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Favorite Hand Tool?

Discussion in 'The Garage' started by laketex, Oct 21, 2002.

  1. laketex

    laketex 3/4 ton status

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    With all the talk about tools going around, just thought I'd ask this one. For me, it's this little set. I think they're the most used items in my toolbox, just way too handy! What do you favor and why?

    Cool Tool
     
  2. TrcksR4ME

    TrcksR4ME 1/2 ton status

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    My favorite is my ratchet wrench set. I bought the Craftsman 100 piece(I think) all standard set a few years back, best $100 I spent and are well used.
     
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    I like my snap on Impact wrench IT kicks some major a$$.
    Got to love power tools.
    Colin
     
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    i have a leatherman tool, that is my favorate hand tool, i love that thing, and it has a knife, and a screw driver, and a file both wood and steel. its a great thing.

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  5. heavy4x4

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    Living in Wisconsin where they like to layer the roads with salt in the winter, my favorite (or should I say least favorite, but most used) hand tool has to be the BFH!
     
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    My most used tool is a short pattern Mac 9/16" combo wrench. Use it to adjust the manual brakes on my big rig.
     
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    I don't have a favorite tool but I worked in a grinding and finishing department and they went from grinding discs to this
    hand held pneumatic belt grinder. It was small and could get into really tight places where the disc couldn't. The belt was as thin as 1/4 inch. I grinded soft weld (I believe it was braze) down to smooth finish. And that grinder was the ticket. It really impressed me.
     
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    I think mine would have to be these:

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  9. fortcollinsram

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    I think my favorite hand tool is my Craftsman 3/8 and 1/2 rachet with snap-on universal joints (3/8 and 1/2) at the end of a 6-, 8-, or 10-inch extension...It used to be a pain to get to bellhousing bolts...this combo makes it a breeze...I also LOVE my Ingersoll-Rand Thunder Gun and my Matco 250-lb 1/2 torque wrench...
     
  10. Grim-Reaper

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    For work ( I run a Repair center for Cingular) I have two for installation work. For intallation it's my Booger hook (cotter pin extractor) it's great for tucking wires and poping trim. Favorite tool# 2 is my Right angle 9volt Makita.
    For the shop....Hmmmmmm I guess it's my MetCal Soldering iron. BEST DAMN SOLDERING IRON on the planet as far as I'm concerned and it better be for $700 plus $40-180 for the tips. The $180 end is for removing IC's and I don't do that so most of my tips are under $70.
    Home....Has to be my Ingersol Rand Impact. That booger make short work of big stuff.
     
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    So Grim, is "Booger" the word of the day? /forums/images/graemlins/rotfl.gifLOL /forums/images/graemlins/rotfl.gif /forums/images/graemlins/thumb.gifheheheh

    That is a tuff one to decide on, I think I like all my hand tools /forums/images/graemlins/grin.gif from my Torque wrench to my homemade wheelbearing race punch(long bolt with a ground tip for punding out bearing races /forums/images/graemlins/cool.gif)!!
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    Air powered recipricating saw. /forums/images/graemlins/thumb.gif
     
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    Snapon Ratcheting Screwdriver. /forums/images/graemlins/cool.gif

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  15. Boss

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    Hmmm, let's see...
    My breaker bar is nice (it's just a 1 1/4" boxed tube)
    Sawzall is really nice /forums/images/graemlins/smile.gif
    But can't do much without your standard set of wrenches and ratchet/sockets, so those are my fav...
     
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    ** insert tasteless "tool" joke here ** /forums/images/graemlins/laugh.gif
     
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    Definitely my butterfly wrench. That thing saves me a lot of time on the little stuff that usually take forever.
     
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    When you say hand tool I think "non-powered" in that class I'll second one that has already been mentioned: Snap-On ratcheting screwdriver. If you don't have a truck that stops near you, chase one down. There are two different styles "new" & "old" Play w/ both and decide the one you like best and buy that sucker. Your old screwdrivers will only be used to open paint cans or as drift pins once you use it.
    Since we are listing power tools as well I'll throw my vote on that one, too: my Porter-Cable 10 amp recip saw. It just plain cuts ANYTHING w/ the right blade.
     
  19. Depdog

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    Hmm. Today it would be my Plasma Cutter! I have not even used it yet.

    The Snap on Ratcheting screwdriver is also very awesome. Use mine almost every day.

    Depdog
     
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    Hmm. Today it would be my Plasma Cutter! I have not even used it yet.



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