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Old 02-20-2012, 07:04 AM   #1
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What tools can't you live without??

I love finding excuses to buy new stuff. Of course the wife thinks they are "necessary" if I'm going to get this done...

Needle gun, used it a few times, have it for life, bench vise, needed it for a project, use it daily. I've collected all the wood working tools I'll ever need and have gotten the auto tools built up too.

Now, I know some guys have a ton of garage space and are professionals in their trades (bitterly jealous here of course, If i had a heated, concrete floor pole barn, my wife would buy me a cot and tell me have fun sleeping out their you love it so much) but the average 2 car garage guy has to maximize their space. I am debating on a bigger floor space item, either a parts washer or a tabletop sand blast cabinet.

list what you can't live without...even if its a small item...I had a straight air grinder and just finally got a angle air die grinder...that and some 3M ro-loc disks, I want to sand/prep EVERYTHING!! lol And I am wanting to justify some ratcheting box end wrenches, wish the wife would give me a project so I could "sell" it to her on how we "have" to have it.

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I think mine has finally wore out, this last go around at 100psi is wouldn't break some big bolts loose with out a fight...either that or the TJ is just one tough puppy!
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Shop vac, I've got a garage Hoover vac that's like a car wash vacuum, hangs on the wall and has a 25' hose, and a rechargeable hand held, I hate a messy shop!
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Old 02-20-2012, 08:45 AM   #8
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I aquired a pair of these Sargent pliers about 40 years ago, and I won't part with them.

SARGENT TOOLS from Rostra Tool

Extremely verisital. The side cutter is very strong, hardened blades and compound leverage go through a lot. Opposite side is flat and can be used for hammering.

They are expensive now, almost $50, but if you can find a set now grap them.
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Has anyone ever used this setup for the average user?

http://www.bernzomatic.com/PRODUCTS/...3/Default.aspx

I have used big oxy/propylene setups before, but way to big for the garage, wonder if this kind is worth the cash, or better off with the smaller, weld shop refillable setups
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Has anyone ever used this setup for the average user?

www.bernzomatic.com/PRODUCTS/KITS/TORCHKITS/tabid/215/ctl/Detail/mid/1147/xmid/6954/xmfid/3/Default.aspx

I have used big oxy/propylene setups before, but way to big for the garage, wonder if this kind is worth the cash, or better off with the smaller, weld shop refillable setups
For Soldier work they are fine, but for ANYTHING ELSE, forget it, except
for maybe a SMALL BRAZING job.

EDIT: I forgot, I've got a Box full of Tools I CAN'T live without!
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I didn't know those Sargent pliers (used to be called "Bernard" pliers) are still made. Good thing. I lucked into a dozen of them about 40years ago, still in cosmoline, and I'm down to my last pair, what with giving them to family and friends, and occasionally having them "migrate" out of my shop.

Absolutely indispensible tool, they come in different sizes. Only objection is that the cutter doesn't open very far.

Anothed indispensable tool is a set of "Nut Removers" -- think "EasyOuts" but female, for grabbing munged-up bolt-heads and nuts. Sears has nice ones: Sears: Online department store featuring appliances, tools, fitness equipment and more

You may not need them every day, but when you do, you'll NEED them.
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and occasionally having them "migrate" out of my shop
Heard a joke once...

A guy was looking at his co-workers toolbox and "why do you paint all your hand tools blaze orange?"

"that way I can spot my tools in a pile of mine and others, keeps them from getting 'stolen' and ending up in someone else's toolbox. "

They go about their way and about a month later he notices the guy he told the paint trick to had all his tools painted black. He asked him "I see you took my advice, but why did you pick black? I chose orange to be able to spot them easily."

The guy replies "best thing I found that covers orange"

Ba dum dum!
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Has anyone ever used this setup for the average user?

www.bernzomatic.com/PRODUCTS/KITS/TORCHKITS/tabid/215/ctl/Detail/mid/1147/xmid/6954/xmfid/3/Default.aspx

I have used big oxy/propylene setups before, but way to big for the garage, wonder if this kind is worth the cash, or better off with the smaller, weld shop refillable setups
We use a set like that at work for small curing/printing jobs and for surface prep. They do alright.. good if you're just trying to heat something up. Not great if something is really rusted/stuck or if you're trying to cut through something with heat.
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We use a set like that at work for small curing/printing jobs and for surface prep. They do alright.. good if you're just trying to heat something up. Not great if something is really rusted/stuck or if you're trying to cut through something with heat.
i use a straight home depot torch (MAPP gas) for working on bolts, didn't know if the oxy portion of this setup made it worthy of brazing or not.
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Thanx KJ-I used it on my right front ProComp alloy wheel, getting one of my "spline" lug nuts off and

Using a foil shield--no effects on the alloy -

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I need to come over and vac my jeep out haha.....


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I need to come over and vac my jeep out haha.....

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All of them,, the places we go, I can't think of a single tool in my bags that I would be without.., Take what you need and need what you take.,,,.. In my shop/garage/carriage house.? My 33 year old 3 ton floor jack.
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parts washer and sand blaster. i like the way you think. i'm beyond anal about putting things back like they are brand new. add a bench grinding wheel / wire wheel setup to that too. if a bolt come off of my jeep, its goes to the wire wheel. basically anything that has ever been removed has been in the parts washer. water hosed if too big or to get mud / gunk off. into the bead blaster or stripped with a grinder / wire wheel then repainted.

dad and grandpa were aircraft mechs, where everything had to be done just right. i guess i learned from them
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Any tool I’ve ever bought! Actually; a good torque wrench, arbor press, and a set of ¾” drive sockets w/breaker bar.
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