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Forum: The right (and wrong) tools

Discuss all the tools for your project: what you use, what you broke, etc.

  1. #1 tool for diagnosing automotive electrical systems = POWER PROBE 3

    http://www.powerprobeonline.com/power-probe-iii.html It is next on my Definitely Buy tool shortlist. I have used the older models and this one blows them away. I can't begin to tell you all how much time this would save a pro or diy mechanic.

    Started by Shadowlife25‎, 12-29-2009
    • Replies: 11
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    07-02-2011 Go to last post
  2. Air Compressors

    Let's talk. For general use, running a nailer, a DA, maybe an impact. I doubt I will run a sprayer. Price is a concern. 120v to run off a regular outlet. I am looking at this: http://www.lowes.com/pd_470443-30449-0332041_1z10d76__?productId=50129760&Ns=p_product_price|0&pl=1

    Started by Murgatroy‎, 06-22-2015
    • Replies: 16
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    06-26-2015 Go to last post
  3. Battery pack rebuilds

    I have a dewalt 18v hammer drill with one eh..battery and a dead one. I'm looking to rebuild them (I got the drill and everything for free years ago) to get better use out of the cordless drill. Anyone ever rebuild these? They're 18v NiCD battery packs. I can get two new ones for $120.

    Started by 4thgenceli‎, 09-09-2012
    • Replies: 5
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    09-23-2012 Go to last post
  4. Battery Tender Plus

    Battery Tender Plus is a great battery conditioner for those who store their cars on occassion: $64 http://batterytender.com/product_info.php?products_id=2&osCsid=077337535653defe30161a9c9ebd456b I also have the Battery Tender Jr which costs around $44. Takes a bit longer to charge to 100%...

    Started by goretro77‎, 01-19-2009
    • Replies: 2
    • Views: 752
    01-19-2009 Go to last post
  5. Best portable jump starter or power supply?

    I've been thinking about the harbor freight centech 5in1 because I like all the features or the Clore 1700 cause the reviews are so damn good. Anyone have good or bad stories about any brand?

    Started by 90ToyAllTrac‎, 07-04-2014
    • Replies: 0
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    07-04-2014 Go to last post
  6. Best Tools

    No, this isn't a contest for the mods... I am talking hand tools, and not of the flesh variety. I destroyed another Craftsman tool today, and every time I go to get them replaced, I get one from China. Do they make any decent tools in the USA?

    Started by Car_Barn_Bandit‎, 04-07-2010
    • Replies: 16
    • Views: 1,429
    04-07-2010 Go to last post
  7. building a workbench

    ok so i was browsing craigslist for a workbench and found a few but they re 100 dollars or morw when i got to thinking, he i just need someothing simple maybe ill build one. So i searched google and came up with this site here http://www.freeww.com/workbenches.html and decided on this bench,...

    Started by 85gtsblackman‎, 01-27-2009
    • Replies: 12
    • Views: 1,353
    02-01-2009 Go to last post
  8. Compressors - Oiled or oil free?

    So, about to replace my dead compressor with a 20 gallon one. My question is, there a benefit to oiled? Or should I go the lazy path and get an oil free one?

    Started by UtahSleeper‎, 05-22-2012
    • Replies: 13
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    05-26-2012 Go to last post
  9. cordless power.......

    Do you guys like the cordless screwdrivers/impact drivers? In my shop we do a lot of little stuff so they come in handy(battery installs, trim removal/installation, gm lug caps(hate those stupud things)). Im always finding my self borrowing one from another tech Which brand do you like? Makita...

    Started by celica9303‎, 08-05-2012
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    05-04-2014 Go to last post
  10. Diagnostic Tool: 90 celica ST

    Howdy, I'm trying to figure out what is wrong with my 90 Celica ST, more info found here http://www.celicatech.com/forums/showthread.php?t=41897, so I need a diagnostic tool that will give me error codes, but I am having trouble finding the right one. I've tried searching for "diagnostic tool"...

    Started by ssantos6981‎, 06-16-2009
    • Replies: 5
    • Views: 963
    10-10-2010 Go to last post
  11. EDU me on battery chargers

    I'm clueless. I don't have one, nor do I have jumper cables. I saw an advertisement for Battery Tender products while watching Powerblock this morning on Speed. How are they?

    Started by 4thgenceli‎, 01-30-2012
    • Replies: 8
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    01-31-2012 Go to last post
  12. Engine hoist woes..

    So my hoist doesn't sit level :( I fought with it removing the engine, and just hanging the engine on the stand it doesn't sit level. In order to have all the wheels on the ground, I need to stand on the one rear corner and it'll balance out. I'm thinking one of those engine levelers will...

    Started by 4thgenceli‎, 04-23-2010
    • Replies: 6
    • Views: 878
    05-11-2010 Go to last post
  13. Fasteners!

    Ok, So I have a hard time keeping track of every nut and bolt during a project. Moreover, I would often MUCH prefer to replace a lot of the rust caked bolts I'm replacing with shiny new ones. Who do you use for your fasteners? My best is always Lowes, but feel like I'm shopping in the...

    Started by Lonestag‎, 06-17-2014
    • Replies: 9
    • Views: 3,171
    06-27-2014 Go to last post
  14. Flashlight/Penlight

    I was curious as to which flashlight/penlight you guys use. I bought a Streamlight Stylus Pro last week and just love it. Alot of punch for such a small light. So what do you all carry in your pocket/tool box?

    Started by Audi90Quattro‎, 06-19-2008
    • Replies: 15
    • Views: 1,348
    01-29-2009 Go to last post
  15. Good oscilloscope?

    Anybody have recommendations on a good affordable o-scope for automotive work?

    Started by anachranerd‎, 03-05-2009
    • Replies: 20
    • Views: 1,373
    04-13-2010 Go to last post
  16. Good soldering equipment?

    So after trying the craftsman soldering iron (again), and realizing (again) that all of the tips are bad--they don't heat right, the core gets hot, but the outside just chips and falls apart, without reaching a usable temperature--I'm ready to buy something descent. I don't need professional...

    Started by crymson‎, 05-25-2010
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    • Replies: 11
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    05-03-2011 Go to last post
  17. Harbor Freight Earthquake Impact Wrench

    Bought one a couple days ago and used it to do a tire rotation today. Freaking amazing. Just as a "test," I threw it on my Crank Pulley nut today to see if it would take it off (since I'm doing my timing belt this weekend anyway). It took literally six seconds before it came loose. It hadn't...

    Started by Doowstados‎, 09-20-2011
    • Replies: 17
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    11-04-2011 Go to last post
  18. HF Portable Abrasive Blaster

    http://www.harborfreight.com/portable-abrasive-blaster-kit-37025.html So far i've only put some Soda media through it to work on my boat, but this thing rocks so far. Some child's play sand and it should make a great sand blaster for metal parts, etc. Facime commented you can make one real...

    Started by cklamp‎, 04-19-2012
    • Replies: 4
    • Views: 2,333
    10-21-2012 Go to last post
  19. Husky Die Grinder

    Right angle die grinder. Practically brand new. Used for 2 days (literally). Looks like this, except the handle is black. sold

    Started by Sang‎, 01-05-2009
    • Replies: 0
    • Views: 661
    01-05-2009 Go to last post

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