What makes a good tool kit?

Almost everything eventually breaks down and needs to be repaired, sometimes at the worst possible moment, which is why it is so important for professionals and amateurs alike to be in possession of a good tool kit. But what actually makes a good tool kit?

A good tool kit should come with an array of vital tools and supplies that help with the execution of common repairs in workshops, job sites, and automotive emergencies and in the home. Of course the tool kit needed by a professional mechanic will be different than that of a home DIYer but a good general tool kit should cover a large range of items that would be of use to the majority of people. 

Crucial factors in a good tool kit include the components included within, their overall sturdiness, functionality and durability. 

Basic repair tools

The most useful tools to have on hand for the purpose of carrying out basic repairs include the likes of:

  • a hammer, 
  • a stud finder, 
  • a measuring tape, 
  • pliers, 
  • a flashlight, 
  • wire cutters, 
  • an extension cord, 
  • a variety of screws and nails, 
  • an adjustable wrench, 
  • a set of screwdrivers, 
  • a laser or manual level and 
  • a utility knife

A good starter tool kit should also include a cordless drill and a selection of drill bits. 

These basic tools are the perfect start to any good tool kits, be it for a professional or DIYer. 

To get a really good tool kit however will require more than just the basics. It is also a good idea for those who are intent on building up a quality tool kit to include the likes of a claw hammer, a manual bit driver with extension plus a variety of popular bit sizes, scissors and hex keys. 

If possible try and make sure the tools you purchase for your tool kit are made from steel alloy and come chromium plating in order to avoid corrosion. Tools with non-slip handles are also a good idea as that makes for a much more comfortable grip. 

Although these are still not heavy duty tools, they are affordable and perfect for completing common small repair jobs. 

Power tools

Power tools are vital for tougher jobs and should be included in any good tool kit. Essential for inclusion in a tool kit are an electric drill, circular saw, reciprocating saw, worklight, multi-tool and impact driver, in addition to at least two batteries, a charger and a bag. 

If you will have to purchase new power tools for the tool kit, be sure to purchase those that come with a manufacturer’s warranty of at least three years. 

For those who want to move beyond the basic and get a really well stocked collection of power tools in their tool kit, recommended options include an oscillating multi-tool, compact drill driver, impact driver, compact jobsite blower, grinder, jobsite Bluetooth speaker and wet/dry vacuum. 

While the above tools will not cover every possible repair, a kit such as this will cover a wide array of repairs and come in handy in a large number of circumstances.