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Posted: 10/7/2004 4:09:21 PM EST
I am touching up my tool kit and looking for ideas on neat and unusual tools you guys have found to be handy. I need to keep it a fairly compact kit, should fit into 3 portable boxes. Most work will be done on medium/heavy trucks, heavy equipment, and such.

My tools will usually not come out unless we run into a very difficult job that requires some difficult troubleshooting, something comes up that requires some detailed work, we are absolutley slammed, or I am the only one around, so kind of keep that in mind. I don't mind carrying specialized stuff.

I have what I think is a good selection based on my prior experiences, but I have learned the more ideas you get from others the more likely you are to cover the bases. That one small widget someone else can't live without may save me hours of work.

So shoot away....
Link Posted: 10/7/2004 4:10:57 PM EST
Cordless Impact Wrench

I have a Makita 9.6v model and it is fantastic. It will really change the way you work on ANYTHING with a nut, bolt, or screw.
Link Posted: 10/7/2004 4:11:46 PM EST
Dremel tool with a flexible shaft attachment.

Rotozip tool.
Link Posted: 10/7/2004 4:13:45 PM EST
[Last Edit: 10/7/2004 4:14:38 PM EST by Garand_Shooter]

Originally Posted By Cypher214:
Cordless Impact Wrench

I have a Makita 9.6v model and it is fantastic. It will really change the way you work on ANYTHING with a nut, bolt, or screw.



Dewalt makes one that I have been seriously looking at......

As does Snap-On........
Link Posted: 10/7/2004 4:14:15 PM EST

Originally Posted By NewbHunter:
Dremel tool with a flexible shaft attachment.

Rotozip tool.



Got em... cordless Dremel also
Link Posted: 10/7/2004 4:15:46 PM EST
[Last Edit: 10/7/2004 4:17:33 PM EST by Cypher214]

Originally Posted By Garand_Shooter:

Originally Posted By Cypher214:
Cordless Impact Wrench

I have a Makita 9.6v model and it is fantastic. It will really change the way you work on ANYTHING with a nut, bolt, or screw.



Dewalt makes one that I ahve been seriously looking at......

As does Snap-On........



Trust me, the Makita is a GOOD one. I worked for a truck accessory place for a while and the guys who had been there much longer than me had tried several different brands but stuck with the Makita due to it's quality and durability.

I will sell you mine if you are interested...

It is this model here: www.makita.com/Cordless_Item_View.asp?id=83
Link Posted: 10/7/2004 4:17:34 PM EST
Here's a list of my favorite specalized tools:

1. 10" Knipex Cobra Pliars. Craftsman Cobra pliars are one and the same. They beat the snot out of Channel Locks.

2. Fluke model 112 multimeter, if you need a meter. Tough, accurate, affordable for a pro tool.

3. A long handled, flex head 3/8" ratchet handle. How did I ever live without one before?

4. An extra 5 way or 10 way reversible screwdriver (to keep handy. Includes 2 flat, #1 and #2 phillips, 1/4" and 5/16" nut drivers.)

5. !!!!The winner!!!!! 8" Snap-on flank drive adjustable (Crecent type) wrench.
Link Posted: 10/7/2004 4:18:31 PM EST
[Last Edit: 10/7/2004 4:19:20 PM EST by NewbHunter]

Garand_Shooter

Got em... cordless Dremel also



Sweet!

Link Posted: 10/7/2004 4:35:59 PM EST

Originally Posted By Cypher214:

Originally Posted By Garand_Shooter:

Originally Posted By Cypher214:
Cordless Impact Wrench

I have a Makita 9.6v model and it is fantastic. It will really change the way you work on ANYTHING with a nut, bolt, or screw.



Dewalt makes one that I ahve been seriously looking at......

As does Snap-On........



Trust me, the Makita is a GOOD one. I worked for a truck accessory place for a while and the guys who had been there much longer than me had tried several different brands but stuck with the Makita due to it's quality and durability.

I will sell you mine if you are interested...

It is this model here: www.makita.com/Cordless_Item_View.asp?id=83




I'm looking for a little more power...

www.dewalt.com/us/products/tool_detail.asp?productID=6344
Link Posted: 10/7/2004 4:37:02 PM EST
Here are some cheap ones:

A 24" push button flexible thingie with the grabber claw on the other end
A 24" telescoping magnetic pickup
small dental mirror tool
adjustable automatic centerpunch
pocket maglite with the bore light/right angle attachment
adjustable strap wrench
set of ball-end hex wrenches
scissors
Link Posted: 10/7/2004 4:37:18 PM EST

Originally Posted By kindstranger:
Here's a list of my favorite specalized tools:

1. 10" Knipex Cobra Pliars. Craftsman Cobra pliars are one and the same. They beat the snot out of Channel Locks.

