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Old 01-18-2020, 10:22 PM   #1
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I do not know about you guys, but I am a tool whore! Those of you who love tools. Post pics of your favorite go to tools, set ups, or special/home made tools.

I am going to start by posting my favorite drawers in my tool box. I will add more stuff later on. I am anxious to see your guys tools. Show me the tool porn!!

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Goals!!!! nice setup you have gotta love it!
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You got more in tools than 95% of peoples 240’s on here lol
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lol well I use them everyday so I can justify it. I just hide the receipts from my wife lol


come on guys help me get the ball rolling post some pics. Show us the tools you always find in your hand when working in your cars.
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lol well I use them everyday so I can justify it. I just hide the receipts from my wife lol
LOL. I hear this alot. Shit's expensive, but having the right tool for the task is the best. Just the time, and frustration saved.
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I have big tools for diesel...you guys don’t wanna see that. I can tell by just looking at your box and collection you’re an auto mechanic. So many tools that become outdated or are specific to one model/make. No wonder auto mechanics never make it big unless they move into exotic.
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I have big tools for diesel...you guys don’t wanna see that. I can tell by just looking at your box and collection you’re an auto mechanic. So many tools that become outdated or are specific to one model/make. No wonder auto mechanics never make it big unless they move into exotic.
It doesn't sound like you have any idea what you're looking at.... none of what you said applies to those tools.

Pretty hard to follow OP's box, but I'll see what I can do for pictures.
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It doesn't sound like you have any idea what you're looking at.... none of what you said applies to those tools.

Pretty hard to follow OP's box, but I'll see what I can do for pictures.
Maybe it’s you who should open your fucking eyes. I don’t see one socket over 2”. So now little boy...sit down and be quiet.

Never said anything was wrong with OP’s box, just that auto mechanic speciality tools change by the varying years and it’s hard to keep up to date. Ask an auto mechanic how much money they have invested in tools then ask a diesel or heavy equipment mechanic. I’m willing to bet it’s a lot more for the auto guys.

But again...I have no idea and you’re a fucking tool guru...hope you work for strap on.
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Maybe it’s you who should open your fucking eyes. I don’t see one socket over 2”. So now little boy...sit down and be quiet.

Never said anything was wrong with OP’s box, just that auto mechanic speciality tools change by the varying years and it’s hard to keep up to date. Ask an auto mechanic how much money they have invested in tools then ask a diesel or heavy equipment mechanic. I’m willing to bet it’s a lot more for the auto guys.

But again...I have no idea and you’re a fucking tool guru...hope you work for strap on.
You think sockets under 2in only work on one car?

Heavy trucks have tiny fasteners all over them. What he showed there is big enough to do most jobs on most cars, light, and medium duty trucks. Presumably large drive lives in a different drawer. He could work on a car so old the body is tin tacked over wood, or he could work on a late model exotic, or all sorts of equipment. There's nothing model specific about hose pliars and sockets.

So you came to spew random bullshit to feed your ego, and I pointed out that what you said isn't true, and you came all angry and trying to reverse-engineer your statements.

Yeah, auto mechanics certainly need a great variety of tools, unless they do specialize in one thing. But that's not what you said.
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You think sockets under 2in only work on one car?

Heavy trucks have tiny fasteners all over them. What he showed there is big enough to do most jobs on most cars, light, and medium duty trucks. Presumably large drive lives in a different drawer. He could work on a car so old the body is tin tacked over wood, or he could work on a late model exotic, or all sorts of equipment. There's nothing model specific about hose pliars and sockets.

So you came to spew random bullshit to feed your ego, and I pointed out that what you said isn't true, and you came all angry and trying to reverse-engineer your statements.

Yeah, auto mechanics certainly need a great variety of tools, unless they do specialize in one thing. But that's not what you said.
I’ve got a pair of 2” nuts for your mouth boy, let me how you want them. You done? You could have ended right there you cunt.
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LOL. I hear this alot. Shit's expensive, but having the right tool for the task is the best. Just the time, and frustration saved.
Absolutely! Having the right tool will make all the difference. A technician is only as good as his tools. So long as my wife doesn't know what I am spending I can keep buying tools lol.

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There is a lot of truth to that. I own many specialty tools. I do have a specialty that I do in the shop. BMW more than anything MINI & Rolls Royce. I also do alot of Bentley & Mitsubishi Evos. Honestly though I will work on anything. Right now I have a 510 in the shop with a KA24DE lol.

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It doesn't sound like you have any idea what you're looking at.... none of what you said applies to those tools.

