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Old 10-25-2010, 11:26 PM   #1
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Power tools or Hand tools?

Ok well I got to thinking the other day when I was workin on my truck at my grandparents house and my Grandpa asked me why don't I use a power tool for what I was doing. I told him I'm just not a big fan of power tools. I have only met one other person that is like me and prefers hand tools over power tools. Now before I finish I COMPLETELY understand that there is always an easier way to do something. Just an example I would rather use a socket and ratchet over an air ratchet. Why? I have no clue but I feel like I accomplished something rather than letting a power tool do it for me. So the main thing I'm lookin for here is how many of y'all like hand tools over power tools or visa versa?

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Old 10-25-2010, 11:29 PM   #2
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Why make life hard? Power tools all the way. Now that I have a cordless impact wrench it takes half the time to rotate my tires.

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Old 10-25-2010, 11:52 PM   #3
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I like the best of both worlds. For most of the work I do on my rigs I use hand tools, IF it'll take 30 min or less. If It's going to be an >=hour, I'll use power tools for the "heavy stuff" and hand tools where I can.

i.e. changing the struts on my old Jetta
Power- Wheels, bottom of struts
Hand- Top of struts and all interior nuts/bolts/screws

I guess I could say that if the job is "brute-ish" (rotating tires) I'll go for the air tools, but if ANY amount of precision/control are needed, I'll reach for my ratchet.
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Old 10-26-2010, 12:20 AM   #4
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If I can reach it with a power tool, I let Mr. Dewalt do all the work. Squeeze a trigger and that's all she wrote.
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Old 10-26-2010, 12:30 AM   #5
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I'm all hand tools simply because I don't have a good 1/2" ratchet set... but a beautiful brand new Dewalt impact wrench.
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Old 10-26-2010, 12:41 AM   #6
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I'm all hand tools simply because I don't have a good 1/2" ratchet set... but a beautiful brand new Dewalt impact wrench.
My first set of powertools were Ryobi. Did not know what I was missing until I got Dewalt.
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Old 10-26-2010, 01:12 AM   #7
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I use them both very regularly. It really all depends on what I am doing.

I have been known to take a motor out of a few vehicles in under a hour. Along with some trans in under a hour.
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Old 10-26-2010, 06:52 AM   #8
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as you get older, you will find that power tool's have their place. lug nutz . rusted on bumper bolts. ect,ect, after 31 years of turning wrenches, my hands and arms took a beating, its power tools for me WHEN needed.
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Old 10-26-2010, 07:15 AM   #9
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it depends on the application. for tire lug nuts, the air impact is used, but when working on the engine hand tools are used.

are you talking about just when working on jeeps, or with other aspects as well? i'll tell you this much, i am not going to cut my crass with scissors when i have a lawn mower. i'm not going to use a hand saw when i have a chainsaw. i'm not going to rake leaves when i have a huge 18 HP leaf blower at my disposal. my opinion is, if you have (or have access to) to certain tools, you might as well use them and save yourself the time. i am fortunate that i have lots of tools at my disposal so i don't have to do things the old fashion way. i have a repair/rental/retail shop, so if i need a new chainsaw, i take it off the shelf. if i need to dig a big hole or move a lot of dirt i take home the backhoe or mini skid steer. my long winded point is, yes, you feel a great deal of accomplishment when doing it by hand, but you can have that same feeling by using a power tool and seeing how much you did in such a short amount of time (now you can move on to the next task). the next time you need to dig a hole, use a shovel and dig for 3 hours, then use a backhoe and dig for 3 minutes. look at the difference and tell yourself that it was worth all of that time and energy. just my .02.
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Old 10-26-2010, 07:32 AM   #10
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I prefer pnuematic tools when possible, just makes things go a little faster.
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Old 10-26-2010, 08:47 AM   #11
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power tool for the most part. my son grimmes a little. but when i grab the hammer they run to get in there before i get close with the hammer.
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Old 10-26-2010, 12:04 PM   #12
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I don't mean just when working on Jeeps, just in general. My grandpa is very much like Tim the Tool Man in the aspect that if he has the opportunity to use a power tool then you better look out because here he comes. He just always looks at me like I'm some kinda moron when I don't go start up the compressor and hook up the air tools when I'm working on things. Like I said I think there is a time and place for power tools like mowing the grass lol. I just thought it was kinda funny a while back at work this guy told me that I'm not a 'true gearhead' because I don't jump at every opportunity to use a power tool. I dunno call me weird but I get more of a satisfaction of doing something by hand than with some big power tool. For example when I clean out the stalls in the barn I would prefer to shovel all the horse manure out where as my older brother will bust out the tractor with the front end loader and do the same job but it ends up takin him a bit longer because he has to try and maneuver the tractor in and out and I just don't see the sense in that.
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I mostly use hand tools because that's what I've got. I borrowed an impact driver when I did my BB so I could get the shocks off (quite rusted).

More importantly than power vs. hand tools is CORRECT tools for the job. When I found out there was a spring removal tool for doing rear drum brakes, I called my dad and chewed him out for teaching us to do it with needlenose pliers & a flat screwdriver. That tool made removing & replacing the springs only take a couple seconds compared to fighting them for a few minutes with the wrong tools.

And my Grandfather, he'd just make his own specialty tool if he didn't have one that worked well enough!

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