An excellent set of mechanic tools can help even the most amateurish users get through a wide range of typical projects. Better yet, they can be an invaluable addition to your emergency kit for fixing almost anything in your homes and cars. These toolsets include several multi-purpose tools to assist you with the basics of mechanic’s work at home or at the job site. However, what exactly makes a mechanic toolset great?
One of the most important things to consider when selecting a mechanic toolkit is the size and variety of tools and attachments. Before choosing one, you should ask yourself whether you need any specialized equipment or all-purpose tools. What material (plastic, metal, or fiberglass) the tools are made of is another important factor to take into account. There’s no need to waste time and money on looking at oddly shaped sockets and hexes. The most important thing to consider is that the tools fit standard imperial or metric dimensions.
Without further ado, let’s take a look at five of the best mechanic’s toolkits available right now.
This is arguably one of the best mechanic toolsets available on the market. The Stanley STMT73795 210-Piece Toolkit offers users flexibility through a large selection of tools and attachments for tackling any home or professional project. The small-sized parts feature both imperial and metric measurements.
This toolkit comes with a total of 210 different tools. There should be enough sockets and drivers for you to handle any home or vehicle project you’re doing. All of the tools are made with strong steel and are designed to be gripped comfortably. This means reduced cramping and fatigue in the arms and hands while getting work done.
Many of the tools also feature a quick-release option which allows for rapid switching between sockets and extensions. One handy feature is the reverse direction switch which is done with a simple flick of the thumb. Everything in this kit is made to last for several years, and it comes packed in a neat carry case for portability and easy monitoring of the tools.
For certain tasks at hand, sometimes it’s better to invest in a specialized toolkit. These specialized kits allow users to make the most out of every tool instead of just a select few that you use at the job site. The DeWalt DWMT72165 has 204 pieces and tools which offer a greater focus on ratchets and sockets than what you get from other toolsets. This kit is desgined for people who mainly deal with bolts and nuts of every imaginable shape and size. The sockets that come with this kit work for virtually every type of task.
One of the main selling points on this 204-piece toolkit by DeWalt, a company famed for making high-quality power tools and toolkits, is the primary ratchet that can use every socket included in this box. The ratchet has a 72-tooth gearing system which offers precision control over how much torque you need. The ratchet’s body has a slim design for reaching into awkward places at awkward angles.
The reason this toolkit is popular among mechanics is its durability. The tools feature both imperial and metric measurements. Thanks to DeWalt’s proprietary technology, configuring how much torque to apply is easy to do.
The Crescent CTK170CMP2 170-Piece toolkit is a dream among many professional workers and DIY-hobbyists. There’s absolutely no need to fill your garage or workspace with tools you think you might need when this toolkit by Crescent provides every tool that you will need. Although there aren’t as many tool and attachments in this kit that the two previous ones, it still provides sufficient pieces for tackling almost every project. The kit includes ratchets, sockets, wrenches, pliers, and several other tools and their respective attachments. This is perhaps one of the best options if you want only one kit to take up storage space.
One of the best features of this kit is its amazing storage case. It’s built to withstand turbulence while taking it from job site to job site, and the internal compartments allow for easy organization of the tools. Each tool has an assigned spot so you can easily monitor which tool is out of place.
In terms of versatility, this toolkit by Crescent is a great option since it includes most of the tools you’ll ever need. Although it doesn’t come with some of the hoity-toity tools that more expensive toolkits come with, it’ll get work done.
The GreatNeck GN205 comes with – you guessed it – 205 tools and attachments. This is perhaps a toolkit that doesn’t suit professional workers who need a large assortment of tools and attachments for handling a variety of tasks, but DIY hobbyists will definitely get a kick out of this mechanic’s toolset. Similar to some budget-friendly kits out there, this home set is specifically designed to make ease of common home and garage tasks. The GN205 comes with a selection of ratchets, sockets, hex key wrenches, and some home-specific tools such as utility knives, screwdrivers, as well as PVC tape.
For professional workers, you might appreciate this toolset which can serve as a backup for your main one you keep in your trunk. It definitely provides enough tools for handling some unexpected problems at home or at work. The storage space in the carry case contains three drawers for better organization of your tools and attachments.
If quantity is your thing, then you’ll definitely appreciate the Craftsman 413-Piece toolkit. It includes the most tools and attachments than any other kit on this list. Even compared to other products on the market, this 413-piece kit fares well against other competing brands (in terms of the number of tools and their respective attachments). This is the type of set that users consider when only wanting to purchase one complete toolkit without having to buy one ever again.
Some people might consider 271 sockets and 55 wrenches overkill, but it can be smart to invest in something like this when working at several job sites. Oftentimes, the smaller-sized kits, though handy, might be missing one or two essential pieces for getting work done. You’ll be glad that Craftsman made such a thoughtful and comprehensive toolkit.