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    Handy garage tools

    I was thinking the other day about what tools I have found useful in the garage (aside from the obvious sockets and spanners) - and which I didnt use much before the build.

    My list of invaluable kit is :

    1) China graph pencils - black and white
    2) A plastic caliper - I think this was a freebie in some magazine years ago and I use it all the time for measuring drills and rivets, hole sizes etc (I've also got a battery powered one but the battery keeps going flat)
    3) A set of metric thread guages
    4) The Sealey auto probe - mentioned in one of my posts (v useful)

    Anyone else like to mention their favourite (garage !) tool?

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    Re: Handy garage tools

    One I've found really useful is an adapted computer power supply. You can mount it on a board, gather all the yellow supply wires together ( 12v+) and the blacks ( negatives) and you can use it to test stuff. Also 5v supply ( red wires) so you can test ecu powered stuff too.
    Cost zilch as I saved it from a redundant PC.

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    Re: Handy garage tools

    And I've also just got round to using the electrolytic rust removal tank I talked about months ago.
    Works a treat on my old motorbike bits.
    Not many people building Stratos reps with rusty bits these days, but handy if you are doing other stuff. It really does work well.
    Clear instructions for making one abound on YouTube.

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    Re: Handy garage tools

    What I want is a Stratos face mask....for doing the car and the shopping....
    "a theory should be as simple as possible, but not simpler"

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    Re: Handy garage tools

    I bought a set of 150 mm Ball-End Hex Socket Bits that have been very useful.

    Flex head ratchet spanner are great

    And my 3/8 Stanley Fatmax 'rotator' ratchet is genius, don't know how I used to manage without it.

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    Re: Handy garage tools

    I wouldnt part with my baby bandsaw which I bought on ebay (Table from SWAG and Makita cut off saw) great for all sorts of smaller metal, plastic, GRP etc cutting.
    Wiha colour coded allen keys are also great as are Qmax cutters even if you always need another.
    I have a hole punch tool set that makes neat burr free holes in sheet metal provided you want them near an edge. Just centre punch, position, squeeze and you're done!
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    Re: Handy garage tools

    Electric hoist on an I beam across my garage. Cradle for ebay. Hoist on local Machine mart returns shelf half price. Wheel dollies bought 2 from SDS originally for a quick solution to move around a 4 post lift steel work, but now used as handy trollies for gearboxes, engines etc. "go-through" socket set - these are lower profile and get to some tricky places. Also can put another tool (screwdriver etc) through the middle of adjusting.

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    Re: Handy garage tools

    The long magnet out of a broken crank position sensor taped on the end of a bamboo stick.

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    Re: Handy garage tools

    Mine is the scissor lift that the current Fiat project sits on..... its been up and down like a Yoyo..... and saved my knee's !

    Recently bought a 90 drill adapter ... this can get in fairly tight spaces to get you a drilled hole.

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    Super knee pads and a head torch.

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