Every trade requires proper tools to do it. A surgeon will need his scalpel, a painter his brush, carpenter will need his hammer, and the locksmith will need his tools. The only difference is that while some other trades need only a few tools, locksmiths use many different tools in their work and even have several variations of the same tools for different situations.
A locksmith can buy all of his tools at the hardware store or a store that specializes in this kind of equipment. At first, he will need only the basic tools, like: plug spinner, key extractors, torsion wrenches and pick guns, but if he intends to stay long in business and attract costumers with a little deeper pockets, he will have to upgrade his equipment to some of the more technologically complex tools.
As locks are becoming more complex each year, locksmiths have to use more sophisticated tools to deal with them. For instance, you can’t use a normal pick gun on an electric lock, you will need a better tool for that.
One of the essential tools for the modern-day locksmith is the key decoder. This tool allows him to decode the how deep are the cuts on the key, which is needed for re-keying and code cutting. He will also need pin tumbler locks, key extractors, various removal tools, lock and safe scopes and other tools.
Every locksmith should have a code book. These helpful books hold key guide numbers and other important information for a locksmith to make a key that can fit the particular lock.
Maybe an even better option for the locksmith is to get computerized codes, they are easier as they are both cheaper and don’t take as much space as code books.
Apart from tools, any locksmith should buy manuals and inform himself in the specialized magazines about the latest trends in his business.
Of course, locksmith will need a place where he can properly do his job. Although he does a lot of his work outside it, his workshop is essential for his job. There, he can re-key locks, pin them, make keys, or do anything else that is required of him. This workshop needs to be properly lit and it has to have a good power source as a lot of the machines that he works with use electricity to power them. It is also good to work in your home if you can, as this will save you a lot of money and it can be more comfortable to work in your own house (a garage or a basement are the most likely choices).
When you start with this business, you will need approximately around 500 dollars to buy the needed tools. However, if you wish to go further in your business you will need to invest more money and will probably have to spend several thousand dollars on various tools and other equipment.