Top Ten-Equipment Needed to Open an Auto Repair Shop

Top Ten-Equipment Needed to Open an Auto Repair Shop


what’s going on boys my name is Nelson Mandela with the mechanic OSI make sure you guys check out the rest of my channel for my daily vlogs now today we’re going to be doing the top 10 pieces of equipment that you need to open up an auto repair shop I know a lot of you guys want to open up your own shop one day and what I recommend is you guys start buying this equipment as you start your career now I started buying my first pieces of equipment as soon as I got my first paycheck from the dealership I used to work out the first piece of equipment was a jack then it was jack stands then it was a drain caddy a drained bucket so I started buying all this equipment as I needed so I started my side hood hot I started my side hustle you know after I got my first paycheck I work I knew that I wanted to start building up a clientele so I can open up a shop so I started working on cars out of my garage and I started buying this equipment throughout the years and that’s kind of what I recommend for you guys all this equipment you get storing your garage or a storage unit if you’re doing work out of your garage you’re gonna knock you’re going to start needing to buy this equipment and storing it because you’re going to need to use it every time you do a repair on a customer’s car so start buying it as soon as you can start stepping up and start buying the big pieces of equipment that you’re going to need and the other good thing about buying this equipment throughout the years before you open up your shop is that it’s cheaper because you have the patience in the time to look for good deals on Craigslist for a lot of this equipment a lot of these equipment I bought secondhand use a rebuilt my brake lathe and my AC machine I bought it hook Craigslist and the rest of it I bought you know because I had the time to look for it so that’s what I recommend for you boys now the equipment that we’re going to be talking about today is the equipment that I use every single day now we’re going to start talking about the pieces of equipment in order of importance as I think you guys need it I don’t want you guys to go buy a freaking oil caddy you know and store it in your garage because you’re not going to really be needing it because more than likely you don’t have a lift in your garage you’re going to need a drain bucket you’re going to be needing a really good drain bucket because if you’re working on your garage you’re going to just lift the car up maybe three feet off the ground and you don’t need an oil caddy so all this pieces of equipment it’s going to be ordered in order of importance and then you know the least important is gonna be the last but definitely something to start looking at now the last piece of equipment that we’re going to be talking about is going to be the biggest and and the one that you’re really not going to need until you open up your shop so let’s get started alright boys first things first you’re going to want to buy a good air compressor I recommend buying one that’s really heavy-duty a 60 gallon air compressor would do we always want to buy the biggest and baddest because if you are thinking about opening up your own shop you’re going to be needing a really nice compressor to go with it so as soon as you can get enough money together make sure you buy the biggest compressor you can so it’ll power your garage and eventually your shop this one I bought after we opened up my shop but I did have a 60 gallon CSN compressor that powered my shop no problem but this one we upgraded to because I got it for pennies on the dollar so make sure you guys pick up your first compressor as soon as you can and you pick up the biggest one you can this one’s a champion about 120 gallons and it’s beautiful I love it it’s my favorite compressor I’ve ever owned and it doesn’t cycle very much and it takes very little energy to power it all right boys the first piece of equipment that I recommend you guys buy it’s going to be your jack in your jack stands now of course you’re going to need about two you’re going to be needing about four jack stands and a really good jack this one I got from Harbor Freight it’s a low pro three ton floor jack it’s a really nice because it goes really really low and it can lift up any car that’s a that’s Lord or anything like that so it’s a really nice piece of equipment that I own we have about 4 of these tall jack stands that hold up you know essentially anything it’s about six tons I mean you got this one off of Harbor Freight also I think so it’s a really good nice set to have and along with your jack stands and your Jack you’re going to be needing PO Jack’s now this is a piece of equipment that you’re not going to need until you open up your shop but it’s definitely something that I pair with the jack and jack stands because it’s something that you know pretty much does the same thing but these poach eggs do it on the lift so you’re going to need really nice pull jacks to hold up axles or anything else you need so definitely get a set of these if you find them on so or they’re cheap because you are going to be needing them now the second piece of equipment that you’re going to need of course is going to be your oil drain caddy or your drain bucket this bucket I like it because it’s big and it can pretty much hold around six gallons of coolant or oil and I like it because like I said it’s huge and it catches it essentially anything that I need when you open up your shop you’re going to need an oil caddy but of course we don’t need that if you’re working at your garage you know I’m gonna pair these two together because they are something that definitely go together but if you’re working at