Repairing the body of your car will require a number of tools and equipment to guarantee that you get it back in full form. There are certain mechanic tools used in an auto body service that should always be included in your arsenal whether you’re a do-it-yourselfer or a professional mechanic. You can choose to purchase all the items at once or gradually add more over time. Here are some of the basic things that you should have.
There are different types of tool sets available. The number of tools will range anywhere between 250 and 600, depending on the model, type and brand. Mechanic’s tool sets generally cost anywhere between $50 to $1,500 based on the size and number of items stored within.
Some of the things you will find inside are screwdrivers, nut drivers, sockets, wrenches, quick release ratchets, cables, and pliers. The sizes also vary. Some of the biggest sets will provide you with around 8 to 10 different sizes per item. These are also made of stainless steel or heavy metal so you can guarantee that you can pass on the set to your children in the future.
The tap and die set is also needed for auto body repair. There are several taps and dies in the kit that come in various sizes, depending on what you need and the type of vehicle you’re fixing. These are made of carbon steel and will last several years. It is also important to check the quality of the products and test how each works before you buy. The set will cost around $300 to $800 depending on the size and total number of tools included in the kit.
The circular saw is a wired device that can cut through metal and even concrete. Check the total power it provides (measured in RPM). The upper and lower blade guards should be made of good quality metal. Also try carrying and working with the tool to see if the weight is just right for you. It should be handy and lightweight. Check the length of the blade. Also check the grip and handles if these are comfortable to work with. The circular saw should also cut accurately so that you can make the necessary fixes without problem.
A dent repair kit will take care of dents and dings on the body of the car. Check the power generated by the device and try to aim for a low heat transformer that will get rid of dents efficiently. The design should also be ergonomic and easy to handle so that you can work continuously for a longer period of time. You might also find the slide hammer, nozzles, and studs with the set. Check the cycle life span and total peak amps. Also ask the seller if you need a transformer to power the device.
The body filler features putty that you can easily apply on dents and other minor damages on your auto body. The process will only take about an hour. Sand in the filler after application to get rid of dings, rust, and scratches. The product can include anywhere between 3 to 20 lbs of filler depending on the brand. There will also be a hardener included to keep the putty in place and blending well with the surface.