Learn how to obtain Mechanical Parts and what they can be used for
Nuts, bolts, screws, drivers, belts, pistons, and countless other small but vital components are all gathered together under the umbrella of Mechanical Parts in 7 Days to Die. These might seem like nothing more than spare parts at first. Still, when reaching later stages in the game, players will quickly realize just how necessary all these little parts are for crafting advanced equipment, traps, vehicles, and anything remotely mechanical.
This guide will teach you everything you need about salvaging and scavenging Mechanical Parts in 7D2D and how they can be used best.
How to get Mechanical Parts in 7 Days to Die
Though not exactly rare, Mechanical Parts can be difficult to source if you aren’t sure where to look or don’t have access to salvaging tools. Here are the best ways to go about gathering these components:
Once you have access to a Wrench, Ratchet, or Impact Driver, salvaging Mechanical Parts is definitely the fastest and most straightforward way to gather them. Using one of these tools, players can break down rusted vehicles, appliances, industrial machinery, and anything else with moving parts to carefully extract the components without smashing them into scrap metal.
Mechanical Parts can also occasionally be scavenged from parts containers, vehicles, and other devices such as destroyed workstations. Though not nearly as fast or reliable as salvaging, this method can save you money if you need mechanical parts before you have a salvaging tool.
Some traders will carry Mechanical Parts in their inventory for sale. This is typically the most costly method of collecting these components, but it can be much faster than trying to search for them if you lack salvaging tools.
Tips for farming Mechanical Parts
The fact is that if you want mechanical parts, it’s best to salvage them yourself. If you’re looking to gather up a bunch of these components in a relatively short amount of time, however, there are a few tricks that can make your life easier.
1. Salvaging Perks
Planning a major salvage run? It might be worthwhile to invest in the Salvage Operations perk. Depending on how many points you have in this perk, it flatly increases the amount of resources harvested using salvage tools, increases your salvaging speed, and even reduces the stamina cost of using salvage tools.
2. Search the Streets
The open roads of Navezgane are often littered with wrecks and abandoned, rusted cars. Salvaging these vehicles clears the road up for easier travel and is also a great way to gather up lots of Mechanical Parts quickly.
3. Factories and Construction Sites
Whether you’re looking to salvage or scavenge for Mechanical Parts, factories, and construction sites are your best bet. Not only do these locations have a high concentration of parts containers, such as destroyed workstations and toolboxes, but they often contain lots of valuable machinery that can be disassembled for a hefty profit of Mechanical Parts.
Using Mechanical Parts in 7 Days to Die
There are about 10 full pages of recipes that all require mechanical parts to craft. Obviously, we can’t cover them all here, but we can point out some of the major categories of items that require mechanical parts to assemble.
1. Weapons and Tools
A few weapons, such as the Iron Knuckles, require mechanical parts to craft. Though these weapons aren’t great in number, you’ll need quite a few parts if you want to construct more advanced versions. Additionally, tools (namely Salvage Tools) require these same materials to craft.
2. Vehicle Parts
Every vehicle in the game utilizes mechanical parts in its construction in some way. From Bicycles to Gyrocopters, these machines have way too many moving parts to not require mechanical components in the crafting of their constituent pieces.
Certain explosive devices, such as Grenades and Contact Grenades, require mechanical parts for use as triggers. These explosives are a vital part of certain Perception builds and are extremely useful for clearing out crowds of zombies.
Several modifications for weapons, guns, armor, vehicles, and even workstations all require some amount of mechanical parts to craft. These mods can completely change or greatly improve the function of your gear, so being able to craft your own is a huge boon.
Some of the most important workstations in the game, such as the Workbench and Cement Mixer, are crafted using these components. Workstations like these are necessary for advancing to later stages of the game and crafting advanced equipment.
Final thoughts on Mechanical Parts
It’s easy to overlook the value of screws, washers, and other small parts until the apocalypse hits, and it becomes impossible to manufacture more. Sometimes, you have to make do with whatever you can find, which is why The Fun Pimps gathered all these little components into one valuable material.