The 9 Best Skateboard Tools of 2021


Tired of searching for very specifically sized wrenches, screwdrivers, sockets, files and more just to put together your skateboard?  You may want to buy a skate tool.

A skate tool combines all these necessary parts into a multi-tool designed specifically to give you everything you need for your skateboard in one handy and convenient place.  They are a few aspects and functions that you should look for when comparing the different tools on the market today.


Skate Tool Features

Screwdriver Component

Phillips Head- Most commonly used in skateboard hardware, the most common screw head in all products.

Hex (Allen) Key Head- A few brands use Allen head screws for their hardware to differentiate themselves from the market and give skaters the option of a unique look.

Most skate tools on the market today will have each type of head on different sides of a mini screwdriver to allow assembly of both types of hardware.

Socket Component

When you put together a skateboard, there are a few standard socket sizes that you will need.

3/8″ Socket- For hardware nuts that attach the truck to the deck.

1/2″ Socket- For the truck wheel axle, to keep the wheels on the trucks.

9/16″ Socket- For truck Kingpins; tighten or loosen for easier turns or more stable riding.

Ratchet Component- Some more premium tools have a ratchet capability which makes tightening bolts much easier, especially if you are putting together new decks often.

Bearing Remover

When bearings stay packed inside the same wheels for a long period of time they tend to get stuck…. very stuck.  

Typically skater’s use the axle of their truck to pry the bearings out of the wheel, but this method isn’t recommended as it can lead to bent or damaged trucks.  Instead, a bearing remover is simply inserted into the wheel and turned slightly to pop the bearings loose.  

It’s truly much easier and can save you a lot of money in the long term from broken and bent trucks.

Truck Axle Rethreader

After repeatedly grinding against the pavement due to missed tricks and falls, the axles of your trucks will begin to wear down over time.  

If they wear down too much, you will have trouble removing and adding new wheels and in the worst case scenario, the axle nut and wheel may even come off while you are skating! As you can imagine this could be potentially very dangerous and can all be avoided if you regroove or rethread your truck axlesOpens in a new tab. regularly.  

Many higher end skate tools on the market today will have a rethreading head on the tool to make this process easier and more convenient.

Griptape File

When applying grip tapeOpens in a new tab. to a new deck you trace the edge of your gripped deck with a hard flat piece of metal to allow for neater and easier cutting.  

Many people will just use the edge of the knife they are using to cut the grip tape, however, this can be dangerous due to the close proximity of the blade.  

A few skate tools include a grip tape file in their arsenal and some companies are also making tools solely devoted to filing and applying grip tape.

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Size

Pocket Sized- Small enough to fit in your pocket, great to take with you to street skate spots or a day at the park just in case.  There’s nothing worse than a skate session being cut short due to losing a nut or bolt.

Full Size- These are the heavy-duty tools that usually have more advanced features like bearing removers or grip tape file.  Great tools to keep in your garage or room, usually too big to carry around unless you have a backpack.

 

Best Skateboard Tool Reviews


1.  RADECKAL All in One Skate Tool

 

RADECKAL All in One Skate Tool, T Tool, Y Tool for Skateboards, Longboards, Mini Skateboards, and Cruisers (Gun Barrel)Opens in a new tab.

 

 

 

Unlike the majority of plastic skate tools on the market, this Radeckal tool will not snap or break in any way under normal (“human”) usage.  In addition to it’s insane “toughness”, it’s useful for pretty much all skate hardware from wheels to trucks, longboards and skateboards and cruisers to mini skateboards! 

While we know this is a tough tool, I’ll go out on a limb and say (the obvious) that unless you lose this tool, it’ll be the last skate tool you’ll buy for the rest of your life!!!

Radeckal offers a hassle-free return/refund policy and they promise not to pummel you with questions!  Please remember that this Y-tool fits nicely into your pocket and gives you sockets for 3 different sizes – 3/8″, 1/2″ and 9/16″. 

