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Gift Guide for Shade Tree Mechanics

Updated on October 15, 2014

A Good Mechanic is Worth more than Gold

In my opinion, a good mechanic is worth more than gold - when your vehicle is ailing.
In my opinion, a good mechanic is worth more than gold - when your vehicle is ailing. | Source

Welcome to my Holiday Gift Guide!

I don't know about you, but I know several shade tree mechanics. Many of them are awesome and know exactly what they are doing. Most of them learned how to work on cars and trucks by helping their father or grandfathers. Some shade tree mechanics are just natural at fixing things. Others are trained and then develop a taste for getting out on their own. A good shade tree mechanic is worth three times his or her weight in gold, in my opinion.

When they know what they are doing, you cannot ask for a better person to fix your car or truck. Many people use shade tree mechanics because they are so awesome at what they do. If you have a good shade tree mechanic, you can save a lot of time and money to have them fix your car or truck.


Shade Tree Mechanics Love Tools

Shade tree mechanics love tools and they love their tools better than just about anything. Most of them seem to have all sorts of doo-hickies and thing-a-ma-bobs that most of us have no idea what they are called or how to use them. But a good shade tree mechanic will know more about these specialty tools for mechanic gifts and be able to appreciate them as such.

If you are shopping for your shade tree mechanic and you want to buy them tools, the first thing you need to know or find out is what type of cars and trucks they might work on. For instance, there are standard tools for domestic vehicles and metric tools for foreign vehicles. However, some tool sets can be both standard and metric.

The Mechanic Rules the Garage

The Mechanic Rules the Garage posters and other items available by clicking the source link
The Mechanic Rules the Garage posters and other items available by clicking the source link | Source

Craftsman makes Great Gift Ideas

Craftsman Tool Chest

One great gift idea for any shade tree mechanic is just about anything Craftsman made. Craftsman tools and accessories are cherish-able items for many shade tree mechanics so, why not surprise him with a special place to keep his or her tools safe, sound and organized. Whether you are shopping for gift ideas for him or gift ideas for her, you can find something useful and handy.

5 DRAWER TOOL CHEST & CABINET CRAFTSMAN CENTER
5 DRAWER TOOL CHEST & CABINET CRAFTSMAN CENTER

Amazon Product Description:

"This gray shell and drawers with black drawer pulls have full-extension standard steel drawer slides. It also has a Bulk storage panel for larger tools TOP DRAWERS come with external lock bar, and keyed lock with 2 overmolded reversible keys. The 3" x 1" casters, 2 of which are rigid, 2 swivel with brake have the capacity to hold up to 300 lb!!! Measures 26.5" W x 14" L x 41.25" H, 44.25" with casters. 2 drawers measure 18.13" W x 10.75" L x 2" H, 1 measures 18.13" W x 10.75" L x 4" H, and 2 that are 22.13" W x 12.75" L x 4" W"

 

Good Mechanics Need Dependable Tools

While serving in the military for 20 years one of the first jobs my dad had was working on huge military motors. He had a superior sense of mathematics and a natural talent for fixing mechanical things. He learned a lot from his dad, my grandfather when he was younger. After retirement, he continued his practice as a shade tree mechanic. One of the things he insisted on was using quality tools such as Craftsmen tools.

Buy Craftsman Tools for Your Favorite Shade Tree Mechanic - Ratcheting Wrench Set

Choose quality tools such as Craftsmen tools.

Craftsman Tools Videos

Craftsman Torque Wrench 25 - 250 in lbs 3/8 in Drive
Craftsman Torque Wrench 25 - 250 in lbs 3/8 in Drive

Amazon Product Description:

"3/8 in. square drive Wrench measures 25 to 250 in. lbs. in 1 in. lb. increments. Superior internal mechanisms reduce friction and provide accurate and consistent measurements. Micrometer-type scales stamped into housing show torque settings in both English and metric units. Accurate to � 4 percent on clockwise or right-handed reading greater than or equal to 20 percent of capacity. Larger ergonomic handle easily turns to set torque."

 

Buy Craftsman Tools for Your Favorite Shade Tree Mechanic - Torque Wrench

In my opinion as the daughter of a shade tree mechanic this is a must have automotive tool that every shade tree mechanic would be thrilled to have no matter the season.

What is the Most Wanted Tool of a Shade Tree Mechanic?

