Must Have Tools Part 2: Entry Level Automotive Technician

Must Have Tools Part 2: Entry Level Automotive Technician


what’s up everyone this is travis with working-class garage and today i’m gonna be talking about the must-have tools for an entry-level automotive technician so to start out with if you haven’t yet go ahead and watch my first video must-have tools for someone getting into the automotive industry i go over a lot of the more basic things that you need so I would definitely check that out if you haven’t yet so watch that one first and then watch this so this one’s geared more towards someone who has already decided that they want to be in the automotive field and that’s what they want to do as a career so I’m gonna be going over the basic stuff that I think would be a good idea to get now you don’t have to get the exact brands I talked about here I do like a lot of the tools I have but this isn’t in any way a tool review I’m just giving you the types of tools you need to get a lot of these tools I’ll probably review in the future but I’m not gonna go into really reviews on the tools I will link below a list of a lot of tools that I suggest you guys getting as a good alternative from a tool trunk brand or something so definitely check these links out I spent a lot of time putting these links together to get a really good product list for you guys so definitely check it out and I would highly recommend picking up some of this stuff in the list because that’s a really good option as far as price goes and quality goes so you really get the best of both worlds if I had to redo it I would probably buy some of the stuff on the list versus some of the more high-dollar tool brand stuff I got it’s really just personal preference at the end of the day I’m gonna break this video up into categories kind of like I did my last video I’m gonna start with power tools and work my way down from there so let’s start with that and talk about some power tools [Music] [Applause] [Music] [Applause] [Music] so my first video I did mention that you need a half inch air impact now in addition to that I would also recommend getting a 3/8 drive air impact or if you want to you could go with a 3/8 drive cordless impact it’s really just up to you if you’re only gonna get one I would do the air because air is really the way to go for the most part if you want power the thing with cordless tools are if you’re gonna start investing in a cordless tool line I would try to pick one that you like so if you’re pretty dead set on going with like snap-on or Milwaukee or Dewalt then go ahead and go for it and go cordless I mean I love cordless tools I mostly use cordless stuff and I will say I do use this 3/8 air impact quite a bit so it’s kinda just up to you and I would also recommend getting a some type of powered ratchet whether it’s cordless like this one the snap-on or this one is Mac Tools quarter-inch now just starting out I would just do a quarter inch ratchet I hardly ever use a 3/8 cordless ratchet I mean I definitely do sometimes but I mostly use a quarter inch drive if you’re working on bigger stuff obviously a 3/8 drive might be a little better for you but like I said up to you whatever you think is gonna work best airs a good alternative route to go the good thing about air tools is you don’t have to have a battery platform there on them all you need is an air compressor so that’s kind of the good thing about air tools you you’re always gonna have air there to run them and you don’t have to worry about charging batteries and stuff so it’s personal preference I’m gonna link air ratchet down below that’s identical to this Mac one because this one actually has a sealed head which is really nice and it really helps to get into tight places as you can see there the silt head and I also put this Universal air fitting on there to help get into places bottom line power tools when you first started now I would get some type of 3/8 impact along with the tools I talked about in my previous video and some type of either quarter inch drive or 3h drive air ratchet or electric ratchet like this one these are gonna save you a ton of time and be really useful so next I’m going to talk about sockets so this is in addition to my previous video I didn’t mention getting a set of deep well half inch drive impact sockets so you’re already gonna have those if you follow the other video now just starting out when you’re first buying sockets I would just buy impact sockets because those are gonna be your most used sockets and later on down the road if you feel like you need Chrome sockets for clearance or whatever you can go that route too but I would just start getting all impact sockets that way you’re good to go with that so as far as impact sockets go and the half inch drive I would get a shallow set I’m gonna be linking sets below so look at those when it comes to impact sockets I would look at Sun X Sonic’s makes really great stuff so I’m gonna link their stuff below you will also see these Universal sockets like this that they have a joint that the socket actually pivots down in the body I wouldn’t start off buying a full set of those because they’re relatively expensive and you don’t really need them right off instead I would get a set quarter inch 3/8 and 1/2 inch of universal adapters this makes it to where your regular sockets can kind of turn into a universal socket and can really save you a lot of money starting out now what you’re gonna notice the biggest difference is between a universal adapter with a socket on it and an actual universal socket is the size difference there obviously the one that’s made with the head on it is going to be a lot shallower but for the most part that’s not gonna be a huge issue especially when you’re first starting out so I would just get the adapters to start with I would get short well deep well 3/8 drive impacts six point is really the best thing to go with especially starting out you normally don’t need 12 point sockets sometimes you might but it’s really not something you’re gonna run into a bunch and six points gonna be a lot better for preventing rounded off heads and stuff and I would also recommend short well and deep well quarter inch drive impact six point sockets and then depending on what you’re working on you’re gonna need some different specialty sockets like inverted Torx regular Torx hex those are really the three main that you run into sometimes you’re gonna need triple square and stuff like that but that just depends on what you’re working on you’re just gonna have to judge what you’re working on and go from there and see what you actually need but I don’t think it’d be a bad idea to get a set that includes inverted Torx regular Torx and hex I’m gonna list a master set down below that’s a really good value you should definitely check that out it has everything you really need in it and then you’re also gonna need some extensions