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Tools and Equipment Vocabulary in English

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Tools are any physical items that can be used to achieve a goal, especially if the items are not consumed in the process. The set of tools needed to achieve a goal is “equipment“.

Tools are objects or devices that are used to complete specific tasks. They can be hand-held, such as a hammer or screwdriver, or powered by electricity, such as a drill or saw. Some tools are used for construction, such as saws and hammers, while others are used for maintenance or repair, such as wrenches and pliers. In this article, we are going to learn a list of tools and equipment with illustrated pictures.

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Tools and Equipment Vocabulary

Tools and equipment are items that are used to perform a specific task or function. In English, tools and equipment can refer to both manual and powered devices. Some examples of tools include:

  • Hand tools, such as hammers, screwdrivers, wrenches, pliers, and saws
  • Power tools, such as drills, saws, sanders, and grinders
  • Measuring tools, such as tape measures, rulers, and levels
  • Gardening tools, such as spades, rakes, and pruners
  • Cooking tools, such as knives, pots, and pans

Examples of equipment include:

  • Medical equipment, such as stethoscopes, blood pressure cuffs, and thermometers
  • Sports equipment, such as balls, rackets, and weights
  • Construction equipment, such as excavators, bulldozers, and cranes
  • Office equipment, such as computers, printers, and telephones
  • Musical equipment, such as guitars, pianos, and drum kits.

It’s worth noting that the term “equipment” is often used to refer to the entirety of the tools and materials required to perform a specific task, while “tools” more often refers to the specific items used to do the job.


English vocabulary with pictures for common tools and equipment.

Here’s a list of tools and equipment in English, although this list is not exhaustive as it could be for different fields of work.

List of Tools and Equipment

Hand tools

  • Hammer
  • Screwdriver
  • Pliers
  • Wrench
  • Saw
  • Chisels
  • Screwdriver set
  • Pliers set
  • Adjustable wrench
  • Utility knife
  • Pry bar
  • Level
  • Tape measure
  • Staple gun
  • Drill
  • Screws
  • Nails
  • Sandpaper
  • Scissors
  • Ruler

Power tools

  • Drill press
  • Circular saw
  • Jigsaw
  • Miter saw
  • Table saw
  • Router
  • Sander
  • Grinder
  • Belt sander
  • Drill
  • Impact wrench
  • Nail gun
  • Hot glue gun

Measuring tools

  • Tape measure
  • Level
  • Square
  • Protractor
  • Compass
  • Rule
  • Micrometer
  • Calipers

Workshop equipment

  • Workbench
  • Vise
  • Clamps
  • Bench grinder
  • Drill press
  • Band saw
  • Lathe
  • Scroll saw
  • Air compressor
  • Power strip
  • Extension cord
  • Shop vacuum
  • Flashlight
  • Organizer for tools

Safety equipment

  • Gloves
  • Safety glasses
  • Dust mask
  • Ear protection
  • Hard hat
  • Respirator
  • Steel-toe boots
  • First aid kit

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English words with pictures for common DIY tools and equipment – suitable for use with adult beginners, young learners, and English learners

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