More than just a hammer

10 Best Tools for the Home Auto Mechanic

August 26, 2013 Buying Guides By
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Editor’s Note: This post has been updated with new picks for 2017. Our previous picks can be found on page 2.

The resto-mod project car, the cafe racer build, keeping junior’s new wheels looking like new, fixing the lawn mower: all on the to-do list, wasting away in DIY purgatory. Those big projects have stalled or have been put off, whether it’s due to mounting stress, stubborn bolts or lack of time. But the master at-home mechanic knows that no matter how daunting or time consuming a project is, having the right, high-quality tools makes the job infinitely easier and more rewarding.

Despite what Powerblock TV will have you thinking, replacing a fried clutch or doing an engine swap is going to mean a lot of blood, sweat and spilled oil. But if your garage can back you up, you won’t mind investing those vital fluids into any project, no matter how many deposits you make to the swear jar. So, convert your ‘to-do’ list into your ‘got-done’ list with these, the right tools for the job.


Pro-Lift Convertible Creeper $24


Bayco 26-Watt Fluorescent Work Light


Craftsman 85-Piece Universal Max Axess $114


Strongway Hydraulic Quick Lift Service Jack $150


Briggs & Stratton Oil Extractor Pump


BlueDriver Bluetooth Professional OBDII Scan Tool


Milwaukee M18 Fuel High Torque Impact Wrench


Craftsman Digi-Click Torque Wrench


Black & Decker RTX-6 Rotary Tool $40


DeWalt 18-Volt Compact Drill/Driver Kit


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