Torque Wrench

The torque wrench seems to be one of the most coveted automotive tools for shade tree mechanics. The reason I say this is because it seems that if you have one of these everyone else wants to borrow it and if you don't have one, you have to find someone good enough to share and will let you borrow it to tighten nuts and bolts. So, if your shade tree mechanic does not have a torque wrench, he or she has to go borrow one from another auto mechanic in order to get the job done. Wouldn't it be a treat to have such a tool and never have to go borrowing one again.

My Favorite Shade Tree Mechanic - One of the Best Auto Mechanics in the World!

My Favorite Shade Tree Mechanic - One of the Best Auto Mechanics in the World!
My Favorite Shade Tree Mechanic - One of the Best Auto Mechanics in the World! | Source

A Tip from a Shade Tree Mechanic

It is just a given that while working with large motors that the shade tree mechanic will bust up his or her fingers, knuckles and hands, bless their hearts, hands and minds. If you know an auto mechanic or you are an auto mechanic, more than likely you have seen or experienced the accidents you can have while working on a motor. These small or even sometimes big injuries can occur while working on automobiles and they are painful.

According to my favorite shade tree mechanic, one of the best auto mechanics around these parts, another great gift idea for shade tree mechanics is leather work gloves. You can wear them as they are only when you need them and if you prefer, you can always cut the fingertips off the leather work gloves for better handling of auto parts.

G & F 2002L-3 Full Grain Pigskin Leather Work Gloves, Drivers Gloves, Premium Washable leather, Size Large. (Value Pack: 3 pairs)
G & F 2002L-3 Full Grain Pigskin Leather Work Gloves, Drivers Gloves, Premium Washable leather, Size Large. (Value Pack: 3 pairs)

Amazon Product Description:

"Made of 100-Percent A Grade Premium Pigskin Leather returns its original softness and comfort.

- Straight thumb design

- Washable Leather

- Elastic shirred back featured on this style holds gloves securely on hand

- Ideal for auto industry"

 

A Great Gift Idea for Shade Tree Mechanics - Leather Work Gloves

These leather work gloves come in packs of 3, you can use one pair to cut off the fingertips for particular work and leave the other two intact for further use and protection of fingers, knuckles and hands.

Leather work gloves are great stocking stuffers for mechanics.

Chain Fall or Chain Hoist - ...Shade Tree Mechanic Gift Ideas...

Black Bull CHOI1 1 Ton Capacity 8' Chain Hoist
Black Bull CHOI1 1 Ton Capacity 8' Chain Hoist

A chainfall or chain hoist will come in handy for those heavy automotive jobs.

 

Sometimes an Auto Mechanic will Need Small Tools - Allen Wrenches are Hex Wrenches

TEKTON 25221 Long Arm Hex Key Wrench Set, Inch/Metric, 22-Piece [Older Model]
TEKTON 25221 Long Arm Hex Key Wrench Set, Inch/Metric, 22-Piece [Older Model]

This is a 22 piece hex wrench set or Allen wrench set. It includes standard and metric sizes.

This set includes:

A 13-pc. Hex Key Wrenches (SAE) or standard sizes of 05, 1/16, 5/64, 3/32, 7/64, 1/8, 9/64, 5/32, 3/16, 7/32, 1/4, 5/16, 3/8 inch

A 9-pc. Hex Key Wrenches (Metric) sizes of 1.5, 2, 2.5, 3, 4, 5, 6, 8, 10mm

Product Details:

- Chrome Vanadium Steel Wrenches

- Rugged, Black Oxide Finish

- Color-Coded Storage Cases Keep Wrenches Organized

- Long Arm Wrenches for Extra Reach and Greater Torque

- Lifetime Guarantee

 

What Else does a Shade Tree Mechanic Need?

...they need all sorts of things to get the job done...

Shade tree mechanics have some heavy work to do at times. Automobiles or vehicles are very heavy but, sometimes a mechanic will need to find a way to safely see or work up under a car or truck. If there is a problem with the automobile a mechanic will need to be able to get to it to determine more about how to fix it. Having a good ramp set can come in mighty handy when you need to get the vehicle up off the ground so, you can get underneath a car or truck to find out what the problem might be or to do some mechanic work.

Having a good set of ramps is so much safer than trying to prop the vehicle up onto other things such as logs, blocks or anything else.

Shade Tree Mechanic Gift Ideas - Ramp Set

Keep your favorite shade tree mechanic safe, give him or her a good dependable ramp set.

