The Wallboard Tools Story


In 1976 with 20 years industry experience Grahame Orchard launched Wallboard Tool Company as Australia’s first specialised tool supplier for the plasterboard industry. His vision was to provide Australian plasterers with a comprehensive range of trade quality tools that included iconic brands like Hyde Tools, Wallboard Tools, Telpro Panellifts, Premier Taping Tools, Trim-Tex and many more, all introduced by Grahame and Wallboard Tool Company. This vision also proved to be the foundation that led Wallboard Tools to become the largest supplier of specialty plasterboard tools in Australia.

Wallboard Tools represent the standard of excellence and leadership to the plasterboard trade. Continuing leadership is closely tied to two fundamental principles, dependable quality and jobsite performance. Job after job, tool after tool, Wallboard Tools quality proves itself daily on building sites throughout Australia.

We specialise in tools for the plasterers and our never ending effort to improve, develop and test new products has enabled us to be first with the latest and most advanced products.

We have earned the right to be first and are proud to know the tools we sell are #1 in quality, design and performance.

Grahame L. Orchard  (Founder) Wallboard Tool Co. Pty Ltd – Published 1979 

Today our business operates a national distribution network with more than 2500 product lines and stocks of 750,000 products all ready to ship. As in 1976 we still proudly specialise in tools and equipment just for plasterers

Stewart Orchard (Managing Director) Wallboard Tool Co. Pty Ltd 

The Wallboard Tools Story
The Wallboard Story
The Wallboard Story


1976 Wallboard Tool Company commenced trading at Granville in Sydney with brands including Hyde Tools and Wal-Board
Tools USA 2006 Wallboard's own comprehensive range of abrasives was launched. Products included sandpaper, sanding blocks and super pads
1979 First to sell auto taping tools in Australia, previously tools were rented 2007 Renderedge PVC render trim range was introduced for exterior use
1981 A HS-72 Hand Sander was Wallboard's first branded product ranged 2007 The extensive range of Wallboard Tools Access Panels 
was launched
1984 Premier Tools (Tapepro's forerunner) was added to Wallboard's range 2008 Wallboard Tools Victoria outgrew the Keilor East site
 and relocated to the more convenient current location 
in Tullamarine
1985 Telpro Panellifts were introduced by Wallboard Tools which greatly changed the way plasterboard was lifted and
 fixed in place 2011 Wallboard's Facebook page and YouTube channel were created and now boasts over 12,000 page likes 
and / or subscribers
1986 Wallboard's second warehouse was opened in 
Burleigh, Queensland 2011 NSW warehouse moved from the Wallboard Tools birthplace at Granville to a significantly larger modern premises in Arndell Park
1989 Our first professional company sales representative 
was appointed 2011 The company opened it's West Australian warehouse 
in Welshpool
1996 Wallboard Tools launched the Trim-Tex Drywall Products trims range with the Archway beads the first product to create interest 2011 Wallboard launched the popular all stainless 7000 series 
of joint knives
2001 Tapepro Tools commenced manufacturing the "blue tool" range in Australia and Wallboard Tools was granted the distribution 2015 Wallboard Tools introduce the economical and precision built Tapepro T2 Flat Boxes to their taping tool range
2003 The company's third warehouse was opened at Keilor East 
in Victoria 2019 Wallboard's Tullamarine warehouse relocated to Campbellfield due to extensive growth.
2021 Wallboard Tools celebrates it's 45 year