Every skateboarder knows that having a good skateboard is important. Many will invest considerable sums of money towards a better board, and that’s nothing surprising. What is surprising, though, is that a lot of people don’t really care about the maintenance of their skateboard.
We’re talking about some simple things, such as adjusting wheels, bearings and screws. Doing these simple tasks can help you improve your ride, and you will ensure that your skateboard will last you longer.
For doing basic maintenance on your skateboard, you can use a variety of tools that you may or may not already have at your disposal, such as a wrench or a screwdriver. But if you don’t have these, or you simply don’t want to always carry them with you every time you skate, there is an alternative.
Namely, there are special skateboard tools that combine several useful tools in one, and they are pretty compact in size.
If you’re wondering just which exact skateboard tool you should buy, we’ve compiled a list of 12 best skate tools, which will make maintaining your skateboard a lot easier. There’s something for everyone, at various prices, so you’re bound to find something you like.
So, without any further ado, let’s take a look at these 12 best skate tools and how they can help you.
The first item on our list comes from Bona, and it’s a T-shaped skateboard tool equipped with a ratchet that can be used for most skateboards. Namely, it features a 3/8″ socket with ratchet capabilities, which is just one of 10 essential skate tools that you get here. Bona themselves claim that this is the only skate tool you will ever need – a pretty bold claim, but when you see all the things that are included, you’ll understand why that’s not far from truth.
For starters, we have a 9/16″ socket for tightening or loosening the trucks, followed by a 1/2″ socket for adding, removing or securing the wheel. Next, we have the previously mentioned 3/8″ socket, as well as two Allen wrenches (7/32″ and 1/8″). And that’s not all – this tool features a Phillips head screwdriver, a bearing press/remover and a 5/16″ axle rethreader. And all that in a compact size of 5.5 x 4.2 x 1.4 inches, so you can always take it with you wherever you go.
This multi-function skate tool works with all types of the skateboards, long boards, and penny boards. It works great for changing wheels and cleaning your wheel bearings.
This skateboard tool is partially made of industrial plastic, while the rest is made of sturdy and durable metal. It won’t exactly win any desgin awards, but it’s certainly functional. The tool itself measures 4.3 x 3.9 inches, so you can easily carry it with you. Zeato also features a video on their product listing teaching you exactly how to use their product, check it out here!
Here’s another set of skateboard tools, but this time, you get two different tools – a T-shaped and a Y-shaped tool. The Alouette Skate Tool Set is available in six different colors, including black, orange, red, yellow, green, and blue. Both tools are made of extremely strong and durable steel, combined with plastic, so they should last you a long time.
The set includes pretty much everything you need for repairing or tightening skateboards, together with a screwdriver. Aside from skateboards, you can use it for maintaining longboards, as well as scooters, so it’s pretty versatile. And you won’t have to worry about carrying extra weight, since each of the tools in the set weighs only 0.2 pounds.
If you’re worried about the durability of skateboard tools because of plastic parts, then an all-steel tool is the perfect option for you. Such as the Bamboo Skateboards Y-Tool, which doesn’t have any plastic parts whatsoever, so it will definitely last you a long time. You can use it for all standard boards, as well as longboards, short boards, and mounting hardware.
So, what do you get here exactly? Well, we have three sockets, one on each end, and they are 3/8, 1/2 and 5/8 inches in size, which should be enough for most standard types of skateboards. Additionally, you get a screwdriver which has a side lock that prevents it from falling out, a nice little feature to have. Overall, this is a great option for those looking for something sturdier, and who don’t want to deal with plastic parts that may not be as reliable in the long run.
Here’s a pretty cool skateboard tool from Braille Skateboarding, which was created by professional skateboarder Aaron Kyro. This easy to use tool combines 5 tools in one, and it comes with a lifetime warranty, which tells you a lot about the quality. For those who need a little help, Braille Skateboard has created videos on their YouTube channel, where Aaron Kyro himself talks about the tool, and shows how to use it.
The 5 tools that are included here are a 1/2 inch socket for wheels, a 9/16 inch socket for trucks, a 3/8 inch socket for hardware, an allen head wrench, and finally, a Phillips head wrench. This is all featured in a sturdy plastic construction, with pretty compact dimensions (4.25 x 1 x 4 inches), as you would expect from a skateboard tool, weighing at 0.25 pounds.
A skateboard tool doesn’t necessarily have to be either T-shaped of Y-shaped. There are other forms as well, including this pocket skate tool by Sk8ology, which takes a flatter approach. And plus, it has a very handy clip so that you can attach it to a belt loop or a bag, and in this way, you will never lose it. Believe it or not, it even has a bottle opener! Now, that’s something you don’t see a lot with skateboard tools.