Pretty hard to follow OP's box, but I'll see what I can do for pictures.
Yes please post this thread needs to get rolling!

You are correct as far as the pictures I posted they all are general hand tools but he does have a point that many things for us become obsolete.


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Maybe it’s you who should open your fucking eyes. I don’t see one socket over 2”. So now little boy...sit down and be quiet.

Never said anything was wrong with OP’s box, just that auto mechanic speciality tools change by the varying years and it’s hard to keep up to date. Ask an auto mechanic how much money they have invested in tools then ask a diesel or heavy equipment mechanic. I’m willing to bet it’s a lot more for the auto guys.

But again...I have no idea and you’re a fucking tool guru...hope you work for strap on.
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You think sockets under 2in only work on one car?

Heavy trucks have tiny fasteners all over them. What he showed there is big enough to do most jobs on most cars, light, and medium duty trucks. Presumably large drive lives in a different drawer. He could work on a car so old the body is tin tacked over wood, or he could work on a late model exotic, or all sorts of equipment. There's nothing model specific about hose pliars and sockets.

So you came to spew random bullshit to feed your ego, and I pointed out that what you said isn't true, and you came all angry and trying to reverse-engineer your statements.

Yeah, auto mechanics certainly need a great variety of tools, unless they do specialize in one thing. But that's not what you said.

Guys come on lets not fight. I want to see those tools. Big diesel tools tickle my fancy. I always loved diesel. I have a F350 and working on that is cool but a Peterbuilt or a real International is something I have no experience with. Show me the tools of the trade.
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One of my most used items in my arsenal. This is one of those item's I am constantly finding in my hand day to day. Its my scantool/labscope. I solve many mysteries with this guy.

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Pull out that collection you fucking twat...

These are my at work tool boxes with a few random drawer shots.







Just picked this guy up for at home.

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Hell Yeah ! How do you like the tech series from mac? Does it stand up there with your Masters?

Gotta have a home set up no doubt. I dig it man you work on heavy equipment shit is dope.


As far as battery powered tools, what brand would you say has the most break away power?
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Pull out that collection you fucking twat...
I said from the start, I can't follow OP's stuff, or obviously, yours. You keep talking about me to distract from your obvious bullshit.

Anyway, you asked for it buddy, here's some blur off my phone.

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Great collection ! Love that you have the pups at work with you! I have heard of Homak but never had the change to get tangible with it. Looks nice give me some honest feed back on the quality. Flash light is a great one ! I love my streamlights. 1/4 is always my go to if feasible thank you very much for the contribution.
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I got them because NAPA does them, and I live in the middle of nowhere - as such, it's a major pain (could cost hundreds in fuel alone, depending on what I drive and what I'm getting) to go get a nice box in a city, so I got both of the homaks at their fiscal year end clearance.

The green one was not thought out for mechanics, I really don't like the drawer organization on top at all, though the bottom would be a nice box on it's own. I'd like to trade or sell the top, and get myself another bottom, I generally have decided I dislike tops, I find that I can't use them efficiently and it mostly makes the whole thing a tool-dump that I leave stuff I don't use much in.

They have latching drawers, the handles must be pivoted up about 40 degrees to unlatch each drawer - it could have a better feel and the catches can be frustrating because things in the drawer can keep them from moving right. The slides are good and the weight capacity is good in the sense that they're obviously not about to break, but they could be a little less wavy when they're heavy and open. Some of the fit could be better, my little drawers on top of the black one are not quite the same level, and I saw another one recently that was just the same.

The casters are pretty good, they're not the nicest feeling ever and have hard wheels, so they're not quiet, but they've taken plenty of abuse, we've got rough floors with a few steep cracked ramps to slightly different levels, including outside, and the black box has never complained at all, other than the horrible noises when a caster sticks in a crack and drags.

The drawer latches are also great for going up ramps or uneven ground, nothing more aggravating than 500lbs jumping out the opposite side of a box you're trying to move.

The year before I got the first one, I'd looked into homak and found their big boxes were all made in the US, but a while ago I found my papers from those and they're both china. I'm happy with my purchases, I got them to use and serve me now, not some day as my ideal box, but in future for things in this price range I will buy HF or used matco/mac/snappy. If I was buying a cheap used one I'd probably avoid homak, they're in the middle of the spectrum, so you get diminishing rewards from either expensive or cheap boxes.

I mean I like them and would acquire them again sans the top, but not without a total steal.

