What tools make a mechanics life easier?

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Old 10 Apr 2014, 09:39 am   #1 (permalink)
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I'm engaged to a diesel mechanic but I know NOTHING about tools and mechanics. I really want to get him something as a just because gift. I really want it to be something that he gets and thinks "oh this will be really useful". He is an "over the road truck technician" he works the night shift at MHC Kenworth. I want it to be something that he can use at work and at home to work on his 96 f-250 powerstroke. I was thinking one of those things they lay on that rolls but this one would go from a chair to one of those things but he said he doesn't like those. I was thinking maybe a tool tray that he can put under the hood with him or where he's working so he doesn't have to keep jumping off a truck or crawling out from under one to get another tool but I don't know what those are called... I need an opinion from a mechanic or someone who knows a lot what do you get for a mechanic who seems to have everything? Also what is the best hand cleaner for a diesel mechanic doing major repairs and the best stain remover to get his uniforms and jeans looking as clean as possible.
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Old 10 Apr 2014, 09:54 am   #2 (permalink)
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A gift certificate from a tool truck. Snap-On tools, Mac tools, or Matco tools. Call for nearest sales Rep. This way he can purchase what he needs. He will love you for it!!
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Old 10 Apr 2014, 10:09 am   #3 (permalink)
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Torque wrench - Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia















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A torque wrench is a tool used to precisely apply a specific torque to a fastener such as a nut or bolt. It is usually in the form of a socket wrench with special ...































This is a nice tool that comes in a fine wooden box since it is delicate. They use them to tighten something just the right amount so they have to use them. They will never be just thrown in a tool box with everything else but placed in the box and gently put away.
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Old 10 Apr 2014, 10:25 am   #4 (permalink)
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The best hand cleaner is nitrile gloves.
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Old 10 Apr 2014, 10:39 am   #5 (permalink)
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Most Diesel engine mnufacturers have a pretty tight grip on their troubleshooting tools and software. Most companies require the techs to be certified and trained and only then will they sell you the tools and software you need and still charge you a lot of money for it.For a independent mechanic its pretty much impossible to work on a lot of the new stuff. This seems to be less of a problem in the automotive industrie. I remember hearing that there was a court ruling that allows the aftermarket to develop some of these tools. This does not seem the case in the diesel industry.































There are some best tools innovations which makes your life easier that tools are :Screwdrivers with Hex Bolsters, Air Hammer with Quick-Change Chuck , Diagnostic Auto Code Reader , Cooling System Tools,Bodywork Slide Hammer Set,Creeper , Locking Pliers etc .































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Old 10 Apr 2014, 10:54 am   #6 (permalink)
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Hi I'm also a auto tech. The best gift a mechanic could recive besides a personal diagnostic scanner which are very expensive to give as a gift and too complex, it would be a flash light no matter what every mechanic needs a good flashlight. A strong bright rechargeable flashlight. You should get him a streamlight strion flash light it is compact and extremely bright he will definetly use it. Here is a link they usually are more pricey off a tool truck.































http://m.ebay.com/itm/40067813 1118
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Your heart is in the right place. Can't go wrong with tools for a gift as far as I am concerned. But I have to go with Geo on this one. Think the gift certificate is the way to go. Being a tech he might be picky on what brand of tools he buys. Also probably has a good aray of tools already and you do not want to double up on something he already owns. Only other thing I can think of is to pick the brains of the guys he works with if you can. Sure they would have an idea or two.
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