2. Fluke model 112 multimeter, if you need a meter. Tough, accurate, affordable for a pro tool.

3. A long handled, flex head 3/8" ratchet handle. How did I ever live without one before?

4. An extra 5 way or 10 way reversible screwdriver (to keep handy. Includes 2 flat, #1 and #2 phillips, 1/4" and 5/16" nut drivers.)

5. !!!!The winner!!!!! 8" Snap-on flank drive adjustable (Crecent type) wrench.



Got all those but the pliers... I will have to go check those out.
Link Posted: 10/7/2004 4:56:44 PM EST
...Waher plarz.
Link Posted: 10/7/2004 5:06:09 PM EST
A magnet on a flexable shaft to reach those little parts or sockets that always fall into the engine compartment.
Link Posted: 10/7/2004 5:18:29 PM EST

Originally Posted By TheRealSundance:
A magnet on a flexable shaft to reach those little parts or sockets that always fall into the engine compartment.



I don't know how I would have survived without one of those and one with the little fingers for non-mettalic parts.
Link Posted: 10/7/2004 5:19:36 PM EST
flexible cable hose clamp pliers



once you have used them,..................... well you know the rest
Link Posted: 10/7/2004 5:20:31 PM EST
Skewdriver
Link Posted: 10/7/2004 5:23:18 PM EST
This:

Link Posted: 10/7/2004 5:26:01 PM EST
led headlamp. i like the black diamond moonstone for mech and project work.
Link Posted: 10/7/2004 5:33:12 PM EST
[Last Edit: 10/7/2004 5:34:09 PM EST by cyanide]
A strap wrench

Link Posted: 10/7/2004 6:39:55 PM EST
I'm a wood guy. The essential wood tools are a Decent Jack plane such as a Stanley Bedrock Number 5 or a lie Neilsen Number 5, a good coarse rip saw, a crosscut saw ( a Japanese reversible can do both and are a pleasure to use) , a collection of chisels ranging from around 1/2 inch to 1.5 inches wide. A Veritas low-angle spokeshave, (adjustable toe allows you to deal with inside and outside curves) A decent two jaw bit-brace for drilling holes along with a variety of auger bits, A coping saw, a #2 phillips head screwdriver and a medium sized flathead driver, an 8 inch drawknife is a nice thing to have as well. A kent-style hatchet is also useful. With these tools you can build an awful lot of stuff.

Everyone survival minded should have a useful collection of muscle powered tools
Link Posted: 10/7/2004 6:44:27 PM EST
I'm not too concered with wood... will have a few carpenters along with us to handle that.
Link Posted: 10/7/2004 6:49:07 PM EST


Spline drive ratchets. Absolutely love having these ratchets. Matco's are called Profile plus, but another brand Gear Wrench, I believe makes an economy version. They are not the greatest, but on a budget it provides.
Link Posted: 10/7/2004 7:07:46 PM EST

Originally Posted By Garand_Shooter:
I am touching up my tool kit and looking for ideas on neat and unusual tools you guys have found to be handy. I need to keep it a fairly compact kit, should fit into 3 portable boxes. Most work will be done on medium/heavy trucks, heavy equipment, and such.

My tools will usually not come out unless we run into a very difficult job that requires some difficult troubleshooting, something comes up that requires some detailed work, we are absolutley slammed, or I am the only one around, so kind of keep that in mind. I don't mind carrying specialized stuff.

I have what I think is a good selection based on my prior experiences, but I have learned the more ideas you get from others the more likely you are to cover the bases. That one small widget someone else can't live without may save me hours of work.

So shoot away....



Logistics are the key. Not enough information here. What task are you typically trying to accomplish and what means of transport do you have? A generator, mig welder, plazma cutter, chainsaw, jaws of life could all come in handy for such an abstract question. So could a pair of vice grips, tin snips, 90degree die grinder, 5 HP compressor, .;........... tool porn.
Link Posted: 10/7/2004 7:16:43 PM EST
All the big stuff (welder, compressor, etc) are in place already. Talking mostly about hand tools.

Link Posted: 10/7/2004 7:40:18 PM EST
Some of the hand tools that I have had for a while which I couldn't live without:

Ratcheting screwdriver. If you get one, do yourself a favor and get the Snap-On - it is hands down the best on the market. Screwdriver

Ratcheting offset screwdriver for impossible to reach places. Also availible in straight and reverse offset

Electronic needle nose pliers. Excellent for small parts and limited access situations.

