What tools should a new Diesel Mechanic buy?
My son is graduating soon and the Snap On Dealer is trying to talk him into $6500 worth of tools and a box. He has a set of NAPA tools that he got when he started school. Should he chuck those and get all Snap On? What does he really need. He is getting a good sale pitch from school and I don’t want to see him get ripped of or too far in debt. Thanks for any help
He is graduating from Nashville Auto Diesel College and gets a discount from Snap On.
Start off with a basic set of tools. Screwdrivers, sockets, ratchets, wrenches, hammers, punches, pliers, etc. He doesn’t need to immediately jump into a massive box full of tools because he will start off low in a shop doing basic work until he gets more experience. As he starts doing more work he can add more tools and a bigger box down the road. For now he can start off with craftsmen or equivalent. Snap-on, and Matco tools are expensive but you usually have weekly service from them at work. The higher prices reflect a good tool and if something breaks they come to you. But back to the start, begin with basic stuff and build from there. I’ve seen alot of guys dump 20k right off the bat on tools they won’t need right away and they’re paying 300/mo for those unneeded tools. I started my career with a small craftsmen top and bottom box with like a 550 piece craftsman tool set. Now I have a much larger box and about 75k in tools.
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