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Thread: What's the most used tool in your toolbox?

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    Registered Member chevynut's Avatar
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    What's the most used tool in your toolbox?

    I have to say that the most used tool I have is probably my die grinder. I have several of them, and my favorite ones are the small air-driven 90 degree models. I use Ingersoll-Rand and they give me very good service and aren't that expensive. Models from Harbor Freight are cheaper, and have pretty good life as well.

    The die grinder is a very versatile tool. I have 3" cutting wheels for it, in 1/16" and 1/32" thicknesses. The thicker ones are good for grinding, such as smoothing welds, and the thinner ones slice body panels with ease. I use them a lot for body and fabrication work, or for cutting off stubborn bolts, etc. It makes short work of a lot difficult problems. I also have a collection of diamond-cut solid carbide burrs. These things come in really handy for enlarging holes, rounding inside corners, and de-burring cut-off parts. I couldn't have done some of my fab work without these burrs.

    Sometimes I use drum sanders with my die grinders. They don't last very long because of the high tool speed, but they come in handy now and then.

    I also have one straight die grinder that I use when a 90-degree one just doesn't work. It comes in handy in some places, and accepts the same burrs as the 90 degree model. I don't like to use the straight one with the cut-off wheels because I feel I have much less control with it than with the angled one.

    Get a couple of die grinders and put them in your toolbox. You'll wonder what you ever did without them.
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    Registered Member 56-210Sedan's Avatar
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    I still am chomping at the bit to use mine, hopefully soon when i get settled in the new place. Oh and of course new shop built
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    10 years ago , it was probably a 3/8 ratchet , but it's a shop laptop now ; best tool I ever invested in . Be safe....Bob.

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    Lately it's been a tape measure and a sharpie pen for marking stuff before cutting, grinding,etc.
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    A hammer, or maybe a bigger hammer Actually I probably use my gear wrenches more than anything.

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    I think one of the best things I have bought is a plasma , great for cutting thin and thick metal without warrping the metal

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    I think for me it will always be a 9/16" combination wrench and a flat blade screwdriver. You need them for everything, including painting. Screwdriver to open the paint can, 9/16" to set the regulator. And of course all the usual things.

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    Registered Member Tabasco's Avatar
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    Mine has to be my stereo. The first thing I do when I walk in my shop is turn on my music. Then I can start to work.

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    Didja ever notice how any tool becomes a hammer when you're under the car tied up, don't have a hammer with you under there, and don't have a helper to get you one?


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