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Old 03-15-2010, 10:59 AM   #1
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My pick would definitely be a cordless drill. I use that tool far more than any other tool around the house. I use one nearly every day. I have my lightweight cheapo B&D version for small jobs and I have a heavyweight 18v dewalt hammerdrill combo for my heavy duty projects. A cordless drill is by far the one tool I couldnt live without.

How about the rest of you?

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Old 03-15-2010, 03:21 PM   #2
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my favorite tool used to be a decent cordless drill, now its a cordless impact driver. Its purpose built for driving screws as opposed to a drill that is just okay for that purpose.

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Old 03-15-2010, 03:30 PM   #3
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It depends on what work I'm doing that particular day. Lately it's been a knife of some variety, a drill / driver (I have the same Makita Brik has. It's fantastic) and a 10-in-1 Painters Tool.

The painters tool probably gets more work than anything else I own at the moment, but I've been doing a lot of painting and scraping recently.
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The ones I buy the day they break----------That's my test----

SawsAll
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1/2"drill
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The ones I buy the day they break----------That's my test----

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1/2"drill
SkillSaw
Brad gun
Buy your tools at harbor freight and youll be replacing them on a weekly basis.
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Old 03-15-2010, 09:31 PM   #6
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I try to buy the best tool for the job----I kill a lot of tools--I figure if I destroy a tool that it simply wasn't up for the job---

That being said--I've had some good experiences with a few of Harbor Freights tools--Angle grinder--Little 4" wet saw-That's been cutting Durrock for over 10 years.

I have worn out a lot of compressors over the years--They paid for themselves -SawsAlls--a small pile

I can not complain --I just wish there was a repair shop near by---
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Gloves, in multiple pairs,
- skin tight goatskin for electrical
- mechanics style w/padded knuckles for demo
- good leather gardener's for everything in between

Second battery charger for my 18V cordless stuff and extra battery.
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Milwaukee Sawzall hands down. This tool gets more use than any other tool I have. Every renovation starts with a reciprocating saw.
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I would have said my drill a while ago but now it is definitely my impact driver. I use that thing all the time. Recently was helping a buddy put up drywall, used my impact with a dimpler bit......man that was nice.

I find a 10 in 1 painters tool, 1 inch chisel, and a pair of channel locks to be the most used things in my tool belt when tackling most projects.

When I was helping my buddy drywall his ceiling the panel lifter might have won best tool that day.
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Old 03-18-2010, 12:43 PM   #10
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Ayuh,... I can't think of Any tool I can live without....
I'm pretty Handy,+ can do pretty much Anything that needs doin',...
When I'm doin' whatever, if it needs a "Special" tool,... I go buy it...
That's probably why I have several Shops, that're Packed to the rafters with "Special" as well as about every "Standard" tool, in various sizes...

I'm ready to add Brain Surgeon to my resume, as I do have a Scalpel, but I'm lackin' a Volunteer...
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My jobsite radio. No music--no worky. David
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For my deck project, my bosch power planer is great for flattening out bows and twists in the joists and beams. The 2x10s can vary in height from 9" to 9 3/8". With the planer I can level everything even. The 45 degree braces can be adjusted with the planer to fit flush with the posts and beams.
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I am new to the forum, but I think I could work with Thurman. The radio and my Hitachi drill/driver combo set. I never leave home without them.
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Old 03-24-2010, 02:21 AM   #14
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I recently got a cordless impact driver -- and now I wonder how I got by with just cordless drills in the past. I've also been surprised by how often I take out two cheap Harbor Freight drills I bought on impulse -- a low-rpm one that I use for steel and a hammer drill for concrete.

But here's the surprising answer: I recently got a dog bone wrench on impulse (I remembered one from my father's shop, but hadn't seen one in years). I put it on a pegboard hook above my bench -- mostly because I thought it was a goofy tool. But in doing a lot of little jobs at the bench, I'm surprised at how often I grab it. It feels a little more precise than a crescent wrench -- and, of course, it reminds me of my father.

So, I'll say: Dog Bone Wrench.

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Jobsite radio with AM talk shows all day.

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