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Garage Shop: Tools

Discussion in 'Garage / Workshop' started by T4RFTMFW, Jan 26, 2019.

  1. Feb 10, 2019 at 8:46 PM
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    Crodell6

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    I’d never pay ridiculous money for a tool box but then yet there’s different applications for different trades.

    Even in the garage I have a stationary location for the majority of my tools but I have the HF 4 drawer rolling tool cart I use to store select tools in and to load up if I’m wrenching out of the garage or if I have to block access to my cabinets.

    I’m all about mobility and trying to simplify.
     
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  2. Feb 11, 2019 at 1:20 AM
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    I just picked up the stubby impact after having great luck with the 3/8” m12 ratchet. Puts my old budget ryobi impact to shame.
     
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  3. Feb 11, 2019 at 4:10 AM
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    CanisLupus

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    Oh, I 100% understand why people buy them, something a professional is using day in and day out, in and out of drawers a hundred times a day, needs to be quality. But you can also buy ones from places like StrictlyToolboxes that are actually similar quality for a 1/4 or less of the price. I mean, you can't really blame the companies though for setting their prices because people are still buying them...

    I know some professional techs that are even getting HF, Milwaukee, Husky, etc toolboxes and they hold up just fine for the price point.

    Matt
     
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  4. Feb 11, 2019 at 5:10 AM
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    I guess I never thought about the constant in and out of drawers.
    Come to think of it, I bet those castors make rolling half a ton of tools easy af.

    When I switched the castors on my workbench to these rockler ones, mobility was literally just a finger push.

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  5. Feb 11, 2019 at 7:45 AM
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    Any job where you’re using something constantly tends to create or at least support the need for different requirements or niceties in tool choice.

    If you’re turning screws all day, that standard screwdriver is going to look a lot less appealing once you use a ratcheting handle screwdriver. That ratcheting handle is going to fail the same way compared to an electric screwdriver. Electric screwdriver to a corded electric driver, corded electric driver to a cordless, etc.

    Some guys go straight out of the gate with the industry standard instead of using lesser stuff while they’re getting their feet wet.

    Marketing plays a big role in things, but there’s no doubt in my mind that this same progression happens with all tools and toolboxes. When you’re intimately involved in something day in and day out, you quickly set your own preferences and notice subtleties or nuances that make you prefer one thing over another.

    I was dead set on a Husky box before I took a step back and looked at the smaller things, which I found I didn’t like.

    Lot of factors involved in big ticket stuff besides price and need, but anyway.. my own choices are definitely fluid and evolving each time I buy something new, get to use it and then notice the shortcomings.
     
  6. Feb 12, 2019 at 8:36 AM
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    OK, what im really interested in, HEAT! What does everyone do to not freeze their arses off? I get itchy being housed up in winter so i spend a lot of time in my garage or my second shop the basement.

    For the garage, I have one of those forced air propane heaters which works great, but its loud. It does the trick for the inevitable winter breakage of something, but i hate not being able to hear the radio, or even myself. my garage is 24 x 24 with 10' ceilings, sealed ok, insulated fair to poor. Wood stove is out, against code. Any input on what works for you guys?
     
  7. Feb 12, 2019 at 8:47 AM
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    I use one of these: https://www.homedepot.com/p/DuraHeat-23-800-BTU-Indoor-Kerosene-Portable-Heater-DH2304/100045793

    It takes a while to heat up the garage. But, if I fire it up when I get up in the morning, then go have my breakfast and lounge around a bit, it warms it up about 10 degrees (assume starting outside temp in mid-30s). After 3 or 4 hours I have to shut it off because it's too hot in the garage. No carbon monoxide, either.
     
  8. Feb 12, 2019 at 9:04 AM
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    shopping_2959b9c7df851cc5dfef6d74dd77a702616e617c.png Mr Hot Dog unit heaters work great for the shop. They take the temps up to a comfortable level very quick and you can shut them off completely when you are not able to spend time in the shop.
     
  9. Feb 12, 2019 at 9:36 AM
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    80% of the time I’m in my shop it’s because I’m running the forge and making stuff. Therefore, its at least 70 degrees in there even if it’s in the single digits. It’s a win/win.
     
  10. Feb 12, 2019 at 9:44 AM
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    I thought about one of these, but you cant buy them in Mass. just another great perk of this state
     
  11. Feb 15, 2019 at 8:27 PM
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    I got a little tired of using my Streamlight for dirty shit at work, so I picked up a super cheap Braun LED light. I think it was $6.XX

    For a dual mode LED, with a metal body.. I don’t know how it can be beat at that price. Wouldn’t be a bad light at all for a home gamer to keep on hand. Has a magnetic base that’ll support the weight of the light itself, even at 90*.
     
  12. Feb 15, 2019 at 9:19 PM
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    Real Tool Reviews did a video on that light, real positive

    I have a Milwaukee headlamp as well as a Black Diamond one I just won as a gift at FD banquet, both are great for hands free lighting option. I know some people don’t like them but I really prefer headlamps for most things since it frees up one of my hands and usually doesn’t cast shadows like a magnet light or under hood light can

    Matt
     
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  13. Feb 16, 2019 at 5:59 AM
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    Believe it or not, I found this vintage Craftsman toolbox discarded on trash day. I searched and they still make the replacement for the key cylinder, so I may purchase that.


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  14. Feb 16, 2019 at 6:51 AM
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    I bought a headlamp for work for that same reason, but I’ve never used it. :anonymous:

    I’ve used them backpacking and camping and they’re great, I have a few Petzl and Black Diamond headlamps.. something about strapping one on at work that just doesn’t ever come into play. Probably because I use a flashlight a lot more often and am used to it. There’s only a few times where a headlamp was great, comparatively. I try not to work in the dark unless I have to.
     
  15. Feb 16, 2019 at 8:07 AM
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    I used this box up to this Christmas, when I bought a new box.
     
  16. Feb 16, 2019 at 8:10 AM
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    My work area. A little messy day of this pic.
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  17. Feb 16, 2019 at 8:11 AM
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    Looks very well organized
     
  18. Feb 16, 2019 at 2:39 PM
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    Nice find.
     
  19. Feb 16, 2019 at 6:15 PM
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    I think you won the aerosol rodeo.
     
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  20. Feb 16, 2019 at 7:16 PM
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    Might could rival....
     

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