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MULTIUSE TOOLS
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and essential multifunctional tool. With
their ability to pry, lift, and manipulate the components of a vehicle, pry
bars offer a wide array of uses for many
repair jobs.
OTC offers a Heavy Duty Indexable,
Extending Pry Bar, No. 7177.
"The bar extends from 34" to 53"
in 31 different preset lengths to get the
most leverage possible in heavy duty prying applications," says Bosch's Fisette.
"Technicians can use this bar to push,
pull, move, separate, lift, or otherwise
manipulate parts of a vehicle as needed
to complete a job."
Mayhew Tools also offers pry bars,
but with a little bit of a twist. The
curved end of Mayhew's Dominator
3-piece Curved Pry Bar Set provides
additional leverage while its chiseled tip
helps reduce slippage, explains Mayhew
Tools' Mills.
Aside from the pry bar, Fisette also
lists a c-frame, a universal 2/3 jaw puller,
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and slide hammers as multiuse tools worthy of a spot in the toolbox.
"A good c-frame can be used as a
ball joint press, U-joint press, wheel
stud removal and installation tool, and
more," Fisette says. "Universal 2/3 jaw
pullers can pull gears, hubs, bearings,
and more. Different sized slide hammers
can also pull hubs, bearings, axles, gears,
pilot bearings, and even dents with the
right adapters."

TOOL TRENDS
As the new decade begins, we see some
trends in tools that will never change,
like a technician's constant search for the
highest quality products. But we also see
new trends emerge. Versatility and adaptability are becoming more important in
a tool's design. Technicians are looking
for tools they can do more with, and the
ability to do more with the tools they
already have.
"A multiuse tool is great and made

Pry bars, such as this one from Lang Tools, offer
a wide variety of uses for many repair jobs.

even better when it works in conjunction
with what a technician already owns,"
Fisette says. "A slide hammer is a great
tool, made even better when the company
making it has accessories with the same
threads, so technicians can expand the
tool's use beyond their initial purchase."
Additional trends include tools with
more ergonomic designs and tools being
made from sturdier, more reliable materials. Regardless, as the trends come and
go, technicians will still be looking for
the same features in tools - durability,
quality, and value.
Many multiuse tools possess those
qualities, as well as the ability to be used
for more than one purpose, making them
that much more essential for technicians
to own. It's not about the tools a technician has, it's about what the technicians
can do with those tools.



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