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Old 12-08-2005, 12:33 PM
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Ok, since I started the cordless tool thread, I find that it's only right that I start another thread dealing with your favorite tools. Plus since it's basically the offseason for most of you and with Christmas right around the corner, this thread is may prove valuable to shoppers. Anyway, I'll start.
Electric tools:
Cordless drill: TBA
Corded drill: El Cheapo (Black and Decker throwaway variety)
4-4.5" Angle grinder: Makita
9" grinder: Black and Decker Wildcat
Drill Press: Jet
Circular saw: Skil (the household name Skilsaw)
Screwgun: Skil
Woodworking: Craftsman
Riciprocating saw: Milwaukee
Rotor hammer: Bosch bulldog

Gas powered:
Anything Stihl...nothing else compares
Mower: John Deere
Push Mower: Craftsman
ATV: Arctic cat 500A

Pneumatic:
Ingersol-Rand

Hand Tools:
Proto
Channel Lock
Ridgid
Snap On
Stanley








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My favorite tools are my:

adjustable wrenches over various sizes
channel locks
vice grips
Klein 8 in 1 screwdriver

No cheap off brand tools in my box, with a very few exceptions that were purchased in a crunch, mostly all SK hand tools, with some KD & Craftsman stuff thrown in the mix.

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Mine would be hands down the dremel tool. Had mine for over ten years and need to replace it. It's losing it's torque. Anyway, I used this thing for almost every work I've done in my house, boat, lure making and rod building. Been hinting to my wife I would likeanother one for X-mas.
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Any of you guys ever try an air powered Dremel????? I picked one up about 2 years ago and love the darn thing. Higher RPM's than a Dremel so less need for torque, sounds cool as heck too..................
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Dewalt power tools
Craftsman hand tools
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I don't know if most of you would consider this a tool but I do. My favorite tool is my pressure washer. I don't know how I made it so long without one.
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I like my metric adjustable but they are hard to find.

Ditto on the pressure washer.
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Shag - 12/8/2005 1:03 PM

I like my metric adjustable but they are hard to find.

Ditto on the pressure washer.
Yeah, metric Crescent wrenches are really hard to find. The same goes for the cordless extension cord and the solar powered spotlight. I also want to know why people need a hot water heater...if the water's already hot why heat it?
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My air compressor is the #1 tool for me
My oxy/acetelene torch is next
my 18yr old 22oz estwing Everyone that sees this hammer says I need a new one but the handle wore down to fit my hand perfectly
I have all kinds of air driven tools nailerguns to rachets Die Grinders sanders polishers etc hard to pick a favorite
lastly 266 husky chainsaw it was given to me in 85 and it still runs like a scalded dog
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Lotsa' tools around the place, but my go-to has to be a pair of 11" Klein Lineman's Pliers. Can't do anything without them. If I'm doing any kind of work outside, I may have other tools at hand, but it's a sure bet that they're in my hip pocket.
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I have a hodge podge of tools these days,only because alot were lost,or not returned.
For me:

Snap on-great but $$$

S-k-have alot of these

Craftsmen-just can't be beat for the money.
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Favorite tool, eh....?

Hmm~ The one in Daddy'O's....nevermind.