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2.  Silver Ratchet Skateboard Tool  Silver Ratchet Skateboard Tool, SilverOpens in a new tab.

Very similar to the “T” style skate tool with the addition of a ratchet on the 3/8″ socket.  This allows you to assemble hardware much faster and easier due to removing the need to constantly readjust the socket.  

This tool is perfect for someone who goes through decks quickly and continually needs to be moving trucks from one deck to another.  It has an impressive rating of 4.7 out of 5.0 stars and comes in some fantastic colors like Gold Metallic, “Blackest”, Neon Orange, Neon Yellow and Spectrum Blue.

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3.  Pig Y-Shape Tri-Socket Re-Threader Skate Tool

 

Pig Tri-Socket / Threader Neon Blue Skate Tool by PIGOpens in a new tab.

This “Y” shaped tool is a slight variation on the popular “T” shaped that is more comfortable to hold and use for some people.

The cool thing about this tool is that it also includes an axle re-threader to extend the lifespan of trucks when the axle groves begin to get worn down from repeated contact with the pavement.  

Although not really a functional benefit, Pig added some pretty detailed artwork on this tool, so if you’re into that type of thing tool is one of the coolest looking in this list.

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4.  RADECKAL Compact Pocket Skate Tool

RADECKAL Compact Pocket Skate Tool- T Tool All in One Skate Tool for Skateboards, Longboards, Mini Skateboards, and Cruisers- Collapses to a Compact Size to Fit in Your Pocket (Black)Opens in a new tab.

This really is a “radical” tool!  We love this one for its small-ness (or ability to become less intrusive, to be precise).  It collapses to fit your pocket easily and it’s made to be super light as well.  

Of course it has the standard 3 sizes of socket ( 3/8”, 1/2” and 9/16” ) but it also has an Allen wrench head and a Phillips head screwdriver which are also helpful for lots of skate apparatus.  Like it’s cousin at #1 on our list, this little tool is all steel and should be the only tool you’ll need for life!

There’s a magnet that holds the Allen key, but if you’re on a long ride, you may want to add a rubber band or some other fastening option just in case!

You can use this on any type of board (longboard, cruiser, etc.) and you’ll get a hassle-free money-back guarantee too.  Users on Amazon are super complimentary of this tool, so that says something … or a it says A LOT!  You decide!

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5.  Alouette Skate Tool Set of 2, All-In-One Multifunctional portable T-tool & Y-tool Alouette Skate Tool Set of 2,All-in-One Multifunctional Portable T-Tool&Y-Tool for Skateboard (Orange)Opens in a new tab.

With 4 color choices to fit your preference, this skate tool comes with a high Amazon ranking of 4.7/5.0 stars.  It’s quite well-made for the price and while I keep using the term “it”, there are actually TWO tools.  You won’t be missing any important tools for any adjustment on any board!

It’s made of tough plastic and steel.  Unless you’re a crazy person with a Jekyl/Hyde personality that like to wail on your tools with a hammer, you should never experience breakage/cracking, etc. of any part of the tool(s).  In addition to all the other tools, they offer the ability to pop out bearings from the wheels too!

As with most good brands on the market, you’ll get an unconditional, no-hassle refund guarantee for any defective tool.

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6.  Merkapa Ratchet Skateboard T Tools All in One Tool

Merkapa Ratchet Skateboard T Tools All in One Tool (Black)Opens in a new tab.

In the Merkapa All-in-one, we find a very reasonably priced tool that Merkapa implies is the “most powerful skateboard tool on the market”.  It includes a 3/8″ socket with ratcheting capabilities and a 1/2″ socket for adding, removing or tightening your wheels. 

It conveniently includes a 9/16″ socket which you’ll need to adjust the trucks and a 1/8″ Allen wrench (and Philips/Allen attachment tool) along with a 5/16″ axle re-threader and bearing remover.  Not bad for a sub-$20 tool with a good name and a great Amazon rating!

