Favorite go-to tool ever?

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  1. HollowHead

    HollowHead Firm member

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    I know about the old, "When you are the hammer, every problem is a nail" saying but have to say, my old Fluke multimeter wins this one. Not the same as putting an Estwing to a framing nail, but pails of cash saved over the decades. HH
     
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    I'm gonna go with this. Not very exciting, but it's my go to. [​IMG]
     

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    I find myself reaching for these all the time...

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    However, though not really a traditional tool, magnetic parts trays changed my life. :)

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    The little Stanley 199 on top. I have a lot of knives but the 199 is omnipresent on the bench if not in the drawer. It was my grandfathers. I use it for everything. I’ve made more money with other tools but I can’t imagine not having it on the bench.
     
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    I dont settle for one.

    I carry and own many Leathermans, as well as quite a few SAKs. I have trouble deciding...
     
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    jame I don't even know....what I'm doing here....

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    The first thing I thought of was my pocket knife. I’m never without one, because I always need one.

    But, if you’re talking about a traditional workbench type tool, it has to be a simple set of pliers. If I’m working on nearly anything, I have a pair of pliers within reach.
     
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    8in USA made SK ajustable wrench.
     
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    Seems everytime I do a project I'm reaching for a Klein 8" adjustable wrench that I've had for decades.
     
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    My flashlight
     
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    I recently picked up a cordless Dewalt hammer drill, used it to drill into the block wall for a crawl space encapsulation we did about a week ago. Had to drill about 50 1/4 inch holes for the fasteners to secure the plastic to the wall. It was amazing how much faster it went compared to using a regular drill.

    Never much cared about tools before but since starting this business I find myself window shopping the Lowe's website for tools a lot more than shopping for pistols LOL.
     
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    My Harbor Freight white canvas Riggers bags, with an expired license plate on the bottom inside for stability. It weighs about 25-30 #/s.

    I have several. Two for shooting equipment for me and the missus, one each for Electrical, Plumbing, General household. Truck and Jeep Pack items, tie downs and such.

    I never pay more than 9.95 per bag. Most of the time I buy them by the box to hand out for Christmas, etc. OR just to hand out to the young fellas that need something other than a bucket or old box.

    Then the ladies wanted them for knitting stuff and all kinds of crafts or painting. Mrs Jeeps has a bunch stuffed with tools and what ever. Like Camping tools.

    Quick to grab and go. In the last 20 years or more I've maybe worn out one or two. What a tool. along with those magnetic bowls as above.
     
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    EDC. Use it everyday.
     
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    Pocket knife
     
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    I would say my little surefire flashlight that I use all the time at work. One of the joys of working nights is that you become a flashlight junkie.

    Otherwise it would be the holy trinity - sledge hammer, crowbar, and duct tape. The holy trinity served me extremely well when I was a long haul truck driver
     
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    Knipex 7" pliers wrench.
     
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    Pocket knife for me. While I have your standard selection of hand and power tools, its my pocket knife that sees daily use.
     
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    I'm pretty fond of my Garland #4 hammer with rawhide faces.
     
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    This one gets used almost every day that I am not working.

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