I've been a full-time mechanic for nearly 7 years, and in that time I've been fortunate enough to work for shops that provided fully-stocked benches for their employees, but I'd like to open up my job options a bit by building my own toolbox for shops that require one. I have a fairly good idea of what tools I'll need, but I'm more specifically interested in personal experiences from those of you have done this yourselves.
What are some words of wisdom you have to offer? Do you have advice on expensive pitfalls to avoid? Any tricks you learned later than you wish you'd known earlier on (rookie mistakes etc.?)
(I know I wont be needing expensive chasing/facing tools or headset/BB bearing presses etc.)
Only thing I could think to say is that in my experience, cheap tools are, without fail, a false economy.
If you are staying away from buying cutters and facers and stuff then the price difference isn’t usually very much anyway.
Oh and Park allen key sets are shit. I wish I’d realised this sooner and bought a different brand instead of thinking it was me being heavy on them that was causing them them to go all loose.
I’ve always found Unior tools well priced workshop quality
I stick to park, good service from supplier, looks very smart and customers know the brand so you look like you know what you are doing.
The kits they sell are good, but often include things like brushes and bottle openers to bulk them out which you don’t need
I've a Pedro's Vise Whip and find it easier to use than chain whips.
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