Small Engine Tools For Fixing Outdoor Power Equipment
Small engine tools are designed to diagnose and repair common issues with your outdoor power equipment. With the right small engine tools in your toolbox, you can fix mowers, chainsaws, generators, blowers and more like a pro.
The Small Engine Tools List
- Claw Pickup Tool: A tool with a claw-like end for retrieving small parts or objects from tight spaces.
- Compression Tester: A tool used to measure the compression pressure in the engine cylinder to assess engine health and performance.
- Oil Drain Pan: A container used to catch and collect fluids, such as oil or fuel, during engine maintenance or repair.
- Feeler Gauge: A thin strip of metal used to measure the gap between engine components, such as spark plug electrodes or valve clearances.
- Fuel Pressure Tester: A gauge used to measure the fuel pressure in the fuel system of small engines.
- Inline Spark Tester: Checks if an ignition system produces a spark by connecting it between the spark plug and ignition wire.
- Magnetic Parts Tray: A tray or dish with a magnetic base used to hold and organize small metal parts, screws, or nuts.
- Multimeter: A versatile tool used to measure electrical voltage, current, resistance, and continuity in small engines.
- Needle Nose Pliers: Long, thin pliers with pointed jaws used for gripping and maneuvering small parts or wires.
- Nitrile Gloves: Disposable gloves made of nitrile material, providing protection and preventing the transfer of oils or chemicals.
- Oil Filter Wrench: A specialized wrench designed to remove and install oil filters in small engines.
- Piston Ring Compressor: A tool used to compress piston rings when installing pistons into engine cylinders.
- Safety Glasses: Protective eyewear designed to shield the eyes from debris, sparks, and other hazards.
- Shop Towels: Absorbent and durable towels used for cleaning and wiping surfaces during small engine repair.
- Socket Set **: A set of sockets and ratchets used for turning bolts and nuts of different sizes.
- Spark Plug Wrench: A specialized wrench designed specifically for removing and installing spark plugs.
- Valve Spring Compressor: A tool used to compress valve springs for valve removal or installation.
- Wire Brush Set: A set of brushes with stiff wire bristles used for cleaning engine parts and removing rust or debris.
- Wrench Set: A set of wrenches, including combination wrenches, adjustable wrenches, and open-end wrenches, for turning nuts and bolts.
** Don’t have the right sockets? Try our socket conversion chart.
The list includes all of the tools I use to work on small engines regularly. If you plan to work on small engines, perhaps as part of your small engine side hustle, this list will have your bases covered.
There are other specialty tools for very specific tasks, or for added convenience, but you’ll need them very rarely, if at all.
Tip: When you put together your tool collection consider buying them as a complete kit to save money.