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Old 07-19-2009, 08:25 AM   #16
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a question I always wanted to ask pro's and weekend warriors who know better....


Some of my favorite tools

Makita 18v Lithium impact cordless
Dewalt 18v cordless drill
Dewalt 10" miter and table saw with stands
20 oz plumb hammer ( wish they made a bigger one)
Milwaukee right angle drill, saw z all
bosch 1/2" hammer drill and the larger rotary hammer drill
bosch jig saw
makita skill saw ( the best dust manager, you never lose sight of your line)
8 1/4" worm Skill saw
porter cable router, belt sander. orbital sander
MetWrench socket set ( dont make anymore)
craftsman T square, the adjustable T comes in handy
Rigid air compressor
Bostitch & porter cable finish air tools and Bostitch framer
Fat Max 30' tape measure
and too many small hand tools to list but I like to try out other tools when I see them but they have to be really good to convince me Im wrong on the tools I all ready own.

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Old 07-19-2009, 08:31 AM   #17
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throw away a TOOL???
not me!
the stripped phillips turn into awls,
and the flatheads get re-sharpened or turn into chisels....
i never waste tools....

DM
Actually now that I have a grinder I regring them flat
But if the old tip was heat treated then it won't have the same strength
I haven't used an awl in years....but they'd make a good ice pick
It's usually the phillips heads that I toss - cheap ones
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Old 07-19-2009, 08:44 AM   #18
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thanks so much. I'm totally bookmarking this thread... obviously it will take a while for me to buy all of these $$ tools... but I'm determined to get a good set of real tools.

a little antecdotal note about never throwing out tools:

Last week, I was rummaging last week through mom's pile of destroyed tools (aka her "tool chest")... I got desperate... I actually used grandpa's screwdriver and hammer (he passed away almost 30 years ago, and hand-made all of his tools... most are 80+ years old!) I don't like using them though... they're antiques, very pretty, and have obvious sentimental value....

kudos to grandpa... they're the only tools we never destroyed!
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Old 07-19-2009, 09:33 PM   #19
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I have a Makita 1/2 drill and recip saw,,,corded and cords are frayed will they replace cords for free like they used to years ago????
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Old 07-20-2009, 08:16 PM   #20
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The best masonry tools are W. Rose. Levels are hands down Crick. And power tools are Hilti, Dewalt, and Hitachi.
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Old 07-21-2009, 12:29 AM   #21
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I buy the most expensive tool I can afford at the time. (with some research, comsumer reports, woodworking mags and the like) If a tool breaks, I don't buy another one just like it (exception:Dewalt cordless driver) Most of my power tools are Dewalt. I have some Hilti, a few Ryobi and everything else in between.
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Old 07-21-2009, 06:53 AM   #22
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Hammer=Estwing
Hand saws= Disston
Pliers= Channelock
Screwdrivers= Craftsman, Mac, Stanley
Sockets, Ratchets= Mac, Craftsman
Lock pliers= Visegrip
Plumbing tools= Rigid
Electrical tools= Klein
Hole saws, drills= Irwin, Starrett, Hansen
Wrenches= Proto, Mac, Craftsman
Air nailers= Bostich, Senco

Watch out with Stanley. They make a number of different lines from consumer to pro. You have to buy their top line to get quality.
Power tools= DeWalt or Porter-Cable Black & Decker used to be a good pro line, but has been downgraded to a consumer line. If you find some old B&D tools in good shape, they are well made.
You'll pay more for top quality, but you'll have them forever. I stll have the first socket set I ever bought and that was in ......er....... too long ago to remember.
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Old 07-21-2009, 07:12 AM   #23
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I also check out the HP ratings of saws/tools
I had a skil saw that still worked - but underpowered
I bought a Rigid saw & it was like night & day

Same goes for chainsaw - I finally bought a Husky - nice saw
Went out to cut a log up, came back in about 15 minutes later
Wife wanted to know what was wrong, nothing - I'm done
I used it w/28" blade to cut up more logs that were 54" in diameter

Laos check the blades & put new blades in when required/cutting slows
Bought this house & I was opening up a wall - sheetrock/studs - or so I thought
Cutting was geeting tough w/sawzall - pulle dit out - NO teeth left
The wall was a cement like board from the 50's, wears blades out fast
I keep junk blades for rough work & use new blades for precision cutting
I even kept my old table saw after buying a new one to cut old scrap up to burn or throw out

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