My own personal favorite is the Leatherman all purpose tool that Daddy'O got me several years ago for Christmas. Take it everywhere. VERY handy (for us "handy" girls)~
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Lincoln portable welder
victor journeymen torch
hilti te72 roto hammer
4 lb hammer
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I am mechanic by trade so I am somewhat of a coniseur of tools....and of the $30,000.00+ that I have wrapped up in fancy bent metal my favorite tool is my SnapOn 1/2" drive rechargeable impact... It does almost anything my air impact does including taking off lugnuts, which makes changing a tire along the road a breeze...second is my 1/4" Mac air ratchet...quiet, light and tough as nails..
I walked off the truck this afternoon after spending a $150.00 and had 3 sockets and an extension....WTF...I'm in the wrong end of this game ....
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My Bosch jig saw is the best tool I have. Cuts anything.
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My absolutely favorite hand tool is a 60yr old wooden hand plane. It works so well that I have never felt the need to buy a power plane. I will let other people use it only after I have given them a lesson on proper use and care. No one can "borrow" it. People connot believe how well it works.
I have a mountain of tools, among which are 4 air compressors, obout 30 pneumatic tools to go with them. Three mechanics tool boxes, well equiped with a few Snap-on tools, a few Sk tools and a bunch of craftsman tools.
I am a home remodeler by trade so I have 2 other exceptional tools that I would like to mention. The first one is a Vaughn standard 20oz fiberglass handle, straight claw hammer. I have owmed many hammers over the years, including Estwing and Stanly, as well as other off brands that shouldn't even be in the business of macking them. I own 3 Estwing hammers that I loan out to helpers, a 20oz that rings like a bell (I always get comments about that when I get it back), A 22oz waffle head framer that has no balance, and a 16oz, curved claw, but I don't use it. The Vaughn is so superior.
As a remodeler I frequently do my own plumbing. The torch I use has a hose attached to it and uses standard propane bottles, complete with a belt hook. Absolutly great heat, very handy, great tool, just wish it had push-button start. I think it is made by Burnzo-matic (sp?). You would not be dissapointed in it. 2in copper is about its limit in the hands of a very good operator. Great for sheet metal body work, albeit a little slow.
I also swear by my aluminum Rigid pipe wrenches. Pricey though. All Rigide pipe wrenchs are great, but the aluminum ones are the bomb. Good to look out for at flea-markets though.
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Haifischjager - 12/8/2005 1:26 PM
Shag - 12/8/2005 1:03 PM I like my metric adjustable but they are hard to find. Ditto on the pressure washer.
Yeah, metric Crescent wrenches are really hard to find. The same goes for the cordless extension cord and the solar powered spotlight. I also want to know why people need a hot water heater...if the water's already hot why heat it?


You guys bust me up.



Many years ago I was working summer help for the local IBEW local, I had never been on a REAL job. Up until then it was cutting grass, washing cars, flippin burger part time stuff. So the first week I was there I was really putting out to impress who ever I was suppose to impress.

Well, as I have said it was summer, in South La. that means it's hotter than he!!'s half acre. I was teamed up with two journey man electricians and it had been explained rather harshly that I was to do whatever they needed me to do. They were running 2" conduit, threading and bending, hanging it and then thread and bend some more. The threader and bender was positioned in the wide open sun, not a spot of shade no where. As you can imagine, sweat was flying. One of the journey man looked up at me and told me the job sure would be easier if he had a spray can of COLD A. I. R. He mentioned that they keeped it in the tool room and he then told me that a good helper would have already went and got some COLD A. I. R. without him having to ask. So I'm off and running. Got to the tool room, and asked the older guy for a can of COLD A. I. R. He replied that he didn't have any but was suppose to receive a supply of it that afternoon, if however it was an emergency I could go over to the boilermakers tool room and borrow a can. He even told me that they would be reluctant to loan it to me, but I was to tell them, that he said it was alright and to let me have the can of COLD A. I. R. as a personnal favor to him.Quick as a flash I'm beatin' feet to theboilermakers trailer. Upon reaching there Iurgentlyrepeated my request. Thought it was kinda odd that the old guy there just looked at me with a smirk on his face. So at the top of my "I'm in a hurry voice", I repeated my request, by now several guys had gathered and Icouldn't figure out why in the he!! were these guys laughing so hard. It wasn't until they started rolling on the ground and slapping each other on the back, and repeating COLD A. I. R. that it hit me.

Every body on the whole job called me COLD A. I. R. for the rest of the summer.My fame was only surpassed later that summer when once again, I had my guarddown, andI was sent to find a bucket of ELBOW GREASE.Them guys sure could be hard on a new guy.



My very favorite tool, that I use allot. 4 1/2 DeWalt sidegrinder.
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Favorite tool...the one that brings the most satisfaction to me?


Easy....all of my sanding tools, manual and power. Nothing is more enjoyable than bringing out of the grain in wood.



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I must say I thoroughly enjoy my Bosch Compund Slide miter box. Awesome tool. I will say however that I hate snap on, i think it is complete crap and my garage is all mac . I think the snap on warranty in my area was terrible, telling me i misused a screwdrive just because it was melted, come on!
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I read where Ellen Degeneres is the new spokesperson for Snap On Tools. ;?

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