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Life is good: tools

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Life is good: tools

Postby jroark » Mon May 01, 2017 5:57 pm

When I got a Speedglas 9100fx helmet with the papr air system my welding career got a lot better. So it got me thinking what are the tools you don't think you could do without? I wouldn't weld inside for eight hours a day ever without the papr air helmet. I also love my Estwing chipping hammer. Not a major tool but I love it the same. Maybe some of yalls tools are something I might need to check on myself.
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Re: Life is good: tools

Postby Farmwelding » Mon May 01, 2017 6:09 pm

Hmm...

Welper-use it everyday for everything. Clean nozzles, change tips, cut mig/tig wire, use as a regular plier

Vise grip -7CR-use-everything-best vise grip in my opinion.

Miller digital infinity-switched to other helmets and hate them all.

That's my top three.

Usually doing fab work I carry a 6" combination square,lufkin tape measure, scribe, sharpie, striker, vise grip, and welper on my hip in a pouch.

Edit-and my jets haw and leatherman wingman are with me all the time. Work, church, school ;) , out shoppin around.
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Re: Life is good: tools

Postby Otto Nobedder » Mon May 01, 2017 6:24 pm

The two things that are ALWAYS in my pockets are a cheap Harbor Freight LED flashlight, and a folding knife. The folding knife has two blades, one is a standard blade with serrations at the base for cutting cord and rope (and the tip broken in a very convenient spot so I can use it as a 1/4" standard OR #2 Phillips screwdriver), and the other is a holder for disposable utility blades.

I almost always have a pen and a Sharpie, too. I deal with a lot of paperwork in the morning, so the pen is with me for at least a while every day, and usually stays in my pocket all day. The Sharpie is an obvious choice.

On Saturdays, I always have my digital camera and my laptop, too. Saturdays I'm in charge of the shop, so the camera lets me document surprises like the foreman usually does, and the laptop lets me communicate them if I need input from the boss.

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Re: Life is good: tools

Postby airrj » Tue May 02, 2017 11:24 pm

I always have four items in my pockets that come in very handy. Pen and Sharpie, as well as my 'Green Brain' which is a pocket notebook that has all of my chicken scratch in it. Also I carry a 3' tape which I use allot. For the shop I use dial calipers all of the time. I started out as a machinist, so I am used to working in decimals, and they are quick and easy to use, and if you have cheap ones that work great for scribeing lines and doing layout work.

Another tool that I was given and I thought that I would never use because I don't like gimmicky tools is a set of 10" Robo-Grip pliers. They actually work very well and I find that they are great when picking up hot metal. They automatically adjust their size and so when you are fumbling around trying to size a set of channel locks while you want to quench a part, instead you just grab and go with the Robo-Grips. Not a show stopper, but they are handy.
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Re: Life is good: tools

Postby MosquitoMoto » Wed May 03, 2017 6:37 am

I have an Leatherman pliers tool that I keep on hand all the time. It gets used for everything from picking up hot stuff to trimming/bending the ends of filler rod.

A pair of Knipex Cobra 150mm water pump pliers. (Anything by Knipex is good.)

Also, a big snap blade cutting knife, a tiny pair of Pro's Kit side cutters and a small LED torch.



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Re: Life is good: tools

Postby Poland308 » Wed May 03, 2017 6:58 am

I'll second the Knipex recommendation. I have several sets. I Cary and like the ones with the push button adjustment. You can adjust them one handed. The jaws are a little narrower, open farther, and the metal quality is better than even Chanel lock brand.
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Re: Life is good: tools

Postby MosquitoMoto » Wed May 03, 2017 8:18 am

Poland308 wrote:I'll second the Knipex recommendation. I have several sets. I Cary and like the ones with the push button adjustment. You can adjust them one handed. The jaws are a little narrower, open farther, and the metal quality is better than even Chanel lock brand.


Yes indeed. Without meaning to make this into a Knipex love-fest, their stuff really is in another league. I have the Cobra push-button pliers, the plier wrench, force-multiplying pliers and the mechanic's long-nose pliers.

Great design. Very close tolerances and jaw fitup. And the metal jaws/teeth shrug off serious abuse. I have many sets of pliers, all of them except the Knipex have jaws full of butchered teeth. My Knipex pliers all still have sharp, defined teeth.



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Re: Life is good: tools

Postby Coldman » Wed May 03, 2017 6:19 pm

This is my standard kit with me always in three pockets always in the same place. All of them get used just about every day.
(Lots of other tools of course but it their appropriate tool bag/box/bucket depending on the job.)
And of course there is always a note book in my pocket that is used for making fab sketches and recording measurements and everything else I'm gonna forget.

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Re: Life is good: tools

Postby Otto Nobedder » Wed May 03, 2017 11:13 pm

I have the non-contact voltage sensor, too, but rarely carry it unless I'm on "maintenance day". I also require much too large an inspection mirror (3" with a 24" solid handle) to carry it until it's in the bucket to a task requiring it. However, on the whole we have the same kit, just different priorities.

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Re: Life is good: tools

Postby Poland308 » Wed May 03, 2017 11:29 pm

I stick to my meters. I have had several different test pens like that but I've seen to many false positives or worse yet false negatives to trust them. I still have two or three of them but I took out the batteries so they don't corrode.
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