11 Tools Every Man Needs in Their Garage

Having a well-stocked garage makes conquering any project easier. There is no searching or trying to make another tool work when you have the essentials. Of course, there are the fancy tools that every man dreams of owning and adding to their collection. However, it doesn’t mean they are needed to complete projects.

Garage Tools

Garage Tools

The list is going to include the most basic, obvious tools you need as well as some of the fun, cooler tools that make your life easier. Let’s take a look at what you need to purchase (these make great gift ideas as well).

1. Tape Measure

Let’s start off with the most basic of tools. Using a yardstick is just a bad idea, especially when it comes to measuring anything with precision. If you need to cut a piece of wood or measure a length of wall, you need a tape measure. They are cheap and can be found everywhere.

2. Screwdrivers

The best idea is to purchase an assortment of screwdrivers. You are going to need them in your daily life. Whether putting a toy together or changing a light switch, screwdrivers are important. However, you need the right size screwdriver, otherwise you will slip and that can ruin the screw. The only two types of screwdrivers you need are flat heads and Phillips.



3. Hammer

A hammer doesn’t need to be explained. They are used for a lot of projects. If you want to hang a new picture frame, you better have a hammer.

4. Utility Knives

These have one job, and that is to cut things. We don’t mean cutting paper. You may find you need to cut something rubber, like a toy to fetch a pencil stuck inside, linoleum, and cutting open boxes. They come in different sizes and are cheap.

Miter Saw

Miter Saw

5. Miter Saw

Now, this is getting more complicated, but there are tons of things you can do with a miter saw. If you desire to learn how to woodwork or want to build your own furniture, a miter saw is going to help. There are a few types, such as a single and dual bevel miter saw. Straight Kerfs has a nice explanation of the differences. Start with the basic if you are new to saws!

6. Allen Wrench Set

If you need to put together anything, you will need an Allen Wrench. Now, most projects will include them. However, it doesn’t mean that it’s the right size! If it isn’t included, you are set with a number of sizes.

Cordless Drill

Cordless Drill

7. Cordless Drill

Having a cordless drill gives you more freedom than a corded. A lot of projects require a drill. Sometimes, you may even need to screw certain things into your wall. Don’t forget drill bits and drivers because they are needed for any project.

8. Level

Unless you have magical eyes, you need to a level. Having one on hand can make it easier to avoid having to redo tasks.

Hand Saw

Hand Saw

9. Hand Saw

This is a basic tool that is nice to have one hand. They’re great for those simple tasks that don’t require bringing out the bigger guns. You can find them in multiple sizes. Purchase one or two for around the house.

10. Socket Wrench Set

If you want to tighten nuts and bolts, you are going to need a socket wrench set. A set will give you multiple sizes, so you can fit into different spaces and attach to different sized items.

11. Pliers

These are convenient to have on hand. They are useful for tightening or gripping things. You can cut cords with them as well. All you need is one or two for your tool box.