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Imbo

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haha i say sticky. i found this to be very helpful and is on my list for random crap to buy at hf tmrw :thumbsup:
 

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IMO A Vice is the most used and needed tool. I busted mine and it really limited/slowed my garage time. Luck would have it That it broke right in the middle of fab work.

Not sure I seen C-Clamps on the list. Use them all the time as well.
 

sideways

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Add to that a Dremel, probably the most useful tool ever.

Metal lathe is nice, that's next on the list after I get a MIG.

A good tap and die set is very useful too.

None of those are really necessary except the maybe the Dremel, depends on what you're doing really.

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Hayden
 

Briang701

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Add to that a Dremel, probably the most useful tool ever.

Metal lathe is nice, that's next on the list after I get a MIG.

A good tap and die set is very useful too.

None of those are really necessary except the maybe the Dremel, depends on what you're doing really.

Thanks

Hayden

Hayden, you will love having a lathe when you get one they are incredibly useful tools, I would recommended that when you are ready to get one look around on Craigslist for an older used machine like a South Bend, Le Blonde or a Monarch or a similarly well made machine, I ended up getting my Le Blonde Regal for free from a local guy who bought a piece of property that had a home machine shop in an outbuilding and we did some trading for it, the deals are out there you just have to find them. :cheers2:


I totally agree about the Good tap and die set, while you can get a cheap one from HF the taps will make the holes oversize and cause a horrible thread fit thereby making the threads strip much easier. The same can be said for Drill bits too, when it comes to tools like these you really do get what you pay for so just save up and buy the good stuff the first time. :thumbsup:

Brian
 

redsox985

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Lathes are incredibly useful. I have turned more parts on a lathe that would have cost money otherwise. Locking collars, adapter sleeves, conical spacers for tie rod end clearance, etc. I would agree that a MIG takes precedent over the lathe. If you become skilled with it, you can do small jobs for cash. Not big, life dependent stuff, but like cracked lawnmower decks and other stuff along those lines. It could easily pay for itself because a good MIG weld just looks appealing and will make whoever it may be happy.
 

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just brought a Profesional Nippler

attaches to a drill and cuts sheet metal ally and stainless to 1.6 gauge

i cut the top out of 2 44 gallon drums and it was faster than a grinder

very worth while
 

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my tools are basically....

socket set from 1/4" to 1"
ratchet
torque wrench
hand wrenches from 3/16" to 3/4"
vice grips- a few small and a large.
channel locks.
adjustable wrench
pliers assortment
screwdrivers
pry bar

hf 90 amp flux welder
hf 4.5 inch grinder
dewalt 4.5 inch grinder
hitachi 14" chop saw
ryobi drill press
black and decker corded drill <-- corded ALOt better.
dremel... again the corded one!

then misc stuff like wire brush, torch tip cleaner.

aresols:

starting fluid
carb cleaner <-- #1
wd-40

por15 marine clean is a good degreaser....
motor oil good to have around for the drill press and stuff.

oh yeah..... LOCTITE.


btw... ive had very bad experience with battery operated power tools... so i never buy them now. ive had a drill battery litterally pop. charges dont last at all either... and they arent near as powerful as corded machines....

EDIT: ive got a crapload of stuff so im probably missing some here and there.
 

indianblood

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Well i work with wood also, and also wanna try my hand in sheet metal working so i guess i should have a jig-saw,it doesnt hurts to have a good tool
 

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I just picked this up last night and just used it five min ago on my old rusty chain and it worked really good and for only $10 what a good price..
Heavy Duty Chain Breaker

On sale I think but not sure for how long
Sale: $9.99


http://www.harborfreight.com/heavy-duty-chain-breaker-66488.html
 

scott_shot

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What about a cut off saw with an abrasive disc??
Metabo-Abrasive-Cut-Off-Saw-355mm-CS23-355-240v_XL.jpg

I really want one for cutting angels of the chasiss to save any squaring off with my bench grinder.
 

tapkoote

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couple things I find handy

circ clip/seal removal picks
magnet
magnifing glass (for the older guys)
tap
 

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Zotarajohn

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Sears craftsman update

I realize the original post was back in 2010 but, today's sears craftsman tools are now made in China also! No better than Harbor Freight but about 4x more expensive!
 
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