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Jeff Hume, John Partipilo, Terry Kirschbaum and
Jesse Hernandez
CMJ Automotive
Addison, IL

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We went through an extensive study of the tools we use most often and the ones we just like a lot. Our list is in no particular order.

Snap-on MODIS Scanner — Helps us diagnose vehicles faster and more efficiently.

Huth Pipe Bender — Custom-made exhaust and repairs are no problem with this piece of equipment.

Hobart Handler 145 Wire Feed Welder — Quick and easy repairs, even a novice welder can make a good-looking weld with this equipment.

GearWrench Reversible Wrench — Saves time in hard-to-reach spots, quick and easy to use.

Snap-on Line Wrenches — Never spread, offset angles helps.

All of these tools help us finish jobs on time and make the job easier for us. However, it is hard to have a favorite tool in this industry. As some of our guys here said, “my favorite tool is the one that helps me get the job done.”

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Davidson George, owner
George Automotive
Killeen, TX

 

Here are my top hand tools that are used in my shop, and what features I like about them:

Sears Craftsman, 3/8” Drive Ratchet — The feel of the handle, the sound of the ratchet mechanism.

Actron OBD II Code Reader, Model CP9135 — The instant display feature, the quick and easy usage.

Snap-on #6 Flat Tip Screwdriver — Multi-functionable tool, its durability and strength, heavy-duty blue handle (I’ve nicknamed it “Big Blue”).

Mac Tools 90° Angle, Air-Powered Die Grinder — Multi-purpose tool, cutting, sanding, cleaning and the distinct high-pitched sound.

Cornwell Ratcheting Serpentine Belt Wrench Set — Fits into small areas, long and handy.

 


Robert Bales
Goodyear Automotive Service Center
Villa Rica, GA

 

Matco Hand-Held Genisys
Snap-on 3/8” Air Ratchet
Snap-on 1/4” Air Ratchet
Mac Black Light (for A/C leak detection)
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John Flanagan, owner
Annex Auto Repair
New Haven, CT

 

Snap-on 1/2” Drive Ratchet
S•K Hand Tools Combination Open End, Box Wrenches
Craftsman Screwdrivers
Vise Grip Locking Pliers
Ridgid 10” Pipe Wrench

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Robert Mullen
Opequon Automotive Ltd.
Kearneysville, WV

 

Snap-on Vantage
Pyrometer (infrared thermometer)
Leak-down Tester (cylinder leak-down)
Waste-oil Furnace
Garden Tractor (modified to push snow or pull dead vehicles)

 


Michael Barrett
Tysinger Hyundai
Poquoson, VA

 

BG Fuel Injection/Induction System — Best for cleaning deposits off variable intakes.
BG Transflush — Simple, easy to use, fast.
Fluke 88 Meter — Always can count on this.
Snap-on Offset 17/19 Box Wrench — Use on trucks’ flywheel bolts.
Nextech’s HI-SCAN — Great features, free downloads.

 


Anthony MacFadyen, technician
Southwest Auto Service and Wash
Wyoming, MI
Internet-enabled PC
Ingersoll Rand Titanium 3/8” Impact Wrench
Makita Cordless Fluorescent Light
Vetronics Tech 2
Pocket Screwdriver — flat blade

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William Pierce, technician
Anderson Auto
Orleans, MA

 

Ingersoll Rand Titanium 1/2” Impact Gun — It’s light and powerful.
Ingersoll Rand 1/4” Air Ratchet — Small and light-weight.
Cornwell Ratchet Wrench — Fast and comfortable.
Cornwell 5-lb. Sledge Hammer — It gets the job done.
Snap-on 20-ton Jack — There isn’t much it won’t pick up.

 


Dave Bremer, owner/technician
Dave’s Auto Service
Finley, ND

 

OTC Genisys 2000 with 2.0 — It’s fast, fast, fast!
Mac Tools Seal Puller #S120 — Best tool for the money.
Lisle 29200 3/8” Impact Tool Set — Very handy.
Mac Tools 1/2” air wrench, AW434 — These really last, only had two in the last 30 years!
9001 ALM Hoist — Handiest hoist in the shop.

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