Best Mechanics Tools
Every mechanic, regardless of whether you’re a professional with your own garage or a car enthusiast you will need a variety of tools to fix, improve or service vehicles.
At Wonkee Donkee we regularly work with a large group of mechanics and with their help we’ve put together this list of the best mechanics tools.
An adjustable spanner is going to get a lot of use whether you are a professional or just an enthusiastic home mechanic, so invest in a good quality set. They are extremely versatile and their adjustable jaws allow you to set them to a range of sizes. Once set, the jaws will stay in that position leaving you free to work with both hands.
A decent spanner set will be an excellent purchase for any worker. They are an iconic tool for all kinds of mechanical work. The open end of a combination spanner is ideal for loosening those jammed bolts. The closed-end is especially adept for work in tight spaces because it provides more grip and prevents stripping of the nut or bolt.
The socket set has various uses, especially in many automotive jobs. The ratchet system promotes ease of use in awkward spaces; ideal when you’re under the chassis of a car. Make sure that you have both metric and imperial sizes as constantly having to convert is a pain. These tools have excellent amounts of torque.
Hardly anybody gets through life without needing the odd screwdriver from time to time, but as a mechanic, you should invest in a good quality screwdriver set with a variety of lengths and heads. Most machinery will use Phillips head screws but anything older is more likely to have flat head screws. Keep a range of each driver with varying lengths for those hard-to-reach places.
Ball Pein Hammer
Screw and Bolt Extractors
It is easy to forget about the torque wrench if you are mainly involved in DIY projects but it is still one of the most important mechanical tools you can own. Every nut and bolt was designed to be tightened to a specific level of torque and maintaining that level is definitely advised. Investing in a good quality one will provide you with years of service.
Circlip Pliers (Snap Ring - Internal and External)
Long Nosed Pliers
Cordless Combi Drill
An SDS drill is your key power tool when it comes to drilling jobs. Robust, durable and if powered from the mains, there’s no chance of the battery running out on you. You will only need a simple drill for most jobs but one with a built-in hammer action and roto stop will help to separate those stubborn parts.
Axle stands are designed to support several tonnes of weight and used in conjunction with your hydraulic jack. Invest in a good quality pair or set. It may be tempting to save money and buy cheap ones but when you have three tonnes of automobile balanced above your head you want a product you can trust. These tools really only have one use but they are built specifically for that use, so use them.