Garage and Workshop Gear Guide

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The Garage and Workshop Gear Guide is a one-stop resource for garage gear know-how—one book that amateur and expert alike can go to for the facts, as well as a good helping of expert advice, on selecting tools without breaking the bank or wasting time.  The book also offers straightforward, honest advice about how to evaluate and select tools according to particular needs.  As entertaining as it is informative, Benford’s handbook imparts practical wisdom on safety and tool care, making and testing ...

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Overview

The Garage and Workshop Gear Guide is a one-stop resource for garage gear know-how—one book that amateur and expert alike can go to for the facts, as well as a good helping of expert advice, on selecting tools without breaking the bank or wasting time.  The book also offers straightforward, honest advice about how to evaluate and select tools according to particular needs.  As entertaining as it is informative, Benford’s handbook imparts practical wisdom on safety and tool care, making and testing tools, and assembling “tool kits” to perform various tasks such as restoration, motorcycle maintenance, body work fabrication, and mechanical repair.
The Guide covers everything from safety gear and the “caste system” of tool quality to fasteners and “the tools that love them,” such as screwdrivers, wrenches, and ratchets; clamps and vises; hammers, mallets, and “other persuaders”; cutting tools; electrical tools; air tools; measuring tools; welding equipment; lifts; workbenches and storage. 

This book is an essential resource for setting up an efficient, cost-effective, and enjoyable workspace for the amateur and professional mechanic or restorer. 

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Cycle Source, May 2007

“The book is packed full with useful information on hand tools, power tools, electric and pneumatic, lifts, tool chests, welding gear, gear storage, organization and most importantly ‘safety tips.’ Even with my previous conceptions, to me this was a book well worth reading. It is well-written in terms that are easy to understand and is very informative … So if you are shopping around for some brain food, I would highly recommend the Motorbooks Workshop ‘Garage and Workshop Gear Guide’ as a great source of information.”

 

Ironworks, March 2007

“You might say MBI owns the shelf when it comes to books that focus on outfitting the garage. Case in point: The Motorbooks Workshop title Garage and Workshop Gear Guide.”

Street Rodder, August 2007

“A comprehensive map of the tools and equipment we gearheads use on a day-to-day basis. Benford packed 190-plus pages with useful information about tools that newcomers haven’t discovered and veterans take for granted … It’s filled with great information and it makes a logical – and well-needed – transition to Richard Newton’s ‘Ultimate Garage Handbook’ and David Jacob’s ‘How to Design and Build Your Auto Workshop,’ also Motorbooks titles … If I can find one thing to criticize about ‘Gear Guide’ it’s that it reveals many of my secret weapons.”

 

CruZin Magazine, April 2007

“Benford writes in a breezy style that will appeal to many. This book should be considered a book that complements two other recent MBI titles: Ultimate Garages by Phil Berg and the Ultimate Garage Handbook by Richard Newton.” 

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780760323120
  • Publisher: Motorbooks
  • Publication date: 5/15/2006
  • Series: Motorbooks Workshop Series
  • Edition description: First
  • Pages: 192
  • Product dimensions: 8.10 (w) x 10.50 (h) x 0.40 (d)

Meet the Author

A freelance writer and editor for more than 30 years, Tom Benford has published in the New York Times, Wall Street Journal, and USA Today. He is also a frequent contributor to Vette, Corvette Fever, CorvetteMagazine.com, Corvette Enthusiast, Cars & Parts Corvette, and Cars & Parts magazine.  Benford is the author of Corvette Performance Projects 1968-1982 and The Street Rod, both from MBI Publishing Company, and co-author with Randy Leffingwell of Corvette: Five Decades of Sports Car Speed. 

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