Tool List

This list is in progress...

Please keep in mind the following rules of using this list.

Brands and links listed are just my (Bryan Orr’s) opinion and should be taken with a grain of salt.
They are based on my experience and the recommendations of people I trust.

I ALWAYS suggest buying locally or from TruTech tools rather than Amazon.
Links are provided so you can see the products and reviews and to use in a pinch.
I recommend Tru-Tech because they are great people who support the trade,
they are not a paid sponsor and I get affiliate money from them.
Use the coupon code “GETSCHOOLED” when buying from Trutech for a great price.

This list is incomplete and is tilted toward residential and light commercial service
although it does include some other categories.
If you have any suggested alterations or additions please email them to me at bryan@hvacrscool.com

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Tool Brand/Model Segment Importance (1-5) Link
Refrigerant Manifold Fieldpiece SMAN HVAC / Ref 4 https://www.trutechtools.com/Fieldpiece-SM380V-Digital-Manifold-3-Pack-Premium-60-Ball-Valve-Hoses
Evacuation Hose Kit BluVac Pro HVAC / Ref 4 https://www.trutechtools.com/Accutools-A10757-3-TruBlu-Professional-Evacuation-Kit
Core Depressor BluVac core depressor tool HVAC / Ref 4 https://www.trutechtools.com/Accutools-S10767-Shrader-Depressor-Tool-1-4x1-4
Primary Probes Kit Fieldpiece Wireless Probes Kit HVAC / Ref 5 https://www.trutechtools.com/JL3KH6
Refrigerant Hoses Imperial Ball Valve HVAC / Ref 4 https://www.trutechtools.com/Imperial955MRS
Screwdriver Set Klein All 5 http://amzn.to/2yKMVA6
Stubby 6-in-1 Klein All 3 http://amzn.to/2yKMVA6
Precision Screwdriver Klein 4-in-1 All 4 http://amzn.to/2AWOH74
Flexible Bit Extension Dewalt Right Angle All 2 http://amzn.to/2yKlB53
6-in-1 Screwdriver Klein Racheting All 4 http://amzn.to/2AYa4EW
Insulated Screwdriver Set Wiha Controls / Industrial 3 http://amzn.to/2AXRAVe
Pocket Thermometer PDT650 HVAC / Ref 4 https://www.trutechtools.com/PDT650
Tool Bag Veto All 3 https://www.trutechtools.com/vetopropac
Utility Knife Milwaukee fastback All 5 http://amzn.to/2yJAOD6
Wire Cutters Klein Blue diag All 5 http://amzn.to/2yKg7ak
Wire Stripers Klein Yellow 11045 All 5 http://amzn.to/2AYzqmt
Lineman Pliers Klein D2000-9NE All 3 http://amzn.to/2zh1TkS
Terminal Crimpers Titan 11477 All 4 http://amzn.to/2AXTk0I
Adjustable Wrench Set Craftsman 3pc All 4 http://amzn.to/2CIsU00
Allen Wrench Set Tekton All 3 http://amzn.to/2AVzenI
Pocket Level Irwin All 3 http://amzn.to/2zhLzQV
Digital Multimeter Testo 770-3 All 5 https://www.trutechtools.com/05907703
