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What's the Coolest Tool in Your Garage?



  • zaken1zaken1 Posts: 556
    It may not look very impressive, but a spring loaded center punch has become one of the most useful and valued tools in my collection. It is much, much easier to use this tool for making punch marks exactly where you want them to be. And it saved my neck one day on an isolated highway near Bakersfield when a check valve came loose in the Holley track fuel pump on my Mopar; and cut off the fuel flow. We took the pump apart, found the check valve, pressed it back into place, and center punched a row of dimples above the rim of the valve to keep it in place. That was 3 years ago, and that pump is still working.

    Harbor Freight Tools has the best price for this item.
  • ptg0ptg0 Posts: 4
    My favorite tool in my garage is my Scotchman Ironworker. You just cant beat it for punching 1" Dia holes in 1/2" plate.
  • mark149mark149 Posts: 7
    Easy one. A BFH. Easyest tool to use if you use it correctly.Also one of the worest tools used uncorrectly.
  • carztechcarztech Posts: 4
    My favorite tool in my garage is my Maxxeon work light. My second favorite tool is my Facom #2 phillips that has lasted for about 10 years and is almost as good as the day I bought it. My third favorite tool WAS a OTC meter that I had over 10 years, but seems to have disappeared!
  • danharrisdanharris Posts: 9
    Yeah. Ridgid makes a see-snake micro which is an LCD video camera which has a 3 ft reach. I am a Plumber by trade and we use a large version of the video camera to inspect drains so I only thought it would be right to by the mini version.. It is well lit for dark areas, and is also very compact. I use it all the time I would have to say it was $200 well invested.
  • carztechcarztech Posts: 4
    I have been told by some mechanics that their boroscope has been an excellent investment, although I don't have one (yet). It is definately on my shopping list!
  • ugfmugfm Posts: 1
    Yes, a boroscope is a great tool. But for those situations where what you need is a tiny, very bright light on a flexible neck, you can't beat the WorkStar 440 for only $50. If a picture is worth a thousand words, then here's the picture:
    WorkStar 440
  • euphoniumeuphonium Great Northwest, West of the Cascades.Posts: 3,321
    With three cars and an I/O boat, it comes in handy regularly. Of the three cars, we drive just one most of the time. Next to the charger would be the pull down light.
  • paisanpaisan Posts: 21,181
    Nice, what kind of boat? I have a 33 Baja Outlaw w/Twin 502s :)

  • euphoniumeuphonium Great Northwest, West of the Cascades.Posts: 3,321
    That's not a boat, it's a 33 foot torpedo.

    We still have a 1977 SeaRay 17' OMC 190 I/O with 600 hours. The engine is a Ford 302 2V & 3.5 to 4 gallons per hour when cruising NW lakes and rivers @ 2,500 to 3,000 RPM. 14X19 prop helps the economy, but when the kids were home they used a 14X17 super cup for slalom skiing. ;)
  • paisanpaisan Posts: 21,181
    Nice, I jumped from a 1960something Glastron 15' w/55hp Johnson Outboard to a 1980something 17' bowrider w/90hp Johnson Outboard to 2 years ago a 22ft Baja with a 454 w/cams then last year to the 33ft Baja with the twin 502s.

    The 502s are great engines and pump out 415hp each, I've managed to get the 33 up to 70mph with 185gal of gas and 6 people on board! :)

    Til I hit a log last sept and my insurance company won't cover :(

  • ahinsonahinson Posts: 17
  • euphoniumeuphonium Great Northwest, West of the Cascades.Posts: 3,321
    Did the insurance company deny your claim by invoking the Racing Exclusion? :cry:
  • paisanpaisan Posts: 21,181
    Nope, my insurance actually would cover Poker Runs, they invoked the "no evidence of an impact, hull appears to have delaminated"

    What happened was I hit a log near the GWB on the Hudson river and had to drive about 15 miles south to the launch ramp to get it out of the water, during that time and distance the fiberglas pealed back from the point of impact, and thereby removing the evidence of impact. So now I have a $70k planter :(

  • euphoniumeuphonium Great Northwest, West of the Cascades.Posts: 3,321
    Have you or did you inter into arbitration? Others aboard would testify as to the big thud, noise, & impact. In my 50 years of insurance I never had a boat claim denied and many happened on the Columbia hitting logs, deadheads, and what not.

    Your story frustrates me and the company should arbitrate the loss.
  • jipsterjipster Posts: 5,345
    While we're on the topic of air compressors, I'm looking for one to inflate car tires

    I like the battery operated air compressors for tires. Sears has a nice one for about $40. A lot quicker and less hassle than the cheap 19 dollar/plug in jobs that take 5-10 minutes to put 6 or 7 psi in a tire.
  • paisanpaisan Posts: 21,181
    I'm in contact with a lawyer now, so hopefully I'll get something toward it. Only saving thing is that it is paid for so I'm not paying for something I can't use :(

  • Can anyone recommend from personal experience a high quality portable jump starter? The one I had died after only 1 year and zero jumps even though I kept it charged up.

    Features I'd like are:
    1. On/Off switch
    2. Cables that aren't too short
    3. Reasonably accurate battery meter
    4. Air Compressor (not mandatory)
  • carztechcarztech Posts: 4
    These portable jump starters can be a real problem. There is a great range of quality in these types of products. I would suggest that you speak to your local mobile automotive tool dealer and ask him what unit he sells to his customers. Do not expect to pay $49 for it!
  • The super expensive ones I've seen don't have on/off switches, though. Here are two that I'm considering:

    1. AutoSport 660i

    2. Schumacher IP-1875C

    They both have all the features I want and both are under $150.
    The AutoSport 660i is rated at about twice the power of the Schumacher, seems to be bigger and have longer cables too.

    As for quality, I have no idea.
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