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Top Ten-Equipment Needed to Open an Auto Repair Shop

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This is the list of equipment youll need to open and run an auto repair shop. Start buying it ASAP! 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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Cave Lion (19 days ago)
A few years late to this video, I love this. Just a suggestion, get a 3 post pole jack. More sturdy
Lucky Otubelu (23 days ago)
Man your doing great, when i see u i see me. Love does tattoos. Greeting from nigeria.
Lucky Otubelu (23 days ago)
Man your doing great, when i see u i see me. Love does tattoos. Greeting from nigeria.
Will noneya (2 months ago)
You don't need a AC machine man and you saying it is unprofessional is silly. get a gauge set, vacuum pump, refrigerant, empty tank, scale, and leak tester and you are gold. not using a machine requires more skill. I am guessing you are talking about the single use cans and yes that is raunchy .
April Morone (2 months ago)
He has both a huge and a small bench vise.
April Morone (2 months ago)
Yep. That's what I said to my boyfriend. ;)
April Morone (2 months ago)
I like shopping at Harbor Freight. Although, Lowe's has a nice grinder and also bench vise that I want. :) Imight want to get a wire brush for it, too (it works better than a buffer wheel). Anyway, for most things, I want, I go to Harbor Freight. After all, Harbor Freight is usually cheap.
Mateus Auto reparo (3 months ago)
Good friend.
drew hood (3 months ago)
you drastically increase profit margins if you don't perform engine or transmission work. Send those potential headaches to specialty shops. I stopped doing them and increased profit margins 10%
The Mechanic OC (3 months ago)
there you go.
RAHRAH807 (3 months ago)
No woman pics on the wall Nestor?? Lol
TourStar Productions (5 months ago)
Well made video, this is excellent
atothezeezee (5 months ago)
Awesome shop. How did you find the space? Love the high ceilings.
Edgar G (5 months ago)
Too bad ill get fired for moonlighting.
Coolride17 (5 months ago)
Really like your vids.. I have a what you call a side hustle out of my garage at home. I installed a scissors lift right in the middle of my garage. It get the cars about 3ft off the ground real quick. I bought an oil caddy at harbor freight , cut and shortened the center pole, because my lift only lifts 3ft. up. Also bought a small rolling stool to sit down under the cars with tools on the stool tray. I got all my business from 20yrs at GM, and local car clubs because I have a spec Miata I also race. I'm half retired now, and deciding to continue with what I'm doing, or expand into a commercial building, and bring my to son's with me if that's what they want to do. Anyway, I like your sense, and steering new guys in the right direction so they waste a lot of money going in the wrong direction.
9000george (5 months ago)
good video thanks mate
James Hall (6 months ago)
Try to enclose compressor in sound proof room.
8:50 What is the press for? Just wondering. I'm not a mechanic.
Lane Splitter (3 months ago)
Richest Man In The Universe pressing bearings in for example
A B (8 months ago)
alright boys.......
Bruce L. (8 months ago)
Great video and some solid advice. I know you don't agree but I'd have to say a tire machine a balancer would be an asset. Even just for tire repairs a good used machine would pay for itself in no time. But what do I know? I'm just a guy in a garage with some tools. Thanks for the video.
The Mechanic OC (8 months ago)
you got it bruce.
Julie Anne (8 months ago)
Awesome tips! Can relate in many aspects. Smart shopping is always the way to go
no body (9 months ago)
Hey Nestor, Great Video. thank you for giving back to the community of auto enthusiasts. I am seeking for all and what it takes to build my own exotic car. Please holla back..Need the detailed info on the garage - measurements of the garage the list of tools list of equipment how to mold the body kit, steering wheel, gas pedals and shift gears.. working on welding metal, making the chasis how to put an engine and motor together.. glass and carbon fiber, mold the head lights and rear view lights electronics including sound system, GPS, windows, lock and voice recognition system, blue tooth syncing, rims, caliper breaks, break pads and tires leather upholstery
Hisham S. Abdul-Aziz (9 months ago)
hey Oc I'm going to school but ur video and knowledge will help me get by!!!! are ASE certifications important????
