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Old 05-27-2008, 07:22 PM   #1
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I'm only 23 and within the next couple years I would really like to venture out on my own. I worked alone with a sub for 3 years installing high end Windows/Doors and now do Excavation/Landscaping. I'm saving like crazy and really plan on getting into the house flipping business.

All the business talk aside, I am buying tools weekly that I know I will use. What tools do you find that are a must when doing certain tasks? I know basics but want to pick and choose. I like variety
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http://www.contractortalk.com/forumdisplay.php?f=11

Take a look around.

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I own just about every tool known to man. But one tool that I use the heck out of is my roto zip. When hanging drywall, wainscot, or wonderboard I don't know how I ever got by doing it any other way. I have all the attachments that came with the kit, and I rarely use them. It is always configured as a cutout tool.

Next on my list is a Fein MultiMaster. Nothing compares to their capabilities.

Strangely enough, my Japanese dozuki pull-saw gets used on basically every project I do. Nothing cuts cleaner or faster. It is the best tool I have found for making 90* cuts on base shoe, and is faster than getting off my butt to go to the miter saw. They're about $40-50 at woodworking stores.

A good laser is a nice thing to have.
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Old 05-28-2008, 03:51 PM   #4
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impact driver
palm nailer
right angle drill
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I'll second the multimaster, great tool.And I love the kreg pocket hole jig.

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I'll second the multimaster, great tool.And I love the kreg pocket hole jig.

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How did I forget that! I don't know how I made due without one. For building mantels and columns they're very handy.
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Another great use is for cabinet face frames. I've got some festools down at the shop that I've had since Dec. that I haven't even played around with yet, but supposed to be real good stuff.

If you're going to be doing any trim work get one of these, I love mine, cool little tool.

http://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B000FK3W0U

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Thanks alot guys. Really informative helpful posts. I almost forgot how many times a right angle drill came in very useful!

Gonna check out the rotozip and multimaster as well. Definitely need that nail set as well. I used them alot when installing windows and doors.
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Old 05-28-2008, 08:23 PM   #9
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The best way is to learn as much about tools as you can by reading about them and visiting manufacturer websites or walking around the tools section in stores. Think about jobs you have done where a tool you see would have made it easier and posible jobs you might run into where a certain tool might help out. Then buy the ones you think will be most useful. Good luck and you can never buy to many tools!
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Instead of trying to buy them all at once, purchase over time. And always have a 2nd set of the most used items (Screwdrivers, wrench sets, socket sets, wrenchs (monkey, crescent, slipjaw, etc), pry bars, hammers). Over a 10 year time, I have acquired a nice set, but still need stuff like a Table Saw, hand saw, router, etc.
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