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38 THE SHOP FEBRUARY 2018 FEBRUARY 2018 Getting the Job Done p.38 Lighting Products p.42 Bed Products p. 46 Integrity Customs p.52 Van Upfitting p.56 Restyling Products p.60 M any times, we look around trade shows at all the vehicles that have been dolled up, or even at our own shops and think about how great project cars we have worked on have turned out over the years. We think about the products and we think about the time and labor—but, very few times do we think about the tools we used to create these vehicles. It often takes a lot of tools to complete a job. Whether it's the simplest screwdriver or the latest high-tech electronic calibrator, these valuable pieces of equipment are vital to us completing the job successfully. This month, let's take a look at some of the tools and equipment found around the shop that allow professionals to get the job done right. BYOT At our company, technicians are respon- sible for their own tools. We do have some shop tools, but these are mainly larger or specialty tools that everyone can share— whether it be more complex like a MIG welder or a basic push broom. Most of the hand and power tools are owned by the technicians. I believe tech- nicians take care of their own tools better than if the shop owned them. Some technicians are more organized than others, and it shows in their tools. An elaborate, giant-sized toolbox is not really needed, nor does it impress me—in fact, I wonder how necessary it is for a tech to own that many tools. Maybe it's just an ego thing. Regardless, the better a tech's tools are organized usually equates to how organized they are in getting their work done. Many of our techs get half of their tools from a local tool store and the other half from a local tool truck that visits the shop. I caution new technicians to be careful of the black hole, meaning the debt that you can easily get into when you set up an account with a local tool truck and then pay the truck weekly. It is easy to put stuff on credit when you step onto their beautiful, well-organized tool truck that looks like a candy shop to a 5-year-old. Soon you start justifying why you need certain tools, and within a couple of weeks you are hundreds, if not thousands, of dollars in debt. I agree that sometimes the quality is better, but it is more about the convenience and with any convenience comes a cost. So, beware of that cost getting too high. Quality tools bring out the best in your technicians. GETTING 38 THE SHOP FEBRUARY 2018 THE JOB DONE By Josh Poulson Good craftspeople rely on quality tools to get the job done right.

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