The Mechanic OC (9 months ago)
I made a video on taht
510Redneck (9 months ago)
I got everything aside from the A/C machine (which would be nice) because currently have a hvac buddy of mine do them with his equipment when I need it, I do however have a tire machine and balancer which I'm surprised not to see in your shop yet. Got a commercial exhaust bender also and honestly that along with the lathe.... I never use them... hell i'm not even sure I know how to even set up the lathe even if I needed too really (never tried).. usually just get new rotors if needed, as cheap as the sob's are now. Maybe someday I'll piss with it for shits and giggles to figure it out. I got the same brake lathe, charger, strut compressor as you. lol With that being said though, my shop is purposely a crazy low key shop though... as in I purposely don't want much at all for customers nor have ever advertised it... I been building old cars etc. and am atm content with the completely deliberate lack of traffic in and out. If I was a smart man, id hire some young fresh blood mechanic with passion for vehicles to use one of the bays (giving him or her a hand of course) and drum up some business while I keep doing my thing in the other ones... Make some extra money while helping "a brother or sista" get a start.... but I guess I'm not a very smart man it seems and finding a young buck or doe that wants to "do work son" is a bitch these days anyways really. Meh...
Varoun Oodit (9 months ago)
Thanks
Shyden Pierce (9 months ago)
What do you mean by it will power your shop?
Free Spirit (9 months ago)
could u do a video on like machine maintenance like how to lube the amco lathe machine
Shane (9 months ago)
You need something old dirty and used oh my lol lol lol I'm dying.
Soni Muthoni (9 months ago)
hi im almost done with my degree n wanting to start an autoshop in two years time. hope u can walk me through being a woman in a man dominant world lol
Troy Cole (10 months ago)
Hi, my name is. Troy,, you is right what you say, Cleveland,Ohio....
Nissand21 guy (10 months ago)
The shop im at we use Electric impacts but we do have i think 80 gallon or 120 for alignment rack and checking air pressures after work is done
Sir Wally Gator (10 months ago)
Where do you get those air line push button quick couplers??
Nathan Watts (11 months ago)
hey Nestor Nathan here I got a question for you. What do think about the alignment lifts and what's your opinions on them in shop or other shops?
RoCas Cords (11 months ago)
Thanks for UR opinion purchasing equipment thats needed, I'm in a tech school now learning Collision and Auto repair... Gracias bro
Great Video!
Andrew Wilson (1 year ago)
Just given myself a quick high five,got all the stuff you mention,plus a whole load more. I went for four post lift rather than two post. Good bench grinder and pillar drill on my essentials list. The list could go on forever. Good work lighting also essential,lamps etc. Can't fix what you can't see! Latest addition to shop is a Blackhawk body dozer, paid for itself after first two jobs! Great videos mate,we the brotherhood of oily hands!
Brian Danning (1 year ago)
Mount & Balance Tire Machine + Balancing Machine would be pretty important to a shop as well...
lpdzzlfshzzl (1 year ago)
I love this guy my shop is gonna be just like this one, one day. Motivated and inspired. Young cat gettin it. Love it
The Mechanic OC (1 year ago)
100
Simphiwe Gama (1 year ago)
Thanks a lot very useful information.
SwiftGmx Swift (1 year ago)
Desmin Doss ??
Ghost (1 year ago)
Real down to earth mechanic/guy.......
what about a tow truck man
Jay Smith (1 year ago)
why did you put the brake lathe so high? a set of new rotors typically cost around 25 to 45 bucks and will last a long time. to cut rotors you would have to be under this price, it would take long time to pay the lathe off. im thinking 100s of brake jobs
The Mechanic OC (1 year ago)
it becomes very inconvenient to send rotors out. Alignments not so much. but rotors, its like borrowing a torque wrench kinda.
Jay Smith (1 year ago)
I can see your point. I kno this is a general list... but the way your shop is set up could you ask shops near you to resurface rotors? Or use expensive machinery letting them keep a piece of the profit? Like if you were missing an alignment machine but did a job that needed an alignment afterwards. Could you take it to you nieghbors and just pay them?
The Mechanic OC (1 year ago)
not in cali. They are typically 100 for one quality rotor
myboy051 (1 year ago)
I Watched 4 of your videos now , you have a great thing going right now ,Very inspirational. I'm 35 with a 11 year old son and I'm getting tired of being the tech / mechanic that gives another shop a good name by fixing cars that other shops couldn't. I've always wanted to open my own shop but am nervous about doing it for so many reasons. As I'm sure you know about that . I have my own scanner and scope along with all the tools I will need . I just don't have any shop equipment. I'm going to start looking on Craigslist , letgo , OfferUp . Good luck with your shop .
