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Jan 25, 2018, 10:48 AM

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So, I’m a newbie (here in the forums AND to auto mechanics) looking to get some pro advice on buying some tools. I start my diesel tech program in about a month and the school I’ll be attending gives us $1,500 to spend on the Matco truck, along with a 50% discount. With that said, I’m trying to make the most out of this. I’m just wondering which tools are better bought on the truck? Might be worth mentioning,I don’t actually need any tools for school, they provide everything for class. Also, any advice would be great too.

I look forward to your replies

Tom Greenleaf
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Jan 25, 2018, 11:42 AM

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The school should have tools you need while there and will find out what you need to own over time. Matco IMO (it always will be) a good name will be in biz also counts for lifetime warranty to be worth a dang. Most techs will say Snap-On rules and takes the cake and your $$ big time usually top shelf stuff along with the prices. Others are fine too especially the ones the deal with techs with the trucks IMO again.
Hard to say you have to shop for what's available as you need things bargains and sets of things. Do think hard about a huge roll around tool box larger than you think you need for up and coming purchase alone it would use up the $1,500 easy. Hey - look out there for used whole or sets from someone giving it all up!

Good luck,


Hammer Time
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Jan 25, 2018, 12:48 PM

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$1500 won't go very far on that truck. Your first tools should probably start with the basic hand tools like a set of combo wrenches and socket sets, screwdrivers and specialty sockets like Torx.

You're going to have to go for a large box real soon. Don't waste your money on a small one. You will simply outgrow it quickly. Just buy one piece of your permanent box and you can add to it as necessary.


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