a garage get a really good drain bucket all right boys the next piece of equipment that we got it’s going to be a battery charger and a battery jumper of course I’m going to put these two together because they do exactly the same thing if you’re at your house it doesn’t really matter what order you get them at I recommend buying both of them because you’re going to be needing to jump car especially when they come in on a tow truck and they need a battery or something and you’re going to need the charger to charge batteries up so get these two together as soon as you can it doesn’t really matter the brand I got the bottom one I got the battery charger from O’Reilly and the jump pack I got it from Harbor Freight they’re pretty cheap couple bucks in a big deal but you definitely are going to need these and make sure you get a really nice battery charger and a battery jumper the next piece of equipment we’re going to be talking about is a course or engine hoist you’re going to be needing an engine hoist because you are going to be doing a whole lot of engines when you’re working at your garage and you definitely don’t want to be caught without one now this one’s a really nice one super super heavy-duty and I really like it because it’s fold up and I get stored in the corner of my garage or anywhere else but any engine hoist will do doesn’t really matter the brand most engine hoist are going to be able to lift up anything that you need lifted and they come in handy so make sure you pick up a really nice engine hoist as soon as you can next up is going to be a brake leave your brake leave is going to be your bread and butter the one that’s going to actually make you a lot of money because you’re going to be doing a lot of breaks at ru garage I recommend buying this thing as soon as you can buy it unused on Craigslist because most break blades do not break down they last forever and if you do need to you can rebuild a no problem make sure you get a brand break leave don’t ever get one of those off-brands break blades like a Chinese one because there’s nobody that can rebuild it and nobody that has parts always buy something that is recognizable good brand that you know everybody knows and co is always the go-to break Li because they are really well known everybody can rebuild them and there’s a lot of parts of them so if you need a belt or a gear or a shaft or anything they got it all right boys the next piece of equipment were going to be talking about is going to be a strut compressor strut compressors are going to be another one of those pieces of equipment that’s going to make you a lot of money because if you have a strut compressor er it’s going to make you faster and it’s going to allow you to do a lot more suspension working on customers cars Toyota has always need new struts at 70,000 miles and when you get one in recommend struts and you’ll be able to do it no problem the one that we use here at the shop is a brand ik 7400 this strut compressor can do Ford f-150 Ford f-250 struts no problem it’s really really heavy-duty and it’s one my wall mounted of course and it’s one of my favorites ur compressors I’ve ever used definitely a good piece of Accra meant to own all right boys the next piece of equipment we’re gonna be talking about it’s going to be our AC machine and this one I bought used off of Craigslist and it has a ability to do art of it on Warren 34 it’s a Robin air cool tech dual 2k and it’s never failed me of course I’ve had to service it and maintain it but it’s a older model about a 2007 and it’s still going strong we had to replace the board a couple times not us but the previous owner he replaced it once but what do you expect from a really old machine now this machine has made us a lot of money it’s never failed us and it’s really accurate because we maintain it so if you’re going to be doing any type of repairs you need an AC machine of course you can do AC work without an AC machine but it’s definitely now recommended I always think that you should have an AC machine if you’re going to be doing AC work and it’s definitely got to be needed when you have your shop to to recharge systems properly and vacuum it’s going to save you a lot of time and a lot of energy when it comes down to AC work all right boys our next piece women we’re gonna be talking about is a press you need a press it doesn’t matter how many tons it is or help you know heavy duty it is as long as it’s a nice press that’s dirty you could pick some up a Harbor Freight pretty cheap but you are going to be needing to reinforce them this one is a Lincoln and it’s about six feet about six feet tall I love it because it’s so tall and I’m tall and it’s never failed me it’s really a nice piece of equipment that you definitely need and last but not least we got our transmission jack you’re definitely going to need a transmission jack when you open up your shop so make sure you pick one up definitely not a priority because if you’re doing transmissions in your garage you don’t need a trans jack because it’s not going to get under the car so this is definitely something that you need to buy before you open up your shop start looking for them it’s not a priority if you can get one for cheap buy it and store it inside your garage and just keep it in there until you open up your shop but you are get a need one this is not a priority as a brake lathe or AC machine would be or even a compressor but it’s definitely something to keep an eye out and of course the last piece of equipment you’re going to need to buy it’s going to be your lifts you’re going to be needing your lifts to lift up cars and do work fast and efficiently so the course not a lot of guys are going to be able to store this in the garage so I definitely recommend just saving up