The Droplett (1 year ago)
about the lift, is really not necesary so fast. at least for the small workshops. instead you can dig a pit of about 1.6m deep, or other desired depths, you make concrete walls, and make it rectangular, and the car just coming with the wheels on the sides, some jackstands, and you can do the work really fine.
The Mechanic OC (1 year ago)
thats what they do in mexico. works great
Ahmad Ismail (1 year ago)
Great vid! Your shop looks strikingly similar to mine. I'm missing the lathe, AC machine and only have one 2-post asymmetric lift. Where do you operate from?
Victor Cedeno (1 year ago)
Nice video, What do you recommend for diagnostic tools? maybe you should make a video about those
The Mechanic OC (1 year ago)
I have bud.
Nilesh Bagada (1 year ago)
awesome very good job sir. I will open car workshop in India would like to work with me and share your important idea for my upcoming workshop my email I'd is Bagada.nilesh92@gmail.com
EVILLE (1 year ago)
I live on the east coast rust belt, I have a home shop with everything but a Brake lathe Im considering getting one. I have a deal on a aamco lathe with all tooling cabinet etc. for 500. My question is is this a good investment most rotors around me can be turned and Im tired of getting new ones lining the parts stores pockets, when I can charge the customer $10 to turn it.
Chetan Akashe (1 year ago)
What is the Brand name of that 3 ton jack???
Kevin Madrigal (1 year ago)
Chetan Akashe Pittsburgh http://m.harborfreight.com/3-ton-Low-Profile-Steel-Heavy-Duty-Floor-Jack-with-Rapid-Pump-61253.html?ccdenc=eyJjb2RlIjoiNTc5ODUwMTEiLCJza3UiOiI2MTI1MyIsImlzIjoiODkuOTkiLCJwcm9kdWN0X2lk%0D%0AIjoiOTk0OCJ9%0D%0A
YV Autobody (1 year ago)
really good advice I am barely starting to buy all my stuff little by little starting off the garage hopefully to get a garage like this when im ready.
TKO (1 year ago)
cool video. thanks alot
The Mechanic OC (1 year ago)
Thank you
J. R (1 year ago)
You forgot about another major important thing... the scanner should def be in the top 10
The Mechanic OC (1 year ago)
True. But that counts as hand tools in my book.
mr heroe (1 year ago)
I wantvto open a smog shop what do I need??.
The Mechanic OC (1 year ago)
your smog license and money.
Alex Perrucci (1 year ago)
Nice shop!
The Mechanic OC (1 year ago)
Thanks bud!
Tyson Pham (1 year ago)
Just a suggestion for anyone out there thinking buying a good compressor. Check out Dewalt , Milwaukee, IR, Bosch and many more other brands power tools. They don't cost much more compare to the air tools from all the big brands air tools and you can eliminate the need of having a big compressor . You would still need one unless you want to use electric tire pump and use plastic oil drainer lol
The Mechanic OC (1 year ago)
lol true.
OhighO Skater (1 year ago)
Good video man! You earned yourself a new subscriber
OhighO Skater (1 year ago)
The Mechanic OC no problem man!
The Mechanic OC (1 year ago)
Thanks for watching Ohigh.
VinnyMartello (1 year ago)
I have a socket set, a jack, and a torch. Slowly building that up. Already built a few engines and fixed a few people's cars. Well on my way! Haha!
Daniel Pettis (1 year ago)
compressor can actually wait..if needed at all .I use all battery and electric power tools. you can get by just fine without one.if u wanted one you can get a small pancake one.for holding valves up when swapping out stem seals .worked fine for me
Daniel Pettis (1 year ago)
Small dewalt compressor
The Mechanic OC (1 year ago)
How do you air up tires?
DarkPlatinm27 (1 year ago)
All those soda cans in the garbage lol
Tom Markert (1 year ago)
Don't recycle them! Build a small forge and melt them down. 25+ years as a pro mechanic and a side hustler. I have made brackets and many other things by forging my own aluminum from scrap.. Also I keep a nice bin of old sway bar end links for welding up new exhaust hangers and such.
