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  • 10 Tools That Make Auto Repair and Restoration Easier

    If you've ever gone into a professional restoration or repair shop you'd be amazed by the size of the toolboxes that they have. Some of them are as big, heavy, and expensive as a car! We've found that when you ask the pros which tools they use most often, they will rattle off 5-10 tools that are their favorites. Obviously it's a great help to have all of the expensive specialty tools for those odd jobs they encounter, but there's always a core group of products that they can't live without. We put together this list of tools that the pros commonly list off of as their favorites.

    GearWrench Impact Socket Set

    1. A Complete Ratchet and Socket Set- Regardless if you're doing autobody, maintenance, or full restorations, everyone can use a comprehensive ratchet and socket set. A good start is to get the tools that will allow you to complete the widest variety of jobs. We suggest a mid-length ratchet with an adjustable head like the GearWrench Flex Head 3/8 Ratchet and a comprehensive mixed set of standard and metric sockets. More and more cars are using metric hardware these days, and it is a good idea to have at least the common sizes on hand!

    Eastwood Hammer and Dolly Set

    2.Quality Hammer selection- It's inevitable that you'll be faced with the need to "persuade" something to move with a hammer on your car. Hammers are amazing tools and in the right hands can do anything from fix a dent to remove a stuck bolt in your suspension. We'd suggest investing in a quality hammer kit with both rubber and soft face hammers and traditional metal dead blow hammers (we affectionately call "BFH's"). If you plan to do body work, you can't use just any old hammer, make sure you pick up a Hammer and Dollies to assure dead straight metal forming.

    Eastwood Dual Action DA Palm Sander

    3. Dual Action Sander-Dual action or DA sanders are great to keep around, and a necessity if you plan to do any paint or body work. These are a time saver when removing paint or flattening out filler, and are extremely simple to use. We suggest a palm DA sander for anyone that plans to tackle any sort of body work.

    Eastwood MIG Welders

    4. MIG Welder- If you're working on anything mechanical there will come a time when you'll need metal stuck together. It doesn't matter if it's custom fabricated parts or just fixing rust, a good MIG welder is essential to your garage. The Eastwood MIG 175 is a 220V welder that can handle most anything a DIY enthusiast can throw at it, we even throw in the spool gun for aluminum welding!

    GearWrench Ratcheting Wrench Set

    5. Ratchet Wrenches- We love tools that save time, especially in a small package. Ratcheting wrenches give you the ability to quickly remove hardware that a ratchet can't get reach, but they still retain the ratcheting feature so you don't have to take the wrench off each quarter turn (we hate that!). Check out the selection of Ratcheting Wrenches we offer. There's a good chance we offer a set that will fit your needs.

    6. Screwdrivers- This seems to be a no-brainer, but everyone needs a good set of screwdrivers in their tool box, garage, kitchen junk drawer, shed, etc. You can never have enough screwdrivers. They seem to be one of the most universal tools that ALWAYS come in handy. If you want the best bang for your buck we suggest picking up either the Fairmount Drill and Driver Bit Kit or the Channellock Ratcheting Screwdriver Kit that will allow you to remove and tighten just about any screw, hex head, and torx style screws.

    Eastwood Locking Pliers

    7. Locking Pliers- We'd all love a perfect world where every part, nut, bolt, and screw comes off easily with the proper tool, but cruel reality comes to ruin your day when you find that rounded off nut or bolt on your project. While we wouldn't advocate using the locking pliers as your go-to item in your toolbox, they are a valuable universal tool that can make many tough jobs easier! We have used the Eastwood Locking Pliers to save our necks countless times!

    Eastwood Tin Snips

    8. Sharp Snips/Cutters- At some point a DIY guy is going to need to cut metal, wiring, or something on their vehicle. The Eastwood Aviation Snips can cut anything from 18 and 20 gauge sheet metal for fabrication to electrical wiring in a pinch. Some of the most experienced metal workers will name their tin snips as one of the tools they can't live with out. We'd have to agree!

    9. A strong Pry Bar- Like locking pliers, Pry Bars are one of those tools that are a necessity and need to be used with care. You will surely run up against something that needs more force than your prying hands can handle. That's where leverage and a quality pry bar comes into play. Use these to help remove stuck brake calipers, suspension parts, or even the belts on your tractor. It really is one of the most universal tools you can have in the toolbox.

