Yeah, but that is because vanilla tools suck in... at least in my opinion, hence why I added Tinkers. There's no mod that does tools quite like it
The Botania tools can be quite nice. Self-repairing with mana. Most have right-click abilities (place block, place torch). The terra shatterer can do like the hammer and clear larger areas.
They're not quite as fancy as the Tinkers stuff, but I think they are often overlooked.