Top 5 Tools: Chuck Beasley, Brent Darroch Motorsports
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Top 5 Tools: Chuck Beasley, Brent Darroch Motorsports

The country’s top technicians tell you which five automotive tools help them the most.



Top 5 Tools: Chuck Beasley, office manager/technician
Brent Darroch Motorsports
Ambridge, PA

Kobalt Multi-Tool — It has eight different socket sizes, which means fewer tools to keep track of.

Snap-on Tools Swivelhead Ratchet — The head can be unlocked to negate the need for a swivel. It offers the ability to get into tricky areas and still be able to ratchet.

Craftsman (and others) Modified Socket Set — We trim and modify the length and diameter to fit into tight spaces. We have also adapted sockets to fit into custom rims when getting lug nuts off. We work on motors and have found that altered sockets work best, i.e. LT1 spark plug socket.


Multimeter (ours is a Harbor Freight, but we’d love to have a Fluke) — We deal with a lot of electrical issues and without this, we would waste too much valuable time chasing ghosts.

The Internet — So much info and personal stories — who needs a repair manual?!



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 complete message. 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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