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Top 10 Air Tools for Mechanics

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The top ten air tools for mechanics. This is a list of air tools all mechanics use on a daily basis. New mechanics should start buying these tools. Check out my online store and pick up all your mechanic supplies! http://www.AutoMechanicSupply.com Check out my personal blog where I talk about Mechanic and Service Businesses. http://www.NestorMendoza.com Check out my shops website. http://www.TheMechanicOC.com Follow me on Instagram. http://www.instagram.com/_nestormendoza/
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Edward Duran (1 месяц назад)
Do you use 3/8 fittings on all your air tools? Also what size air line are you runnning? Love your videos man.
Semisi Tutuu (6 месяцев назад)
Great video thanks
FLIP203CT (7 месяцев назад)
Look into ingersoll rand hammer head 3/8 theres alot of other companies doing the same but ir is the best, right angle impact
bosshoss69lee (10 месяцев назад)
It’s weird to watch these videos, I’m like where’s a 3/4 and 1” impacts? And I think it’s Milton style A fittings are push on too but not oversized with a Pepsi logo on them ijs
The Tranny Shop (10 месяцев назад)
I have the same 1/2 in impact. Great tool. Used the ass out of it back when I was a tire tech. I prefer IR or Chicago Pneumatic for air tools.
Big Stick (1 год назад)
Nestor you know that you would be better off buying harbor freight. Hahaha 😁😁
Varoun Oodit (1 год назад)
Priyo Subekti (1 год назад)
the most important u need air compressor to make those things works
Trent Wheeler (2 месяца назад)
Priyo Subekti yes. biggest you can afford and always avoid oil free. oil free are junk! I've got a 60 gallon 3.2 HP that serves me well without costing too much initially. (California air tools is the only manufacturer that makes decent oil free compressors. the rest have a short life.)
o0oitzJimmy (1 год назад)
Now do a battery operated.
19 89 (1 год назад)
snap on battery 12v 3/8 trying it
19 89 (1 год назад)
Yea cuts your time in half..gotta a ? What music is it that your playing ?
The Mechanic OC (1 год назад)
nice. you like it?
Mark Armstrong (1 год назад)
how often do u grease your impacts ?
RipCord (1 год назад)
Everyone will have a different answer, but oil your air tools everyday or more depending on how much you use them and grease them each month.
Mark Armstrong (1 год назад)
The Mechanic OC thank you have a blessed day
The Mechanic OC (1 год назад)
Suppose to be every time you use it. I stick to once a month.
Jeton Balidemaj (1 год назад)
you dont use electric 3/8 and quarter inch ratchets?
The Mechanic OC (1 год назад)
Wood 'n' Stuff w/ Steve French (1 год назад)
I'm glad he's finally calling his viewers "gentlemen" instead of "boys".
Claire Brown (2 месяца назад)
Now he is just forgetting ladies
BE Custom Performance (1 год назад)
I paused this video, then when I came back I saw this comment, and hit play, and he said "alright, Gentlemen!" haha
The Mechanic OC (1 год назад)
jacob barth (1 год назад)
how often have you had to rebuild the 3/8 snap on gun. I want to get the snap on one but the IR seems to have zero enemies
Jonboy J (1 год назад)
Best advice for an impact wrench is don't cheap out. Get the best you can afford.
The Mechanic OC (1 год назад)
Levi Lozano (1 год назад)
Any place where I can get some of those quick release or button style air fittings?
The Mechanic OC (1 год назад)
http://amzn.to/2fivaS1 This is the link to my online amazon store.
Aguirre Alegria (1 год назад)
next on the list, would be the welder, the torch, 5 inch grinder, 1/4 die grinder and a bunch of spare sockets and wrenches, nothing fancy, flea market stuff, something you can cut, bend, or modify to use instead of that hard to find, special tool when the mac or snap on tool truck is not around
The Mechanic OC (1 год назад)
100% good input bud.
Gallego Tech (1 год назад)
as a dealership tech, the air chuck is definitely # 2 after the 1/2 impact
T-bone 686 (1 год назад)
Chris Fernandez what dealership do you work for?
wyattoneable (1 год назад)
Nice list of tools Nestor.