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7.  Zeato All-in-One Skate Tool

Zeato All-in-One Skate Tools Multi-Function Portable Skateboard T Tool Accessory with T-Type Allen Key and L-Type Phillips Head Wrench Screwdriver - BlackOpens in a new tab.

With seven different colors and two different designs, this is one popular tool and it ranks on Amazon as a best seller!  It’s really inexpensive so our expectations are not sky-high, but it does the job! 

The package includes 3 different sizes of sockets(3/8″, 1/2″, 9/16″) and a slide-out Phillips head wrench screwdriver that fits into the top of the handle when not in use.  It also features a carry pouch.

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8.  Reflex Utili-Tool Skate Tool

Reflex Utili-Tool Skate Tool (Black/Black)Opens in a new tab.

Reflex Utili Tool is truly a tool that should be the last one you ever buy (fingers crossed!).  It features a combination of eight super important tools in one package.  It has an axle re-threader, 3/8”, 1/2”, & 9/16” sockets and a bearing press/remover. 

A detachable “T” piece is used to unscrew/screw bolts with a 1/8″ allen, 7/32 allen, and a Phillips screwdriver.

A tough ABS plastic jacket forms the main body of this tool.  While it is more expensive than other tools on our list, this is arguably the best in terms of build quality and customer satisfaction.

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9.  Skateboard Collective Universal Skate Tool

Skateboard Collective Universal Skate Tool, Skateboard Tune Up Kit, Includes: Keychain, Kingpin Wrench, Hardware Wrench, Bottle Opener, Axle Nut Wrench, Can Tool, Griptape Blade, Phillips ScrewdriverOpens in a new tab.

 

Here’s a tool that breaks the standard mold of “looks” for a skate tool.  It’s a keychain tune-up kit that allows you to do all the basic board maintenance of other tools and lets you open a bottle of “something special” when you’re working! 

It’s as tiny and thin as possible so it fits easily in your pocket, though I’d suggest a backpack with some water and a protein bar as well.

This low-profile keychain skate tool (and bottle opener) is the only one of its kind we found and it includes a Kingpin wrench, Axle Nut wrench and Hardware wrench.   It also includes a grip tape blade, Phillips screwdriver, can tool and bottle opener in addition to the keyring itself.

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bargain bonus! 

 

Mob Skateboard Griptape Tools

Mob Grip Tape File BLK/GRNOpens in a new tab.

The Mob Griptape Tool Set is one of the few tools made for applying and filing grip tape on the market today.  I don’t see this as absolutely necessary unless you are gripping many decks a day and own a skate shop.  That being said, it’s a pretty low-cost toolset that looks very clean and professional that you may want to buy to make your next grip tape cutting job go more smoothly.  We really like the file and sometimes Amazon only sells the file and roller separately.

 

 

bargain bonus! 

Bones Reds Skateboard Bearings 8-Pack

Bones Reds Bearings 8-Pack for [Skateboards, Longboards, Scooters, Spinners] (8-Pack W/Tool)Opens in a new tab.

 

Here’s one of the best deals (if you need both a tool and some new bearings that is!).  This Bones value-pack includes Bones bearings (size 608 – measuring 22mm x 7mm x 8mm) along with very precise spacers which are precision cut for tight tolerances.  

Included is a Stoked tool which likely goes for around $15 so you can see the value in this combo!  The tool has a 9/16″ (kingpin), 1/2″ (axle), and 3/8″ (hardware) Sockets, 1/8″ Allen and #2 Phillips Driver and made from hardened steel with a chrome finish.

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Pete

My name's Pete Stec and I'm one of the owners here at SportConsumer.com and Sport Consumer Family (YouTube). My family and I invite you to travel our journey of wellness for your kids and family through nutrition and exercise while we continue to provide the very best reviews on the sports gear you need for serious competition or for your leisure activity!

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