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View Poll Results: What tools can you just not do without?
torch 25 26.32%
the BIG hammer 45 47.37%
precision tip prybar (a.k.a., 16" screwdriver) 13 13.68%
vise grips 23 24.21%
'cheater' pipe 15 15.79%
duct tape 9 9.47%
strategy stool 13 13.68%
bench levelling device (a.k.a., 2x4, brick, broken wrench) 4 4.21%
that old disc rotor 4 4.21%
coffee thermos 14 14.74%
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Many tools are indispensable but I the most important tools I have is my mind and eyes.

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I have been paying The Snap-on parasite for the last 26 years, I have only one problem with him; He doesn't sell refrigerators with cold beer
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that's what the coke machine out front with the out of order sign on it's for!!!


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My most important tool is my air compressor.
(I can borrow everthing else-LOL)
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a utility knife...for opening up all those boxes of mail-order parts (and tools) that I shouldn't have bought!

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When I go to the garage and open the refrigerator and there is no beer in it, that means no work gets done. In my opinion that is a very important tool, are you with me?
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i would have to say my MIG. im surprised no one said it.
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I voted torch, but this last year I loaded up on the Harbor Fright "one time use" tools. Tell ya what, the air powered ratchet is awsome, and slick for getting those hard to ratchet bolts and engine work, never had on before. High speed air grinder has been in constant use too. Recently discovered flap disks and cut off disks for the 4" electric grinder, also in constant use.
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Arrow, Seems I am always badmouthing cheap tools and in my shop (when I had my shop) I used Snap-on almost exclusively because my income depended on my tools and I could not afford tool failure, BUT, it also is nearly impossible for me to pass up the HF store without stopping when I am in the area. I let all but my hand tools go with the shop so all those HF grinders and other odds and ends I have collected have been getting a lot of hobby use lately and I have to admit I have been surprised by some of these things. I have had a couple of duds, body saw-junk, long board air sander-junk, 4-way drill chuck key that will fit nothing including HF drills and a titanium nitride drill bit set that is junk with a capital J! but then this stuff cost next to nothing and the other items I have more than make up for the ones that don't work. The 4 " grinder has worn out a bunch of 4 1/2" discs and shows no signs of quiting, the "Earthquake" 1/2" impact is a brute and seems to be holding up just fine. I have not tried the air ratchet but let me recommend that "Earthquake" impact. I still would not attempt to make a living with HF tools but for home or hobby use most of them are just fine.
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I agree oldred, I was a Craftsman guy in the shop. But when I went to the field I took old HF junk tools for only one reason. No one steals that stuff. LoL
Snap -on is some great stuff but I just though it was way over priced.

Here My take on tools. If you have a big hammer your doing something wrong.
If you got a torch them your making to many mistakes. If you got a big grinder then you made a mess with your welding.
SO the less tools you have! well you get the picture

Craig
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I love my lathe, my MIG and TIG welders, plasma cutter, and air tools, but the absolutly BEST of all my toys is my Caterpillar 416 Backhoe, yes a tractor, man this thing is the best for moving and lifting heavy stuff like motors, moving whole cars, removing car bodies from the chassis, hauling unfinished projects from one side of the yard to the other is like having a tow truck that can swing the vehicle and place it in the right spot, etc. etc. when you are alone nothing beats a backhoe with a hook welded to the rear bucket, if you don't belive me give me your e-mail and I'll send pics.
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