The Basic Tool List for Machinists
Every machinists tool list is as varied as the job each machinist undertakes. Most machinists who have been in the business for any amount of time recommend starting a project and buying what you need as your projects and experiences grow – especially when it comes to expensive milling machines and specialty tools.
The core advice is buy a few of the basic tools a machinist should have on hand and build your tool box from the ground up.
No one wants to start a new machine shop or new job as a machinist without tools they need so we’ve done the research for you and spoken with manufacturing engineers who have decades of experience in machine shops.
It’s agreed that there isn’t one “right” set of tools for every single machinist, but there are some core tools that everyone can agree on. When starting your first machine shop or job in the field, pick up these basics, get a quality tool box, and buy the rest as you go.
The basics tools every machinist should have on hand:
- Calculator with Sine, Cosine & Tangent
- Pencil, Paper & a Sharpie
As basic as that list is, those are the 3 tools you’ll use every day. If you are starting a job as a machinist, be sure to have those 3 items in your toolbox.
There are a lot more tools you’ll use everyday so we’ll break them down by category for clarity. Now, let’s get to the good stuff!
Precision Measuring Tools
- Micrometers – Starrett, Brown & Sharpe, Mitutoyo
- Calipers – 6″ is a must have, 8″ is better
- Dial Test Indicator w/ Magnetic Base – Brown & Sharpe
- Edge finder
- Double Square
- Combination Square
- Telescoping Gages
- Radius Gage set
- Center Gage
- Feeler Gage
- 1″ Gage Block to measure calipers & micrometers
- Allen Wrench set (Metric & Standard)
- Crescent Wrench – 12″ works
- Ball-pean hammer
- Soft hammer
- Brass hammer
- Phillips and flathead screwdrivers
- Automatic Center Punch
- Telescoping magnet
- Telescoping Mirror / Magnet Set
- Drill Bit Set
- Tap & Die Set
- Small Double Square
- Combination Square
- Plenty of hand held files
- Grinding Wheel
- Deburring Wheel
- Belt Sander
And, finally, you’ll need a tool box – don’t go cheap-o here. Be sure to buy something respectable. Now that you have your must have machinist tools list for your new machine shop job, shop our catalog for the tools you’ll need, and give us a call if you have questions. We want to be your go-to tool supplier.
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