Most Useful Professional Garage ToolsPosted on June 23rd, 2015 No comments
If you have the mechanical knowledge and skills to carry out car repairs, setting up your own garage can be a sound business proposition. Whether you specialise in working on just one marque or go for general repairs, some items of equipment are basic requirements while others, though not essential, will make life a lot easier!
Lifts are needed for inspection and working underneath a vehicle. They come in 2-post and 4-post versions. If you are on a budget, consider buying pre-used.
- Diagnostic Equipment
A diagnostic scanner is essential to find out why the vehicle is not working properly. Connect it to a laptop to read the car’s inbuilt diagnostic software.
A compressor supplies compressed air to power all your air tools. If you are planning to do painting, it will supply fresh air to air-fed masks.
- Trolley Jack
A trolley jack is useful for all inspection jobs, and can be used both outside and indoors. They can lift different weights so get one that is safe to lift the vehicles you are going to work on.
- Magnetic lamp
Magnetic, rechargeable LED lamps can clamp to any available surface, such as the underside of the bonnet, and are excellent for illuminating hard to see areas.
- Vehicle Mover
Moving vehicles without starting them up can be a problem. To move vehicles safely and efficiently take a look at a vehicle mover produced by the company Stringo.
- Tyre Pressure Gauge
You will need a tyre pressure gauge to check that tyres are inflated to the correct pressure. Tyres need to be inflated to the correct pressure both for safety and for fuel economy.
- Tool Chest
To keep all your spanners, screwdrivers, socket sets and wrenches organised, you are going to need a good tool chest. Tool chests come on a range of sizes and finishes so choose one to suit your specific requirements.