How To Choose The Right Mechanic Tool Set

When you need to buy a mechanic tool set, you may be overwhelmed by the variety of tool sets that you will find in the market today.

Tool sets vary in size, shapes, and composition and you may be striving to get a toolset that will serve the functions you have at hand or those that you can foresee in the future.

Choosing the right toolset can be a daunting task if you have no idea how, and below are outlined the ways in which you can ensure you have chosen the right tool set that will meet your needs.

How to choose the right mechanic tool set

Ensure the toolset has all the basic tools that you will most surely need


Remember that there are basic or standard tools that you will need to have on your toolset. Make sure you have most if not all of these as you will most likely need them whenever you need to work on your vehicle. These tools include:

  • Ratchets and a socket set with standard and metric sizes, as well as ½, ¼, and ¾ inch sockets and drivers. You can get one with all sizes or just the basic ones that you will need. As for ratchets,  a big and small ratchet with basic sockets will do. A DeWalt socket set can be a good place to start.


  • Pliers, wire strippers, and wire cutters which are so useful for common jobs such as installing speakers or carrying out some wiring. You will need these in different sizes. A jaw plier which can adjust to many different sizes can be very useful.


  • Wrenches for tightening. Wrenches made from chrome-vanadium alloy are long-lasting. They come in different sizes from 6-24mm, and the largest at 32mm


  • Screwdrivers that are the complete set ranging from small ones to those with large flatheads which can also act as prying tools.


  • A dead blow mallet and /or for removing stuck bolts, rotor, or ball joint. One with a rubber handle will provide a good grip.


  • Hex wrenches for removing hard to reach Allen headed bolts.


Determine the jobs you perform most often


When selecting a toolset, you need to consider the kinds of jobs you will be taking up most often. You may require more than just a standardized tool set to carry out specialized jobs.

It is good if you know some of the specialized jobs you may need to carry out so that you can choose a toolset that will meet those specialized needs. Some intermediate and specialty tools that could be helpful include:

  • A torque wrench for tightening bolts to specifications


  • A rethreading set for replacement of old threads.


  • A cylinder compression tester for check cylinder compression and spot problems.


  • Brake caliper wind back tool kit for changing discs and brake pads.


  • A wire terminal crimper to enable nice fitting of terminals to a wire.


  • A set of wire connectors.


  • A molding removal toolset for easy removal of door panels.


Other tools include a wrecking bar, a rolling tool chest, OBD2 scanner, Circlip pliers, hose clamp pliers, pry bars, flexible magnet pickup, a set of Torx wrench, ignition spark tester, digital caliper, cylinder piston rings compressor kit, and bearing adapter kit with adapters for replacing wheel bearings.

It goes without saying that you need the best tools to perform a great job on your vehicle. The guidelines above should help you choose the right mechanic tools.

Other additional items that may be useful to you once you’ve acquires the right toolset include latex gloves which are a better option as they are disposable and will enable you to have a clean start every time, duct tapes, lubricants and cleaners, and a work light if you will be working at night.

Of importance is also a factory service manual. This is one of the most helpful resources you need when you need directions on how to fix specific issues such as how to change brake pads.

They suit the specific make of your vehicle. You can find scanned copies on eBay or check around the internet for PDF copies. Hopefully, you can now choose the right tool for the job you need to do.

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