Updated April 23, 2021 by Chris Gillespie

The 10 Best Master Mechanic Tool Sets

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This wiki has been updated 13 times since it was first published in January of 2020. When it comes to vehicle maintenance, you'll want to make sure you have the right equipment for tackling not only straightforward, but also the most complex of jobs. From weekend hobbyists with a small workshop to certified automotive technicians and commercial garages, you will find everything you need in our comprehensive selection of professional-quality, master mechanic tool sets. When users buy our independently chosen editorial recommendations, we may earn commissions to help fund the Wiki.

1. Klutch 566-piece

2. Gearwrench 80972

3. Teng Monster Mega Master

Editor's Notes

April 23, 2021:

A master mechanic is a prestigious distinction that is achieved through education, practice, experience, and numerous levels of certification. These comprehensive toolsets are of a high standard to meet the rigors entailed within the automotive industry and should include ratchets, wrenches, drive bits, and hex keys along with various other hand tools. In this most recent update, a number of new sets were added to the list to make a more comprehensive ranking.

The 229-piece Stanley Professional Grade is notable for its black chrome construction, making it not only a very handsome set of tools but also very durable and corrosion-resistant. It features clearly labeled and laser-etched size markings, and exceeds ANSI specifications for hardness and torque. The Craftsman 444-piece was switched for the slightly larger Craftsman 450-piece, which comes with three differently sized ratchets with slim handles that provide maneuverability in confined spaces. It also includes several hex wrenches and a magnetic screwdriver with a full range of driver bits, and now comes with a three-drawer storage box. The Teng Mega Master was switched for a larger set, too. The Teng Monster Mega Master is a 1100-piece set that comes in a 19 drawer rolling cabinet. It contains practically every tool a mechanic could ever need, including specialist inspection and oil change tools and comes with a lifetime warranty.

March 06, 2020:

Built to meet the tough requirements of automotive technicians, these master mechanics tool sets have all the necessary equipment needed for getting the job done. They are generally larger, and more hard-wearing than regular automotive or ratchet sets.

Our recommendations in this wiki are focused on professional-quality kits for use in a workshop or commercial garage. If you're short on space or don't have a fixed location then perhaps the smaller, more mobile kits are better suited. Conversely, the giant, multi-function sets, such as the Kobalt 856855, will contain everything you need for those complex jobs.

The most compact on offer are the Craftsman 50230, and the Gearwrench 80972. These are suitable for mechanics who like to keep a set of tools in their vehicle or offer roadside assistance. Our selection of mid-sized kits, like the Performance Tool W30500, Workpro 450-Piece and the Husky 268-Piece, offer a wider range of hand tools that are usually packaged in a carry-case, which can sit atop a work bench, or be fairly easily moved to different locations. The largest sets reviewed are not really portable at all, and would usually be the primary tools of your business. The Teng Mega Master comes it its own 70x50x40 inch chest, which also doubles as a work bench, whereas you will need to provide your own storage for the Klutch 566-piece and Craftsman 444-piece.

Special Honors

Sunex Tools This company's range of ratchets have a unique design with an articulating head that can be angled 90 degrees in either direction, making it ideal for working in tight spaces. An aluminum storage case protects the tools and keeps them organized. sunextools.com

Snap-on Founded in Milwaukee, Wisconsin in 1920, Snap-on produces high-quality hand tools for the automotive industry. Their selection of wrenches and ratchets are made from chrome-nickel alloy and are backed by a lifetime warranty. They also supply a full range of cabinets and storage solutions to keep your workshop organized. snapon.com

4. Stanley Professional Grade

5. Craftsman 450-piece

6. Performance Tool W30500

7. Kobalt 856855

8. Craftsman 50230

9. Pittsburgh Professional 301-Piece

10. Workpro 450-Piece


Chris Gillespie
Last updated on April 23, 2021 by Chris Gillespie

Starting his career in the building industry, Chris built and managed a plumbing and heating company in northern England. After 13 years, seeking a more fulfilling lifestyle, he moved to southeast Asia, eventually settling in Vietnam, where he teaches writing and comprehension at a number of international universities. Drawing on his previous experience, and his passion for kitesurfing and windsurfing, Chris is knowledgeable in all things water related both recreationally and within the construction industry.


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