Top 5 Tools

Top 5 Tools

Frances Lenox, owner/technician
Enginooity Import Repair
Bryan, TX

Power Probe and attachments
Tru-Spark Ignition Firing Indicator
Snap-on FZ936 Ratchet Head
1/4” Drive Impact Type Universal Sockets
Mac Tools 3/8” Drive Air Impact Wrench


Gary Lui, owner/technician
West Valley Automotive, Inc.
Alhambra, CA


Snap-on Vantage
Snap-on Scanner
Mitchell 1 Information System
Ingersoll-Rand Air Ratchet
Snap-on Sockets


Thomas Patterson, owner
Exhaust Shop
Lawton, OK


Ben Pearson Lift — Have had no problems for 20 years.
Hobart Welder 180 Handler — Big enough to weld thick, and small enough to move.
Huth Pipe Bender — HB-10 makes 3” simple.
Snap-on 3/8” Drive Impact Wrench MG31 — More power than ever.
Blue Point Nut Extractor — Makes stripped nuts come off like they weren’t (stripped).


Jim Toddy, lead technician
ProCare Bay Village
Brook Park, OH


DeWalt 3/8” Cordless Impact Wrench — Light and powerful — great for most jobs; even does some lug nuts.
Sun LS2000 Lab Scope — Even an older unit like this still shows when it needs to.
PDI CA60 Amp Clamp — Current ramping is the present and the future.
iATN — When you’ve tried everything and it still isn’t right, it’s the answer.
Mastercool 71475 — Now I don’t have to wait for new lines — just make 90% of what I need. (71475 is the complete line flaring set.)

Pete D., technician
Newberry Auto Service
Austin, TX


OTC Enhanced Monitor — Santa hasn’t brought a Genisys yet.
iATN — Helps put you on track fast with fresh problems.
Broadband Internet — Fast, fast, fast info search and acquisition.
Snap-on 3/4” Sq. Shank Pry Bar — Perfect for suspension work.
Homemade 5-lb. Brass Hand Hammer — Great on stubborn parts you don’t want to damage.

Tech Shop Top 5 Tools Award

Each month, we ask you, the nation’s technicians and repair shop owners, to identify your TOp 5 Tools and submit the information to us. You frequently choose the most used and most useful products in your toolbox. They may be an old favorite or maybe a new one. Each tool is chosen without any regard to TechShop’s advertisers or editors. At the end of the year, we award the companies that were most named throughout the year.

"The Top 5 Tools Award recognized companies that exhibit exceptional brand strength, technological leadership and product innovation," said Publisher Jeff Stankard. "It is the only true equipment and tool award from shop owners and technicians."

Past award winners include: ALLDATA, Fluke, GearWrench, iATN, Ingersoll-Rand, Mac Tools, Makita, Matco Tools, OTC, Power Probe, Raytek, Rotary Lift, RTI Technologies, Snap-on Diagnostics, Snap-on Tools, Tracer Products and Vetronix. The awards for 2006 will be announced in November at the AAPEX Show.

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