Wrenches, screwdrivers, pliers, air guns, elevators, compressors – these are just some of the tools needed in a car repair shop. Find out what other tools you need, if you want to start such a business and how to choose the important ones to get the best results.
Have you thought about opening a car repair shop and trying to make an investment evaluation? The list of tools you need to work efficiently and get quality results is quite long. Here are some of the most important pieces of equipment to keep in mind.
Adjustable mobile bed, jack and supports or elevator
Designed to allow easy, comfortable and safe work, which involves approaching the area under the car, the mobile beds are usually built on durable metal structure with wheels. We recommend a version with oil and solvent resistant lining and upholstery and the upper area with adjustable angle, which helps you change the position of the trunk, in order to carry out the evaluations and repairs as efficiently as possible.
In order to be able to slip under the car you need resistant and robust lifting equipment. So go through the list and some goat-type supports, looking for versions with adjustable height, which helps you work easier. Don’t forget that you also need a jack. You can focus on hydraulic or pneumatic models, and the tonnage supported depends on the type of cars you plan to approach. However, we recommend that you do not go below a capacity of 5-6 tons.
If your budget allows, you can go for an elevator that is much easier to handle, but also significantly more expensive. Remember that there are different models for cars and motorcycles and carefully check the maximum weight supported, if you buy it with the idea of slightly larger cars.
Waste oil recovery device
Considering the fact that changing the engine oil is one of the standard services that any car workshop provides, you definitely need a device for recovering used oil. These products generally consist of a funnel extending from a pipe, which ensures efficient collection of oil from a height, preventing leakage, and a collection container. It is also a useful device for your personal garage, in which case it is much easier to buy a version that fits your car perfectly.
In the case of workshops, it is important to opt for a variant with a telescopic tube, which allows adaptation to the height of the different car models approached. Carefully choose the collection capacity, so as to allow the oil to be captured without the liquid spilling out, and look for a model that shows you what level the oil has reached in the container.
For most options you will be able to use the standard compressor in the workshop to empty the tank once it is full. The wheeled models allow you to move the oil recuperator more easily, a feature that helps you quickly remove the appliance from the work area so as not to confuse you.
Both for inflating the wheels and for the correct and efficient operation of the pneumatic equipment, in the car workshop you need a compressor. To choose the right option you need to know as accurately as possible what is the volume of compressed air you need for the activity to run smoothly, what pressure level you need and compatibility with the available energy source.
The air volume can be approximated by recording the amount required by each pneumatic instrument and the estimated duration of operation, because you will have less used tools and tools used for longer periods of time, such as the spray gun. The volume is definitely entered in the technical book or user manual of each product, either in SCFM (standard cubic feet per minute), CFM or as liter per minute (1CFM = 28.32l / min.). Depending on the size of the workshop, employees and the categories of services provided, the total need can vary from 10 – 15CFM to 50 – 60CFM or even more.
The maximum pressure is easier to estimate. In most cases, it must cover the level necessary for the device that works with the highest pressure in the workshop, and the rest will use adapters to ensure a lower value.
Remember that the air compressor is powered by an electric motor that, depending on the power, may or may not require three-phase power, so make sure you can guarantee compatibility from this point of view. As a technology included in its structure, the most popular compressors for car services are those with piston, but lately have begun to include variants with screw.
Hand and pneumatic tools
Among the tools that cannot be missing from a car workshop are the body straightening presses – an operation that you will perform often enough, a pneumatic silicone gun, a drilling machine and a sheet metal cutting machine. You also need a pneumatic gun to remove the paint and to spray the new layer evenly, a pneumatic biax, a screw extractor, suction cups for the windshield and a set of tools for removing the glass. The keys of different sizes, a classic hammer, pliers and patent, chisel and a kit for removing the upholstery cannot be missing.
Cabinets, shelves and workbenches
Because the number of manual and automatic tools in such a workshop grows very fast and very much, in order to always be able to quickly find the tools you need and keep them in the best conditions, it is important to organize them properly. For this you need cabinets, shelves and bags in which you can group the tools according to how they are used.
To work on components, you also need one or more workbenches on which you can comfortably place the parts and which can also support heavy objects.