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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

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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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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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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Don't know about you guys but I get very attach to tools, I want to be able to keep the same tools for many many years. I guess it will be nice to brag one day about how I have manage to keep the same tools for such a long time, its funny cause some of my tools are already older than 20 years old.

I have 5 of each size craftsman ratchet and one of those set belong to my father. He bought a set and since he never used them he gave them to me, wish I would have mark them cause those were my first craftsman tools.

Even thou I just got me the 72 tooth HF ratchet, I will like to get me some good quality ones, how much those fine tooth ratchet from the big three Snap On, Mac, or Matco go for?
 

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Trying to make up my mind for a while now on a cordless tool. First I was set on either DEWALT or Milwaukee cordless 12V screwdriver since they were small yet powerful enough to use not only cars but around the house as well.

I just find out that they are two different models for the same 12V Milwaukee screwdriver, the regular lithium battery and then there's the "Fuel" model that comes with BL, "Brushless" motor that suppose to last longer and be more energy friendly. Another thing that I like about the Milwaukee is that it has a digital battery life indicator on the side and also it gives you a choice on size battery (small one and a big one) the small battery makes the screwdriver lighter and compact, the big battery makes it looks like the DEWALT screwdriver.



I'm leaning tours the Milwaukee one, because of the two speed, Two battery options, BL "Brushless" engine and also it has over 50+ more tools that can go with the same 12v line up including a heated jacket that last up to 8 hours in a single charge (depending which battery you use)
 

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For what I wanted use it for, the screwdriver will do and so far the 12v milwaukee is looking pretty good.

Now for a more serious job I was checking the DEWALT 20v series as well as the Milwaukee 18v fuel series. What i love about them is there almost the same size as the 12v Milwaukee screwdriver but they sure pack a huge punch.
Steve-0 got a set of the 20v DEWALT and he swear by them, I just want to know if the set he has is the regular 20v one or the 20v BL "Brushless" engine.

Well i guess I can kiss the big tool chest good bye, there were three of them and they are gone!! Whoever got them got an awesome deal, specially the last one cause I'm sure it went for cheaper since it was the display model!! Is moment like this that I hate to be broke, and I hate that I got rid of my credit cards cause I would have used one for sure for that tool chest.
 

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happens to a lot of us don't worry. Good deals always pop up when on broke status. And when you're super ready to buy 1, nothing! lol
I know, I try not to think about it much, sucks at times but then again I'm not creating more dept which is good!!

I don't use anything but Snap On and Matco and SOME Mac at home and at work... I'm a tool addict and have doubles/triples of everything in those brands. Being as I went back to school for engineering I don't work at my dealership much so I've got a small box there, but here's one of two boxes I have at home. I also have a Harbor Freight double bay with the top which is also completely full of tools.

Digging the color, Once I get the tool chest I want I will try to custom paint them.
 

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Just a head's up- saw these for sale today at Harbor Freight! They were under the Pittsburg brand as well as Sidewinder, so there's yet another opportunity to pick one up if you want to give it a try.
I saw it the last time I went there, I'm deff buying it. There's also a really thin ratchet that I got my eye on.

shit where i want one that is too good of a deal to pass up
Went last week and they were gone, the lady there told they sold the display one the day before. I wanted it so bad. My tool chest Its literally 2 years old, ball bearings and all and I'm out of space already. would it be nice cause it has some really big drawers that they would have been perfect to storage new parts, don't like to leave parts out for too long.
 

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Hey, this story sounds familiar. :lol:

I am a tool addict as well, but I cannot afford to be one for now.

Do we have a post your toolbox thread yet?
I'm game for post your tool box thread, I found a 1987 matco tool box, top and bottom full of snap on and matco tools for 5 grand. I have the bottom at work and the top at my house


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I believed they did one already or something similar, I remember me posting mine. Just used this thread guys, that's the reason I made it so that we keep everything relate to tools/garage in one area since we don't have a specific tool/garage section.
 

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My next impact torque will be a cord one to use in the garage and I will leave my cordless for the u pull hard, track or anything that calls for cordless tool.

The reason I said I will get a cord one for the garage is because the cold, don't want to leave my cordless tools in my garage cause it gets as cold as the temp outside so I don't wan't my batteries going bad.

If leaving my batteries cover on something to keep them warm will work then I might consider that options.
 

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Happen to be around HF today and went in to check on some stuff, I probably gonna get this on the near future, i know that I been in situations that these tools would had make a big difference.

1/2" Extendable Ratchet

3/8" x 1/4" Dual Drive Extendable Ratchet

3/8" Heavy Duty Flexible Ratchet

1/2" Ratchet with Indexable Head

3/8" Drive Speed Socket Wrench

This two are a most on my list.

1/4" and 3/8" Drive x 14-3/8" Double Head Flex Ratchet Wrench

1/4" and 3/8" Drive x 7" Double Head Ratchet Wrench
 

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^ cool, this should be helpful. I became a member of the garage journal, it was one of the places that inspire me for this thread.

You get so many ideas for your garage its insane!!!!
 

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Piston Ring Filers & Rod Bolt Stretch Gauges

First of all I hope that the good builders on this forum are willing to share there expertise when it comes to putting together an engine. I mention this cause in some other forums people don't share there secrets and I understand this to certain extend but I hope the brotherhood that we got here will be different.

With that out of the way,

Piston Ring Filers and Rod Bolt Stretch guages for those that own and have used these tools, what's your experience with them? What brand/model you guys recommend?

I have been going over my Summit Racing Tool catalog and I'm undecided on this piston ring filers, so far this are the ones I'm interested on:

http://www.summitracing.com/parts/pro-66785

http://www.summitracing.com/parts/sum-906795/overview/

http://www.summitracing.com/parts/sme-906000/overview/

As for the rod bolt strech gauge goes it seems to be a bit more technical and also expensive, from what I heard not all the tools will work/fit for our application. This are the strech gauge I was checkin out:

http://www.summitracing.com/parts/arp-100-9942/overview/

http://www.summitracing.com/parts/sum-900015/overview/

http://www.summitracing.com/parts/pro-66788/overview/

http://www.summitracing.com/parts/lun-98401/overview/

http://www.summitracing.com/parts/arp-100-9941/overview/
 

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Discussion Starter · #58 ·
If you do ANY heavy wire crimping 1/0 4/0 00/0 etc, these are a MUST and I have been using them for ages. Never let me down and never a crimp gone wrong.



Hydraulic Wire Crimping Tool
Looks bad ass, but price is a bit high for that type of tool being from HF. I never had an issue with my electrical tool, but I must admit that depending the connector size it and the amount of connector you are doing, it can get a bit tired on your hands so I guess the hydraulic function looks sweet.
 

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i really need to get myself a tap/die/rethreader set.
I got me one from advance auto that has save me many times. It only cost me $20, I knew the manager, and I have fix everything from 8, 10, 12, 14 mm. it comes with something that looks like a folding knife that has lots of blades with different pitch thread so you can know which one you need.
 
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