The Mechanic OC (1 year ago)
lol recycling.
RacerRickxx (1 year ago)
Comments, since I own a shop.... Air compressor is spot on. But make sure you get a good one like the Champion he has. If buying used, educate yourself and you can get an amazing compressor like a Quincy or IR industrial for the same price as a chinese knockoff. For jacks - you again want to get an American made jack. The Chinese ones wear out too fast for commercial shop use and rebuild parts are not available for most of them. I like Blackhawks and Walkers as they last forever and are fully rebuildable. Jack stands are pretty simple, but you want two complete sets - a short set and a tall set for trucks. The habour freight ones are fine for this. If you have a lift, you NEED the pole jack stands. For drain pans, you can never have enough of them. For catching drips and spills, buy aluminum industrial baking trays - get the thick ones. They are only an inch tall, and large enough to slide under a car without having to be too exact. The are perfect for doing jobs where you know there is going to be leakage or splatter. They are also about $8 each, so buy a couple. Battery charger and jump box are spot on. The only thing I can add to it is buy the best jump box you can afford. The cheap ones batteries die too quickly. Engine hoist is another one of those things that is indispensable, but I would also add an engine leveler to the hoist. They are about $50 and make engine installs much easier. I disagree on the brake lathe. I don't think you need them anymore. You can't turn a lot of rotors or drums from newer cars as they are made to be replaced. Its a large machine that takes up a lot of space that can be better utilized. I haven't had to turn a rotor in years. I also disagree on the strut spring compressor. Its nice to have, but again, not one of the first things I would buy. I don't have one and ready struts have made them basically unneeded. Ready Struts are struts that come in a unit with he upper bearing and spring already installed. They save you time and save the customer money in labor costs, making their overall cost about the same as the parts and labour to put together the spring and top bearing on strut. Most customers go for it since they get a new spring and top bearing also with their strut. If you buy good inside and outside spring compressors (like a bluepoint, Snapon or mac) and you can change the springs on a strut without too much trouble. Spring compressors are one item you do not want to cheap out on. You can also use the shop press if you make fixtures and your press is big enough to fit the body of the strut through. This is what I usually do, because after you make the fixtures, you have them forever. Buy a tall free standing press, at least 30 tons. You need the free standing press for axle bearings, struts, etc. Don't buy the smaller table top presses. The A/C machine is really nice to have. Its actually one machine I don't have and would like to get one day. A trans jack is a must. Especially if you have a hoist. You will use it a lot - not just for transmissions. Basically anytime you need to lift something heavy up into the underside of a car. I made a saddle fixture for it (swap it with the trans plate) and even use it for doing exhaust. For a shop - buy the best lifts you can afford as they are your money maker. Get them serviced yearly and they will last forever. I would buy an asymetrical 2 post lift with at least 9000lb capacity, Make sure it has a top bar so there is nothing on the floor, and I would only buy a Rotary or a bend pak if buying used. I have older Ford Smiths and getting parts is a pain. Buy at least a 5" vise for your shop, and get a good one. You can still buy Records and BAE's for cheap used. Just make sure its in good shape with no welds, cracks, or damaged jaws. A Wilton is the best vice you can buy, but very expensive. Try to get a vise with a built in anvil. Its nice to have but not needed. Spot on for the workbench, but you can have secondary benches that are wood. You do need at least one good steel bench, and I do recommend one built with a corner drain, and lip around three sides. It should slant slightly back so things roll to the back of the bench instead of onto the floor. They are commonly called transmission tear down benches and have thick steel tops. There are other items I would get before a lot of items you have listed. You need a good parts cleaner. You also need a good set of oxy/ace torches. I would make sure I have a cutting head, and two different tips - a large one and a small one (I use a 000 for heating small things and a 1 for bigger stuff). And for any modern car, you really need a Scanner. I have a couple of Autoscans that I use, and have to update them regularly. They do everything from pre OBD import and domestics, to OBD1, and OBD2 computers. I would also put a bench grinder with a medium wheel on one side and a wire wheel on the other in there. I use mine constantly. Also, buy quality tools. For impacts and air tools - IR is the only brand I use after breaking most cheaper brands. For my flare tool, I went through three or four less expensive ones utiil I bought a Bluepoint. The point is, that if I bought the good tool in the beginning, it would have been cheaper since I ended up buying anyways after wasting a bunch on money on junk tools.