Nut Driver Set Klein Magnetic All 3 http://amzn.to/2zhRO70
Small Tubing Cutter Rigid 32975 HVAC / Ref 3 http://amzn.to/2yJjs9M
Medium Tubing Cutter Rigid 40617 HVAC / Ref 5 http://amzn.to/2BwnuaL
Large Tubing Cutter Rigid 31632 HVAC / Ref 3 http://amzn.to/2CJZ3Vc
XL Tubing Cutter Rigid Ref / Industrial 3 http://amzn.to/2yJpB5x
Needle Nose Pliers Klein D203-7 All 4 http://amzn.to/2j6hqLh
Channel Locks 2-pc Vjaw All 2 http://amzn.to/2BA1EmI
Flat File Nicholson All 3 http://amzn.to/2CFLiqu
Wrench Set (Metric & SAE) Gear Wrench All 3 http://amzn.to/2BkNAuU
Ratchet and Socket Set (Metric & SAE) Stanley All 4 http://amzn.to/2CGKP7o
Flashlight Maglight All 2 http://amzn.to/2CJDy6H
Head Lamp Zukvee All 2 http://amzn.to/2CGL6Hs
Broom Oxo All 2 http://amzn.to/2BvRaFc
Shop Vac Rigid 50318 All 3 http://amzn.to/2AYd9Vy
Wire Brush Generic All 2 http://amzn.to/2BllGiq
Soft Brush Generic All 1 http://amzn.to/2yJYpnl
Tooth Brush Generic All 2 http://amzn.to/2CCmqyT
Core removal tools (2 or 3) Appion MGAVCT HVAC / Refrig 3 https://www.trutechtools.com/mgavct
Drill / Driver Milwaukee M12 All 5 http://amzn.to/2CAGBNI
Hammer Drill Milwaukee M12 All 3 http://amzn.to/2CCykcd
Flaring Tool Pro-Fit 87001 HVAC / Refrig 4 https://www.trutechtools.com/RectorSeal-87001-PRO-Fit-Precision-Flaring-Kit
Swage Tool Hilmor Compact HVAC / Refrig 3 https://www.trutechtools.com/1839015
Tubing Bender Hilmor Compact HVAC / Refrig 3 https://www.trutechtools.com/1926598
Standard metal drill bit set Various All 5 http://amzn.to/2BnoRJP
Driver bit set Milwaukee Shockwave All 5 http://amzn.to/2BnB7d9
Large wood boring bit set Milwaukee Speed Feed Installation 3 http://amzn.to/2BnB7d9
Masonry Bit Set Irwin All 4 http://amzn.to/2COjOhs
Gloves for general materials Handling Grease Monkey All 4 http://amzn.to/2BRekG7
Gloves for Brazing / Welding Various All 5 http://amzn.to/2z4jcSK
Eye Protection Various All 5 http://amzn.to/2DfiWUo
Hacksaw Various All 3 http://amzn.to/2CM2auQ
Hammer Various All 3 http://amzn.to/2BnvlZ1
Assorted Punches / chisels Generic All 3 http://amzn.to/2B7xYdr
Scratch Awl Malco All 3 http://amzn.to/2Bne02u
Electronic Leak Detector (option 1) Bacharach H10-Pro HVAC / Ref 5 https://www.trutechtools.com/Bacharach-H10-Pro-Univ
2' Level Stanley All 4 http://amzn.to/2CLCdvr
Circular Saw Various Installation 3 http://amzn.to/2BQCSPo
Oscillating Tool Milwaukee All 2 http://amzn.to/2CMmmNo
Angle Grinder Various All 3 http://amzn.to/2CNHYbV
Reciprocating Saw Milwaukee 2420 Hackzall All 3 http://amzn.to/2BFARDe
Temperature Clamp Testo 115i All 5 https://www.trutechtools.com/Testo115i
Thermo-Hygrometer(s) x2 Testo 605i HVAC / BP 4 https://www.trutechtools.com/Testo605i