John Gibson (1 год назад)
Nester you hit the nail on the head with this vid perfect order to. I might add an air drill or saw and butterfly impact nice to have but not always needed
John Gibson (1 год назад)
The Mechanic OC most guys today have cordless but in the old days we had shitty Nicaea batts or we had to have a plug in one. My air drill only goes in forward there were none in my day that went in reverse. Some of my tools are old relics I guess. Love the vids thanks.
The Mechanic OC (1 год назад)
Dammit, I forgot the air drill. Good point john.
Real Tech (1 год назад)
I have the same air ratchet from snap on since 2010 never fail on me just give it a tune up because the head was skipping from doing transmission everyday
The Mechanic OC (1 год назад)
Its a great tool.
Jay Lopez (1 год назад)
No need to waste money on snap on, astro pneumatic makes just as good or better tools for a fraction of the snap on cost.
Trent Wheeler (2 месяца назад)
Jay Lopez Air cat and sunex make amazing tools for the money as well. snap on is surely over priced I agree.
traynj21 (1 год назад)
my mg325 just took a crap today. had it a little under a year.
jmart8891 (1 год назад)
should try the aircat air ratchet, I had one request and was it wasn't loud like most of them are. that Ingersoll Rand 1/2 got to be awesome, I had a 3/8 like it that the anvil broke clean off
Trent Wheeler (2 месяца назад)
jmart8891 I've got an air cat angled die grinder that's been really great! because of that I bought the 1150 1/2 impact and a low profile air cat 1/2 inch which fits neatly anywhere.
DI AUTO (1 год назад)
I use a IR 1/2 impact gun everyday! lasted me years now.. I love my astro onyx 3/8 mini impact gun cheap and great for tight areas.. Also love my snap-on air hammer best tool I bought for being an east coast mechanic... I use a lot of electric tools too but nothing is more powerful than 160lbs shop air
DI AUTO (1 год назад)
I'm gonna try out a set of those quick disconnects from your website they look helpful
Walter Frederick (1 год назад)
The stubby impact wrenches are well worth the money and needed as well.Good for crank pulley bolt removal in tight spots,suspension and certain brake component removal.I have the Matco version in 1/2 drive and already paid for itself saving me time including my 3/8 stubby IR impact.My air hammer,I have the Matco MT2816 which is powerful and it does break bits.I broke one bit with it so far and the bit was replaced under warranty since Matco puts a lifetime warranty on their air hammer bits
Trent Wheeler (2 месяца назад)
Walter Frederick For sure! I have the stubby air cat half inch and it's impressive. very small.
Rich Beach (1 год назад)
My Ingersol 1/2" impact lasted about 8 years on daily duty.  Replaced with another IR.  My  3/8 air ratchet lasted about 4 years and was a Chicago Pneumatic from HF, same for 1/4 inch air ratchet.  I do have a snap on 3/8 impact, that is the only Snap On air tool I have but it does work great even after many years of use.
MycroftMobil (1 год назад)
Another air tool I have found useful especially to remove disc brake calipers is the Ingersoll Rand 2025 MAX 1/2 DR. Hammerhead impact wrench. It reaches into spaces that a conventional impact gun just doesn't fit.
Isaac Montoya (1 год назад)
I would have to disagree on getting a die grinder as a last tool. I use mine about every other day, could be for polishing, scraping, or the cutoff. I found air ratchets to be a luxury and can get by without them.
RustyJeep (5 месяцев назад)
Gotta agree, a 1/2" mini impact handles almost everything I need to do. Works great for running in fasteners on the lower settings, just let off the trigger before it starts impacting if you're working with smaller fasteners. You should be hand checking the torque on every fastener you touch anyway (i.e. just put a wrench on it to make sure it's appropriately tight). For everything the 1/2" mini impact is too big for, whether it's getting into a really tight space or working with small, easily broken fasteners, a 1/4" air ratchet should handle. I don't see much need for any 3/8 drive air tools when a 1/2 impact plus a 1/4 air ratchet can handle pretty much any size fastener you'll come across on a car. That being said, I would probably use a 3/8" battery powered impact most of all if I had the budget for one, but that's more of a convenience/luxury than absolutely necessary. That plus the other two tools I mentioned would be a sweet setup.
