drills, cordless screwdrivers, and jigsaws, its extensive product portfolio also includes gardening equipment such as lawnmowers, hedge trimmers, and high-pressure cleaners.
Bosch’s business is not just tools, however. Its operations are divided into four business sectors: Mobility Solutions, Industrial Technology, Consumer Goods, and Energy and Building Technology.
BOLD Industrial online tool store carries a wide range of Bosch power tools, Bosch hand tools and Bosch accessories (including Bosch drill bits and Bosch grinding / cutting discs). The range of Bosch tools are consistently rated top notch. Infact, one Clint DeBoer, a reviewer at www.protoolreviews.com writes “Bosch tools typically pack a punch. Their drilling and cutting accessories are second to none…”
Founder: Robert Bosch
Tagline: “Invented for Life”
Our View: Well-known and respected brand; Price: Affordable
Stanley is best known for their hand tools and storage products. It’s a legacy they are proud to announce on their website. It’s a century plus old legacy.
The Stanley Works was founded by Frederick Trent Stanley in 1843. It was originally a bolt and door hardware manufacturing organization located in Connecticut. In 1857, Frederick Trent Stanley’s cousin, Henry Stanley started The Stanley Rule and Level Company, also in Connecticut. The two companies merged in 1920. Today, the company is known as Stanley Black and Decker, the name adopted after a merger with Black and Decker in 2010.
Tools continue to be manufactured in distinct brand names of Stanley and Black & Decker. They are also marketed under these separate brands and appeal to slightly different market segments.
Stanley’s reputation for excellence is world renowned. Their best-known product must be the tape measure, trusted worldwide for accuracy and dependability.
BOLD Industrial offers a wide variety of Stanley power and Stanley hand tools, Stanley toolboxes, Stanley cable reels among many other Stanley products - online as well as in the physical shop in Ngong Town.
Founded: 1843 / 1957
Founders: Frederick Trent Stanley & Henry Stanley
Tagline: “Make Something Great”
Our view: a trusted and well-respected brand, pricing: reasonable
Makita was founded just over a 100 years ago (in 1915) in Anjo, Japan, as an electric motor sales and repair company. Today, Makita Corporation is a global brand in over 40 countries. The corporation has manufacturing plants and assembly plants in 10 countries including Brazil, China, Japan, Mexico, Romania, UK, Germany, UAE, Thailand and USA. Makita is one of the most highly demanded brand of tools. This is especially true of their grinder range.
A portable electric planer was Makita’s first power tool. It was released in 1958. Later the same year Makita further positioned itself as a specialised manufacturer of electric power tools with the introduction of a portable groove cutter. A Makita electric circular saw and electric drill soon followed in 1962.
Today, Makita power tools have earned the trust of professional users worldwide. Their grinders are a common feature in many craftsmen counter tops.
Tagline: Live Green & Grow Strong
Our view: larger grinders are popular amongst welders; Sturdy tool range; Pricing: Higher than other brands.
Black & Decker was the culmination of the dream of two young men S. Duncan Black and Alonzo G. Decker. The company was started in 1910. Within 7 years, the company had laid the foundation for today’s power tool industry by filing a patent application for a ½ inch portable electric drill.
Black & Decker offers users a reasonably priced choice of hand and power tools while accessing the R&D advantage available from Stanley Black & Decker stable that this brand belongs. The Black and Decker range includes BLack & Decker power tools, Black & Decker hand tools, Black & Decker accessories, and Black & Decker Garden tools or outdoor products.
Founder: S. Duncan Black and Alonzo G. Decker
Tagline: Not Clear
Our view: Popular with the DIY users, Pricing: Way cheaper than other brands of similar quality
DeWalt innovations are considered work horse solutions by the manufacturers as well as by a legion of commercial contractors across the world.
DeWalt history dates back to 1924 when the company was formed in Pennsylvania. Their first product was an electrical universal wood working machine known as DeWalt “modern worker”. The company was in 1949 acquired by American Machine Foundry (AMF). AMF then sold it to Black and Decker in 1960.
The first line of portal electric power tools and accessories designed for contractors, remodelers and professional woodworkers was introduced in 1992.
Today, we know DeWalt as the manufacturer of a wide range of Power Tools & Accessories, Hand Tools, Outdoor equipment, Storage products, Anchors and fasteners.
Founder: Raymond DeWalt
Tagline: Guaranteed Tough
Our view: Robust tools. Pricing: Closer to Makita than to Black & Decker
INGCO Tools came out of nowhere a few years ago and have now become a permanent fixture in the tools trade business across Kenya. Well, not exactly out of nowhere. From China. This brand carries a staggering range of hand and power tools as well as outdoor equipment plus PPEs. It has caught the imagination and pockets of many craftsmen and now boasts a place of pride amongst many showrooms. Infact many showrooms are now choosing to exclusively market the orange and black brand due to its fast adoption by users. According to the INGCO website, this brand is now marketed in 24 countries in the world.
Reviews regarding quality and durability are varied.
Founded: No data available
Founder: No data available
Tagline: Make the World in Your Hands
Our view: Easily available. Way cheaper than most brand tools. Acceptable quality
In conclusionAs mentioned above, the brand choices amongst users are as varied as there are users. Each user will have their reasons for choosing a certain brand. In most cases there is no changing peoples’ minds once they are sold on a brand. Our task at BOLD Industrial is to provide our customers with as wide a choice as possible. Our offers are therefore ever growing. We certainly aim to ensure that whatever brand we make available is as of high quality as possible.