Tools that you just can't live without

sixstringsteve

Well-Known Member
Location
UT
Every time I go wrench with a friend, I find a few handy tools they have that make life so much easier. I'm sure there are more out there that I don't know about. I'm not so interested in a particular brand or model as I am about a tool that serves a certain purpose and makes life easier.

The intent of this thread is to focus on the tools that you just can't live without, not necessarily to brag about the cool tools you have (though I'm sure we'll see plenty of that).
 

sixstringsteve

Well-Known Member
Location
UT
a few tools I can't live without:

- HF brake line bleeder. I hardly ever hook it up to the air compressor, but it's perfect for collecting the fluid when I bleed brakes
- drill press vice grip clamps. I don't have any of these [yet] but after seeing chocflip's i need some
- HF chisel set. I use these weekly
- ratcheting box-end wrenches with swivel head. So handy
- welder - for SO many reasons. I can't live without a welder.
 

jentzschman

Well-Known Member
Location
Sandy, Utah
A few off the top of my head:

a wide range of metric sockets and adapters.
metric wrenches
10mm wrench and socket
8mm wrench and socket
 

UT410

On jack stands.
Supporting Member
Location
Holladay
My most used:

- Good quality flashlight
- multimeter
- S-O strikable pry bars
- multi-bit screwdriver (I love my ratcheting screwdriver, too)
- locking pliers
- 4.5" angle grinder
- ratcheting (with reverse) wrenches
- breaker bar
- impact driver
- my bottle of acetone/ATF mix
- pencil/sharpie/soapstone
 

ChestonScout

opinions are like Jeeps..
Location
Clinton, Ut
while fabricating.....i cant live with out my porta band saw. I love it!


Also, I dont like doing much fabbin anymore without my plasma cutter. Ive been spoiled.


And speaking of spoiled.....One of the best tools out there and one which I dont have is a friggin SHOP!! I used to be fine working on everything in the driveway. But after borrowing a few shops and working in others, I cant live without one anymore. Im trying to decide on building one in the back yard or moving so I can get a place with one
 

jeep-N-montero

Formerly black_ZJ
Location
Bountiful
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My streamlight strion led is one of my favorite investments of all time. Bright, lightweight, durable and most importantly: rechargeable.
I love my Streamlight LED headlamp, works great when wrenching on the Jeep at night.
 

sixstringsteve

Well-Known Member
Location
UT
while fabricating.....i cant live with out my porta band saw. I love it!
what do you use if for? What I mean is, how is it more useful than an angle grinder for cutting stuff? I've been trying to justify a porta band and the swag table to turn it into an upright band saw but I've struggled to convince myself I'd use it very much as a porta band.
 

UT410

On jack stands.
Supporting Member
Location
Holladay
I use mine for things like cutting pipe/conduit to flat stock to fence posts (even wood has been run through it). I recently trimmed 20 bolts that were too long but were what we had on hand. I used it to cut my Interlake rack uprights for both my shelving and a wheel rack I fabricated.

I've looked into the Swag kit but I've gotten by with holding it in my hand while the piece is mounted in the vice.

Edit: I bought mine broken on KSL for $45, I think, and spent 20-30 bucks on parts to fix it. I wish I had the case as it just sits awkwardly on the shelf.
 
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sixstringsteve

Well-Known Member
Location
UT
Nothing exciting, just a few vise grip stuff things. I've yet to find a knock-off that is even close to 1/2 as good as vice-grip brand.

Vise-Grip 10LW Locking Wrench with Wire Cutter

2 x Vise-Grip 12LC 12-Inch Vise-Grip Large Jaw Locking Pliers

Stanley 85-610 10-Inch Long MaxGrip Locking Adjustable Wrench

Vise-Grip 4LW Locking Wrench with Wire Cutter

Vise-Grip 7LW Locking Wrench With Wire Cutter


I can't afford the porta-band or swag table yet. Those will have to wait.
 
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