Best factory engineer's tools
1. Spanner set
A good quality open ended spanner set is essential for an engineer. Spanners are used to loosen and tighten bolts of various sizes.
2. Punch set
Punches are used in a variety of engineering tasks; from making starter holes for drilling, to driving pins into or out of a piece of machinery. There are many different types of punch, so purchasing a high quality set with a few of each type will allow you to perform any task of any size.
3. Tap and die set
These cutting tools are the quickest and most efficient way of adding a screw thread to a workpiece. Taps cut internal threads and dies cut external threads. They can also be used to clean up old, broken and damaged threads.
4. Engineers' square
The engineers' square is the metalworkers' equivalent of a try square and consists of a steel blade attached to a heavier body at an angle of 90 degrees. The engineers' square is used to check the squareness of an angle.
5. Drive ratchet
The drive ratchet is essentially a wrench to which you can attach sockets of various sizes. The ratcheting mechanism allows you to turn the wrench in both directions but only applies force in one direction. This mechanism makes tightening and loosening nuts and bolts a much quicker process. Ideal for working in tight spaces.
6. Socket set (3/8''-1/2'' drive)
A good quality socket set is absolutely essential for use with your drive ratchet.
7. Hand file set
Hand files are used to remove small amounts of metal from a workpiece.
8. Allen keys
Allen keys are used to unscrew hexagonal Allen nuts. They are used in a wide variety of engineering tasks, so it's always handy to have a set of them around.
9. Metal rule
The rule is a simple length of metal with precise metric and imperial measurements on it. Used for marking, measuring, and ruling in all areas of engineering.
Having a vice is like having an extra pair of strong hands that can grip anything that will fit between their jaws. A thoroughly useful tool that allows you to work with both of your hands.
11. Screwdriver set
Screwdrivers are important tools in all areas of engineering as screws are so often used to hold individual parts together. A good quality set with a variety of types and sizes will provide you with years of service. Low quality screwdrivers may be cheaper but their blades will break and twist after a few uses.
13. G clamps
G clamps are very useful tools with multiple applications. You can use them to grip a workpiece to your bench, or to hold two workpieces together, leaving you free to work with both hands.
14. Wire brush
A heavy-duty brush with wire bristles typically used as an abrasive implement for cleaning, removing rust or paint or generally scouring areas prior to work.
15. Engineers' scriber
An engineers' scriber is a solid metal hand tool with a sharp tip and knurled shank. It is commonly used to mark lines and points in metal working.
A riveter is a tool often used in engineering to afix rivets through two or more pieces of material in order to join them together.
17. Bench grinder
A bench grinder is an absolute must for any engineer. They are reasonably cheap and will keep your tools sharp for years to come. The bench grinder will eventually pay for itself when you're flying through your jobs because your tools are so sharp.
18. Hand held angle grinder
A hand-held angle grinder is a supremely powerful tool that can perform a wide variety of tasks. With its various attachments you can cut, grind, polish, buff, and even sand through solid oak in a matter of seconds.
19. Cordless combi drill
The cordless combi drill gives you the ability to drive screws as well as drill holes. There are a variety of interchangeable bits and attachments and because it is battery powered you can use it anywhere you want.
20. Chest tool box
Don't waste time looking for tools. Keep them in order with a chest tool box.
21. Ratchet ring spanners
Ratchet ring spanners are ideal for use in tight spaces. Their ratcheting mechanism allows you to quickly tighten and loosen nuts and bolts. The ring end provides better grip and reduces the chance of you rounding off your bolts.
22. Various hammers
The hammer was man's first tool and is still as useful today as it was all those many thousands of years ago. In the world of engineering you will need a variety of hammers for a variety of jobs. A ball peen hammer; claw hammer; lump hammer and mallet should cover all the basics.
23. Telescopic magnet
Telescopic magnets are used to retrieve metallic objects from awkward spaces. They are ideal if you have lost a vital screw down the back of your workbench. They extend for longer reach and retract into a compact form. They can be stowed in a top pocket or behind an ear.
24. Grease gun
The grease gun is used to apply lubricant to a specific area with control and accuracy.
25. Combination spanners
Combination spanners have both a ring end and an open end, giving you the option of either with a simple rotation of the tool. Having a set of metric and imperial measurements will avoid you having to make tiresome conversions. A good quality set will last for years.
26. Tape measure
The tape measure consists of a simple steel tape that can extend out rigidly across several feet of open air and retract back into a coil for easy storage. You will want a tape that extends to at least 5 metres (16 feet), this will be sufficient for most jobs. Longer tape measures are available.
27. Digital vernier calipers
Digital calipers are precision tools with one fixed and one sliding jaw. They are used for measuring the distance between two opposing sides of an object. They are often used in engineering where accurate measuring is essential.
28. Plier set
Having a wide range of pliers is invaluable to any engineer. (Slip-joint pliers; needle nosed; side-cutters; linesman's pliers; pump pliers, and round-nosed). Invest in a good quality set and they will provide you with years' of service.
Torches, lamps and light sources are always useful to have at hand. They make working in areas of limited light and space much easier.
31. Digital multimeter
You can measure current, voltage, resistance, continuity, and even temperature with a multi-meter. They are an invaluable tool for an engineer and it is well worth investing in a good quality one.
32. Terminal crimping pliers
Crimping pliers are used to apply pressure to an object until it holds on to another object. This joining of two objects through deformation is called 'crimping'.
33. Soldering iron
A soldering iron is a used to heat solder so that two workpieces can be joined together through a metallic bond. They are used often in various areas of metalworking, installation and repair work.
34. Soldering pad
A soldering pad is a heatproof mat that protects the surrounding area from damage when using a blow torch or soldering iron.
35. SDS drill
The SDS (special direct system) drill is a powerful mains supplied power tool that has many times the power of a standard hammer drill and is heavy-duty enough to drill into masonry, brickwork and metal.
36. Hack saw
The hack saw is a versatile cutting tool that can slice through almost anything. A must-have tool!