Isaac Montoya (1 год назад)
I will admit that's what i mainly use it for. But still an impact on the lowest setting can pass as a air ratchet. And even with the ultra small ones can fit into almost anywhere.
The Mechanic OC (1 год назад)
If your a moto tech you need to cut off chains dont you? Makes sense you use it more.
Isaac Montoya (1 год назад)
The Mechanic OC motorcycle technician. But even doing basic work on cars I've just used my impact on the lowest setting. Of course that depends on your impact buy mine is only around 20 ft lbs on weakest setting.
The Mechanic OC (1 год назад)
Do you do custom work or body work? If youre a body guy or a custom shop or live in the east coast, yes, the order of importance is different. Im a mechanic in southern cali that does maintenance and basic repairs. Nothing custom so I dont need a die grinder. Nothings rusted
Krille's Garage (1 год назад)
Love the tool videos :-) Me, not being a professional and working outside my house. I like the battery driven tools. I do have a 4hp compressor, but I rarely use it. Sometimes there are not any battery driven alternatives, and air tools are needed. My favorite tools are Dewalt DCF899 (1/2" impact), Ingersoll Rand W5132 (3/8"impact), Milwaukee m12 3/8" ratchet and Milwaukee 1/2" M18 compact brushless drill driver. I also have a corded Makita grinder (1400w, 2800-11000 rpm) that I like a lot. I do a lot of research and try to buy the best in its class, and I try to buy brushless, so I don't stay at only one brand or battery platform. That can be somewhat expensive. But having tool collection as a hobby helps out when figuring out what to wish for at birthdays and Christmas. Again, greetings from Norway :-P
The Mechanic OC (1 год назад)
Cheers bud! great input thank you.
Krille's Garage (1 год назад)
I have seen several youtube Mechanics use the M12 3/8" ratchet on a daily basis, and they love it. It's not that powerful, but it's fast. So you can manually break loose bolts using the Milwaukee and then zip them off. The head is small, and it gets into tight spaces. It is not too long or bulky like some other with bigger battery pack. I say it's good value for the money. But don't be too hard on it when breaking loose bolts, it can damage it over time. If a bolt is really stuck, use a ratchet. Then use the Milwaukee. In USA you have 5 year warranty, in Europe only 3. You cant go wrong :-)
Brad Smith (1 год назад)
Krillekris how do you like the Milwaukee M12 3/8 Ratchet? I've been considering getting one.
Alex M (1 год назад)
Just throwing it out there for the rust belt bros: 1) 1/2" impact 2) Air Hammer (no shit, I put this before air ratchet) 3) acetylene torch 4) 3/8" air ratchet 5) cut off tool (for cutting through and grinding off rust) 6-etc) THEN fill in your gaps with the 1/4" ratchet, 3/8" impact etc. The air hammer and torch save you HOURS every day, especially on bearings, brakes, exhaust, and suspension stuff. They pay for themselves in time saved in less than 2 weeks.
Andrew Cook (1 год назад)
thats 100% true. Im a tech up here in Massachusetts and without a strong impact, air hammer and torch theres no way in hell I could get my job done without em.
The Mechanic OC (1 год назад)
Very good input brother. Thank you.
1970chevelle396 (1 год назад)
I need to buy those style quick cupplers.  They look much better than the kind I'm using.
The Mechanic OC (1 год назад)
They are great. This video gives you the part numbers. http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=fVh65djbbVY&t=15s
Benny CompTech (1 год назад)
The quick disconnect you have on your tools in the compressors industry (which I'm a compressor technician) we consider a "automotive quick disconnect" or "D style" disconnect
Daniel Garcia (1 год назад)
+The Mechanic OC Nestor the first one I needed yesterday when I put my radiator before putting my harmonic ballancer
The Mechanic OC (1 год назад)
Thanks for the input bud!
180SX (1 год назад)
Which certain holes can you put that plastic tip against to?
The Mechanic OC (1 год назад)
All sorts. Especially the ones that are well lubricated.
ricky rick (1 год назад)
and don't forget that Teflon tape
The Mechanic OC (1 год назад)
Teflon 100%
Robert (1 год назад)
I don't know if you use it much, but a good pneumatic grease gun will save you time and hard pumping time in those balljoints. Also your cut off tool needs a wheel protector, or shield, when they brake you'll end up in the hospital extracting pieces of them.
