My Favourite Workshop tool is.....
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Thu Sep 05, 2019 1:30 am quote
I dont know if this has been done before, but im starting this as a bit of fun.

Hydraulic Press

My favourite workshop tool is my 6 tonne press, always a great feeling of "proper engineering" when i use it to remove and install the bearings in there housing
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Thu Sep 05, 2019 1:56 am quote
My mates digger bucket to crush Vespa's with when had enough of the shed's.
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Thu Sep 05, 2019 2:08 am quote
Just a couple of months back.

Canít live without you! Favorite tools
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Thu Sep 05, 2019 7:12 am quote
Got me a 3000 PSI power washer the other day. Holy shit is that thing useful!
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Fri Sep 06, 2019 7:09 am quote
The beer fridge!
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Fri Sep 06, 2019 8:25 am quote
Re: My Favourite Workshop tool is.....
Gravelrash2004 wrote:
I dont know if this has been done before, but im starting this as a bit of fun.

Hydraulic Press

My favourite workshop tool is my 6 tonne press, always a great feeling of "proper engineering" when i use it to remove and install the bearings in there housing
A shop press can be a super rad asset to any shop, but I think it's just too darn dangerous to use on any small engine (such as a Vespa). Every bearing on a Vespa is very easy to remove and install using standard hand tools. It's way too easy to go overboard with a press and damage or destroy an engine case.
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Fri Sep 06, 2019 8:27 am quote
1"thick black foam exercise mat.
Have been known to doze off on it during valve adjusts.
Best $ spent!
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Fri Sep 06, 2019 8:58 am quote
I'm not as young as I used to be. I don't like laying on the floor to work under cars.

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Fri Sep 06, 2019 10:48 am quote
Re: My Favourite Workshop tool is.....
whodatschrome wrote:
Gravelrash2004 wrote:
I dont know if this has been done before, but im starting this as a bit of fun.

Hydraulic Press

My favourite workshop tool is my 6 tonne press, always a great feeling of "proper engineering" when i use it to remove and install the bearings in there housing
A shop press can be a super rad asset to any shop, but I think it's just too darn dangerous to use on any small engine (such as a Vespa). Every bearing on a Vespa is very easy to remove and install using standard hand tools. It's way too easy to go overboard with a press and damage or destroy an engine case.
But i guess that so far this thread isn't Vespa (or even moto) specific, then nevermind about what i said. Shop presses, hydro auto lift, and pressure washers are all super cool! One of my friends is about to get a hydro auto lift in his new shop. I might get one as well, since i finally cleaned my shop out!
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Fri Sep 06, 2019 11:16 am quote
Bazziemoto wrote:
The beer fridge!
This!!!
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Fri Sep 06, 2019 11:28 am quote
vintage red matthew wrote:
I'm not as young as I used to be. I don't like laying on the floor to work under cars.
But isn't hunched over and squatting --- worse?
Can you stand under there?
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Fri Sep 06, 2019 12:42 pm quote
autojack wrote:
Just a couple of months back.

Canít live without you! Favorite tools
Yeah, that was tools and you guys are all posting equipment. Ok, I'll play, mine is Vise on a Stump. Welding, bending, straightening, loosening, tightening, busting stuff a bit more safely, husky 3rd hand - it does it all plus it's portable! Also great for pounding on stuff on top of the stump.


Remember my stuck frozen shifter tube? Star of the show! And today welding up my handtruck - how you gonna hang onto that thing solid & still get at all the places you need to weld?

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Fri Sep 06, 2019 1:17 pm quote
OldSchooot wrote:
vintage red matthew wrote:
I'm not as young as I used to be. I don't like laying on the floor to work under cars.
But isn't hunched over and squatting --- worse?
Can you stand under there?
O.S.
I was limited to a half hight lift because of limited ceiling clearance. I use a rolling stool. It's a hundred times better than jack stands and a creeper.
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Fri Sep 06, 2019 2:00 pm quote
vintage red matthew wrote:
OldSchooot wrote:
vintage red matthew wrote:
I'm not as young as I used to be. I don't like laying on the floor to work under cars.
But isn't hunched over and squatting --- worse?
Can you stand under there?
O.S.
I use a rolling stool.
...as in a scooter?
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Fri Sep 06, 2019 2:18 pm quote
vintage red matthew wrote:
I'm not as young as I used to be. I don't like laying on the floor to work under cars.
Nice old Chevy Nova. Have not seen one like that around here in something like 40 years! Older brother had one back when I was still in high school in 1968!
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Fri Sep 06, 2019 4:07 pm quote
kshansen wrote:
vintage red matthew wrote:
I'm not as young as I used to be. I don't like laying on the floor to work under cars.
Nice old Chevy Nova. Have not seen one like that around here in something like 40 years! Older brother had one back when I was still in high school in 1968!
Here's a better pic. I'm always looking for a chance to show it off.

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Fri Sep 06, 2019 4:30 pm quote
Drill press comes in handy on occasion, but I like my rolling chair.

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Sun Sep 22, 2019 7:04 am quote
Shimano cable cutter. https://www.competitivecyclist.com/shimano-tl-ct12-bicycle-scissors-cable-cutter
Not cheap but have had mine for years. Cuts inners with no fraying and after cutting outers simply use an ice pick to open up the end.
Amazon has them for $46
Just DONíT cut anything else with them.
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Sun Sep 22, 2019 9:05 pm quote
Power Probe electrical diagnostic tool.

It's the best thing I've found for tracking down problems in simple electric circuits.

You hook it to 12 volts and it will glow green and sounds a tone if it touches voltage, it will beep and glow red if it touches ground.

If you rock a button forward it can apply voltage, if you rock the button back it applies ground. There is also a ground wire attached to the unit you can clip on anything to confirm you have a good ground.

It even has a light on the nose so you can see what you're doing under the dash.

having a tester for both power and ground along with being able to apply voltage or ground will solve most issues in minutes.

Mine is old so they make far more sophisticated units now.
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