A set of Vise Grips (though you no doubt have these already).

Ball end Allen wrenches. Bondhus T handle ones are great.

Electronic screwdriver set. This set comes in handy so often I'd cry without it.


Do yourself a favor and don't buy Snap-On marked electric power tools. They are usually made by DeWalt, Porter-Cable, Ryobi, etc. and just have the Snap-On name with a higher price tag (kind of like Craftsman electric power tools). Look at Amazon.com for power tools because that place almost always has the lowest price with free shipping and no tax (again almost always).
Link Posted: 10/7/2004 7:51:50 PM EST

Originally Posted By cyanide:
A strap wrench

www.northerntool.com/images/product/images/152898_med.gif



+1

I also just got a cresent wrench with a vise grip type adjustment screw.... it seems to work well enough, I haven't used it that much.
Link Posted: 10/7/2004 8:28:58 PM EST
Board stretcher.
Link Posted: 10/7/2004 8:31:10 PM EST
[Last Edit: 10/7/2004 8:32:02 PM EST by ComputerGuy]
A good set of Torx sockets. And don't forget a quality pair (or two) of gloves.

Zip ties and duct tape as well.
Link Posted: 10/7/2004 8:40:32 PM EST
[Last Edit: 10/7/2004 8:41:04 PM EST by Bob243]
Some of the stuff I found very useful...

0 degree box wrench set ( very useful for removing flexplate bolts )
24" 3/8"drive extension
shorty wrench set
universal impact sockets (swivel sockets)
12pt sockets ( for doing u-joints )
+2 on the strap wrench
set of prybars ( 8" 12" 24" 36" )
DMM (digital multi meter)
crimpers and a good assortment of solderless terminals
Dead-Blow hammer
Link Posted: 10/7/2004 8:44:50 PM EST
[Last Edit: 10/7/2004 8:46:12 PM EST by JB69]
If you don't already have one, get yourself a Hazet (brand name) oil filter wrench....

Best damn thing I ever bought myself........

It's a three finger/jaw kind of design that squeezes down as you turn your ratchet handle

I've NEVER met an oil filter I couldn't get off with this thing, simply amazing tool..


Here's part of their webpage, but Snap-on guy usually sells them, or did when I was turning wrenches years ago..

www.hazet.de/eng/katalog/suche_3.asp?F=2172&H=100&U=1300

and a small pic....

It really can be a lifesaver... I wouldn't trade mine for ANY other type filter wrench, bar none.

Cost a few bucks, but well worth it, and german made, so HIGH quality tools.. They make really nice stuff

JB
Link Posted: 10/8/2004 1:45:52 AM EST

Originally Posted By Bob243:
Some of the stuff I found very useful...

0 degree box wrench set ( very useful for removing flexplate bolts )
24" 3/8"drive extension
shorty wrench set
universal impact sockets (swivel sockets)
12pt sockets ( for doing u-joints )
+2 on the strap wrench
set of prybars ( 8" 12" 24" 36" )
DMM (digital multi meter)
crimpers and a good assortment of solderless terminals
Dead-Blow hammer



I can't believe I left this off my list. Mine is constantly getting used.
Link Posted: 10/8/2004 6:15:18 AM EST

Originally Posted By A_G:
Some of the hand tools that I have had for a while which I couldn't live without:

Ratcheting screwdriver. If you get one, do yourself a favor and get the Snap-On - it is hands down the best on the market. Screwdriver



+1 a very good investment
Link Posted: 10/8/2004 6:21:24 AM EST

If you don't already have one, get yourself a Hazet (brand name) oil filter wrench....

Best damn thing I ever bought myself........

It's a three finger/jaw kind of design that squeezes down as you turn your ratchet handle

I've NEVER met an oil filter I couldn't get off with this thing, simply amazing tool..


Here's part of their webpage, but Snap-on guy usually sells them, or did when I was turning wrenches years ago..



That same wrench is available from Sear under the craftsman name. That's an excellent suggestion.
Link Posted: 10/8/2004 9:54:57 AM EST
Chapman, bits fit perfectly in gun screwheads
Link Posted: 10/8/2004 10:02:13 AM EST
I used the hell out of a pair of safety wire pliers, used for so many things I can't list them all. Most Snap-on, Mac, Matco guys have them. Also Aviation supply catelogs have them.
Link Posted: 10/8/2004 10:05:11 AM EST
Tannerite & Duct Tape
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