13 Cool Tools Every Shop Needs

A garage mechanic’s wish list

Zip through metal with an electric cutoff tool

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A retractable fluorescent floodlight

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Parts washers aren't just for pro shops

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A drip pan saves time

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Get a beefy bench vise

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Fast tire changes with an electric impact wrench

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Save your back and knees with a rolling seat

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Diagnose with a stethoscope

Chemicals to Keep on Hand

If you're going to do repair work, you simply have to keep some basic lubricants and special chemicals on hand. Here's what every shop should have.

  • Lithium grease for latches and hinges.
  • Brake cleaner for removing oil and grease from metal parts.
  • Rust penetrant for removing rusted fasteners.
  • Dry lubricant for lubricating metal to metal, and metal to plastic or rubber.
  • Electronic parts cleaner for dissolving corrosion on electrical connectors.
  • Anti-seize lubricant to prevent nuts and bolts from seizing in place.
  • Dielectric grease to repel water in electrical connections and prevent corrosion.
  • Silicone spray to lubricate windows and weather stripping.

Essential cleaners and lubricants
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Keep your tools within reach with a rolling cart

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Must-have socket accessories

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Save your knuckles with air power

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LED light fits in tight places

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Grab one glove at a time

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