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What's the Coolest Tool in Your Garage?



  • 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: 3,425
    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: 3,425
    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 Louisville, KentuckyPosts: 5,439
    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.
  • carztechcarztech Posts: 4
    Schumacher is a well-known brand that has been used by mechanics for years, and I would probably buy that unit simply because I am not familiar with the AutoSport unit.

    Another tool that is popular as an emergency item as well as a shop tool is the cordless rechargeable work and emergency light. I have had one of these in daily use for almost 2 years and it has never let me down -
  • I asked my mechanic (who uses SnapOn tools) about this today, and he said Schumacher is a good brand and I shouldn't have any problem with that one. So I think I'm going to order it.
  • The boroscope is definately very cool, I got mine here:

    Here's another tool thats comes in handy is my obd ii reader :
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