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About Us

Welcome to Alan Wadkins Ltd ToolStore

Our History

In 1958 Alan worked as an aircraft fitter in Luton, in his spare time he called on factories selling tools & equipment from a wheelbarrow. He progressed initially to a market stall before later that year opening his first shop supplying mainly Government surplus tools & equipment. In 1962 Alan moved to Darlington finding premises in Clifton Road.
The company has now moved onto the 2nd Wadkins generation. 2002 saw a second depot open in Richmond.

Our Showrooms

In 2009 we moved the Darlington site to its present location in Chesnut Street, which is now 3 times bigger being one of the largest walk around hands-on tool stores in the North of England, with onsite customer parking for your convenience.
We are not just a warehouse either; a warm welcome awaits all visitors from our team of enthusiastic knowledgeable staff, most having served with the company for many, many years.

Our Products

We specialize in professional quality tools & equipment suitable for all tradesmen, industry & the keen DIY enthusiast, our range of premier brands include Makita, Metabo, Festool, Fein, Milwaukee, Hitachi, Stihl, Viking, Irwin, Wiha, Stabila, Britool, Facom, Draper, Dickies, Sealey, Marcrist, Spax to name just a few. ToolStore supplies hand tools, power tools, workshop equipment, personal protective wear, garden machinery & so much more.
Our membership to two of the largest buying groups in the country gives us the power to buy at the most competitive prices to ensure we give you the very best value for money. It also enables us to source many hard to find products others find difficulty in obtaining.

Our After Sales

Here at Alan Wadkins Ltd ToolStore we are not just a warehouse; our fully equipped workshop supports warranty & service work for Makita, Metabo, & Hitachi power tools, Stihl & Viking petrol & electric machinery, giving you extra peace of mind long after your purchase has been made.

Boxes

We are not just a pick & pack warehouse, we don’t just sell boxes, we know what's in ‘em, & we also know having repaired ‘em, what they are made of, who could be better to advise your needs? We take pride in supplying the right tool to do the job right, our reputation depends on it.

Our Website

With being established for over 50 years, service has always been most important to us. We pride ourselves on our vast stock holding, everything on this site marked “in stock” is available for same day dispatch*. You can also track your purchase with us; we will keep you regularly updated via email on the status of your order. Our website is fully secure with on-line 24 hours a day ordering facilities so you can order at whatever time or place that suits you best. Our bulk buying ensures we can offer the most competitive prices available on the market today. With simple website navigation, quality tools & service we hope you enjoy shopping with us.

Exhibitions

Visit us in store, or at various exhibitions we attend across the country, we want to meet you. Here at Alan Wadkins ToolStore we are passionate about the range of goods we supply, see link below to find out when we are in an area near you.

*As long as your order is placed before our cut off time