Step Bit / Unibit Generic All 4 http://amzn.to/2CMbLlF
Work Light Various All 3 http://amzn.to/2B8V1Er
50' (minimum) water hose Various All 5 http://amzn.to/2CLPVyH
Hose Nozzle Generic All 5 http://amzn.to/2CLPBQi
Pump Sprayer Generic All 5 http://amzn.to/2CJD2oM
50' of rope Generic Commercial / Industrial 5 http://amzn.to/2kQDbPJ
5 Gallon Bucket Generic All 4 If you don't know what a 5 gallon bucket looks like ...
Shovel Various All 3 http://amzn.to/2BQbb9o
Turbo Shears Malco Heavy Duty Sheet Metal 2 http://amzn.to/2BF5bhi
Oxy / Acet Torch Kit Uniweld HVAC / Ref 4 http://amzn.to/2BE6xbZ
Hearing Protection 3M All 5 http://amzn.to/2CHI4BR
Vise Grips Irwin All 4 http://amzn.to/2BBre8K
Refrigeration Wrench Various HVAC / Ref 5 https://www.trutechtools.com/Hilmor-Service-14-X-316-Sq-38-X-516-Sq-SWS-1839042_p_4703.html
Refrigeration Wrench Bit Various HVAC / Ref 4 http://amzn.to/2yZ7N6H
Pipe Wrenches (x2 18") Rigid Hydronics / Gas 5 http://amzn.to/2CFX4QK
Fish Tape Southwire All 2 http://amzn.to/2B0n20R
Fish Sticks Gardner / Bender All 1 http://amzn.to/2CFq3V0
Heat Gun Porter Cable All 4 http://amzn.to/2AZhUdr
Soldering Iron Dremel Soldering All 2 http://amzn.to/2CEbuRm
Manometer Testo 510i HVAC / Gas 5 https://www.trutechtools.com/Testo510i
Evacuation Hoses & Kit Appion / TruTech HVAC / Ref 4 https://www.trutechtools.com/RapidEvac
Evacuation Tree Yellow Jacket HVAC / Ref 2 http://amzn.to/2yZjNoB
Wire Tracer (tone generator) Extech All 2 http://amzn.to/2CFSkuq
Micron gauge Bluvac Pro Plus HVAC / Ref 4 https://www.trutechtools.com/BluvacProPlus
Static Pressure Probes / Hoses TruTech HVAC / Gas 4 https://www.trutechtools.com/SPTK
Megohmmeter Fluke 1503 Commercial / Industrial 1 http://amzn.to/2yZCxob
Refrigerant Scale UEI WRS110 HVAC / Ref 5 https://www.trutechtools.com/WRS110
1/4" tee for charging w/ Smart Probes Appion HVAC / Ref 2 https://www.trutechtools.com/CTEE14
Vane Anemometer Testo 410i HVAC / BP 3 https://www.trutechtools.com/Testo410i
Combustion Analyzer Testo 310 Gas 4 https://www.trutechtools.com/testo310
Nitrogen Regulator WE VN500 HVAC / Ref 5 http://amzn.to/2BAQfAO
Flow Regulator Diversitech DP-1 HVAC / Ref 5 https://www.trutechtools.com/DP-1
Ductless Cleaning Kit Speedclean Bit Kit HVAC 2 https://amzn.to/2Dhgj69
Vacuum Pump NAVAC NRP6Di HVAC / Ref 5 https://www.trutechtools.com/TEZ8
Recovery Machine Fieldpiece MR45 HVAC / Ref 5 https://www.trutechtools.com/Fieldpiece-MR45-Digital-Recovery-Machine
Flow Hood - Pro Testo 420 HVAC / BP 3 https://www.trutechtools.com/testo420
Flo Hood - Basic CPS Easy Hood HVAC / BP 3 https://www.trutechtools.com/EasyHood200
Micro-Manometer TSI AP800 HVAC / BP 1 https://www.trutechtools.com/AirPro-Micromanometer-AP800
Blower Door Retrotec US5102 BP 3 https://www.trutechtools.com/RetrotecUS5102DM32
Duct Tester Retrotec DM32 BP 1 https://www.trutechtools.com/DU342
Aviation Snips L & R Malco Sheet Metal 5 http://amzn.to/2BfZSIl
Right Angle Snips L&R Malco Sheet Metal 4 http://amzn.to/2ByY6i7
V Notcher Malco N2R Sheet Metal 3 http://amzn.to/2BBSrYL
Hand Seamers Malco Sheet Metal 5 http://amzn.to/2BAaVsz
Crimper Malco C5R Sheet Metal 5 http://amzn.to/2CHvum7
Dividers Malco Sheet Metal 4 http://amzn.to/2CI2878
Folding Bar Malco 24" Sheet Metal 4 http://amzn.to/2kMvI48
Tape Measure Various 25' - 30' All 5 http://amzn.to/2AZ6RRv
Thermal Imaging Camera - Basic Flir one Pro HVAC / Ref / BP 2 https://www.trutechtools.com/FLIR-One-Pro-for-iOS_p_5472.html
Refractometer Various Hydronics 3 http://amzn.to/2BfppkD
Marker(s) Sharpie All 4 http://amzn.to/2BzKu6A
Bulldog Snips Malco Sheet Metal 3 http://amzn.to/2yYONVQ
Pry Bars Generic / Assorted All 3 http://amzn.to/2D3DNtE
