Last updated: 1 May 2023
If you’re looking to equip your home garage with the right tools, pay attention. It can be tempting to just follow a generic list you found online, especially if you want to keep up with what everyone else has.
It’s important to assess your own needs and requirements before stocking up your home garage with tools and equipment. While it may be tempting to follow a generic list found on the internet, it may not be tailored to your specific needs. Each person’s needs are unique and should be considered individually. Take the time to evaluate your needs before making any purchases.
Why? Your needs are different! Maybe you have a fairly small garage and this fact alone requires that you need to come up with a list that at least slightly different from other people. In fact, if you’re going to be using your tools a certain way to produce a fairly narrow range of outcomes or results, then you need to further customize your list.
Let’s put it this way, if you weren’t completely cognizant of all the specific needs that you have for the purposes of the tools in your garage, your list will be completely unique to you.
Now, you may be thinking to yourself that this is just overthinking. This may be overkill. It isn’t! Because if you are serious about saving your hard-earned dollars, this is precisely the way you should do it.
Let’s face the reality that very few of us are made of money and as much as possible you want to maximize the value of every single dollar we invest in our equipment.
Many people prioritize having quality equipment for their cars, clothing, computers, and other items, but they may overlook the importance of having good home garage equipment. Some individuals may view their garage as a personal space where they can relax and have fun, so they may not prioritize safety or quality when it comes to their garage equipment. However, it’s important to remember that proper equipment can make a big difference in terms of safety and efficiency in your garage.
Doing things that way, you’re probably going to be setting yourself up for a bad ending. That’s not a good idea. So here’s a short list of the most common items that you should put in your own garage.
Again, you have to size them up based on your actual needs. This is what you would call the list of “usual suspects”.
This is so obvious that it probably doesn’t need listing. An air compressor is such an awesome and versatile piece of equipment precisely because it enables you to do all sorts of operations. As long as you have a piece of equipment that runs on compressed air, you can pretty much do anything in your garage whether we talk about drilling, sawing, putting things together or clean up.
Air compressor is definitely front and center. It enables you a tremendous amount of versatility.
If you’re handling any kind of metal, whether it’s part of a larger wood assembly or it’s surrounded by plastic or rubber, you need a piece of equipment to bend that piece of metal. That’s just the bottom line. There are no two ways about this.
That’s right! Pipe benders are available in various sizes and shapes to suit different types of pipes and desired bending angles. With the right equipment, you can easily bend pipes to fit your needs and achieve the desired outcome without much hassle.
There many shop presses that you should consider the great thing about the press is that it puts parts together. If you’re looking for any kind of assembly shop press should be part of the deal.
It’s one thing to do a lot of stuff in your garage, it’s another to actually store the stuff you created. You also would need a handy set of containers for all the nuts, bolts, nails, and other fasteners you are using. Make no mistake, your garage won’t be as trusty and practical as you would like if you don’t have the basic fasteners ready when you need them. If you’re the typical DIY enthusiast, you probably won’t be bothered dropping everything you’re doing so you can grope around the garage for fasteners or drill bits or any other small items that you need. You need the right containers at arms length so you can do what you need to do to get key jobs done.
It’s easy to get excited about all the tools you have in your garage. I’m sure you are probably imagining all sorts of projects you can get started on.
You might even be daydreaming about setting up that treehouse you promised your kids a few seasons back. This is all well and good but you need to make sure that you remain safe when using all the power equipment in your garage. This isn’t always as easy as you think.
Make it easy on yourself by stocking up on the right safety gear: goggles, face masks, gloves, knee pads, shoe inserts, work socks, the whole nine yards. You have to do DIY responsibly and this requires making sure that safety comes first!
Depending on your particular needs you might need floor jacks, parts washers, hose, wheels, and similar equipment.