Lane Splitter (3 months ago)
Seriously, great comment. Very informative and helpful.
Rutto Tarus (5 months ago)
RacerRickxx, fantastic comment with tons of info. Thank for taking the time to write it.
The Mechanic OC (1 year ago)
Thanks for the input bud.
lancelot1953 (1 year ago)
Hi Nestor, thank you for this excellent and practical video - great information for hobbyist and farmers as well. Ciao, L
The Mechanic OC (1 year ago)
Thanks for watching bud.
Ali Haidar (1 year ago)
I have all these tools and gezmos but i don't know if I should open an automotive shop or a woodworking shop since I pike both @.@
Dave Hak (1 year ago)
Good advise bro
The Mechanic OC (1 year ago)
Thanks for watching bud.
Brian Lo (1 year ago)
great video alot great information
The Mechanic OC (1 year ago)
Thanks for watching bud.
Justin LaBarge (1 year ago)
I feel like order of importance went out the window when a compressor out ranked a jack.
Justin LaBarge (1 year ago)
Yahoosted then why is it even on the list
Elizondough (1 year ago)
Pretty sure if you're considering opening up a shop or even doing side work, you own a jack...
The Mechanic OC (1 year ago)
lol
working shlub (1 year ago)
saw you had small mig welder... great for broken exhaust manifold bolts ..pay for itself one job.
The Mechanic OC (1 year ago)
deff does.
Robs_GLI (1 year ago)
those lifts close to the walls do you have any issues
The Mechanic OC (1 year ago)
No never.
M.Night207 (1 year ago)
Nestor, are you a certified mechanic? And how tall are you?
The Mechanic OC (1 year ago)
M.Night207 yes. Nestor*
Fred Nissen (1 year ago)
Good advice. Only thing I'd suggest is moving that air compressor a bit. Looks like the safety cage is right up against the wall. The large pulley is also the fan for the compressor itself. Most manufacturers call for a foot or so of clearance between the cage and anything that could obstruct airflow.
The Mechanic OC (1 year ago)
true. I will move it bud thank you.
Hashem Mehyar (1 year ago)
I'd start buying according to the skill level, and maintenance needed to be done 1- wrenches then wratchet and socket set, will do most of the work+ oil wrench+ breaker bar, circlip pliers, hose clamp pliers, 12v tester, 2- jack, low profile and high lifting 3- stands,, i never bought them, i made wood stand, sturdier and fabricated to liking 4-mechanics creeper, can be made but its cheap and will save alot of time and effort. till now, oil, spark plugs, belts, and brakes can be serviced, thermostat replacement , pumps, and a lot more but will be pain without the next 5-air compressor and impact, will save time and effort at the beginning, buy no less than 75litres if you can't, don't, it'll be a waste of money 6-spring compressor 7- engine hoist 8-engine mount engine overhauls can be done now
The Mechanic OC (1 year ago)
Good input. thanks bud.
David Pierson (1 year ago)
i'd add impact wrench to the compressor.
The Mechanic OC (1 year ago)
I would hope they would have them already. lol
fatherknightroad (1 year ago)
i would have added a welder instead because you can do exhaust and you can build your own workbench if you have a welder
fatherknightroad (1 year ago)
The Mechanic OC no I'm central farther up north so we have a lot of rust
The Mechanic OC (1 year ago)
Are you in the east coast? East coast guys use way diff stuff. They wouldn't add a brake lathe to the list lol. THey would probably have a torch and welder first. lol
fatherknightroad (1 year ago)
The Mechanic OC only reason why I say that is because I'm a mechanic myself and I use the welder more than I use a bench surprisingly
The Mechanic OC (1 year ago)
Its not a necessity. Its def something that would be nice but not something that's dire.
Wilson Solt (1 year ago)
I have the same brand battery charger. it's identical. yours has more stickers. A sympathetic advance auto manager felt bad for me and sold it to me for $60. Things are beast and I bet it lasts as long as I do.
turdsandwicher (1 year ago)
Whats so much better about these big cart battery chargers vs the smaller trickle charger type ones?
The Mechanic OC (1 year ago)
hahaha. Its a nice charger.
CLUB 6038 (1 year ago)
A mechanic with a Vision ! Amazing. How rare ! Keep up the good work !
