Can’t live without you! Favorite tools
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Mon Apr 08, 2019 12:35 am quote
Hey all. Was thinking a thread about the (behind the scenes) tools that keep these beauties ticking over would be interesting. The unsung heroes!

As you can see, I am a Ryobi fanboy. Solid entry-level kit for DIY. Rarely disappointed by their products.

Randomly, the tool I choose to share is the cheap as Ryobi wet and dry workshop vacuum. Actually bought it to connect to a vinyl record cleaner (that works crazy good). But this vacuum has taken years of punishment, cleaned up many spills (beer, slushies, dog food to name a few), and never missed a beat. Keeps the tiny workshop bearable. And bagless so no ongoing running costs. Also can easily find that really important piece you just sucked up - just make sure you emptied the dog food and gave it a clean before you go there...

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Mon Apr 08, 2019 6:04 am quote
The Big Four:

8” flat blade
1/4” T handle spinner
Long curved needle nose
Headlamp

Use at least 2 of these on just about every scoot fix

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Mon Apr 08, 2019 11:22 am quote
Three Things
I was military and civil service and moved a lot. My shop stuff had to be portable and storable.

The Workmate is going on 40 years old and still works fine.

The Keter table is lightweight but strong and folds flat in my crowded garage.

The Vise Grips because few other tools represent both repair and destruction so effortlessly.

And yes, I replaced the nearly new Shinkos in the background with City Grips a week ago.

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Mon Apr 08, 2019 11:42 am quote
SoCalGuy wrote:
The Big Four:

8” flat blade
1/4” T handle spinner
Long curved needle nose
Headlamp

Use at least 2 of these on just about every scoot fix
Headlamp - check
I got decent pliers including needle nose but not curved. Can see curved would be useful.

Why such a long flat?
And what’s the use/advantage of the T handle over a socket? Speed?
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Mon Apr 08, 2019 11:46 am quote
25BIKEZ wrote:
I was military and civil service and moved a lot. My shop stuff had to be portable and storable.

The Workmate is going on 40 years old and still works fine.

The Keter table is lightweight but strong and folds flat in my crowded garage.

The Vise Grips because few other tools represent both repair and destruction so effortlessly.

And yes, I replaced the nearly new Shinkos in the background with City Grips a week ago.
Dammit - this thread is awesome and wish I’d started it a long time ago. That Keter would have solved a lot of my space (lack thereof) issues. Plus the portability...
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Mon Apr 08, 2019 1:04 pm quote
No one said Beer nor 10mm wrench.

Disqualified thread!!!

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Mon Apr 08, 2019 1:32 pm quote
If you can claim a shop-vac I'm going to claim this. I was troubleshooting my dead 6V AC horn this weekend. I needed an AC source on the bench. Radio Shack is history, so I dug this out.

20 minutes later the horn was quacking.

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Mon Apr 08, 2019 2:05 pm quote
10mm
Sacto Monkeyboy wrote:
No one said Beer nor 10mm wrench.

Disqualified thread!!!

Good call on 10mm combo wrench/socket. Pretty much can't work on European or Japanese stuff without one
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Mon Apr 08, 2019 2:29 pm quote
pheasant plucker wrote:
Why such a long flat?
And what’s the use/advantage of the T handle over a socket? Speed?
Yeah, T handle's simple and fast, length minimizes bashing paint and scraping knuckles, no fumbling around for extensions, enough leverage for head bolts, tank bolts, wheels, exhaust.

Long slotted w/narrow cabinet tip allows ez access to SI carb mix screw, carb lid screws, air filter, jets, etc. Good for setting points and prying stuff too.
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Mon Apr 08, 2019 3:04 pm quote
Quote:
If you can claim a shop-vac I'm going to claim this. I was troubleshooting my dead 6V AC horn this weekend. I needed an AC source on the bench. Radio Shack is history, so I dug this out.

20 minutes later the horn was quacking.
Dude - that is from a Lionel train set I had growing up. Seriously haven't seen an image of that since bell bottoms were in. Awesome.
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Mon Apr 08, 2019 3:14 pm quote
Sacto Monkeyboy wrote:
No one said Beer nor 10mm wrench.

Disqualified thread!!!

There isn't very many things on a older Vespa that uses a 10mm. Maybe removing the foot brake?....i can't remember. The ironic thing is that my KTM dirt bike has only one thing that uses a 11mm, and i think it was a hydro banjo bolt or somthing.
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Mon Apr 08, 2019 8:08 pm quote
Metrinch 5mm(3/16) - 12mm (15/32) universal 1/4' drive 8 pce socket set with ratchet, extension and swivel.

Geezer goggles

Most all else can be bought in whatever country I find myself.
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Mon Apr 08, 2019 9:12 pm quote
Measure once.
Grind twice.

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Mon Apr 08, 2019 10:12 pm quote
charlieman22 wrote:
Measure once.
Grind twice.
I have Dremel envy. Thinking my Ryobi can't hold a candle to that...

OMG the tungsten router bits for it are $$$??? What bits do people use?
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Tue Apr 09, 2019 2:01 am quote
My vote is for the Bahco SL25 1/4" drive socket set. I add some more useful screwdriver bits and a 14mm socket in place of the torx bits.

It's the most-used item in my garage - as it's so small, I also keep a set in the glovebox of all my scooters.

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Tue Apr 09, 2019 3:49 am quote
A plier (2 of them) and a screw driver.. mostly thats all i need there a moment decades ago when i have to split engine with a plier and a spark plug tool that have 11 and 13 bolt size in both of the end beside the 19 size for spark plug dont ask the result as i ended up damage most of bolt in engine but its still useable somehow
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Tue Apr 09, 2019 3:56 am quote
pheasant plucker wrote:
charlieman22 wrote:
Measure once.
Grind twice.
I have Dremel envy. Thinking my Ryobi can't hold a candle to that...