Hole Saw Kit Milwaukee All 3 http://amzn.to/2B1SZ98
Panduit Gun (Tensioning tool) Malco TY4G Duct Installation 3 http://amzn.to/2CHrstZ
Duct Knife Malco Duct Board Installation 4 http://amzn.to/2AZnIUv
1/2" Duct Board Kit Malco Duct Board Installation 5 http://amzn.to/2CFeFZ3
Schrader Pressure Gauge Generic Hydronics / Boilers 3 http://amzn.to/2Bz91sc
Bicycle Pump Generic Hydronics / Boilers 4 http://amzn.to/2yZuaJf
Pete's Plug Fittings Petersons Hydronics / Boilers 3 https://www.petersenproducts.com/310-Series-P-T-Plugs-and-Accessories-s/1954.html
Belt Tensioning Tool Browning 1302546 Commercial HVAC 3 http://amzn.to/2BeqGsh
Magnetic Rotation Indicator Grundfos Hydronics 3 http://amzn.to/2D4AnXw
Gasket Scraper Craftsman Hydronics / Boiler 3 http://amzn.to/2CFzN1s
Butane Lighter Generic Gas 4 http://amzn.to/2AYQfJI
Inspection Mirror Generic All 5 http://amzn.to/2BzSrsl
Borescope Wohler VE200 Gas 3 https://www.trutechtools.com/Wohler-VE-200-Video-Endoscope_p_5607.html
Caulk Gun Generic All 3 http://amzn.to/2CEiXjq
Refrigerant Manifold Testo 550 HVAC / Ref 5 https://www.trutechtools.com/550HilmorBall
Low Loss / Backup Manifold Testo Smart Probes HVAC / Ref 4 https://www.trutechtools.com/TestoRefrigerationSmartProbeSet
Refrigerant Hoses Imperial Ball Valve HVAC / Ref 4 https://www.trutechtools.com/Imperial955MRS
Pick Up Tool (Grabber) Generic All 1 http://amzn.to/2CFGh0v
Parts Tray Generic All 1 http://amzn.to/2D5a1ol
Pickup Tool (Magnetic) Generic All 1 http://amzn.to/2B1KDhM
Temp / Humidity Data Logger HOBO HVAC / BP 1 https://www.trutechtools.com/MX1101
Hydronic Pressure Gauge Dwyer Hydronic / Boiler 4 http://amzn.to/2B15fXv
MAP Gas Torch Various All 3 http://amzn.to/2BnZNm1
Hose Bib Key Generic All 2 http://amzn.to/2BnQ4vE
Locking cap Key No Vent Key HVAC 3 https://www.trutechtools.com/RectorSeal-86690-Novent-Starter-Pack-Universal-Caps
Ductless Adapter Various HVAC 3 http://amzn.to/2Bo8oVP
Temp Clamp / Probe Combo Cooper 4005I All 4 https://www.trutechtools.com/cooper4005I
K-type temp clamp for DMM (LARGE) Testo Commercial / Industrial 3 https://www.trutechtools.com/06024592
Electronic Leak Detector (Option 2) Testo 316-3 HVAC / Ref 5 https://www.trutechtools.com/Testo316-3
Combustible Gas Detector Testo Gas 4 https://www.trutechtools.com/06320316
CO Monitor Testo 317-3 Gas 5 https://www.trutechtools.com/testo317-3
Non-Contact Voltage Tester Testo 745 All 3 https://www.trutechtools.com/05907450
Sharp Material / Cutting Gloves Youngstown Glove All 5 http://amzn.to/2DfkkX6
Two Sided 5/16 - 1/4 Driver Bit Malco All 4 http://amzn.to/2BMFGxb
PVC Cutter Rigid All 5 http://amzn.to/2DfQemh
Tap and Die Kit Generic All 2 http://amzn.to/2DgsezA
ECM Motor Tester Genteq HVAC 3 http://amzn.to/2z9D5rM
Torque Screwdriver Various All 2 http://amzn.to/2DpuEfl
Torque Wrench Various All 3 http://amzn.to/2zbaAcY
Crowfoot Wrenches (for Torque) Gearwrench All 2 http://amzn.to/2Bt5Q8O
Adjustable Torque Wrench Hilmor 1963826 All 2 https://www.trutechtools.com/Hilmor1963826DigitalAdjustableTorqueWrench
Alligator Clip Test Leads Generic All 5 http://amzn.to/2DmKwPB
Meter Test Lead Kit (alligator, piercing) Fieldpiece All 4 https://www.trutechtools.com/ADK7
Basic Analog Manifold (For Training) Hilmor HVAC / Ref 4 https://www.trutechtools.com/Hilmor-2-Valve-Basic-Manifold-R410A-60-Hoses-2VB410H-1839114_p_4714.html
Solenoid Magnet CPS All 1 http://amzn.to/2Bg5kH9
Vacuum Pump Fieldpiece VP85 HVAC / Ref 5 https://www.trutechtools.com/Fieldpiece-VP85-RunQuick-Vacuum-Pump-8-CFM
Coil-Jet Speedclean HVAC 2 https://amzn.to/2VPZCpp
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