Other than the homak style drawer latches, the black one's a dead nuts copy of a matco, as far as I can tell.

I guess they're normal NAPA tool quality: not the most luxurious, but they'll do some work.
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I got them because NAPA does them, and I live in the middle of nowhere - as such, it's a major pain (could cost hundreds in fuel alone, depending on what I drive and what I'm getting) to go get a nice box in a city, so I got both of the homaks at their fiscal year end clearance.

The green one was not thought out for mechanics, I really don't like the drawer organization on top at all, though the bottom would be a nice box on it's own. I'd like to trade or sell the top, and get myself another bottom, I generally have decided I dislike tops, I find that I can't use them efficiently and it mostly makes the whole thing a tool-dump that I leave stuff I don't use much in.

They have latching drawers, the handles must be pivoted up about 40 degrees to unlatch each drawer - it could have a better feel and the catches can be frustrating because things in the drawer can keep them from moving right. The slides are good and the weight capacity is good in the sense that they're obviously not about to break, but they could be a little less wavy when they're heavy and open. Some of the fit could be better, my little drawers on top of the black one are not quite the same level, and I saw another one recently that was just the same.

The casters are pretty good, they're not the nicest feeling ever and have hard wheels, so they're not quiet, but they've taken plenty of abuse, we've got rough floors with a few steep cracked ramps to slightly different levels, including outside, and the black box has never complained at all, other than the horrible noises when a caster sticks in a crack and drags.

The drawer latches are also great for going up ramps or uneven ground, nothing more aggravating than 500lbs jumping out the opposite side of a box you're trying to move.

The year before I got the first one, I'd looked into homak and found their big boxes were all made in the US, but a while ago I found my papers from those and they're both china. I'm happy with my purchases, I got them to use and serve me now, not some day as my ideal box, but in future for things in this price range I will buy HF or used matco/mac/snappy. If I was buying a cheap used one I'd probably avoid homak, they're in the middle of the spectrum, so you get diminishing rewards from either expensive or cheap boxes.

I mean I like them and would acquire them again sans the top, but not without a total steal.

Other than the homak style drawer latches, the black one's a dead nuts copy of a matco, as far as I can tell.

I guess they're normal NAPA tool quality: not the most luxurious, but they'll do some work.
I sincerely appreciate the honesty in your review. Very detailed, I almost felt like I owned the box & cart for a second there lol.

If you want to buy a box in the future on a budget, the new ICON line from harbor freight is freaking awesome. Cannot beat the price. My old lady works for harbor freight corporate so I was able to see ICON stuff two years ago. I also Saw it at SEMA show in 2016 very impressive stuff.
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I sincerely appreciate the honesty in your review. Very detailed, I almost felt like I owned the box & cart for a second there lol.

If you want to buy a box in the future on a budget, the new ICON line from harbor freight is freaking awesome. Cannot beat the price. My old lady works for harbor freight corporate so I was able to see ICON stuff two years ago. I also Saw it at SEMA show in 2016 very impressive stuff.
Yeah, I got out to a HF around christmas, I was pretty impressed with their boxes, brandy-new for about the price (or less) of a nice used truck brand is tempting enough for me, I'll probably end up with one at some point.

When I can take some nicer pictures, I've got some stuff that I might post up, antique or unique or interesting or clever. I suppose I could also take better pictures when my stuff's not all a complete mess (Industrial hygiene is quite important to me, but that doesn't mean I have a of grasp on it).
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I suppose I could also take better pictures when my stuff's not all a complete mess (Industrial hygiene is quite important to me, but that doesn't mean I have a of grasp on it).

Lol I hear that loud & clear. I my self sometimes get much messier than Id like. Hey at least you're honest!

I do strive to make cleanliness a number one priority, but you cant always control all the variables.


Yes please post the rare & unusual would love that.
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Being someone who's done all three [diesel, auto and heavy duty] mechanics, I will say that I have full roll carts of specific tools for that application. For instance, I keep a triple bank with all the various tools I use for wrenching on whatever stupid shit I find myself in. Then I keep a roll cart of tools that are used in conjunction with the job at hand. Such as one cart will be for heavy mechanical work which has all the 2"+ sockets for axle nuts and wheel seal jobs, sockets for slack adjusters, etc.

I'd take pictures of all of my shit but it's 2 triple banks, 3 roll carts and some other various shit I keep in a locker that I rarely touch. I've spent far too much on my shit. It would make Adam LZ feel small. Maybe I should have done the whole YouTube thing a long time ago.
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yo. i'll pop back in later with actual pix, but if you don't have a set of these, def consider them. I use these things constantly when doing alignments/suspension



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+10 for Knipex. Those cobra head pliers will hold on for dear life.