    Allen Wrecnh Hex Keys

    10. Hex Key Wrenches- Hex socket cap bolts used to be hardware that was predominately found on European cars in the past, but as the years have passed most auto and motorcycle manufacturers have begun to use them. These days a complete set of Hex Key Wrenches are almost as important as a set of standard wrenches.

    If you stock your toolbox with these items you can tackle most any job when maintaining, restoring, or repairing your car, truck, motorcycle, ATV, or most anything else that has hardware. Be sure you check the Eastwood website for all of the must-have tools no matter how basic or unique, we probably have them!

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  • A List of Tools Dads Can Use- Fathers Day Tool Gift Ideas

    If your dad is anything like mine, he probably likes to tinker and work on things more than he likes to organize his ties and color coordinate his socks. If that's the case, you probably should avoid buying him another tie or another pack of socks this Fathers Day. We all love Fathers Day here at Eastwood and I've decided to put together the first of a few lists of tool gifts your dad can actually use, won't break the bank, and will last a lifetime.

    Gearwrench Ratchet Wrench Set

    1. Ratcheting Wrenches- Your dad's time is of the essence and whether he is trying to fix the lawn mower or maintain his hot rod, he can always use a tool that will save him time. The ratcheting wrenches take the concept of a basic open and boxed end wrench and add the ratcheting function. With the new Gearwrench "Universal Tooth" design you can get into hard to reach spots and quickly tighten or loosen just about any nut or bolt. Cover all your bases and get him both an SAE and a Metric ratcheting wrench set from Gearwrench. Need a larger set that has similar features but more wrenches? Check out the Channellock ratcheting wrench sets in SAE and Metric. Either way you can't lose by adding a set of fancy ratcheting wrenches to his toolbox!

    2. Tool Racks- Dad may get so busy his tools in the garage may not stay as organized as he'd like. A quick and easy way to fix this is to get him the supplies to organize his tools. One of our organizational favorites is the Z-Rack Screwdriver and wrench racks. These guys will hold 14 of your dad's favorite wrenches or screwdrivers for quick access when working in the garage or around the house. It will save a lot of time digging through the toolbox drawers and looking around the workbench. A tip for getting extra points is to install a set of these for your dad in his shop ahead of time so he can instantly reap the benefits of these racks (they even come with mounting screws)!

    Dead Blow Hammers

    3. Dead Blow Hammers and Rubber Mallets- Most every dad has gotten a claw hammer for Fathers Day at least once. Try a twist on that common gift and get him a couple Dead Blow Hammers. These come in handy when you don't want to smash, bend, or break things like you would with a claw hammer or a BFH. These can be used to hammer things without damaging the surface or scratching the finish. Not to mention they hurt a lot less if dad hits his finger or drops it on his toe (we're always looking out for Dad!).

    Fairmount Multipurpose Hand Saw

    4. Multipurpose Hand Saw- Not that we've covered wrenching. hammering, and organizing, what's one other thing your dad can be found doing in the garage? Cutting! Everyone needs a good handsaw and the new Multipurpose Hand Saw covers all the bases with its spring loaded handle. Now you can use it as a keyhole, jaw, and hacksaw. We've tested it to cut just about everything including steel, aluminum, copper, wood, plastic, plasterboard, solid foam and much more. This is definitely one of the best "bang for your buck" gifts for this Fathers Day!

    Gearwrench Rolling Tool Cart

    5. Rolling Tool Cart- Want to be a star child this year? Get him a rolling tool cart! This is going to allow him to throw some tools on the cart and roll it out to the driveway to work on the car, lawn mower, etc and he can throw away the bucket he carried his tools in before. The Gearwrench 2 Drawer Rolling Cart has all the features of a high dollar cart (similar from other companies are 3-5 times the price!), but at an extremely affordable price. Yep that's right, double ball bearing drawer slides, powder coated surface, and a trigger lock drawer system that keeps the drawers closed tight.

    We hope these gifts spur some ideas for some quality gifts your dad can actually be excited to use. Just be warned, following our suggestions may raise the bar for all gifts in the future and you will have to figure out how to outdo yourself next year! Either way we'll be here and have the tools and supplies to help you and your dad Do the Job Right.

    -Matt/EW

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