Great Gift Idea for Shade Tree Mechanics - Impact Wrench

These little darlings are the tools they use to tighten things up so, they are safe and secure.

Ladies, think about how hard it is to get the lug nuts off a tire and you will remember this tool from the tire place when they put tires on your car or truck.

However, the impact wrench has many other great uses as well for a shade tree mechanic...

Craftsman 9-34740 32 Piece 1/4-3/8 Drive Standard/Metric Socket Wrench Set
Craftsman 9-34740 32 Piece 1/4-3/8 Drive Standard/Metric Socket Wrench Set

Amazon Product Description:

"Includes: QR ratchet 3" extension bar 3/8"M-1/4"F adapter 1/4" drive sockets: 7/32", 1/4", 9/32", 5/16", 11/32", 3/8", 7/16", 1/2" 4mm, 5mm, 6mm, 7mm, 8mm, 9mm, 10mm 3/8" drive sockets 3/8", 7/16", 1/2", 9/16", 5/8", 11/16", 3/4" 10mm, 11mm, 12mm, 13mm, 14mm, 15mm 5/8" spark plug socket"

 

Socket Sets are Great Gift Ideas - ...for Shade Tree Mechanics...

Auto Mechanics can do so much with a good dependable socket set...

Gift Idea for Auto Mechanics - ...battery charger...

Schumacher SE-4022 2/10/40/200 Amp Manual Wheeled Battery Charger and Tester
Schumacher SE-4022 2/10/40/200 Amp Manual Wheeled Battery Charger and Tester

Amazon Product Description:

"This manual wheeled battery charger includes a tester and gives professionals a wide range of charging rates and helps in fleet operations. It has the ability to analyze electrical and starting system problems. This charger is ideal for 6 and 12-volt batteries. Its 200-amps help engines for emergency starting and the 40-amp fast charge can charge a battery in 1 to 3 hours. The 2-amp trickle charge charges a small 12-volt battery in 2 to 12 hours. This wheeled charger has a multi-functional tester with two rotary switches and a voltmeter to help in battery testing."

 

Gifts for Mechanics

Battery Charger

The battery charger is a very helpful auto mechanic tool or resource. Sometimes, the only thing wrong with a vehicle is that someone left their interior lights, headlights or radio on. Perhaps, there is a problem with the alternator or another problem. Somehow, the battery is depleted of its energy and is unable to crank the vehicle and drive away.

Having a battery charger handy is always a blessing when all the car or truck needs is some juice in the battery. I've chosen this one to show to you since, this one looks most familiar to me. However, there are other types of battery chargers that will work just as well as this one with wheels. I think having the wheels on a battery charger must be helpful for getting the charger to the battery and giving the aching back of a shade tree mechanic a much needed break.

Gifts for Auto Mechanics - ...Jumper Cables...

Coleman Cable 08660 Heavy-Duty 4-Gauge Auto Battery Booster Cables with Polar Glo-Watt Clamps (20 Feet)
Coleman Cable 08660 Heavy-Duty 4-Gauge Auto Battery Booster Cables with Polar Glo-Watt Clamps (20 Feet)

Amazon Product Description:

"Extra Heavy Duty 4-gauge booster cables are suitable for starting all passenger vehicles and light trucks. 250 percent more power than 10-gauge cables. The UL listing insures that these cables meet or exceed Underwriter Laboratory's strict manufacturing and safety standards. The 20-foot length allows passenger vehicles to be parked front to back. Polar-Glo clamps glow in the dark to insure correct connection to battery terminals. Complete jump starting instructions printed on the carton. Made in the USA with a Limited Lifetime Warranty."

 

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    Sara Valor 4 years ago from Breezy Hills

    @AutoRepairAnswers: Hi AutoRepairAnswers, thanks for visiting and I agree.

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    AutoRepairAnswers 4 years ago

    Shade-tree mechanics definitely need the right tools to be able to fix their own vehicles. A small investment now will save you $$$$ for years to come on car repairs.

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    Sara Valor 5 years ago from Breezy Hills

    @jadehorseshoe: Hello jadehorseshoe, thank you for visiting. I'm glad you found this a fun and useful gift guide for shade tree mechanics. I like your user name it's very interesting.

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    jadehorseshoe 5 years ago

    Fun and Useful Lens.

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    Sara Valor 5 years ago from Breezy Hills

    I Love My Shade Tree Mechanic!