The Mechanic OC (11 months ago)
thank you
MoneyMarcMes (1 year ago)
I just got done purchasing my hand tools so when the Snap On truck rolls by I already have everything and I won't be tempted to buy anything. I haven't started buying equipment because I don't have a garage.
The Mechanic OC (1 year ago)
hmmm. Thats a hard one. Id suggest a buddies garage.
Aaron Perez (1 year ago)
Hey Nestor, this is the first time I watch your videos, and they are awesome man. I appreciate this type of video, because it opens up ideas to regular weekend wrenchers. My dad and I spend a lot of time together working on cars and motorcycles, but it's awesome to see a Hispanic mechanic doing great things. Keep it up!
Matthew McCauley (1 year ago)
What about the oxy-acetylene torch, welder, bench grinder, and drill press? Would you recommend the Horrible Freight impacts?
Matthew McCauley (1 year ago)
Sounds like a plan.
The Mechanic OC (1 year ago)
Those are after you buy these core pieces.
Focus (1 year ago)
you can also use a plastic concrete mixing tub at home depot for draining fluids. Get the big one. They work good and  only 12 bucks.
Jason Nitty (1 year ago)
www.homedepot.com/p/Plasgad-Black-Large-Concrete-Mixing-Tub-887102C/205451585
The Mechanic OC (1 year ago)
What do you mean tech? Send me a link to a picture of it. I want to see that!
xxFOXxxI2ACINGxx (1 year ago)
If that drum brake resurfacing machine makes you money, get a tire change/wheel balancing machine, too.
The Mechanic OC (1 year ago)
Not enough room. And to store tires itll cost 200k. I explain it in anothe video.
juan lopez (1 year ago)
Hey whats up man i also have a shop in southern California and i was wondering where are you located your shop looks really big compared to mine
The Mechanic OC (1 year ago)
Hey juan, im in mission viejo,. where are you?
Luis Baez (1 year ago)
good video im working to open my own shop. I doing same as you did buying all tools u will use in regular day at shop to the point sometimes i work in car just to buy a tool
The Mechanic OC (1 year ago)
Very nice buddy. Let me know how it goes!
BrokenRRT (1 year ago)
You left out a decent OBD2 reader!
john allen (10 months ago)
How about a massive Bear Pace 400 Engine diagnostic machine. They're only as big as a Suburban and only takes an hour and a half to set up.
Victor Carmine (11 months ago)
So what would a shop tool be?
The Mechanic OC (11 months ago)
thats a hand tool not a shop tool
bob b (1 year ago)
torch an welder should be at top of list. At least up north in rust belt im at
The Mechanic OC (1 year ago)
Definitely in the north east! you boys deal with the rust!
nicholas elias (1 year ago)
do you think youll get an alignment machine? They can be expensive but are they profittable?
nicholas elias (1 year ago)
Also I totally agree about slowly massing up tools. I've slowly massed up both general and specialized tools. I also invested heavily in diagnostic and programming equipment.
The Mechanic OC (1 year ago)
The fear will never go away. Use it. Let it make you so paranoid that it makes you think and prepare for every possible negative and positive scenario. Once you've prepared your fear will go away. Be cautious though. Sometimes the fear can keep you from going through with your plan. The only way to keep the fear from stooping you is to build immense self confidence in your self. My affirmation that built my self confidence was "If my managers and business owners I know, that are complete fucken morons can run a profitable business, I SURE AS SHIT CAN TOO! AND DO IT BETTER!"
nicholas elias (1 year ago)
I want to get a Hunter Hawkeye elite pro
nicholas elias (1 year ago)
gotcha good to know. i want to open up a shop that specializes in euro mainly mercedes and BMW and I would like to do tires/alignment but the price of the equipment is kinda intimidating but I think it will be what makes people want to come to me vs the dealer. Also looking for a building is very intimidating.
The Mechanic OC (1 year ago)
You get an alignment machine if youre doing tires. Alignment machines sell tires and suspension work. If I did I would need more room and to advertise for it it could be if you had one guy for it and you had 15 alignments a day. Not worth it for a shop like mine. We dont have to volume or do tires.
moparmania86 (1 year ago)
Tire machine, wheel balancer, oxy acetylene torch, mig welder, exhaust bender, parts washer, sand blaster...