OMG the tungsten router bits for it are $$$??? What bits do people use?
With my Dremel I mostly use the cutoff disks like the one shown in the picture. They'll cut steel, sheet metal, cables,...
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Tue Apr 09, 2019 5:34 am quote
norman wrote:
My vote is for the Bahco SL25 1/4" drive socket set. I add some more useful screwdriver bits and a 14mm socket in place of the torx bits.

It's the most-used item in my garage - as it's so small, I also keep a set in the glovebox of all my scooters.
I've got that set too, use it all the time and it goes everywhere with the scooter because it's so small as you say. Nice quality for the price

I can't live without this mini worklight/torch. Only cost £3 and has a strong magnet on one end so will stick to the scooter while I work and is only about the size of a marker pen and very bright. Bargain.

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Tue Apr 09, 2019 5:44 am quote
My fav is the lifting table. If that doesn’t count as tool my springhook applies.

The table helps this spineless creature extensively and the hook saves a lot of bad language.

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Tue Apr 09, 2019 6:15 am quote
My favorite tool by far right now is my old pointer type torque wrench!

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Tue Apr 09, 2019 8:13 am quote
Black & Decker Power file. Because nowt ever fits
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Tue Apr 09, 2019 10:34 am quote
pheasant plucker wrote:
charlieman22 wrote:
Measure once.
Grind twice.
I have Dremel envy. Thinking my Ryobi can't hold a candle to that...

OMG the tungsten router bits for it are $$$??? What bits do people use?
https://www.amazon.com/gp/aw/d/B00Y01TJ6G/ref=cm_cr_arp_mb_bdcrb_top?ie=UTF8

Bigger. Better. Cheaper.
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Sun Apr 14, 2019 6:05 am quote
The first ones I grab for scoot work are these cheapo T handle long sockets, 10mm, 11mm & 13mm.


Not far behind are my 7/8mm , 8/10mm w/ ground down to the minimum heads & 10/11mm thin head open end wrenches.


The wrenches travel with me along with a few other small tools I don't want to be without.

We have a leather pouch, a tapered hand reamer, Phillips+ 1/4" & 3/8" drives, drill reamer w/ countersinks & car bide burr, the wrenches, metric thread file, thread gauges & feeler gauge, hardened extended screwdriver bits, telescoping magnet, thin needlenosers, center punch, pencil beam flashlite, small prybar, copper chunks for backing up welding thin sheet metal, small tape measure, LED test lite, solder, inflating needle for soccer balls and my trusty calipers. A lot of tools in a small bag!
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Sun Apr 14, 2019 4:05 pm quote
Pre-1954 cog removal tool.

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Sun Apr 14, 2019 8:00 pm quote
GickSpeed wrote:
Pre-1954 cog removal tool.
remove some cogs do you?

that's epic
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Fri Apr 19, 2019 12:03 am quote
charlieman22 wrote:
pheasant plucker wrote:
charlieman22 wrote:
Measure once.
Grind twice.
I have Dremel envy. Thinking my Ryobi can't hold a candle to that...

OMG the tungsten router bits for it are $$$??? What bits do people use?
https://www.amazon.com/gp/aw/d/B00Y01TJ6G/ref=cm_cr_arp_mb_bdcrb_top?ie=UTF8

Bigger. Better. Cheaper.
Yes... yes they are.

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Fri Apr 19, 2019 6:54 pm quote
Pheas' - Yeah nah... of course.

V oodoo- Love the 10-11 from BMW trunk tool kit...
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Sat Apr 20, 2019 1:09 am quote
Had fun with this today. Not my shed... one of dad’s workshops (he has like 4...)

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Sat Apr 20, 2019 1:10 am quote
In action. Not the most precise / newest of lathes... but got the job done...

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Sun Apr 21, 2019 6:03 pm quote
I would go with the Haynes Manuel and my Picquic screwdriver. (Thanks Canada!)

The manuel bc I have used it more than anything else and the Picquic bc from Phillips to Flatheads it is just a solid and reliable piece of gear. The one pictured is a “mariner” and is corrosion resistant.
It sat underwater for a few says in hurricane harvey... and unlike 90% of my other gear that got soaked you would never know.

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Tue May 07, 2019 3:33 am quote
Other folks have already hit some of the highlights, but here are a few of my favorites.

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Wheel hub holding tool, makes removing and torquing the hub nuts easier.

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24" long 1/2" breaker bar.

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Flashlights. The CAT one has a magnet at the end, good to hold the light where I want it.

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This is the best. Street sweeper bristle with a 90 degree bend at the end. Can't count the number of times I've reached for this. It's really good for popping grommets into place, for example.

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Tue May 07, 2019 4:14 am quote
charlieman22 wrote:
Measure once.
Grind twice.
This made me decide to get off work early to go and get a Dremel. Thans!
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Tue May 07, 2019 9:18 am quote
25BIKEZ wrote:
I was military and civil service and moved a lot. My shop stuff had to be portable and storable.

The Workmate is going on 40 years old and still works fine.

The Keter table is lightweight but strong and folds flat in my crowded garage.

The Vise Grips because few other tools represent both repair and destruction so effortlessly.

And yes, I replaced the nearly new Shinkos in the background with City Grips a week ago.
i have the same workmate, it comes in handy for so much and is super low profile. Mine was my grandpas and when he passed I received it. Guessing it’s about forty years old too.
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