Tools for the work last night:
Why am I showing these? Well, I get the sense that some folks on the "other" board think the only way to work on cars is to give a bucket full of cash to a Snap-On
truck for a master set of tools and a giant roll cab, or to cut a cheque to EZ Motorsports
. You can
take a more grassroots approach, employing wisely chosen used tools and a budget minded selection of new tools.
In this shot we have:
12 point Craftsman combination wrenches
- These are from Sears Canada, they are Chinese made. Finish is poor, fitment is good. I'm really not a fan of the Sears Canada Craftsman tools as they are all Chinese made now, but at US made Craftsman prices. Makes no sense. I bought a full set for pennies on the dollar at a local pawn shop, and that's the only way I'd buy them. I have to be honest though, I've never broken one
6 point Craftsman combination wrenches
- These are from Sears USA, they are US made. Finish is excellent, fitment is excellent. I'm a huge fan of US made craftsman tools, the quality and value is excellent at a fraction of tool truck prices. Now, I know what you're saying, "6 point combination wrenches, why?". I know, I know. Every 12 point combination wrench on earth has been flank drive for at least 20 years, there is almost no chance you'll round a nut or bolt with a 12 point. But still, I just love these 6 point combination wrenches. I know you don't have the same ability to re-position with less points. Whenever there is room to swing one I always go for these. Call me old school (I even have Saltus wrenches in my tool box).
Gearwrench ratcheting wrenches (stubby and flex head)
- Gearwrench are the only Chinese tools I'll buy new. I really prefer US/German/Taiwan. In terms of ratcheting wrenches Gearwrench have the market cornered, they make a great product at a great price. There are options from higher end tool makers, but the cost isn't justified for a hobby guy like myself.
- Vintage German made. The tips still look new after 70+ years of use. Enough said.
Stanley home made mechanic pick/punch
- I know you can buy a new real mechanic pick, but my Dad made this years ago out of a Stanley US made screwdriver, long before they outsourced everything. Sentimental value and I'm used to using it for popping clips off electrical connection plugs so it hangs around.
Channel Lock front snip crimper combo
- US Made and an industry standard for this type of tool. Cutting blades on this type of tool are a wear item. Buy a good pair or you'll just be buying multiple pairs of snips as the blades dull and no longer take an edge. I used these for cutting zip ties, that's pretty much all that holds my car together.
Challenger by Proto Speeder
- I know what you're thinking, everyone knows Challenger by Proto is Proto's budget line of tools. I don't care, the vintage versions of these tools are great value, and this speeder happens to be made in Canada which makes it extra cool.
Craftsman 1/4 flex head ratchet
- This is the uber-rare US made Craftsman 1/4 flex head ratchet. It was only made for 2 years. Its got the quick release head, but with no quick release. Its got a warning to wear eye protection forged into the handle. It was overpriced when new and sold poorly, its near impossible to find now. For Craftsman raised panel ratchet lovers like myself it is a must have to complete the collection.
Mechanic magnet, sharpie, painters tape
- These come out for every job I do. I'm always dropping things, and always need to mark connections as it will be months before everything goes back together.