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Most used tools
« on: January 31, 2023, 07:29:36 AM »
What tools do you actually use the most?  For me I think they are:

3/8Ē drive stubby socket wrench
13mm box/open wrench
Needle nose pliers
Mac Tools LED neck light
Small diagonal wire cutters

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Re: Most used tools
« Reply #1 on: January 31, 2023, 08:16:57 AM »
13&10 socket and open/box end wrench
5&6 mm Allen wrench.
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Re: Most used tools
« Reply #2 on: January 31, 2023, 08:46:15 AM »


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Re: Most used tools
« Reply #3 on: January 31, 2023, 08:52:15 AM »
Wow.  :boozing: Thread's over.  Nothin more to see here.
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Re: Most used tools
« Reply #4 on: January 31, 2023, 09:13:20 AM »
1. Duct tape
2. Large hammer when things aren't going well.

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Re: Most used tools
« Reply #5 on: January 31, 2023, 10:00:02 AM »
Philips head screwdriver

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Re: Most used tools
« Reply #6 on: January 31, 2023, 10:38:33 AM »
 Sharp knife
Small bright flashlight
Mostly because I always carry them.
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Re: Most used tools
« Reply #7 on: January 31, 2023, 02:30:48 PM »




Super handy and *almost* as good as having the right sized wrench... Much better holding power than a crescent wrench.

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Re: Most used tools
« Reply #8 on: January 31, 2023, 02:35:39 PM »
 1/4" drive ratchet w/ 6" extension
 1/4" x 3/8" drive adapter
And as I've gotten older the LED headlamp,  magnifier and/or jewelers loupe seem to get more air time.

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Re: Most used tools
« Reply #9 on: January 31, 2023, 03:19:35 PM »
My smartphone is my most used tool.

If you are limiting to hand tools based on your post, then my hawkbill blade pocket knife. 
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Re: Most used tools
« Reply #10 on: January 31, 2023, 04:03:50 PM »
The one piece of equipment I judge to be the most useful and used is my Vapor blast cabinet, I use it most every day for general parts cleaning of all kinds of materials; aluminum, steel, cast iron, plastics, brass and on and on.
Not cheap and it takes up a fair amount of space but itís worth it.
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Re: Most used tools
« Reply #11 on: January 31, 2023, 06:04:21 PM »
1/2" air wrench and 3/8" air ratchet. But only for taking things apart. Blast cabinet would be #3.
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Re: Most used tools
« Reply #12 on: February 01, 2023, 03:20:44 AM »
You know I have tool boxes full of tools, and what I use most..  On a whim I hit up a sale on a small 1/4" drive socket set in a case, and also a 3/8 drive set. I do a lot of work on my old cars outside, so I was sick of always running for another socket. I tell you that little 1/4" set I use ALL THE TIME!!!  Should have got it years ago! 
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Re: Most used tools
« Reply #13 on: February 01, 2023, 06:32:25 AM »
13mm ring spanner and 10mm socket.
 I've worn both of those out in my time of mechanicing
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Re: Most used tools
« Reply #14 on: February 01, 2023, 08:57:35 AM »
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Re: Most used tools
« Reply #15 on: February 01, 2023, 09:25:53 AM »
I use my leather tool almost on a daily basis for something, fix or repair related.
I donít see how anyone who is active gets through a day without a multi tool similar to this one.
This particular one has been rebuilt twice by the leatherman company in the 30 years Iíve owned it and I was advised last time that this model was obsolete and they couldnít rebuild it again.
A nice letter came back with it that the repairman who was assigned the job had to go around to all the other repair personnel to see if they had some parts in their possession so he could bring mine back to an acceptable spec.




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Re: Most used tools
« Reply #16 on: February 01, 2023, 09:53:44 AM »
the stuff that come out for almost every job is the :   1/4" socket set , Philips screw driver and the Hyper Tough 20V drill w/1/4" adaptor for said socket set.   It even serves as a torque wrench.

Most everything else is a specialty tool

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Re: Most used tools
« Reply #17 on: February 01, 2023, 10:27:32 AM »
I use my leather tool almost on a daily basis for something, fix or repair related.
I donít see how anyone who is active gets through a day without a multi tool similar to this one.
This particular one has been rebuilt twice by the leatherman company in the 30 years Iíve owned it and I was advised last time that this model was obsolete and they couldnít rebuild it again.
A nice letter came back with it that the repairman who was assigned the job had to go around to all the other repair personnel to see if they had some parts in their possession so he could bring mine back to an acceptable spec.

 :thumb:

I gave my groomsman matching Leatherman "Juice CS4" tools as thank you for being in Jenn and my wedding. It's a sadly discontinued model that has a nice combo of practical actual tools (needle nose, blade, awl, three flat-head drivers, one Phillips driver that fits a bunch of sizes) and a bunch of handy tools (saw, scissors, bottle opener and cork screw, that last, the cork screw isn't on any/many anymore and damn it's been handy).

Sadly 20 years of keeping it in that little extra pocket in my jeans has caused the needle-nose jaws to come out of alignment. I did send it back for a repair but because of how it is made that alignment issue isn't repairable. They offered me a free replacement of a similar model, but no cork screw. Screw that - besides, it's sentimental.

I use it maybe not EVERY day, but often. Did this morning.

