For a mechanic, tools are his most important valuables at the workplace. In order to get the job well done and be satisfied with his work, a mechanic needs to know how a tool is constructed, how to sharpen it and how to store it properly.
Let’s say you are the mechanic. If you are negligent about your tools and you aren’t fully aware of how they should be used, you run the risk of being injured. And of losing lots of customers and becoming bankrupt (hehe). Any good craftsman will have all the extra knowledge regarding his working tools and will understand that working faster doesn’t always mean working smarter. Being efficient and productive at work is realizing that a professional result won’t be achieved by thinking about the next lunch break.
Dedication and perseverance are the most appreciated ‘tools’ a craftsman should own. But besides these important features, a mechanic knows that good ideas need good tools to get a job well done.
● Hand tools
These are the most common tools a mechanic may use at the workplace. There are various kinds of hand tools available on the market, and since you are a good mechanic, you will know which tool is right for which job. These tools include everything from wrenches, screwdrivers of different shapes and sizes, wire cutters, wire stripping tools, utility knives, hammers, sledges to clamps and gloves.
Gadgets are important for a mechanic’s work because they help him perform tasks which require intelligence and more power than the usual hand tools can provide. These “extras” are smart techies such as: scan tools, digital timing lights, battery chargers or continuity testers. They are usually used for engine repairs.
● Specialized Equipment
This type of equipment helps mechanics in working much faster and obtaining better results for each project. Some of the most interesting equipment used by mechanics are air compressors, air ratchets, creepers, jumper cables and portable power units.
In today’s world, manual work has been almost completely replaced by the use of machinery which works faster and costs less. However, there are certain types of work which require specific manual craftswork in order to be done properly. And we all know handmade is quite an expensive label. So in these situations hand tools are prefered instead of machinery, and a good mechanic (yes, you!) knows how to balance manual and automatic work in order to receive a professional result.
Again, an experienced mechanic will know how to use these hand tools so that he doesn’t get injured or cause damage to the tools he uses. We all want best results for our work, and we definitely need them to “survive the test of time” if we paid a lot of money to get them. When you take your car to a mechanic, you want to feel assured that it is in good hands and won’t come out of there worse than before. Experience has a lot to say for this matter, but, even if he is just starting, a mechanic who is professional about his work will most likely turn out to be a leader.
Experience comes through time and through failure. If a mechanic is passionate about his work, his experience will increase in no time. A good mechanic also knows what tools are appropriate for certain work and will know how to calculate the advantages and disadvantages of any situation he comes across. Sometimes equipment or gadgets may work faster, depending on the situation, but a professional mechanic will be glad to use a hand tool if the efficiency and quality of his work will be greater.
And one of the most important things about hand tools is that they are cheaper than the automatic ones, and can be used in many different situations. On the other side, power tools may be used once a month or even less than that. So it is much more profitable to buy cheaper tools than really expensive equipment that will not do much good for you if you don’t really use them everyday.
There are, of course, situations when they are exclusively needed, but it is up to the mechanic to figure out when these situations appear and what tools he should use in any of the cases.
Finding the right tools for a project is crucial for a mechanic. He has to know all the secrets of his work and the tools he is using before beginning to work - but this goes without saying.