enough money to buy a nice set of lifts when you’re ready to open up your shop I got my lifts off of my buddy pennies on the dollar but when I first started off I did buy my lifts used the back one the back lift right here this one’s used and this is one of the original ones I owned when I opened up the shop I got this one for about $1500 on Craigslist is normally what you’ll find them for this is a rotary and it picks up about 6,000 pounds these backless pick up about 10,000 so these are the super heavy-duty ones super wide and this is one of the older models about 2000 and it picks up 6000 and it picks up about 6,000 pounds it definitely does a job but I love my back lift because they lift up anything that I that I throw at them so one of the last piece of equipment boys is going to be a list of course you can’t store them so just wait until you open up your shop and you’re ready to go alright boys I got a bonus for you guys so this one I kind of overlooked but it’s definitely something you’re going to need when you open up your shop definitely something you need even if you’re working out of your garage I recommend you guys pick up a really nice workbench and a vise most of the shops that I work at had a really nice small vise but this one’s super huge that’s what she said and I like it because I can hammer on it and it never freakin lets me down and I love it so make sure you pick up a workbench as soon as you can if you get one that’s for like transmissions that have like the back baffle that’d be great but you don’t need anything too crazy you just need a nice one that’s about six feet long and about three feet wide and that’s super sturdy and a coarse metal you don’t want anything that’s wood or anything like that because those always break you want something that’s older sturdy and you so you know that people can bang on it without any issues so make sure you pick up a nice workbench as soon as you can put it in your garage you are going to be needing it alright boy so let’s recap everything we just talked about the first thing that you want to buy is going to be your air compressor your air compressor is going to be your money maker that’s catchy what’s going to power you all your air tools is going to make you really really efficient after you buy your air compressor you’re going to want to buy your jack your jack stands and your pole jacks after you buy those you want to buy your oil caddy and your drain bucket then you’re going to want to buy your battery charger and your battery jump box then after that you’re going to want to buy your engine hoist after the engine hoist you’re going to want to buy a brake lathe with all the adapters that you need then it’s going to be your strut compressor then it’s going to be your AC machine then it’s going to be your press then it’s going to be your transmission jack then it’s going to be your lifts and of course if you want to throw the bonus in there is going to be your workbench and your vise of course that’s the order of importance that I think you guys should buy this stuff at if you find a good deal on Craigslist if you’re just looking for AC machines and you haven’t bought your compressor yet and you find a really good price on an AC machine that works properly in its 1:34 buy it do not hesitate just because it’s not in the order that you should buy stuff this is just a list of things that you need to open up your shop so if you start looking for stuff and you find a really good deal on a freaking Jack and you can store it somewhere I’m sorry a transmission jack and you can store it somewhere buy it do not hesitate because good deals are hard to come by you always want to buy this stuff with patience and with time because the last thing you want is to have everything ready have your location and then you’re missing your essential pieces of equipment and then you start paying up the ass because you didn’t buy them beforehand so that’s the one thing you want to avoid you want to avoid buying this stuff with no patience because in no time because then you got to pay way over market value so make sure you guys buy this equipment on Craigslist do not buy em on credit do not leave this equipment I do not recommend leasing anything if you are going to have to leave something don’t lose anything do not leave anything of course you know just make sure you have enough space for all this stuff which you should because most of this stuff can be stored in a corner and don’t want the only things that aren’t going to be able to be stored properly or easily it’s going to be your engine it’s going to be your lips so make sure that you know you buy that last of course I never recommend you guys lease any equipment because I don’t believe in leasing things especially for your first business you should be able to buy all this stuff in a couple years especially if you save up and you start looking for them on Craigslist I recommend going that route so anyways thanks for watching boys that’s my top 10 pieces of equipment that you need to open up your shop of course there’s a whole ton of other stuff you know I have a power train jack and I have a bunch of different like stuff like break I have a bunch of different stuff like a brake bleeder and transmission flush system all that stuff but those that stuff is not as important as this stuff if you have this stuff you can do anything on any car so remember that yes there’s other stuff that you would want to buy but we’re not here to buy the stuff we want to buy we’re here to buy the stuff that we definitely need so make sure you guys pick this stuff up before anything else and you’ll be ready to open up your shop no problem thank you boys for watching I’ll see you guys next time


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