The Mechanic OC (1 year ago)
oxy torch maybe if youre in the east coast. the rest with time. But a very good list mopar
moparmania86 (1 year ago)
Engine stand
Audra (1 year ago)
Stop haunting my feed 😞
wyattoneable (1 year ago)
The list of tools is spot on for most areas. I would add a scanner/scope pretty quickly as well...but you know that.
land otter1 (1 year ago)
Great information! Thanks a lot!
The Mechanic OC (1 year ago)
You got it bud.
Hard Knocks Forge (1 year ago)
Your so right. She is always saying 'that's super huge'... What do you think about getting a welder (fluxcore, stick, mig or an oxyacetylene torch/welder kit) before you open up your shop?
The Mechanic OC (1 year ago)
Depends on where you live. Some guys have said, they need a torch to get off rusted bolts because they live in areas where cars rust. Mostly the Easy coast where it snows. In cali, Thats not a big issue.
ae86techfm (1 year ago)
LOL that's what she said. 😎
hua jack (1 year ago)
if recardo does side job at home after work ,and you found out .what will you do ?
mr heroe (1 year ago)
hua jack You really can't do anything.. I mean that's someone's Hustle.. just cuase you work at MacDonald doesn't mean you can't sell other things
UBBERTANKER (1 year ago)
we have a otc strut tamer it is also very good seems like the branick and otc are both very solid
The Mechanic OC (1 year ago)
OTC is underrated. They make great stuff. My powertrain lift is OTC.
longstar550 (1 year ago)
people still turn rotors? why not replace?
The Mechanic OC (1 year ago)
Ticket gets inflated. You can possibly lose a job. 200 dollar brake jobs turns into a 500 dollar brake job.
YaBoi Brian (1 year ago)
Whenever you do tool time, you should still use my boy ricardo for the intro :D
The Mechanic OC (1 year ago)
His memory will never be forgotten.
JOSE VALLE (1 year ago)
How many horsepower is ur compressor and what type of power source do u have it hooked up to?
JOSE VALLE (1 year ago)
Did u hook up ur compressor and lifts or did u have an electrician do it?
The Mechanic OC (1 year ago)
hmmm. I will see tomorrow. I have 220 to it.
1970chevelle396 (1 year ago)
Most shops don't really use brake lathes anymore.   There just replacing the rotors.
1970chevelle396 (1 year ago)
UBBERTANKER As a mechanic we get a discount on all parts from dealerships to auto parts stores. If the shop your working at is charging that much there ripping the customer off. Even like the 3/4 and 1 ton trucks I only pay about $75 a piece. On the European cars the brake pads wear the rotors bad every time, so most of the time on those cars they can't even be turned.
UBBERTANKER (1 year ago)
150 to cut rotors and $25x2 if they are the cheap ones now on top of that parts markup in my area is 75-100% so there $250 with rotors on a basic car
1970chevelle396 (1 year ago)
Boysya most of them don't use two piece rotors. For the very few cars that use expensive rotors, you can pay someone else to turn them.
lwnf360 (1 year ago)
8:30 "of course you can do A/C work without a machine"--not if you're getting paid for it. It is ILLEGAL to discharge any automotive refrigerant to the atmosphere if you are operating as a business. If the EPA catches you (or someone rats on you), you will be raped.
The Mechanic OC (1 year ago)
When I said "without a machine" i meant you can use a recovery tank, vacuum pump and a scale to weigh in the freeon instead of buying the 3 in one AC machine.
Shigdig (1 year ago)
don't forget a Mega-Masterbator 9000 to relieve your mechanical frustrations on.
The Mechanic OC (1 year ago)
9000? Nah, we dont fuck with the 9000. We have the Ultra-Third party Mega Master Bator 10000
chrisvill54 (1 year ago)
good videos man, hey I was wondering where do you get your repair manual information? do you use all data? I do lots of work from my buddies garage but man sometimes i run into some jobs that get done, but they kick my butt along the way. it would be nice to have access to repair manuals.
The Mechanic OC (1 year ago)
Michelle. Watch some of the sunday business talk videos, I cover that topic in those vids. Thanks for watching bud!
Themechanicman92 (1 year ago)
awesome video, where do you suggest for a workbench
The Mechanic OC (1 year ago)
Thanks Mechanic man! craigslist bud.

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