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Favorite hand tool

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

  1. NateSedan
    Joined: Jan 12, 2008
    Posts: 59

    from Oregon

  2. Deuces
    Joined: Nov 3, 2009
    Posts: 19,955

    from Michigan

    I have one that's a dale earnheart edition with a red handle..
  3. slowmobile
    Joined: Apr 21, 2011
    Posts: 13

    from new york

    air impact. feel like i know what im doing when i use it
  4. Ricky B
    Joined: Jun 10, 2007
    Posts: 215

    Ricky B

    Seriously ?!?!? :D My son gave me this for christmas 5 years ago...........:cool:

    Last edited: Aug 22, 2011
  5. JimC
    Joined: Dec 13, 2002
    Posts: 2,238

    from W.C.,Mo.

    The bigger the hammer, the better the mechanic.
  6. RoryShock
    Joined: May 5, 2010
    Posts: 75

    from Western TN

    Get up off the floor when there is a moderately serviceable tool closer allowing you to park your lazy self right where you are? I don't understand. My favorite tool is the one that is close at hand that I can make do the job.

  7. Rich Wright
    Joined: Jan 9, 2008
    Posts: 3,922

    Rich Wright

    Too many that I use every time I'm in the shop to call any particular one a favorite.

    1/4 and 3/8 ratchets and deep sockets for both plus a set of box and combination wrenches... All from Craftsman and worn smooth from 50 years of use are among the top choices.

    I have several body hammers and dollys that are about the same age and have seen me through the entire learning process and earned me a good living for many many years.... I still have the DeVilbiss MBC gun that I've shot several thousand gallons of enamel through..

    Plus a lot more old friends.....:):)
  8. rainhater1
    Joined: Oct 5, 2009
    Posts: 1,147

    from az

    A pair of single mag glasses when under the dash, the tri focals don't work as I can't bend my neck to see
  9. stlouisgasser
    Joined: Sep 4, 2005
    Posts: 671


    My Leatherman Wave Multi-Tool, without a doubt. It's basically a small toolbox that you can carry on your belt at all times. It's always shocked & baffled me that more mechanically-minded guys just don't seem to have them. I've been carrying a Leatherman product with me for about 17 years now and I won't leave the house without one. If it were up to me, when a fellow turns 18 years old and goes to register for Selective Service at your local Post Office, they should issue every guy a Leatherman at the same time.
  10. KrisKustomPaint
    Joined: Apr 20, 2007
    Posts: 1,107


    I like all of my hammers, but the Martin Cross Peen would probably be my favorite, as much as I would like to say its my 10 lbs sledge, as that sound very manly. My Smith Torch would have to be a close second, or does that qualify as a power tool?
  11. KrisKustomPaint
    Joined: Apr 20, 2007
    Posts: 1,107


    Multi tools have gotten me out of more than a few sticky situations. I would say that every one should get one much sooner than 18 years of age. By that time your probably a lost cause if you don't have one already.
  12. nickk
    Joined: Feb 2, 2011
    Posts: 749


    ill second that
  13. bikersteve
    Joined: Oct 19, 2008
    Posts: 155


    not sure about "favorite" but these have more hours on them than any others

  14. markjenks
    Joined: Aug 31, 2009
    Posts: 384


  15. The blue wrench. Hey I use it in my hands don't I? I live in salt central it's a must.
  16. FormerFueler
    Joined: Feb 3, 2009
    Posts: 410


    I kinda like my GearWrench sets
  17. duke182
    Joined: Nov 27, 2005
    Posts: 562


    i have a craftsman 9/16 wrench that belonged to my dad. combined we have owned it about 40yrs and its turned a lot of nuts and bolts.
    second favorite is a ball peen hammer tha has a pipe handle with a solid rod welded in to damp vibrations. thanks to dad for modifying that one. works like a champ
  18. A pliers with one end of the handle shaped into a bladed screwdriver. Tends to help me keep getting down the road.
  19. Boyd Who
    Joined: Nov 9, 2001
    Posts: 2,196

    Boyd Who

    This might sound dumb, but my favorite hand tool is the key to my new shop.
    Last summer, at the age of 47, I built my very first workshop. I'd never had a decent place to work on hotrods before. The key lets me in to play with all the other tools hidden inside. :)
  20. Stedman hand seamers... a metalworking must have.
  21. 49ratfink
    Joined: Feb 8, 2004
    Posts: 18,036

    from California

    I had a crescent wrench I named "Bob" once.

    I wouldn't say he was my favorite though....
  22. SaltCoupe
    Joined: Jun 10, 2010
    Posts: 2,376

    from Indiana

    My dads old screwdriver and pliers, my favorites as well as the most important to me.
  23. 29AVEE8
    Joined: Jun 28, 2008
    Posts: 1,384


    My Dad's 1940 1/2 inch Plomb ratchet. Nothing sounds and feels as good.
  24. The37Kid
    Joined: Apr 30, 2004
    Posts: 27,959


    YES! Nothing like a BFH when you're pissed off and need to brake stuff! Shattered a Model A Ford block at work years ago with one swing. Felt great, coworkers were real quiet for a while. :rolleyes:
  25. firingorder1
    Joined: Dec 15, 2006
    Posts: 2,147


    I love a small hammer that resides in my toolbox. It has a magical effect on me. As soon as I pick it up everything starts to look like a nail.
  26. dgg-dt1948
    Joined: Oct 14, 2010
    Posts: 74


    I'd have to agree with the leatherman.
  27. 117harv
    Joined: Nov 12, 2009
    Posts: 6,590


    So many tools, so much work, so little time:( It's hard to choose but for me it's this....the amount of cut-off wheels and flap discs i have used in the past 5 years alone, is staggering:eek::)

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  28. Atwater Mike
    Joined: May 31, 2002
    Posts: 10,535

    Atwater Mike

    Ever since I was an apprentice, I have favored the wrench my Master Mechanic boss suggested: the 3/8" drive speed handle. I use it with universal sockets, when used in a 90 degree 'bind' it becomes a medium-sized breaker bar. Then, a speed handle that can be spun with one hand (after years of practice: either hand is equally dextrous)
    The favorite is the Thorsen 62J, 16" long with a knurled acorn-shaped knob handle.
    I have also become attached to my Snap-On speed handle (3/8" drive, 26" long)
    When I worked in foreign shops, the European mechanics all used 'T' handled tools. (dedicated to each bolt size...Metric set included as many as 15 different 'T' wrenches.
    For years the German mechanics razzed me about my 'Italian-style' with the Speed Handle...)
    Old young wife adopted the habit also: she usually has my Thorsen when I look for it!
  29. nexxussian
    Joined: Mar 14, 2007
    Posts: 3,240


    My favorite hand tool would be my hands.

    They got digital actuators and everything. :D
  30. mikeey rat
    Joined: Aug 10, 2010
    Posts: 169

    mikeey rat
    from Australia

    my jamco wheel cylinder hone .Belonged to my grandad,it's saved me lots of money and frustration over the years

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