In my shop I would say my most often used tools are a couple of Snap-On ratchets (1/4" swivel head, 3/8" standard head, 3/8" swivel head w/ long handle) and a couple of strips of Snap-On sockets and maybe Matco Hex drivers.

Plus a few hemostats (basically tiny locking needle-nose pliers), a couple of wrench sets, a couple other sets of pliers.

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Re: Most used tools
« Reply #18 on: February 01, 2023, 10:47:04 AM »
I use my leather tool almost on a daily basis for something, fix or repair related.
I donít see how anyone who is active gets through a day without a multi tool similar to this one.
This particular one has been rebuilt twice by the leatherman company in the 30 years Iíve owned it and I was advised last time that this model was obsolete and they couldnít rebuild it again.
A nice letter came back with it that the repairman who was assigned the job had to go around to all the other repair personnel to see if they had some parts in their possession so he could bring mine back to an acceptable spec.

I must have been living under a rock..  They repair/replace them??  I have two that just never worked right. In too nice of shape that ive never tossed out, but never use because they just don't function right..  Ill have to look into sending them out.
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Re: Most used tools
« Reply #19 on: February 01, 2023, 11:34:20 AM »
:thumb:

I gave my groomsman matching Leatherman "Juice CS4" tools as thank you for being in Jenn and my wedding. It's a sadly discontinued model that has a nice combo of practical actual tools (needle nose, blade, awl, three flat-head drivers, one Phillips driver that fits a bunch of sizes) and a bunch of handy tools (saw, scissors, bottle opener and cork screw, that last, the cork screw isn't on any/many anymore and damn it's been handy).

Sadly 20 years of keeping it in that little extra pocket in my jeans has caused the needle-nose jaws to come out of alignment. I did send it back for a repair but because of how it is made that alignment issue isn't repairable. They offered me a free replacement of a similar model, but no cork screw. Screw that - besides, it's sentimental.

I use it maybe not EVERY day, but often. Did this morning.

In my shop I would say my most often used tools are a couple of Snap-On ratchets (1/4" swivel head, 3/8" standard head, 3/8" swivel head w/ long handle) and a couple of strips of Snap-On sockets and maybe Matco Hex drivers.

Plus a few hemostats (basically tiny locking needle-nose pliers), a couple of wrench sets, a couple other sets of pliers.

For only $249 you can a NOS replacement off off the big auction site. Hope the seller is not one of your groomsmen :shocked:

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Re: Most used tools
« Reply #20 on: February 01, 2023, 11:58:16 AM »
For only $249 you can a NOS replacement off off the big auction site.

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Ha - $250  :shocked:

I think I can live with slightly mis-matched needle-nose jaws. Certainly mine still looks better than that one (at least it's still all one color).  :boozing:
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Re: Most used tools
« Reply #21 on: February 01, 2023, 12:59:41 PM »
I must have been living under a rock..  They repair/replace them??  I have two that just never worked right. In too nice of shape that ive never tossed out, but never use because they just don't function right..  Ill have to look into sending them out.
You can get the address off the internet.
 If you have the original LEATHERMAN TOOL, it canít be replaced with a new one because it hasnít been made in decades now, like they did my first one I wore out and damaged by cutting barbed wire which my horse had got tangled in, or replace the worn out parts.
However they may be able to make repairs.
Put a note with the tool and let them know it has sentimental value and Iím sure they will go out of their way to get your tool back to a functional tool.

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Re: Most used tools
« Reply #22 on: February 01, 2023, 03:27:34 PM »
My most used tools for working on my motorcycles, and specifically my Guzzi V7, are:

1) Tire pressure gauge
2) Tire inflator
3) Leatherman multi-tool (screwdriver, pliers, knife)

On the road I use a "Topeak SmartGauge D2" as the pressure gauge and a DynaPlug micro inflator as the tire inflator.
At home I use a DeWalt 20V Cordless Tire Inflator which is much more convenient since it is cordless and can fill to a set PSI and then turn off, but it is not travel size.

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Re: Most used tools
« Reply #23 on: February 01, 2023, 04:11:13 PM »
Most of the aboveÖplus, when I was doing the strip down/reassemble on the V50 III cafe project, I swear I used blue painters tape about as much as anything - to keep from boogering up the surfaces of frame and parts.
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« Reply #24 on: February 01, 2023, 04:26:03 PM »
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« Reply #25 on: February 01, 2023, 05:38:16 PM »

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Re: Most used tools
« Reply #26 on: February 01, 2023, 06:42:58 PM »
I had some implants put in , upper and lower to hold dentures. They come in a kit with an assortment of drills, reams and stuff. The receptical has a threaded hole to accept a stud. The dentist showed me the torque wrench, a super small break away stainless steel thing of beauty. He said the kit was expensive and it looked it. Tomorrow I go back for a three week exam.
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Re: Most used tools
« Reply #27 on: February 01, 2023, 07:20:25 PM »
   I worked most of my life on the maintenance crew in a production factory. I used hundreds of different tools to fix machines but by far I most frequently used my little pocket knife with a 2" blade and my Craftsman pocket screw driver. Now retired I use my 1/4" drive socket set a lot.

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« Reply #28 on: February 02, 2023, 07:20:41 AM »
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Re: Most used tools
« Reply #29 on: February 02, 2023, 07:53:29 AM »
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