Top 5 Tools: Charles Hicks, Tuffy Tire And Auto Service
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Top 5 Tools: Charles Hicks, Tuffy Tire And Auto Service

Technicians share their Top 5 favorite automotive tools.


Charles Hicks



Charles Hicks, Technician

Tuffy Tire and Auto Service

Dothan, AL


Charles says his Top 5 automotive tools are:

Matco Tools Pro1000 Video Borescope — To look in those tight spots!

Streamlight PolyStinger LED Flashlight — So I can actually see what I’m looking at.

Matco Tools Long Barrel Air ­Hammer — Frees up stuck-together parts.

Mac Tools AWP050 1/2” Impact Wrench — Turns those rusty frozen bolts.

Matco Tools MD1072 Enhanced Scan Advisor — To see why the check engine light is on, or look at the freeze-frame or live data on most modules in the vehicle! 



Send in your list of your five favorite tools and equipment that help you most in the shop, and you could be chosen to win a $25 gift card for Bass Pro Shops.


From scan tools to flashlights, impact wrenches to on-car brake lathes or computer systems — tell us your Top 5 Tools, complete with descriptions on why the tools are your favorites, and your photo.

If you fulfill the above requirements and are chosen to be in a future issue of TechShop, we’ll send you a $25 Bass Pro Shops gift card.

Submitting your favorite tools is easy. Just click here for the entry form.

Or now you can call 330-670-1234, ext. 230 and leave a completemessage. Talk about your favorite tools and then e-mail a photo of yourself at the shop to [email protected].


Be sure to include: 

• The brand name and type of tool (for example: OTC’s Pegisys scan tool); 
• A sentence or two explaining why those tools/equipment are your favorites; 
• A photo of yourself and/or your shop to feature in the magazine; and 
• Your name, title, business name and address of your shop, so we can send you the gift card if you win.



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