For auto and small engines (mowers trimmers etcetera)FIL and I recently had a discussion about our definition of “basic hand tools” for a homeowner who performs light maintenance/repair on his house and his vehicles.
We did not see eye-to-eye on this topic, but I am curious what you consider to be necessities in this situation.
I agree with this list. Maybe swap the mallet with a dead blow.My set for homeowner and outdoor power equipment would be:
Slip joint pliers
Needle nose pliers
Diagonal cutting pliers
Large Vise grip pliers
Large flathead screwdriver
3/4 wood chisel
25' tape measure
Small Stanley square
Hand drill or cordless drill / driver
Small SAE socket / wrench set
Large and small spark plug sockets
For modern cars I would add:
2 or 3 pound ball peen hammer
3/8 drive metric socket set 6mm to 24mm
3” and 6" extensions
Metric combination wrenches 6mm to 24mm
Lisle oil filter pliers
Medium sized cold chisel
12” alignment punch
Small air compressor or bike pump
Tire pressure gauge
Somebody remind me why I have 9 toolboxes full of stuff?
So I broke the 1/4" Ratchet on Monday July 4th loosing 10mm bolts that had some rust on them. Contacted Amazon.ca about it who said they couldn't do anything because it was over 30 days since I received (May 14th) the socket set. They gave me the contact info for the distributor who sent me a replacement today July 8th. I'm very happy with the service from the Amazon.ca distributor of this set.I've abused mine, its not bad at all. Very dependable and cheap. Everything I have in my toolbox can do most automobile repairs besides rebuilding car engine or transmission.