The Mechanic OC (1 год назад)
True. Ive seen accidents. Luckily Ive never had one break on me. Knock on wood.
Ricardo Santana (1 год назад)
are the hose adapters universal?
The Mechanic OC (1 год назад)
you need to have the correct fitting for them. The thick style.
Dank Treez (1 год назад)
Great video as usual. Hard to argue with any of those and every one of those is great but I personally do not like that Snap On 3/8 impact. I like the IR Titanium 3/8 impact. Weighs less, less noisy, more power (thing can pull off lug nuts easily). That snap on 1/4 air ratchet is a beast for dash work and Timing belt/water pump jobs where clearance is an issue. That 1/4 air ratchet and Snap On 1/4 universal impacts in metric are my most used hand tools. I also use an IR 1/4 impact that's nice when you need extra power. The battery operated stuff is no good once you have a battery get hot and explode. Air tools are the better option in my opinion. Less expensive and they don't have batteries that die and make the tool a paperweight.
Mykhaylo Buchatskyi (1 год назад)
Cordless electric tools are very good now, I have Milwaukee M12 2454 nice little impact, I was able to take lug nuts with it. Also, I have IR W5132 3/8 Cordless very powerful about the same power 3/8 air impact. Use it for suspension, brakes and easily removes lug nuts. I never had any problem with a battery, actually, they work for a long time, I use M12 for about week, week and 1/2 before a battery dies on me.
The Mechanic OC (1 год назад)
I agree on the electric tools. I've found them not to have much torque. I only have a 3/8 electric gun and its fine for removing screws and 10mm bolts for engine covers. I hope the Sub count went up yesterday Dank! Guys want to know how a pro does Programming work.
Erick Urbina (1 год назад)
Do you use a filter on your compressor for the air tools?
Justin Johnson (1 год назад)
Erick Urbina water separator too. nothing worse than running water through your air tools.
The Mechanic OC (1 год назад)
Jeremy Weaver (1 год назад)
i have a sanborn 1/2 in drive impact wrench I like .
Brian Videos (1 год назад)
How come you didn't talk about the prices
Trent Wheeler (2 месяца назад)
Brian Mares Videos for many people including myself Aircat, Sunex, Cornwell air tools and harbor freight earthquake work extremely well. I do agree don't need to buy all snap on with current prices, but this video just showed what has worked for himself.
Brian Videos (1 год назад)
The Mechanic OC They are snapon not everyone has the money to buy them. Even though you need them.
The Mechanic OC (1 год назад)
This isn't about the prices, it's about the Air tools mechanics need.
Alabama Puddin (1 год назад)
I rarely use air tools anymore switched to battery power tools and love them, but I still need air hammers and die grinders Battery technology has come a long way and is the future, although it is more expensive but worth every penny, as you can Go anywhere in the shop or yard and work unrestricted.
Krille's Garage (1 год назад)
This one is new on the marked and pretty powerful: http://www.ingersollrandproducts.com/am-en/products/tools/Iqv-cordless-tools/iqv20/w5132
Alabama Puddin (1 год назад)
The Mechanic OC my 3/8 ratchet is pretty good, but I don't put a lot of torque on it, mainly for speed of assemble and disassemble if I have something real tight I just break it loose first.
The Mechanic OC (1 год назад)
Do you ever worry about the torque? My 3/8 electric is great but sometimes, it doesnt have the torque it needs to get off bolts.
MoneyMarcMes (1 год назад)
Every mechanic needs a good blow job oops I mean Blow gun, yes blow gun. LOL!!!
The Mechanic OC (1 год назад)
WEStTEXAs (1 год назад)
I need to get an air hammer! ! good information reminds me of what tools I'm missing.
ricky rick (1 год назад)
WEStTEXAs I just got the 9.99$ harbor freight in case I ever need one.
The Mechanic OC (1 год назад)
This ones pricy but awesome. It has never failed me!
oscar martinez (1 год назад)
great vids man keep it up
The Mechanic OC (1 год назад)
Thanks oscar.

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