A mechanic’s tools are essential for the job and investing in good ones over time is how many do it. There are many tool options available, so prioritizing tools that most people need first is a smart investment.
The Tool Conundrum
In the USA, mechanics provide their own tools most places. This leads to a high cost of entry into the mechanic’s field, even though there is a mechanic shortage. Shops figure that if they buy the tools, the tools will break or disappear. So new mechanics must prioritize their tool purchases based on what they make and do.