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Old 07-19-2009, 08:25 AM   #16
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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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Originally Posted by DangerMouse View Post
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....

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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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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