Field service is about repairing equipment. Depending on your particular expertise, the items in your toolkit might be vastly different from another tech’s. Over the years I have had exposure to quite a few different toolkit styles. For a long time the soft-sided briefcase style was popular, but now I have noticed that the hard case seems to be making a comeback. I have seen toolkits that are similar to laptop bags and my favorite is the backpack style toolkit.
Although the type of equipment that field service techs repair, I believe we all can agree that there is one indispensable tool — the magnetic screwdriver. Truly the workhorse of the toolkit, I can say that I use the mag screwdriver on just about every service call I do. This screwdriver comes in many shapes and sizes depending on what provides the best use for you.
My favorite for years has been the Wiha 6-in-1 1/4″ magnetic screwdriver. It can be found online and in regular tool stores. I have purchased mine through Tecra Tools for several years, and have always been happy with the service I receive from them. Price is reasonable — $16 to $19 depending on where you purchase it. At the bottom of this post are two links–one for Tecra Tools and the other for HMC Electronics.
For me, the benefits of the Wiha are is very strong magnet, the 6-in-1 magazine for bits and what Wiha calls the “power handle.” The magnet is strong enough to hold the bit on securely, help find the missing e-clips in the dark carpet, and cheat a reed switch. The red cap swivels, allowing you to “palm” and rotate the handle easily with one hand. I do not normally find myself in a situation where the 1Kv rating comes in handy, but I do like the idea that the shaft does have some insulation.
If you have a minute, snap a pic of that magnetic screwdriver and leave it in your comment. I will make a gallery with a directory of mag scrwdrivers if I get enough of a response.
“What is in your toolkit?”
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