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Old 06-03-2012, 06:23 PM   #1
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Default Tools needed by a entry level automotive technician

Hello I am near graduation from UTI (large auto school, if you want an honest opinion on the school PM me) and have a job lined up back home at a Jag/Rover dealer. I get a 45% discount on Snap On tool through school and want to build a large starter set on the discount so I don't have to carry a large loan on tools.

Here's what I have currently all Snap On:
3/8 & 1/4 ratchets
3/8 deep/shallow 6 point socket sets SAE/Metric
3/8 extension set
SAE/Metric combo wrench sets
screw driver set and scrip/pick set
pliers set (horrible purchase looking to replace)
1/2 breaker bar
torx set

For electrical I have a Fluke 88A, that's about it.

I am thinking I need:
1/4 & 1/4 metric socket sets
1/2 ratchet
1/4 & 1/2 extension set
mighty vac kit
metric allen wrench set
metric ratcheting combo wrenches
pipe wrenches
adjustable wrench set
vice-grip set
metric nut drivers
snap ring pliers set
channel lock set
file set
tap & die set
extractor set
retreading set
3/8 & 1/2 torque wrench
slide hammer
R134a gauge set

Ingersoll Rand cordless impact


What do you think I should add to this or remove?
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Old 06-03-2012, 06:27 PM   #2
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Default Re: Tools needed by a entry level automotive technician

Get some torx/reverse (Female) torx, Triple square and tamper proof torx. European cars like to use those kinds of things. Get the snap on thread chaser kit too. That thing is worth every single penny.
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Old 06-03-2012, 06:54 PM   #3
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I'm not exactly sure what an entry level technician uses cause I don't work in the field but as long as you have a good discount it might be worthwhile to get some line wrenches and those long zero offset box wrenches seem like they would be handy.
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Old 06-03-2012, 06:58 PM   #4
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Panel removal tools. Pry bar set. Wire service tools(strippers,crimpers etc). Remember you dont need ALL Snap on. I have the Craftsman pro pry bars and they are good. European radio removal tools. Being entry level I would imagine you will be doing things like replacing cabin air filters and radio replacements so get the plastic panel tools.
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Old 06-03-2012, 07:07 PM   #5
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3/8 drive impact wobble sockets
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Old 06-03-2012, 07:08 PM   #6
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Default Re: Tools needed by a entry level automotive technician

Hello I am near graduation from UTI (large auto school, if you want an honest opinion on the school PM me) and have a job lined up back home at a Jag/Rover dealer. I get a 45% discount on Snap On tool through school and want to build a large starter set on the discount so I don't have to carry a large loan on tools.

Here's what I have currently all Snap On:
3/8 & 1/4 ratchets
3/8 deep/shallow 6 point socket sets SAE/Metric
3/8 extension set
SAE/Metric combo wrench sets
screw driver set and scrip/pick set
pliers set (horrible purchase looking to replace)
1/2 breaker bar
torx set

For electrical I have a Fluke 88A, that's about it.

I am thinking I need:
1/4 & 1/4 metric socket sets
1/2 ratchet
1/4 & 1/2 extension set
mighty vac kit (snap-on overpriced)
metric allen wrench set
metric ratcheting combo wrenches
pipe wrenches(snap-on overpriced)
adjustable wrench set(snap-on overpriced)
vice-grip set
metric nut drivers (snap-on overpriced)
snap ring pliers set
channel lock set
file set
tap & die set
extractor set
retreading set
3/8 & 1/2 torque wrench
slide hammer
R134a gauge set

Ingersoll Rand cordless impact


What do you think I should add to this or remove?




Well, some are just silly to buy snap-on.....even at 1/2 price as I noted. I agree, their pliers kinda suck.

You should buy the torx stuff, perhaps prybars, screwdrivers through snap-on for sure. Your list looks pretty good for where to invest in snap-on for the most part.
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Old 06-03-2012, 07:22 PM   #7
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If you dont have the flex head ratchets those would definitely top my list, and a ratcheting screwdriver with bits is nice too. Those are luxury tools but definitely save a bunch of timein my opinion. I know this is off topic but how do you like that fluke? Do you have the accessories and if so how are they? My next purchase is gonna be that kit but want some info before I shell out 400
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Old 06-03-2012, 07:39 PM   #8
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didn't see any air tools 1\4 ratchet 3\8 impact 1\2 impact buy good ones and you don't need the biggest one.
Full set 1\4 impact sockets std and that other kind

Make friends with your extensions and swivels... if I enough of them I could work from home...
you also get one heck of a discount on matco...try this http://www.matcotools.com/TechEd/students.jsp
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Old 06-03-2012, 07:50 PM   #9
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add flare wrenches to the list.
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Old 06-03-2012, 07:50 PM   #10
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get one of these, actually get two cos they are so cheap. I don't know if Snap-On has their own set. They have saved me countless times.
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Old 06-03-2012, 07:56 PM   #11
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Thanks for this input I am loving it and very much appreciate it. Please keep it coming!

I looked into Matco but they don't have a truck in my area so I am hesitant to buy from them. At heart I'm a S&K guy, my father is a retired pilot and drilled into my head their product, but same story no dealer support. I worked in small engines for a while and learned the value of a tool truck quickly.

I love my Fluke DMM, I bought a Snap On DMM when I first started school and hated it. Everything about the Fluke is better quality and more refined including the function tools. Amazon has good prices on Fluke, $200 less than what Granger wanted.
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Dont forget Universals to go with your extensions
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Old 06-03-2012, 08:23 PM   #13
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Mac also has a student discount program, Ingressol Rand has on too. Your swivel sockets will quickly become your best friend. Also a 1/4 air ratchet. I hear you on your feeling of UTI as a graudate myself from the AZ campus. Good luck!!!
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Old 06-03-2012, 08:36 PM   #14
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Im a grad from exton campus ... best of luck and don't overthink your tickets. If it walks like a duck and quacks like a duck its obviously not a donkey.

Might want to add an Airlift kit to your list ... forget airlocks and burping cooling systems

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Old 06-03-2012, 08:40 PM   #15
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What do you need the SAE stuff for?

I would be looking for a nice DC current clamp to go with your Fluke 88 if your interested in the electrical side of the job.
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Old 06-03-2012, 08:52 PM   #16
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What do you need the SAE stuff for?

I would be looking for a nice DC current clamp to go with your Fluke 88 if your interested in the electrical side of the job.
Use to work as a general mechanic for a private collector with a lot of American classics. Also in small engines.
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Use to work as a general mechanic for a private collector with a lot of American classics. Also in small engines.
OK, I still have my British AF spanners and sockets at home in an old metal box in case I ever restore some old Triumph or something.
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Old 06-03-2012, 08:57 PM   #18
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OK, I still have my British AF spanners and sockets at home in an old metal box in case I ever restore some old Triumph or something.

Same here I do own a good bit of vintage British standard tools too, used them when working for the private collector (he loved old Jags and Austin's)
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Same here I do own a good bit of vintage British standard tools too, used them when working for the private collector (he loved old Jags and Austin's)
Have a look at the Autologic scan tool for Jag/Land Rover, Its better than the dealer level kit in many respects and can be upgraded to other brands. Its very expensive but it might be good research for you.
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