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  1. #1
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    Service Tec Tool List

    Hey guys.
    I wanted to bring this question up.
    The question is, What tools should be supplied by the Company and/or by the service tech?

    I recently started a new job doing service and maintenance with a Van. About a month later I was given a list of:
    A: Tools supplied by Company
    B: Tools supplied by Service Tech.
    I'm scratching my head thinking if this right or wrong because some of these tools they want me to buy are not exactly "hand tools". I will never use these tools outside of work. Well unless i do some blue-mooning, but you get my drift.

    This is the List they gave me:

    Service Tec Tool List
    Company Supplied Tools


    Ladders
    1. Six Foot
    2. Eight Foot
    3. Extension Ladder

    2-Wheel Dolly
    First Aid Kit
    Fire extinguisher
    Floor Broom
    Spade Shovel
    Yard Rake
    5-gallon Bucket
    Wet & Dry Vac
    2 Drop Cloths

    Extension Cords
    1. 25 foot
    2. 50 foot
    3. 100 foot
    4. Drop Light

    Refrigeration Tools
    1. Vacuum Gauge
    2. Vacuum Pump
    3. Megohmmeter
    4. Coil Cleaning Bottle
    5. Recovery machine

    Plumbing Tools
    1. Spare "B" Tank
    2. Nitrogen Tank with Regulator

    Service Tec Tool List
    Technician Supplied Tools


    Refrigeration Tools
    1. Refrigeration Scale
    2. Flare & Swage Kit
    3. Service Wrench
    4. Fin Comb
    5. Inspection Mirror
    6. R-410a Gauges
    7. R-22 Gauges
    8. Refrigeration Oil Pump

    Plumbing Tools
    1. Midget tubing cutters
    2. Tubing cutters up to 2 inch
    3. Tubing benders 1/4" - 3/8"
    4. Acetylene torch kit with tank and 3 tip sizes
    5. Spare Nitrogen Tank
    6. Pipe Wrenches
    a. 12 inch
    b. 18 inch
    c. 24 inch
    7. Hacksaw
    8. PVC Cutter

    Hand Tools
    1. Allen Hex wrenches
    2. Screw Driver set
    3. Complete Nut Driver set
    4. Combination box and open end wrenches
    5. Small socket wrench kit
    6. Adjustable wrenches
    7. Channel Locks
    8. Needle nose Pliers
    9. Locking Pliers
    10. Flat file
    11. Utility Knife
    12. Hammer
    13. Riveter
    14. Blower Wheel Puller
    15. Pulley Puller
    16. Torpedo Level
    17. Measuring tape
    18. 2 Flashlights (1 spare)
    19. Hole saw Kit
    20. Drill bit Set
    21. Drill nut driver
    22. Calking Gun

    Electrical Tools
    1. Linesman Pliers
    2. Wire Crimpers
    3. Diagonal Cutters
    4. Wire Strippers
    5. Wire Stapler
    6. Snake

    Sheet Metal Tools
    1. Crimpers
    2. Snips
    3. Hand Seamers
    4. P-35 Stapler

    Test Tools
    1. Leak Detector
    2. Electrical test meter
    3. Digital Thermometer
    4. Clamp on Amp meter
    5. Monometer

    Power Tools
    1. Cordless Drill
    2. Corded Drill 1/2"
    3. Saws all

    Now...
    Lets talk about a few of these.

    1. Leak Detector
    2. Acetylene torch kit with tank and 3 tip sizes
    3. Spare Nitrogen Tank
    4. Blower and Pulley pullers
    5. Calking Gun
    6. Refrigeration Scale
    7. Refrigeration Oil Pump

    Does anyone think these 7 tools a Tech should supply? They really seem like Company Supplied tools to me.

    Comments? suggestions?

  2. #2
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    I went over the list ....and I am in agreement with you based on my own experience, and others I know in the trade.

    On top of that, they shouldn't be trying to tell you what tools you have to buy, meaning they should just stick with telling you what they will provide and let you decide what else is needed.
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    The company I am with supplies 100% of what I use on the job.
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    I can tell you from MY experience that the leak det., pullers, scale, and pump were provided by the co. but every co's different.

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    Quote Originally Posted by nightranger121 View Post
    I can tell you from MY experience that the leak det., pullers, scale, and pump were provided by the co. but every co's different.
    What about the Torch Kit, Tank, and Tips?

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    Being a company owner I can tell you you're being set up.
    As soon as there is some job or procedure you couldn't do because of some tool you were supposed to have watch out. There is a chopping block close by.
    Being Union, plumbers really didn't need to supply many tools. Maybe a pencil. ruler maybe something else. A sheet metal worker had to supply a box of tools that maybe cost 2-3 hundred dollars. But what you are expected to supply so they can make a bunch of $$ is ridiculous.

    My advice... Go Union. Only because you're getting screwed.
    Auto mechanics supply their own tools at a huge costs but they are largely flat rate. It's to their benefit to have just what they will need to make the job kick a$$. I'll bet they aren't paying you flat rate.
    With all those tools you could be in business.
    Tracers work both ways.

  7. #7
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    That's just plain ridiculous, do they expect you to share all those tools with them, or maybe they can't afford them.

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    I supply a tool belt. Wrenches, screwdrivers, nut drivers, Allen set and a VOM meter. When something of mine breaks they replace it, with like or better. Anything else they can supply.

    I did work for one company that gave you a $600 tool allowance every year (1980 $’s) for extras, that you owned. Not a bad deal.

  9. #9
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    I won't be any help to you....I already own all of those tools and then some. Use them all the time...every tool on my truck is mine....if I leave the company that truck will be empty. (ladders are the exception...those belong to the company)
    I need a new signature.....

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    Now...
    Lets talk about a few of these.

    1. Leak Detector
    2. Acetylene torch kit with tank and 3 tip sizes
    3. Spare Nitrogen Tank
    4. Blower and Pulley pullers
    5. Calking Gun
    6. Refrigeration Scale
    7. Refrigeration Oil Pump

    Does anyone think these 7 tools a Tech should supply? They really seem like Company Supplied tools to me.
    The scale, Nitro and Acetylene tanks..............should probably be Co. supplied.

    The leak detector is kind of iffy............some will buy it, some won't. I think my Co. has a couple, but I've never seen them........I have my own.

    The rest of it, yes, unfortunately, in the real world you're going to have to bite the bullet and buy some tools.

    I own at least one of every tool on that list, as I would suspect the majority of people here do, I have doubles and triples of many of them.........I think the only tools they bought me were the Vac pump, ladders (I have a set of those too) and reclaimer.

    I'm not an owner, I'm a union service tech.

  11. #11
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    BASIC hand tools is what we are required to supply. Most of us have our own meters cause we dont like the ones that were being supplied. But if it breaks the company replaces it.
    Constantly choosing the lesser of two evils is still choosing evil.
    Jerry Garcia

  12. #12
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    There is no way in hell i would buy torches, a nitrogen tank, and a refrigeration oil pump. That would be a big red flag that this company is shady. Get the fack out of dodge. Ill bet they have techs buy this equipment and still charge the customer for the use of equipment that they didnt pay for, its suppose to be equally beneficial for the tech as it is for the company.
    I will take a bullet for my Veto LC tool bag!

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    Thanks for the input guys, I'm going to talk with my Service manager and discuss this further.
    I would def like to have some if not all of these tools for my personal use some day but, I don’t feel like buying all these for this company would benefit me in anyway except using a new tool (like most of you are saying).

    I will reply with his answer by Friday

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