Essential Tool Kit for First Truck

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  1. sophiee

    sophiee Bobtail Member

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    Hello, A friend of mine just purchased his first truck and isn't currently borrowing tools. As a congratulations I would like to buy him the basic essential tools that he will need but do not know where to start. I would appreciate any suggestions you may have.
    Thank you
     
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  3. uncleal13

    uncleal13 Road Train Member

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  4. Ridgeline

    Ridgeline Road Train Member

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    It is hard to determine without knowing a lot of things like what kind of truck, how old and what is his mechanical ability. It is useless to spend money on someone who can't tell the difference between a wrench and a screwdriver. Beleive me there are a lot of people like that.
     
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  5. AModelCat

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    A decent set of basic hand tools (wrenches, sockets, ratchets, screwdrivers). Doesn't need to be Snap-On expensive but something of quality at least (Craftsman, Mastercraft, Westward/Jet are all pretty good). An air brake fitting kit is always good to have. An LED headlamp and a heavy duty flashlight would be a great thing to have as well (preferably something that can be recharged with a 12 volt outlet in the truck).
     
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  6. x1Heavy

    x1Heavy Road Train Member

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    Tools are nice. But to a ape it's worthless. Now if the man likes to wrench and build old iron for fun between hauls, then get him at least a metric and US sized sets of each type of tool availible. Here in America you could build a case of tools for about 500 bucks but it will be like 3 foot by 5 foot by 2 high and weigh 1000 pounds. Most of which wont be used but once.

    Half the stuff on the truck requires impact air. The truck cannot drive a decent sized impact big enough to do the job. You understand?
     
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    AModelCat Road Train Member

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    Then you start to enjoy shiny, new tools all the time. Then soon enough you end up with $40k worth of #### things and can't give them away lol.
     
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  8. Hamburger71

    Hamburger71 Medium Load Member

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    7/8 wrench/socket has been the best investment for our truck. It seems to fit almost everything.
     
  9. x1Heavy

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    9/16th and half inch for the brakes. Oh wait they are not manuals anymore but you never know.
     
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    Every time I bring home new tools, my wife finds the receipt and takes them back and pockets the money.
     
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