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11-30-2007 08:14 AM
Dugg I don't buy much in the way of tools any longer. I sold my drag bike due to a bad back and so far what little progress I've made on my rod has been done with what I have.

Besides my wife won't let me buy a Haas VF-2 mill for the garage. Yes Paris, there are more fish in the sea, but she's a great cook.

I don't buy anything from Harbor Freight that you hit, like hammers (AKA Ford Wrench) or punches, etc. I do have ten of their die grinders set up with various carbide burrs, sanding and finishing discs. And, I don't put any oil in them as I do some fiberglass work and don't want oil contamination in the glass.

By the way, if you find a Snap-On tool in my box, I can assure you it belongs to someone else...... I can't afford those things.
11-26-2007 12:40 PM
schnitz Ha Ha Deuce! I was just funnin' with you anyway. My wife keeps me on a very short leash when it comes to tools. Bought for a great price or not, she's very seldom "impressed" when I tell her I need another box (my subtle hint to her I picked up another tool). She really hated me when I came back from Iola....

In a while, Chet.
11-26-2007 09:37 AM
Originally Posted by schnitz
Deuce, nobody likes a bragger. Unless they are willing to give out names.....LOL!

In a while, Chet.
Unfortunately ... he too far away to HELP you ... with a great deal. I would share my source ...

More unfortunate is the fact that now as I have gotten older and less physically able ... I cannot really use the neat tools I have

Just bought this neat 37 degree AN style flaring tool ( Imperial Eastman ) off eBay for $24.95 plus 5 dollars shipping a few days back. It lists for $115 from Godman Performance ... where I get a lot of my brake fittings and stuff. The flaring tools looks brand new ... never used. I needed one ... like I need another heart attack ... but I could not help myself and got it.
11-23-2007 03:53 PM
powerrodsmike I like Deuce, he's one of my faaaavorites.

I know another place I get stuff is when folks give old unwanted stuff away. Some are trades, some are straight up donations.
Someone just gave me one of these...

It was taking up room in their shop, and they thought I could do something with it...they did ask me to help them with a JR dragster frame for their grandson.

I can do that.

Later, mikey
11-23-2007 03:33 PM
schnitz Deuce, nobody likes a bragger. Unless they are willing to give out names.....LOL!

In a while, Chet.
11-23-2007 02:50 PM
Deuce Never met a tool I did not NEED ..

Been buying them for 40 years. Have a pretty good collection of stuff ... only buy the good stuff ... no Harbor Freight junk.

Yard yards ... are great ... and I have a friend who works for a lawyer ... cleaning out estate homes. He always finds cool stuff ...

I got a Wilton vise for 5 dollars.
I have bought complete roll around tool boxes FULL for 5 hundred. I have bought 3 snap on 's and two Macs ... for 5 hundred each. FULL ... from the guy over the years.

I pick thru the box and keep the best ... and sell the rest ... for a sizeable profit. Now I have two MACs top and bottom roll arounds ... FULL ...

One of the BEST tools I have ever bought is a MasterCool Hydraulic flaring tool. I bought it new ( ouch ) but it is worth it ...

At almost $300.00 ... it is not cheap ... but it makes perfect flares ... first time, every time.
11-23-2007 01:13 PM
t66turbocobra tools are a drug to me. I buy off impulse. I have tools i have never even used before. One time i walked up to my snap on man and gave him a list of 15k in tools i needed. The next week i had them. My tools r all paid off now. My tool bill for the longest time was a 1k dollars a month
11-23-2007 01:01 PM
schnitz I hadn't bought many tools for quite a while, and then I got a job in maintenance. Dropped $150 in HF stuff to serve as a starter set to see what I'd eventually need to upgrade/replace. So far, only new stuff I had to add was a multimeter (I've got 4 at home, but none of them had the features needed for my job) and a set of Craftsman allen wrenches. The HF set I picked up was pure junk. But, I'll be needing more.....

In a while, Chet.
11-23-2007 11:25 AM
tbill i used to buy a lot of stuff when i first started turning wrenches for a living, but after 20 years of that, i have 'almost' all i need [for work anyway], last few years has been gathering tools for home 'garage use'. nothing drives me nuts more than needing a tool at home, knowing i have it at work, but can't go get it, so the home tool collection still grows.......
11-23-2007 11:25 AM
buying tools

I keep a check in pawn shops, but only buy name brands. I'll buy a broken craftsman or other breakable tools which are free replacements. If its higher than I want to pay, I wait a few weeks, and if its still there, I make an offer. Some you get, some you don't. Always on the look out for a bargain.
As for the little woman, I do her like those guys that get caught running around. I denine it to my dying day. You got everything to gain, and nothing to loose.
11-23-2007 10:54 AM
john prescott every week i pay MAC truck man 25.00 . I'm a heavy eqpt. mechanic[bull dozers,track hoes ect.] and cheap tools just can't cut it.they will last a life time and work better.Use a mac ratchet and then use a craftsman,see how easy the pawl turns in a mac ,now try crafts man, you have to hold the socket to make it ratchet. just my observation over a lot of years wrenching.
10-30-2007 03:40 PM
Canadian Charlie This sounds bad but I buy them for the wife and kid's birthdays, Christmas's, Easter and any other holiday occassion
10-30-2007 10:28 AM
gcrmcc Hand tools, I have so many that if I lost half of them I still would not really need to replace them. Now, shop equipment, I am in good shape there also. But there is difference of needing tools or wanting them, and yes there is a few I really want. Like a plasma cutter and an english wheel.

10-30-2007 04:59 AM
crash70rs Honestly, I was expecting more of the vetrans so say they have all they need.. But i guess that can never be true in our hobby!
10-28-2007 09:42 PM
matt167 yup. mine's stamped India. not the best still, but I won't get lead poisioning from using it..

I bought a small 2 gal HF compressor at the sidewalk sale, 1/4 hp I think, supposto be 3.3 SCFM @ 90. for $50, to use as a aux compressor for my air system whail painting, big compressor is only a Sears Companion brand 2hp, 8 gallon. not shure on CFM rating. they actually work decent togther, but I have been noticing, the little compressor, is starting to get slow then fast again in motor speed. but I run the crap out of it. it's 100 PSI max, 8 gal compressor is 135, so I have to watch the preassure, and decrease the big compressor's preassure to 110 psi, the little HF compressors preassure relife blows at 115 ( yup, I run it in the red zone, but the manual says it's tested to 120 psi )
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