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Question of the Week: What is your favorite tool?


#21

Well asking what’s my favorite tool is like asking what is my favorite child. I kind of pride myself on having the right tool for every job. An obsession my wife doesn’t understand. I would say a small set of 3/8” S&K sockets and ratchet I have owned for over 55 years.


#22

My Angle Grinder get lots of use…


#23

@Kyle Awesome for disassembly. But be careful on using impacts for reassembly. Just sayin’.


#24

@Jim-R - That’s a good point. I rarely use mine for assembling because even the moderate 450 ft/lbs it hits with has the potential to cause some major headaches if misplaced.


#25

It would have to be my sissor lift from Harbor Freight. don’t like to be on a creeper - at 77 to old for that. It gets the car 5ft. Of the ground. The limit is the ceiling in the garage. Even had my F150 on it with no problems.


#26

My shop vac. Don’t laugh. I have found MANY uses over the 40+ years. I own three: shop, home, beach house. Another is a torque wrench I inherited from my BFF, offered to me by his widow.


#27

Without a doubt, my Mohawk A-7 asymmetric 2-post lift. I am too old to be crawling around on my back under a car on either pavement or dirt!


#28

Along with my two post lift I think all my air tools would be next. They sure make life easy for an old guy that can’t turn tools like he used to, haha


#29

The one that I need RIGHT NOW to get the job DONE and done RIGHT!


#30

Quality Cobalt drill bits. I almost look forward to drilling 1/4 in steel plate just to watch how these great bits chew up the metal.


#31

I agree with Michael on the angle grinder. My Makita cordless, brushless gets used almost every time I’m in the garage.


#32

My brain - sooner or later, sometimes after a lot of trial and error, it helps me figure out how to get a job done with odd items when the proper tool is not available, or the manual doesn’t explain how to perform a task, and nobody has a YouTube video showing what to do.

My Dad taught me that with enough determination and perseverance one can accomplish a lot with just a little. He only had control of his thumb and the first two fingers on his right hand, but he never let that get in the way of doing a job, he just adapted and forged ahead.

Adversity is a great teacher.


#33

Favorite tools! I mostly agree, plus these

  • 2000 SQUARE FOOT 5-car garage/shop with room to move around.
  • 4-POST LIFT, bought at age 73 when I finally had the room.
  • AIR IMPACT WRENCH for disassembly - does things nothing else can.
  • ELECTRIC IMPACT DRILL, little brother to the air version is fabulous.
  • SOCKETS, ratchets, cranks, etc. from Plumb Tool during WWII.
  • LAPTOP on work bench to look up info and youtube.
  • CELLPHONE CAMERA: for seeing behind and under stuff!
  • HEATED GARAGE FLOOR - frolic in the shop with snow on the ground.

#34

When putting my Cobra together, I found my Makita 4" grinder was invaluable.


#35

My first choice is my 10,000lb 2 post lift. At 67 now, I spent too many years going up and down on my knees and onto a creeper. I should have got one 20 yrs ago.
Second choice is my (US made) Ingersoll-Rand 5 HP compressor. From it I can do 1000 tasks with hundreds of tools. The US made quality was worth it, compared to off-shore crap.
Last is my old Miller 35S MIG Welder. It is taped in front for 6 heat ranges, a spot feature and no, repeat NO circuit boards/electronics to fail. At 44 yrs old now, it is plug and play and has never failed for thousands of hrs. welding work.
Rick Metcalfe -Woodstock Ontario Canada


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#37

My phone. I do a lot of disassembly, and on-the-spot photos are invaluable. I discovered recently that filming the disassembly with my Go-Pro is even better.


#38

@cudamich I hear ya. Worked my way thru HS and College in a family owned Body Shop (now they call ‘em “collision centers”…and pretty attached to my old air tools. But honestly…I’m really starting to like the cordless stuff.


#39

The 60:1 gear reduction I put on our engine standEngine%20stand%20helper%20(2)


#40

Hard to pick and I’m sure I’m forgetting something but I have to with my Gearwrench set. There’s always some nut or bolt with barely any room to play and every time I think about how much time and trouble they save me.

Runner up is my cordless Sawzall, but I don’t use that on the cars.