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Old 02-07-11, 04:36 PM
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Favorite tool?

I was thinking as I was searching Lowes for some tinted epoxy (fail) and they have a new General Tools display. My favorite tool of all time was not there.


General Tools 5 in 1 Precision Screw Driver.

All my tools could disappear tomorrow and I would not care as long as I had my screwdriver.

What's yours?
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either a 1/2" flex head Craftsman rachet that was great for doing brake jobs or the Snap On 13mm 15mm offset box end wrench. The later was great for draining the fork oil out of the forks on my airhead.
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Based on usage, my Makita cordless screwdriver, thing is indestructable after 10 plus years of hard use. Second is my Estwing hammer inherted from my father in law. Just feels good in my hand. Everytime I use my portable compressor and brad nailer or stapler, I love it. Had to help a friend with some baseboard and molding recently and that thing made the job so much easier. And yes I love my tools.

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Based on usage, my Makita cordless screwdriver, thing is indestructable after 10 plus years of hard use. Second is my Estwing hammer inherted from my father in law. Just feels good in my hand. Everytime I use my portable compressor and brad nailer or stapler, I love it. Had to help a friend with some baseboard and molding recently and that thing made the job so much easier. And yes I love my tools.

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I like the little connector that lets you get at stuff from an angle with a screw driver.
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Like this?


I dislike ratcheting screwdrivers, though.
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No. Not that fancy. Just lets you do it at like a 45-60 degree angle.
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My favorite tool is probably my DeWalt cordless drill, but I have lots of tools that I like to use. My father owns a garage so I have lots of tools for working on cars. I also have lots of carpentry tools for home improvement. I have a table saw and a drill press and those are fun to use too. And not to mention a few bike tools.

I always have more tools on my wish list.
1) I was interested in knifemaking at one time and thought about getting one of the big belt sanders, but I don't really have a place to put it.
2) When we had a carpenter helping us with some home improvement projects, he had a DeWalt sliding compound miter saw. That is a REAL nice tool. I want one but they are expensive and I don't have any home projects coming up to justify buying it.
3) I don't have an air compressor but I could probably use a good one of those. Like the others though I don't have a good place to put one.
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the compound sliding miter saw is also a nice thing to have. Mine is a Delta, again, inherited from father in law. It is on folding base, so stores at the end of the bench agains the wall. You can see it just coming into the end of the pic on the right.

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I'm a simple guy who loves his hammer.
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Love my cane knife. Good for clearing decent sized tree limbs from along the backyard fence. I don't have a snow shovel and we had some ice last week. Used my cane knife to scrape and clean the ice from the front porch. I'm sure it would even protect me against zombies.

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Based on usage, my Makita cordless screwdriver, thing is indestructable after 10 plus years of hard use. Second is my Estwing hammer inherted from my father in law. Just feels good in my hand. Everytime I use my portable compressor and brad nailer or stapler, I love it. Had to help a friend with some baseboard and molding recently and that thing made the job so much easier. And yes I love my tools.

I refuse to shame you my friend.

Daily: DeWalt impact driver. No other tool delivers as much labor saved.
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Daily: DeWalt impact driver. No other tool delivers as much labor saved.
Same here... Between the 18v XRP Dewalt impact and the DeWalt Drill/Screw gun are top on my list for most circumstances.
for automotive.. my #1 tool I guess is the air compressor.. from airing up tires to using the air impact, hammer, plasma cutter without it life would be a lot harder.
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It's gotta be my Estwing hammer. I did manage to destroy a leather handled model once. I was building roof trusses for a lumber company, so we would tack the nail plates in place, and then loiter around while the press guy would press the plates into place. While we were waiting, we would see who could toss their hammer the highest and still catch it. It was a tall building so we could really whip them up there. After a summer of drops, the handle finally came apart. A blue handled model probably would have survived it.

My greatest regret is buying any tools at all. Without tools, there would be no honey-do list.
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set of speed wrenches i need to replace that were given to me by a teacher that i lost in a fire.

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My favorite is my Lincoln welder, but I don't use it much. Next would be my Pedros cable cutters, and my Park CT-3.
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I've tried numerous saws for thinning out bamboo stands. The search ended last year when I found this JA RazorSaw.
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A welder. . hmm. . interesting. I think I have a neighbor that fits in that camp-- it's like a dang-o obsession. Not even allowed to so much look at it.

I like the saws. My father in law used a dozuki for dovetailing and other trim work. I prefer to have a folding saw in my pack during overnight excursions.

Speaking of folding blades I'm surprised no knives yet. . I mean like a CQC7 or something. But I think for most it's not the brand or model of knife, just that one has one-- be it a $6 Gerber or a $200 Emerson.

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I prefer to have a folding saw in my pack during overnight excursions.
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I finally have a 3-foot pipe that I use as a breaker-bar.

Love it.

Have always needed it but was too scared to use a pipe on a rachet in fear of breaking the head of the rachet. I saw a friend break the head of a real breaker-bar and realized there is no difference except about $70 in replacement cost of the real breaker-bar vs. $11 for a new rachet.
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