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I figure since we are always talking about tools (hand tools, power tools, floor jacks, welding, painting) or what type of tools are better or where to buy. Maybe you hooking up your garage and want feedback when it comes to tool cabinets, compressors ect.

Anything and everything related to tools, your garage or any special type of equipment that we can all benefit from, post it here.

Maybe you know about special sale on a special tool or a certain store is having a sale, post it here and let us all know about.

PLEASE LETS KEEP IT ON TOPIC, NO BS please!! Lets get this rolling!!
 

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For starters, 3/8-1/2 breaker bar is a must. I usually buy from places that have cheap tools w/ Lifetime warranties so if they break you can get another one. Places like Harbor Freight,Pepboys, ect offer lifetime warranties. If I want a decent name brand without paying snap-on's price I go with SKF. A must have tool for honda is the Harmonic Balancer puller

 

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For starters, 3/8-1/2 breaker bar is a must. I usually buy from places that have cheap tools w/ Lifetime warranties so if they break you can get another one. Places like Harbor Freight,Pepboys, ect offer lifetime warranties. If I want a decent name brand without paying snap-on's price I go with SKF. A must have tool for honda is the Harmonic Balancer puller

I have one and it pay for itself the first week. I got mine from Amazon.com

when people wants to borrow it, i charge them the full price plus $10 for me, when they return the tool I give them the deposit back. But lately if I see the same people asking for the same tool more than once I tell them that i broke on me.
 

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You'll never fight with a tie rod or ball joint ever again.
 

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A few things that I wouldn't be able to complete a recent job without:

3/8" drive, 6" wobble extension
1/2" drive, 18" breaker bar
1" diameter, 14" steel rod (used to beat on the above breaker bar)

3-jaw puller and 38mm wrench (to remove blower pulley)

MightyVac (to bleed brakes, empty old brake fluid from resivour, test diaphragms, etc)

Air compressor & impact wrench w/screwdriver sockets (to remove those annoying brake caliper screws)


Too many to list really. I've aquired so many tools in the past few years that make difficult/nearly impossible jobs relatively easy. Like they say, it's all about having the right tool
 

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Never used that tie rod/ball joint tool. Thats probably something well worth the money to get. I hate when my ball joints are stuck in place. I just recently screwed up the threads on my Lower ball joint wacking on the wheel hub to knock it loose and missed and hit the ball joint stud
 

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I find that I use my old Sidewinder 3/8" ratchet a fair amount partly because of the spinner feature & partly because it has such a long handle- I can get a LOT of leverage with it without a breaker bar!

One day I'm likely to modify it for use with a 1/4" ratchet drive on the end in place of the T bar that's currently there. That would give me the ability to use a small thumbwheel style drive or another ratchet if I needed more torque... might end up breaking it, but I'll have gotten my money's worth out of it well before that happens (already have!).
 

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You'll never fight with a tie rod or ball joint ever again.
what a awesome tool yet so cheap and it pays for itself and with HF's awesome return policy you can go wrong even though it breaks sometimes.

i recommend greasing up the treads on the screw and it wont break prematurely.
 

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I have been checking the craftsman rachet that has fine tooth, 80 I believed making them so nice and smooth in tight spaces but the price has hold me back cause I think the 1/4 size which is the cheapest one still cost like $40.

Went to harbor freight today and got me this two ratchet:

1/4" Heavy Duty Composite Ratchet

http://www.harborfreight.com/3-8-eighth-inch-heavy-duty-composite-ratchet-
66313.html

They have a fine tooth mechanics, 72 teeth, making them to work on and the handle is super smooth and the best of all was the price.
$8.29 for the 1/4" and $9.29 for the 3/8" and $10.29 for the 1/2 inch.

The handle feels awesome, it has a thicker rubber handle that makes the grip comfortable.

Planing on becoming a member of the "Inside Track Club" for $29.99 a year, since you get better deals, additional discounts and satisfaction guaranteed or 90 day Full Refund.
 

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I have been checking the craftsman rachet that has fine tooth, 80 I believed making them so nice and smooth in tight spaces but the price has hold me back cause I think the 1/4 size which is the cheapest one still cost like $40.
I got their low profile polished ratchets a few years back. The 3/8 drive is the only one not fucked up. The 1/2" locks up on me, the 1/4 locks up, and changes direction randomly. Gonna exchange them tomorrow. If it happens again, I'm going to look into getting something else.
 

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They fix them right there at sears. I took a 1/2" ratchet and the gal couldn't figure out why it kept jammin. She put 3 rebuild kits. Nada. So I filled out a slip and craftsman sent me a brand new one.

I have a 1/4" flex head ratchet from snap on. I bought it from a member here. Best lil investment I've done on that thing yet. Fine tooth. Flex head. Good friend for small hard to reach hardware.
 

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what a awesome tool yet so cheap and it pays for itself and with HF's awesome return policy you can go wrong even though it breaks sometimes.

i recommend greasing up the treads on the screw and it wont break prematurely.
How does it work?

I'm still trying to finish hooking up my garage. It never ends lol. When you do something or move something around, you always want to do something else or end up coming up with another idea :wacko:
I'm always changing stuff on mine, need more shelves and I need a bigger tool chest already and upgrade my compressor. I really would like to get a metal pole building/car port behind my house and hook it up so I stop paying my garage rent that keeps going up all the time.

I got their low profile polished ratchets a few years back. The 3/8 drive is the only one not fucked up. The 1/2" locks up on me, the 1/4 locks up, and changes direction randomly. Gonna exchange them tomorrow. If it happens again, I'm going to look into getting something else.
There's a brand new set of the same ones you're talking about (1/4, 3/8, 1/2) on the porn shop in my town and I always wanted them cause they were thin, polish and easy on your hand because of the round handle, but after reading about them I change my mind. I don't know if they were better when they were made here but this particular set is made in china.

You can get some really good used stuff on craigslist and at flee markets and yard sales.
 

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Is anybody here a member of the "Inside track Club" from Harbor Freight? It cost $29.99 a year and it suppose to have more coupons and savings exclusively for the members.
 
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