With its 3 wrenches and a built-in screwdriver, this is a great tool for skateboards, longboards, and even penny cruiser boards. It comes in four different color combinations for the tool itself and the textured overmold, starting with an all-black version. There’s also a silver/black combo, and for those who want a bit of color, you also get a blue/silver and a red/black model.
Here’s another Y-shaped tool for those who are not very keen on plastic. We’re talking about the Radeckal all in one skate tool, which comes in a choice of 4 different metal finishes, including brass, silver, gold barrel, and even gold, which looks particularly interesting. These are all high-quality materials that will not break, so if you’re looking for very something very sturdy, then this is the way to go.
Aside from skateboards, this tool can also be used for longboards, cruisers, as well as mini skateboards. You get a choice of 3 sockets (3/8”, 1/2” and 9/16”), and of course, there’s a screwdriver included. The Radeckal all in one skate tool was designed to last
longer than any other similar tools on the market, so it’s not surprising that the company provides a generous hassle free money back guarantee, which indicates the level of confidence they have in this product.
With a name like ‘Spitfire’, you’re probably expecting something really cool-looking. However, the Spitfire T3 skateboard tool is a pretty ordinary-looking tool, aside from the Spitfire logo. But that doesn’t mean it’s not worth considering! This all-in-one skate tool is very capable for all fixes and adjustments, and it’s made of high-quality materials that will certainly withstand the test of time.
For starters, we have a 3/8 inch axle nut socket, followed by a 1/2 inch king pin nut socket. Furthermore, you’ll find a 9/16 inch truck mounting nut socket, and there is a screwdriver included, with both Phillips and Allen heads. Thanks to its light weight and compact dimensions, you’ll be able to carry this tool with you wherever you go.
The ‘premium’ in the name of this tool refers to the quality craftsmanship that was used to make it, but we can also say that it implies the price as well. It’s still a fairly inexpensive tool, but compared to some other models, this one is going to cost you a bit extra. So, what do you get for that money?
Well, for starters, we have the 3/8 inch socket, which has exclusive ratchet capabilities, followed by 9/8 inch socket, used for tightening or loosening the trucks. There’s another socket as well (1/2 inch), and this one is used for adding, removing, and securing the wheels on the skateboard. Additionally, you get a removable, reversible Phillips and allen head screwdriver, which is always good to have.
This all-in-one tool will fit all of your skateboard and longboard needs. It’s an inexpensive skateboard tool that has all the basics you need for to tightening up or repairing a skateboard. And that’s pretty much all you need if you’re not an advanced skater. It includes 3/8″, 1/2″, and 9/16″ sockets. It has a side lock feature that prevents screwdriver from Falling.
Since it fits perfectly in your pocket you can take this tool with you when you go riding, in case you have to tighten or loosen your trucks or change out your bearings, you never know what can happen when you ride for hours.
The PowerDyne Y3 Skate Tool features three tools in one!
This multipurpose skate tool is designed for skateboards or roller skates. It has a 1/2” socket that is perfect for adjusting standard axle nuts. It also has a 9/16” socket for kingpin locknuts, and finally a 15/16” open wrench for tightening or loosening toe stop locknuts.
The Y3 is a great tool for most plates, and one of, if not the best tools for roller skate plates that use a washer and nut system for toe stops (most nylon plates and PowerDyne Thrust plates).
The PowerDyne Y3 Skate Tool has a design that allows for versatile functionality, while still fitting in your pocket. The ergonomic design provides great grip and torque for any project.
The last item on our list comes from Reflex – the Reflex Utilitool Skateboard Tool, in fact, is the only multi-tool that has an axle threader, which is a very convenient thing to have. This tool actually combines 8 essential skate tools in one, so you probably won’t need anything else besides it. This will be enough to do all the maintenance on your skateboard, and all that in a compact size.
Design-wise, this tool won’t particularly stand out, which might be a good thing if you’re not looking for anything flashy. It does the job, and it does that with its quality, sturdy construction, which means this tool should last you a long time.
We hope that we have made your decision easier on which skateboard tool to get. As you could see, there are all kinds of designs and constructions available, and they’re often pretty inexpensive.
The latter is one reason more why you should invest in a skateboard tool, if you haven’t already. With a good skateboard tool, you will always be prepared for some quick repairs or adjustments, and who knows, you might be inspired to do some more advanced adjustment to your skateboard in the future.