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#17 of 46 Best tool in my garage
May 26, 2006 (7:11 am)
If you're like me and you need to change tires a lot at track days or autocross events, you need this tool.
It's a Snap-On 1/2"-drive breaker bar, with a twist - literally. It combines the hand-crank shape and of a speed handle, with the pivoting end of a standard breaker bar. Here's a link
The nearly 18" handle length allows me to break lug nuts loose, and the wobbly bit lets me straighten it out and spin them off quickly in speed handle mode. Installing is, as they say, the reverse of removal: Spin the nuts on with mixer action, then bend the handle 90 degrees to seat them.
I'm gagging on the current price though. I didn't spend that much when I bought mine.
Still, if you are changing tires out at the track every other weekend, you need this.
#18 of 46 THE BADDEST TOOLS
Mar 10, 2007 (9:20 pm)
">link titleI own a Mercedes-Benz CL Structural certified shop so we are mandated by MB to purchase so many new tools each year and because we are a CL Structural shop we have to have tools to work on aluminum, boron, etc. We've got a bunch of cool tools. We've got a air puller (AP95) made by Wielander and Schill, this thing is awesome. If you've got a dent you take the "gun" and set the depth you need it to be pulled to, depress the trigger and the tip drops down welds to the surface pulls to the set depth and twists to break the weld, all in one fast step. Thats it, move over and hit the trigger again then go back in between those to make sure you've got it right.
We got a bad welder made by Wielander & Schill, we've got the second one in the country as of now. It is the new Inverta Spot GT. This thing records every weld, you can put the VIN, operators name, invoice number, etc and it stores all this info in the welder's computer so you can go back and look at exactly how many welds were put in that car and how much time it took. But the most important thing about this welder is how powerful it is. The new Mercedes, BMW, etc use boron/high strength steel and you need high amps to securely weld these products. The last Inverta Spot GT we bought a few years ago could weld 9,000 amps however that isnt powerful enough for these new cars. The new cars are welding sometimes 12,000 amps, so this welder will not safely weld these cars. The new Inverta Spot GT welds at 14,000 amps.
As NACE we took 2 pieces or 1/8" thick boron and welded it with the 9,000 amp welder where the two pieces overlapped. We added another weld on each side to make it even stonger. We took the "bar", held it up and hit it with a small hammer......it broke, so imagine what would happen if you had been in an accident and your car was repaired with at 9,000 amp welder or less and then 6 months later you got into another wreck, not a good situation. Thats why this new Inverta Spot GT is essential for high-end repairs. A 14,000 amp welder that makes little to no noise, has a magnetic field less than 30% of the legal limit, can store 100,000 welds, you can weld with it all day without replacing the water supply and you can weld all day and then touch the tips and they not be hot at all, that is a cool machine.
Wielander and Schill makes some of the best stuff around, take a look at their website,
#19 of 46 sockets
Aug 19, 2007 (3:39 pm)
i recently purchased a set of 3/8 impact sockets from mac. they have been a life saver as they will remove a fastener at 60% plus rounded and replace it. i am very pleased with them.
#20 of 46 borescope or videoscope tool?
by Stever@Edmunds HOST
Sep 28, 2007 (8:42 am)
These gizmos are getting under $300, and can be used to look inside and inspect door panels or engine compartments. Anyone have one?
One example: Borescope Inspection Tool
Home Depot is supposed to have a Ridgid brand one too.
#21 of 46 Re: borescope or videoscope tool? [steve_]
Oct 21, 2007 (9:40 pm)
A buddy of mine bought a fiber optic based tool that looks like the borescope. We inserted it through the spark plug hole on a 4 cylinder Yamaha motorcycle engine. I could see some marks on the cylinder wall, but it was extremely difficult to know what you were looking at, or just where it was in the cylinder. We decided it was useless for locating anything other than major engine damage.
#22 of 46 small things can be cool, too
Oct 21, 2007 (10:01 pm)
It may not look very impressive, but a spring loaded center punch has become one of the most useful and valued tools in my collection. It is much, much easier to use this tool for making punch marks exactly where you want them to be. And it saved my neck one day on an isolated highway near Bakersfield when a check valve came loose in the Holley track fuel pump on my Mopar; and cut off the fuel flow. We took the pump apart, found the check valve, pressed it back into place, and center punched a row of dimples above the rim of the valve to keep it in place. That was 3 years ago, and that pump is still working.
Harbor Freight Tools has the best price for this item.
#23 of 46 Scotchman Iron worker
May 09, 2008 (6:24 pm)
My favorite tool in my garage is my Scotchman Ironworker. You just cant beat it for punching 1" Dia holes in 1/2" plate.
#24 of 46 Re: Titanium Chisel [mako1a]
May 14, 2008 (10:48 am)
Easy one. A BFH. Easyest tool to use if you use it correctly.Also one of the worest tools used uncorrectly.
#25 of 46 Maxxeon Work Light
May 15, 2008 (4:56 am)
My favorite tool in my garage is my Maxxeon work light. My second favorite tool is my Facom #2 phillips that has lasted for about 10 years and is almost as good as the day I bought it. My third favorite tool WAS a OTC meter that I had over 10 years, but seems to have disappeared!
#26 of 46 Re: borescope or videoscope tool? [steve_]
May 23, 2008 (7:18 pm)
Yeah. Ridgid makes a see-snake micro which is an LCD video camera which has a 3 ft reach. I am a Plumber by trade and we use a large version of the video camera to inspect drains so I only thought it would be right to by the mini version.. It is well lit for dark areas, and is also very compact. I use it all the time I would have to say it was $200 well invested.