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Discussion in 'The Hokey Ass Message Board' started by Marcosmadness, Aug 22, 2011.

  1. Marcosmadness
    Joined: Dec 19, 2010
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    from California

    What is your absolute favorite hand tool? The one tool that you always seem to end up using. The one tool that you will get up off the garage floor to go get when there is another tool that will do the job closer at hand. I have drawers full of Craftsman and Snap-On tools to chose from but this is my one most favorite hand tool. It is small 3/8 ratchet. It fits where other ratchets wont. It has a fairly fine ratchet so it works where there is limited space to swing the handle. It feels good in my hand. And it has proven to be durable over the years.
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  2. Deuces
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  3. 1950ChevySuburban
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  4. Is that to soak up oil, blood or tears?:p
     

  5. Muttley
    Joined: Nov 30, 2003
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    In my case it would be all three, bust mostly blood & tears.
     
  6. Bruce Lancaster
    Joined: Oct 9, 2001
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    A medium sized flat-blade screwdriver...even when working on cars that don't even have any fasteners needing it. It pries, pokes, scrapes, and even serves as a light hammer. It is a super-finger, able to explore the world inside a car with blood or pain.
     
  7. Sheep Dip
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    Air tool(s)........big time saver's
     
  8. Deuces
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    Deuces
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    If all else fails... Read the second post! :) :D
     
  9. chopitdano
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    Dial calipers..... measure twice cut once.
     
  10. stubbsrodandcustom
    Joined: Dec 28, 2010
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    2 lb mini sledge..... Thats a mans hammer... 10 lb sledge for use as BFH...
     
  11. junk yard kid
    Joined: Nov 11, 2007
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    i really like my husky 3/8 ratchet with the head that angles with a button and the extendable handle that rotates. Its a breaker bar speed wrench and ratchet.
     
  12. Sweepspear
    Joined: May 17, 2010
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    One of these retrieval tools for when my fat fingers drop that bolt, nut, or tool and it lands inside the frame where Murphy's law dictates they must go.
     

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  13. garcoal
    Joined: Nov 15, 2006
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    long thin snapon phillips screwdriver. ive had it for about 30 years. it been on aircraft, boats, motorcycles, and everything in between. i have worn the yellow handle down. and its from the palm of my hand. that would be my favorite tool
     
  14. Deuces
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    I got 5 of those... :rolleyes: 2 dials and 3 digitals.. The one I use the most is my 8" digital.. Got the base attachment for it so I can measure depth..
     
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  15. BadgeZ28
    Joined: Oct 28, 2009
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    old long shaft Craftsman 1/2" -9/16" box wrench
     
  16. That is exactly what came to my mind too. Just put it in the drawer
    a few minutes ago.
     
  17. 49ratfink
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    49ratfink
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    I don't have a favorite, I love all my hand tools equally.
     
  18. Bucket of T
    Joined: Aug 20, 2011
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    My favorite to use is a craftsman torque wrench, but I don't use it to often. Most often would be my craftsman rachet wrench set.
     
  19. phukinartie
    Joined: Oct 8, 2008
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    Ratchet Wrenches!
     
  20. Weasel
    Joined: Dec 30, 2007
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    The 'Orange Persuader' - an orange compothane hammer with a brass insert on one end. Wish I could find another but they stopped making them....
     
  21. thintin
    Joined: Mar 24, 2006
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    old 1/2 to 9/16 craftsman short boxend.....can't even hardly see the logo anymore..worn so smooth from many years of use
     
  22. jbrittonjr
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  23. krupanut
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    Amen.
     
  24. Bob Dobolina
    Joined: Jul 27, 2006
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    S-K 1/4 drive flex head ratchet. Handy little basitd. Second place would be my 3oz hammer. Like McGee says, " handier than pockets on a shirt"
     
  25. hankthebigdog
    Joined: Aug 20, 2011
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    from oklahoma

    my short/stubby 1/2--9/16 combo box end. Its been where others only dream of going.
     
  26. thirdstreettito
    Joined: Dec 22, 2008
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    Hammer and dolly for me, taught myself with a plastic mallet and a BFH.
     
  27. flatheadpete
    Joined: Oct 29, 2003
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    flatheadpete
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    from Burton, MI

    Love my chrome Snap On 6pt combination wrenches. my black 12 pt wrenches work great when I need some more freedom of movement but when I drop one, they tend to be harder to find......
     
  28. brian55lvr
    Joined: Oct 24, 2010
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    from ma

  29. Vise grips, then my iPad for looking at the hamb. I've learned more here in the last couple years then I could have ever dreamed of.
     
  30. -DouG-
    Joined: Mar 5, 2009
    Posts: 151

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    Snap-On ratcheting screw driver... my dad bought it for me...

    Freaked out once when i couldn't find it and remembered I set it on the cowl of a car in the junkyard earlier that day... drove back to the yard and it was still there!!
     

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