Upgrade your home workshop in style with these beauties from Park Tool

Upgrade your home workshop in style with these beauties from Park Tool

If you have a home workshop and you're anything like us, you're always on the look out for the next addition to your tool boards. Never ones to shy away from making a tool that looks great as well as getting the job done, Park Tool have more than a few things that keep us casting a covetous eye towards the Minnesota-based brands' catalogue (or website, showing our age there...). 

Here are a few of the things that would definitely be making their way into our workshop if we were given a free pass to order whatever we wanted. Get through this one without wanting to buy something, we dare you...

T-handle wrenches (THH-1 and THT-1)

Park Tool’s T-Handle wrenches are the bike tool equivalent of carbon wheels. You don’t need them, but that doesn’t mean you want them any less. Made from a combination of Chrome Vanadium and S-2 steels, they’re the physical proof that shiny equals better because as lovely as our standard Park Tool hex wrenches are, we just can’t take our eyes off these.

If you buy them as a set, you get 2, 2.5, 3, 4, 5, 6 and 8mm in the hex wrenches, and T6, T8, T10, T15, T20, T25, T30 and T40 in the torx set which, translated, means pretty much every size you’re ever likely to need for your standard jobs that come up. Better than that, the hex versions come with an integrated strip-gripper head, that helps you remove bolts that are no longer as hexagonal as they once were or – whisper it – possibly been the victim of some somewhat over-zealous handiwork.

Bleed kit (BKM-1)

Sure, you already have a bleed kit. But do you have a bleed kit as nice as this one? Unless you actually own the Park Tool BKM-1 our bet is on no. It might be expensive, but it’ll also likely be the last bleed kit you ever need to buy.

Coming in two varieties – for mineral oil and DOT Fluid – the BKM-1 comes with two syringes, a whole variety of bleed blocks, hoses with shut-off clips, and a fantastic syringe mount to keep things in place. It wont change the bleeding process, but it will make life easier. Perfect for the home mechanic who has (almost) everything.

Lockring tool (FR-5.2H)

It’s shiny, it’s beautiful and it makes it a whole lot harder to lose that little lockring tool. Plus it does away with the need for an additional wrench, slimming your tool collection down a bit if that’s your bag. Plus, the FR-5.2H has a replaceable head, so it’s a tool that’ll last just as long as you want it to.

Quick Change bit driver set (QTH-1)

Equipped with 8 of the most common bits you’ll use on a bit, the quick change bit driver set is a really nice little piece of kit that’s comfortable to use in the hand thanks to a wonderfully-shaped handle. No more dropping hex and torq keys on the floor as this takes all those attachments and keeps them in a little holder that’s also magnetic, meaning you can attach it your workstand.

The quick change handle makes swapping between different bits nice and easy, and to top it all off, it looks great, too.

Overhaul mat (OM-2)

If you’re the sort of person who’s always putting things down on work surfaces and then spending way too long to find them again, the OM-2 overhaul mat gives you a handy, tacky, textured, bright blue area of the worktop that should mean those things never go missing again.

With raised trays to keep small parts safe and a large area for tools or parts if you lose stuff while using one of these, that’s on you.

Portable Workbench (PB-1)

Yeah, it’s not new, but the portable workbench is the perfect solution for any wannabe home mechanics that don’t have their own bench/garage for the bench to live/garage at all. The PB-1 folds down flat, provides plenty of space for tool and even has a bunch of handy recesses/holes for you to arrange your workspace just how you want it.

As much as most of us dream about having a shop-standard work place in our own homes, the vast majority of us don’t have the time or money to make that reality so something like the PB-1 is a perfect compromise. Oh, and you can easily set it up on your patio when the sun’s shining for a bike of alfresco bike mechanicary (definitely a word).