In regards to HF tools, meh. I go there with the sole intention of buying whatever tool i need to either weld it, break it, machine it, or something.

Snap on, Mac, Matco can be over priced but you just have to find a good seller. There’s a reason why the name has a reputation. Even craftsman has become shit lately, with Lowe’s picking up the entire line.
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You aren't paying for the crazy ability of a SnapOn/Cornwell/MAC/Matco performance over another - you're paying for the convenience of someone coming to you to sell you shit and not ask for the full amount all in one shot and you're paying for the warranty. Sure, there are small differences in forging and materials but at the end of the day, I'll spend more knowing I'll never ever have to buy that shit again unless I lose it or it's stolen because the warranty covers me. Some people will go out and think SnapOn or whatever is the fucking shit and wear all their clothes and that's all fine and dandy but unless a specific brand has something SIGNIFICANTLY better than the other, I go with what's in my face. On Tuesday's if I need something, Cornwell gets my business. If it's a Friday, SnapOn does. If there is a massive price difference between the two, I go with whoever has the better product for the cost involved.

My main triple banks are filled with [and not limited to, just what comes to mind]:
Sockets: SnapOn
Wrenches: SnapOn
Picks/drivers: Cornwell
Prybars: SnapOn
Ratchets: SnapOn
Toolboxes: SnapOn/MAC
Power tools: Milwaukee
Air tools: SnapOn
Pliers: SnapOn/Cornwell/Knipex

Meanwhile, my roll cart that it's only function is to stay in my trailer is a BluePoint roll cart with BluePoint [SnapOn] and BluePower [Cornwell] tools with Milwaukee power tools. You can spend a lot for a little and get the job done but you can also spend a little for a lot and do the same shit. It's how you value your budget, your tools and your performance.
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I remember some of these threads. Linking them for reasons.

https://zilvia.net/f/showthread.php?t=561195
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So if I may, I would like your suggestions/advice. I don't have a fancy tool box or anything but I have enough to get shit done.

Does anyone have a recommendation for an air compressor to paint cars with or a welder for a beginner?

I'm figuring the air compressor will be in the range of 5hp and 60 or 80 gallons, to deliver the cfm needed at the gun.

Welding
I DC tigged at an intro class once. I migged (GMAW) for 11 weeks at an internship as well as helping out with FSAE during college (little brackets and tabs).

What would you recommend I do?
Goals are- weld steel and aluminum, some stainless steel

Should I?

Buy an expensive multiprocess welder like a miller multimatic 220 and be done with it?

Buy separate welders ( one good mig and a AC/DC tig welder)

Buy a good AC/DC Tig and get a cheap mig?

Crawl up in fetal position and sell my cars because I'm a nub scrub?



Another aspect of this question is, at my current residence (my parents house) the electrical panel is already overloaded. So that needs to be upgraded as well as run 220V lines out to the garage. The whole project is going to cost me $3200-3400.
I'm saving money for a house but everything in the 200-300k range in my area doesn't look like itll have a big enough garage or it's all old houses who will need electrical panel upgrades too.

Beef up my parents house where I have full access and am fully welcome to do whatever or wait until I get my own house which may or may not be suitable?

I don't mean to turn this into the Real Estate thread, just want to provide more information for the unlucky soul who tries to respond.
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Welding
I DC tigged at an intro class once. I migged (GMAW) for 11 weeks at an internship as well as helping out with FSAE during college (little brackets and tabs).

What would you recommend I do?
Goals are- weld steel and aluminum, some stainless steel

Should I?

Buy an expensive multiprocess welder like a miller multimatic 220 and be done with it?

Buy separate welders ( one good mig and a AC/DC tig welder)

Buy a good AC/DC Tig and get a cheap mig?
Lincoln easy mig 140 is best value IMO
https://www.northerntool.com/shop/to...SAAEgK35_D_BwE
stewart leask told me this is basically what he used to build his old silver coupe.


Everlast has a ton of great products for ac/dc tig, for various budgets.
https://www.everlastgenerators.com/?...SAAEgIPX_D_BwE
I have the powertig 200DV and have had nothing but good results. I don't use it that often and am by no means a professional welder though.
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Has anybody built a workbench from scratch? I'm thinking of putting my miter saw to use and wonder if anyone already has plans that I can tweak a bit and make my own.
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