I would get a set of half-inch drive I always use Chrome extensions I’ve never really used impacting extensions I’ve never had an issue so that’s my experience if you want to get impact extensions then go for it but I personally haven’t had a problem with chrome ones so I mean it’s really just up to you whatever you want to do and then also 3/8 drive and quarter inch drive now these are the snap-on wobble plus extensions I really like these a lot I know some people hate them but they actually allow you to wobble on the end and then push the socket all the way down to have just a normal extension so if you see here you can wobble right here but push down and you got a regular extension that’s kind of how they work and they work really well and I really like them so that might be a route you want to go I’m also going to link some really nice extensions down below you can check those out too I think they’ll be more than sufficient for you all right so now I’m going to talk about hand tools you’re gonna need some good hammers when I say good hammer if you really don’t have to spend that much money on hammers it just depends on what you want and what your budget is I personally really like the snap-on hammers this one is actually a ball peen dead blow hammer it has beads inside of it if you can hear them these hammers are really nice they’re pretty pricey but they’re really nice and then also just they’re dead blows are nice Harbor Freight makes good dead blows for like dirt cheap I have one of those and I’ve beat it up and it’s never failed me so that would be a good route to go wilton makes really nice hammers and gear inch actually has a really cool hammer set I’m gonna link the Wilton and the gearwrench hammer sets below I would check out both of those I definitely can say though that the Wilton hammers are really awesome so I would for sure take a good look at those and contemplate getting those you’re also gonna need some ratchets I already suggested a 3/8 ratchet in the past video for oil filter caps and stuff so you should already have one of those you’re gonna need a quarter inch drive ratchet I really like the new style Mack like I mentioned previously they’re really nice but you can really go whichever route you want gearwrench makes really nice ratchets this one right here is actually a Harbor Freight ratchet made by Pittsburgh and if you can hear the teeth in this they’re really fine and nice and I don’t know the exact teeth count is on it but I really actually like this ratchet a lot I found myself picking this one up over a lot of my other ratchets and it was like 15 bucks I think so you can’t go wrong with that for sure and I would also get a half inch drive ratchet I’m a flex head guy I love flex head ratchets so I’m always gonna suggest giving a flex head ratchet this is also the new style Mac ratchets they’re really awesome just get a half inch drive it has a little bit of length on it cuz anytime you got to use the half inch drive you’re gonna be put into a decent amount of torque behind it so you want to get something that has some leverage you’re also gonna need some screwdrivers these are also Mac Tools screwdrivers these screwdrivers are actually identical to the proto screwdrivers so that could be a good route to go to because these screwdrivers are really nice they the handles are really nice and durable these are just really nice screwdrivers they have a little hex at the end for extra torque if you need to put a wrench on it or something but I would get some decent screwdrivers nothing super cheap just that way it’s not made out of cheap metal and you’re not screwing the tips up on your screwdrivers and stuff and it’s nice to have something that has a lifetime warranty because you’re gonna have these for a long time I mean you need a screwdriver all the time so I would invest a little bit snapple and Matt Commack they all make really nice screwdrivers it really just comes down to personal preference you’re also gonna need some pliers I would just get a basic set to begin with get some channel locks these are actually snap on this I got a whole four-piece snap-on set here canet pecs makes really nice channel lock style pliers that are really top notch you can’t beat them you really can’t beat any of their pliers so canet pecs makes great pliers check them out I’m sure you guys already heard about them I’m gonna link below a four piece set that’s pretty much identical to snap-on set so check that set out for sure but you’re gonna want some channel locks some side cutters some needle nose and then just some regular adjustable pliers alright so the last set of tools that I would recommend for someone just starting out in the automotive world you’re gonna be doing a lot of like brakes and just simple maintenance stuff so you’re gonna want to have some brake caliper your compressor tools to push the Pistons back in now this is really comes down to personal preference again I really like this this is for double piston calipers you can also use it for single piston if you just kind of wedge it in there I use it for double and single piston all the time and I’ve really liked these then you also have the ratchet style caliper compressors these are also really nice these come in handy sometimes whenever the other ones don’t work so it’s nice to have kind of both sets but normally one set will kind of do you and then also depending on what you’re working on sometimes you might need the caliper twisting tool for the twisting type Pistons so I’m gonna link one of those below I don’t have one here to show you but I’ll link it below if those are something that you’re dealing with you’re probably gonna want to get one of those too so like I said this video is for the entry-level automotive technician that knows they want to get into the automotive field and work on cars as a career so these are the tools that you need to have I don’t think it’s a bad idea to invest in good quality brands for these things because these are kind of your staples that you’re gonna be using a ton so it’s up to you to kind of pick brands and if you want to buy tool truck brands or online brands all the stuff I listed below is definitely a good option some of it is cheaper in price but not necessarily in quality so definitely give all those things to look I’m also going to be talking about what tool box you should buy and what to be looking at throughout the different stages of your career as an automotive technician so be on the lookout for that video too as I haven’t talked about that yet thanks a lot for watching I really appreciate it make sure to LIKE and subscribe my video shoot me a comment down below tell me what you like tell me what you didn’t like if I miss something make sure to put it down below in the comments that way other people can see it and I hope you guys have an awesome day see you later [Music]


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