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Tommy Walsh: 'I'm really proud of my £1 tools'

Published: 9 February 2015
Tommy Walsh has hit back at DIY retailers who have questioned the quality of a range of £1 tools he is set to launch at Poundland.
Tommy Walsh: 'I'm really proud of my £1 tools'
The celebrity DIY expert told that the products were of good quality and that he had engaged professional tradesmen to help with the development of the range.

Poundland announced last month that it had partnered with Mr Walsh - well known for his appearances in television's Ground Force programmes - for the launch of the DIY:Time collection of 200 DIY lines. They include decoration and preparation essentials as well as tools, fixtures, fittings and adhesives.

The products will go into Poundland's 575 stores this spring, all priced at just £1.

However, in a poll run on over a quarter of respondents, 28%, said they were worried that such cheap products would damage the industry's reputation. A similar number, 30%, said they were not worried about the launch because serious DIYers wouldn't buy the products.

Defending the products, a Poundland spokesperson told "The Tommy Walsh DIY range is aimed at anyone who needs essential items to complete everyday domestic DIY projects. It was created to provide a full range of DIY essentials which are fit for purpose, offer amazing value and are affordable to everyone.

"As you would expect, Tommy has had huge involvement with this project. All items have been fully assessed by him, and his suggestions for improvements to products and range additions have been fully adopted, so we have full confidence in the quality of the products."

And Mr Walsh added: "Working with Poundland was a great opportunity to make DIY more affordable to a mass of people, who can least afford to pay professionals to do the work for them.

"We've been working with Poundland as a team for over a year now, developing and testing the range to produce good quality products at the lowest possible prices.

"I'm really proud of what we've managed to achieve. In actual fact, I've involved professional tradesmen during this whole process, who have found the range outstanding value for money."

And, certainly, a significant number of respondents to's poll are taking the launch seriously. Along with the 28% who thought the tools would damage the industry's reputation, 23% said they thought it would take business away from them, while 19% said they would now try to be more competitive.


07 November 2018 11:01:36
Danny Ocean

When are the general public going to realise, that every so called brand or celebrity named product is all to often, a low cost Chinese import thats been made to a price and quality to fit a market.

These are all just licensing deals or marketing operations, where an established Faces (Tommy Walsh - Alan Titchmarsh Etc.Etc.) or major know Brands (JCB - The AA- Caterpillar - ) are paid a handsome some by normally a retailer, to use the name. The brands have very little or know involvement in the product itself, other than the colour or how their precious logo is portrayed. We are in the main buying an inferiror product that has been made to a price to undercut the major manufacturer and allow the retailer a larger margin. Safety in case someone gets injured and the retailer is liable is the only area they are interest in really! However the retailers contracts with the factory or the sourcing house they use, are so weighted in their favour, they are covered and pass all the onus to the supplier!

As is shown in some of the comments, try and buy replacement accessories or more importantly try and buy spare parts or have the item repaired when it goes wrong, its then you see what involvement the Brand name has to do with these licensed products!

Sorry for the rant, but as someone who's been in this industry for 30 years and has even been involved in this type of thing (to put bread on the table) it grates when I see the public being essentially duped yet again!

03 November 2018 09:21:58
Chris Elliot

Professional trades man with a full range of tools from Poundland. My favourite is my spirit level never lets me down. I like going on a weekend and treat myself to a new edition to my collection ready for site on Monday morning.


16 August 2018 20:54:00
I get all my tools from poundland, the drill bit bent but other than that I think they are brilliant
25 June 2018 00:19:25
Gregory ciacci

paint brushes good but paint roller sponge keeps fallinf off as i am painting doesnt help if i am doing big front room wall like i have just half done how do you stop it coming apart

03 January 2018 10:56:47

To Ray Ledsom comment on 25 October 2017

did you ever find out where to buy new blades for your miniature box cutter

I have one and its brilliant but need new blades


27 November 2017 10:43:51
I bought 2 pairs of small pliers from pound land and on first use to close a soft crimp on my fishing line snapped in my hand and gave me a nasty cut on the palm of my hand whitch should have been stitched but sorted my self .no doubt i wont be buying anymore and warned people off them on local media
25 October 2017 22:16:23
ray ledsam

I have just purchased a miniture box cutter.  I have been useing this as a craft knife.IT,S GREAT.

The standard craft knives tend to fall apart when a bit of preasure is applied this little knife

holds it,s own. It also folds up for easy carriage. Fantastic buy for a pound. I need a box of

spare blades as this little beauty is that well made I will have trouble wearing it out.  where can

some blades ?                         thanks ray.

02 August 2017 12:08:56

Walsh is just exploiting ameteur DIY'ers for a fast buck. I bought a paint roller in Poundland just to finish a small job and it fell apart as soon as it touched the wall. Why should he care? He'll be very rich by the time his reputation is trashed. 


22 May 2017 09:18:11
Stan Russell

I have 4 of your "Dummy Cameras"; bought from the Poundland shop in Leith Edinburgh. I want to buy more but they  are not in stock and the shop cannot tell me when they will get them ?

Can you help ?

09 February 2015 00:03:00
By Nikki Slade
Discontinued !!! :-( Very Very disappointing the little box of super glue and activator have been withdrawn from poundland :-( I always mainly went into poundland for that and eneded up buying other things while I was in there, Instead they have replaced it with the crappy little multi-pack which all pound & 99p shops sell with no activator either... Less business for poundland then
09 February 2015 00:02:00
By Gel
If you are seeking quality, I suggest Poundland shouldn't be on your shopping list. As John Ruskin said:
"It's unwise to pay too much, but it's worse to pay too little. When
you pay too much, you lose a little money - that's all. When you pay
too little, you sometimes lose everything, because the thing you
bought was incapable of doing the thing it was bought to do. The
common law of business balance prohibits paying a little and getting a
lot - it can't be done. If you deal with the lowest bidder, it is well
to add something for the risk you run, and if you do that you will
have enough to pay for something better.
09 February 2015 00:01:00
By m. ashby
I was given a pair of Tommy Walsh pliers. The tool looked good but unfortunately one handle snapped off the first time I used them

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