Car mechanics whether they work in a professional capacity or simply enjoy it as a hobby need to have the right gear for the job. This might seem like an obverse statement but you’d be surprised how many mechanics (both professional and novices) aren’t fully equipped for the job.
Many mechanics won’t do a job without the proper equipment, will they? Think about all the essential tools a mechanic needs, you won’t really see a mechanic doing a job without those. Bad proper protective work gear is just as important so let’s take a look at what every mechanic out there will need.
Working Gloves/ Gauntlets
A mechanic will be putting their hands into all sorts of places as they get on with their work so having proper protection for them is essential. But there is a big difference between your standard gloves and proper mechanics gloves.
Mechanics gloves are made from thicker materials but don’t restrict your movements either which means you can still carry out precise movements. Gloves aren’t the only things you will need either you will also need a welding gauntlet.
Welding gauntlets are as the name implies are designed specifically for working with dangerous welding tools and allow for complete dexterity while also offering significant protection while you work. Gloves and gauntlets may be smaller items of clothing but they are very important when it comes to your day to day work.
Mechanics actually have a lot of choice when it comes to what clothes they wear but one item of clothing that I will always recommend is a pair of high-quality coveralls. Coveralls are perfect for those more risky jobs like welding and will allow you to protect your whole body while you work.
A good pair of coveralls will also have plenty of safe and secure storage and help protect you from heat. You’ll also get a snug fit that will help you keep your arms and legs protected while you work under cars or other similar vehicles.
You’d be surprised just how many mechanics will work without earplugs but whether you are a professional or simply doing mechanical work as a hobby you should have a good pair of earplugs at the ready. Issues like hearing loss are prevalent in the mechanic’s industry so having proper ear protection when using loud tools is very important.
Mechanics have a lot of clothing available to them but a good pair of mechanics trousers are one of the most important parts of your work wardrobe. Coveralls are important but they are not an alternative to a good pair of mechanics trousers, in fact, both pieces should really go together.
Mechanics trousers will help protect your legs and often have extra padding to make working on your back or lower to the ground more comfortable. They will also have a variety of pockets for safe and secure storage.
So, that is a look at some of the essential work gear any mechanic regardless of experience should have. Remember though this is just a starting point and there are other important things to consider like a proper work shirt as well as things like goggles to protect your eyes. If you have long hair you’ll also want to invest in a mechanics cap or hat as well.