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Must have tools for engineers

To be a successful engineer, it’s important that you have all the necessary tools to excel at your job. If you don’t have the correct tools, you may find yourself in trouble by failing to complete tasks to a high enough standard, or creating wastage in terms of time and money. Here are our ‘must-haves’ for every engineer’s toolkit.

Jacks

Jacks and are vital pieces of equipment as they allow vehicles to be elevated, so work can be carried out on them such as a tire change or essential maintenance. However, we recommend investing in a Jack Stand, which will support the weight of the car along with the Jack so that more in-depth work can be carried out. These handy pieces of equipment will make your job a whole lot easier.

There a number of different Jacks and Jack Stands on the market, including Floor Jacks and Scissor Jacks. Choosing the correct tool depends on what type of work you do the most, so make sure to assess your needs before buying.

Impact wrenches

These powerful tools are used to loosen car and van lugs which have been tightened to up to 100 feet of torque. A cordless impact wrench will offer speed and convenience, as there is no need to carry round an air compressor and hose to operate the equipment. However, be warned – they are extremely loud so hearing protection must be worn during use!

Toolboxes

Toolboxes are essential for any engineer. No one wants to be lugging round loose tools in an old bag – not only does it make your life easier, but it can also be quite dangerous too.

As your tools are probably heavy enough as it is, opt for compact and lightweight cases to reduce the amount of weight you have to carry around. You should also consider toolboxes which have compartments and dividers, so you can find the equipment you need easily and quickly.

This is an investment piece so make sure you like the design, too!

Pliers

Pliers are used for a number of different tasks, which is why they are essential for every engineer’s tool collection. This item can be used to bend and grip metal, “crimp” wires, and to pick up certain items which may be too small or hot. You may need to invest in more than one wire to suit a multitude of tasks.

For example, a needle nose plier has textured teeth and is used to grip wire without cutting it. A slip joint plier on the other hand features a grooved jaw which is excellent for gripping small materials you cannot do with your hands!

Remember, always read the safety instructions and manual before using you new tools to avoid accidents and poor work.

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