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Old 09-29-2016, 06:14 PM   #1
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What is a tool that you bought that is not part of a normal low-end toolset, that you now can't seem to do without? We all have crescent wrenches, vise grips, and hammers...

Recently I was working on my ATV and needed something strong that could latch down, but was in a very tight spot. I went to the tool store and...

Needle-nose vise grips! What an amazing tool that has bailed me out a few times since.

Anyone else have a non-standard tool that you love?
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Small ('restorer's') cat's paw.

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Cotter pin puller. I use it several times a week. Sometimes two or three times in a day. Although maybe once or twice a year to pull cotter pins lol
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That's crazy, before I even opened the thread the first thing that popped into my head was a cat's paw. Just recently started using one to redo some roof sheathing and I think it's probably the most handy tool I've ever bought.

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Painter's Multi tool comes in handy around most jobs. I carry one in my overalls at all times. Sharpen it on a water stone as required. Some of them have a spot to plug in a 1 inch bit for drywall screws. You can change it for other tips as required.
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Not bought specifically, just came in an auction box of miscellaneous.

No name brand and I'm not positive what it was specifically designed for, but I find it indispensable when completely destroying faucet aerators that would like to do nothing better than crumble with the slightest pressure.
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My kitchen has a welders' chipping hammer hanging from a peg. Originally bought to break apart frozen together ice cubes, most days I use it to punch an air hole in the bottoms of cans (so the contents slip easily out).

Turnabout is fair play: A large shot glass gives me just the right amount of Japan dryer, Penetrol, or Flotrol to add to a gallon of paint (as appropriate).

A plastic putty knife is pretty good at removing grass clumps from within the lawnmower.
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My kitchen has a welders' chipping hammer hanging from a peg. Originally bought to break apart frozen together ice cubes, most days I use it to punch an air hole in the bottoms of cans (so the contents slip easily out).
I was a kid before electricity was discovered and we had ice boxes. Therefore I was raised with an ice pick in the house to poke holes in things that needed holes punched, but Dad had a leather punch for harness repair.

So the uncommon ice pick in today's world but still in use at our house.

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great tool lenaitch, i made one just like it couple years back. took a carts paw and a extra old pry bar, welded them together.
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My father bought this little knife for me at a souvenir stand when I was about 5 years old. Probably cost a quarter back then. I still have it 50+ years later. It is the perfect size and shape for all kinds of tasks where you need to pick at something or scrape something. And I use it every day as a letter opener.

It's hard to tell from the photo, but it's about 4" long. (No, the compass never actually worked.)

Today, they'd throw my father in jail for buying a kid a deadly "weapon."
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Not bought specifically, just came in an auction box of miscellaneous.

No name brand and I'm not positive what it was specifically designed for, but I find it indispensable when completely destroying faucet aerators that would like to do nothing better than crumble with the slightest pressure.
Is an OIL FILTER tool.


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55 years of fixin and doin, The most useful tool and the most expensive I have in my tool kit is EXPERIENCE.

Then there is the Swiss army knife in my pocket.



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Ahh, the good old Swiss Army Knife! The idea of having one tool serve several needs is up there with questing after the Holy Grail.

Picking through the bins at Tractor Supply, I was intrigued by two variations on the ratchet.

One version had the handle come to a point- useful for lining things up. At the head, a hammer face was formed. The head had a 3/8 drive on one side, and a 1/2" drive on the other.

The other version placed a 3/8" ratchet drive at the end of the handle on a Crescent wrench.

I once saw a guy combine a Crescent wrench and Channellocks into one tool - pliers on one end, wrench on the other. Looked sensible.
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Is an OIL FILTER tool.


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Would be a mighty small oil filter. Do MOPEDS have oil filters?
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Is an OIL FILTER tool.


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It's a medieval torture device.


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