Master Recommended Tool List

Ever wonder what tools real life technicians are carrying in those multi-thousand dollar toolbox mansions? I have a little insight into what you need without breaking the bank. I'll show you tool brands and kits I prefer to have on hand to knock out anything that needs a fixin'.

I have compiled a list of tools that you should have in your tool box. These cover all the basics, as well as some of the not so common but much needed tools. I love tools from a tool truck. They work well and are lifetime warranty. They are also very expensive. I have found that as an alternative, I perfer working with Gearwrench. They are also lifetime warranty, and tool trucks like Matco and Cornwell will still warranty them. Keep in mind they will not have them on the truck, but they can order them for you. Actual tool branding that you select doesn't matter so much, just becareful because certain places like Harbor Freight sell tools that are not meant to be used professionally and therefore wear-out quickly.

Most of these tools can be found by using our Tool Store.


Ratcheting XL Wrench Set - Metric, 6mm-21mm
Stubby Ratcheting Wrenchs - Metric, 8mm - 19mm
Combination Wrenches - Standard, 1/4 - 1 3/8
Combination Wrenches - Metric, Cheap Set
Line Wrenches - Metric / Standard

Ratchets & Sockets

Torx Bit Set
External Torx Bit Set.
Mextric / Standard Hex Bit Set
Ratcheting Crows Foot Set
1/4 Socket Set - Deep / Short Metric, 5.5mm - 15mm
1/4 Socket Set - Deep / Short Standard
3/8 Impact Socket Set - Deep / Short Metric, 8mm - 19mm + 21mm
3/8 Impact Socket Set - Deep / Short Standard
1/2 Impact Socket Set - Deep / Short Metric, 10mm - 24mm
1/2 Impact Socket Set - Deep / Short Standard
Axle Socket Set - 28mm, 30mm, 32mm, 34mm, 36mm, 38mm

Other Essential Tools

OTC Super Duty Handled Pry Bar Set - 6 Piece This kit has more choices, and is more durable than the Sunex kit.
Airlift Coolant Vacuum Fill and Airlock Remover
Fan Clutch Pneumatic Air Hammer Kit


Lock-A-Socket Tray 5 Row 1/4, 3/8, 1/2

Specialty Only Tools (for this articles in this website)

6.0L InjectorConnector Release OTC
6.0L Injector Pressure Regulator Socket