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13 Cool Tools Every Shop Needs

You can turn your garage space into an automotive “super shop” with these 13 cool tools. And they won't break the bank (just dent it a little).

By the DIY experts of The Family Handyman Magazine

Zip through metal with an electric cutoff tool

A retractable fluorescent floodlight

Parts washers aren't just for pro shops

A drip pan saves time

Get a beefy bench vise

Fast tire changes with an electric impact wrench

Save your back and knees with a rolling seat

Diagnose with a stethoscope

Essential cleaners and lubricants

Essential cleaners and lubricants

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.

Keep your tools within reach with a rolling cart

Must-have socket accessories

Save your knuckles with air power

LED light fits in tight places

Grab one glove at a time

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