6. GSC International 4-2061
Made by a family-owned company that designs science education products, the GSC International 4-2061 (appx. $23) gives students a hands-on experience while learning principles of physics. It weighs a mere 5 ounces, and provides readings in two units of measurement.
- Easy-release valve
- Can make a squeaking sound
- Not suitable for heavy-duty use
5. Performance Tool W87030
Using the Performance Tool W87030 (about $30) requires little effort, which helps turn brake bleeding into a simple, one-person job. It can draw and hold up to 25 inches of mercury, so it’s great for use in fixing a windshield, testing ignition timing, and more.
- Includes hoses and other accessories
- Backed by a lifetime warranty
- Doesn’t come with a storage box
4. PMD Products Hand Held
Whether you’re making repairs or testing for leaks, the PMD Products Hand Held (appx. $19) is up to the task, with its durable, anodized aluminum cylinder head and thick, metal handles. It’s equipped with an easy-to-read gauge that’s enclosed in a protective rubber boot.
- Doubles as a pressure pump
- Soft but sturdy pliers-like grips
- Won’t break the bank
3. 8MileLake Kit
The 8MileLake Kit (about $18) is built for the long haul, sporting several components made from tough alloy steel. It works with all vehicle makes and models, and comes in a bright red, blow-molded case with compartments for all the included accessories.
- Comes with a variety of adapters
- Simple design for ease of use
- An affordable choice
2. Mityvac MV8255 Selectline
In addition to producing a vacuum, the versatile Mityvac MV8255 Selectline (appx. $48) can also function as a pressure pump when you switch modes using the rotating knob on the side. It’s a breeze to operate, thanks to its ergonomic, contoured body and conveniently light weight.
- Made out of strong pvc
- Replacement parts readily available
- From an industry leader
1. Mityvac Silverline Elite
The Mityvac Silverline Elite (about $65) boasts sturdy metal handles that help make quick work of jobs like tune-ups and engine diagnostics. It offers a simple-to-read gauge that measures in both inches and centimeters, and its swivel feature proves useful in tight spaces.
- Includes a durable carrying case
- Designed and tested in the usa
- Comprehensive owner’s manual