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Shop tools you can't live without

Discussion in 'Truck & Equipment Repair' started by srl28, Jan 5, 2020.

  1. srl28

    srl28 Senior Member
    Messages: 423

    In the past few years we moved into a much larger shop that allows us to do almost all repairs and maintenance in house. We have a mobile/part time mechanic for larger or technical repairs but try to most everything else ourselves. We're trying to go through our tool inventory because it seems lately that each time we get into a project we find a tool or something that we don't have that would make the job go quicker or easier. What tools do you find you can't live without, use all of the time, must haves, great amazon finds, etc??

    For instance, we replaced an oil pan on one of our pickups and found a lot of mushroomed and very rusted bolt heads. Our mechanic pulled out a case of twist sockets that he hammered onto the bolt heads and had them out in seconds. It was a $20 purchase on amazon that makes getting rusted bolts out a simple task.
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  2. prezek

    prezek Senior Member
    Messages: 245

    This could be a great thread...that hopefully doesn’t cost me a fortune...just ordered a set of the twist sockets.
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  3. Hydromaster

    Hydromaster 2000 Club Member
    from 406
    Messages: 2,785

    I’ll Put a set of twin sockets on the list. I already have a couple chores for them .

    Q, How do you get the bolt or nut out of the socket after?

    A Indispensable tool a BFH.
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  4. OP

    srl28 Senior Member
    Messages: 423

    Amazon has been getting a workout this morning, some of my guys made a list based on things we have run into over the course of the last few projects. It's a long pricey list. The "twist" sockets get tapped onto the bolt and used like a regular socket, usually the bolt comes right out after.
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  5. Mr.Markus

    Mr.Markus PlowSite Fanatic
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  6. Avalanche 2500

    Avalanche 2500 Senior Member
    Messages: 860

    A :drinkup: Frig. ??
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  7. BossPlow2010

    BossPlow2010 PlowSite Fanatic
    Messages: 5,406

    I love my Milwaukee 1/2 high torque cordless impact.
  8. m_ice

    m_ice 2000 Club Member
    Messages: 2,100

  9. prezek

    prezek Senior Member
    Messages: 245

    Agreed. Also can’t live without my Milwaukee battery grease gun. Our scags have 18 grease fittings on most of them. Can do them in a fraction of the time as a handheld grease gun.
  10. JMHConstruction

    JMHConstruction PlowSite Fanatic
    Messages: 6,160

    I'm too cheap, poor, or both....at $650, I'll stick with open flames.
  11. Green mentorship

    Green mentorship Banned
    Messages: 73

    We just took delivery of a tire mounting and a balancing machine. Should pay for itself in about 18 months.
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  12. BUFF

    BUFF PlowSite Fanatic
    from FR NoCo
    Messages: 22,791

    What’s your insurance deductible compared to the cost of the nut buster? If you don’t know you’ll find out when the open flame lights something on fire.....
  13. BUFF

    BUFF PlowSite Fanatic
    from FR NoCo
    Messages: 22,791

  14. 1olddogtwo

    1olddogtwo PlowSite Fanatic
    Messages: 13,834

    I don't know if it's a tool, but AC and Heat.
  15. JMHConstruction

    JMHConstruction PlowSite Fanatic
    Messages: 6,160

    I don't know, I seem to find myself thinking about burning vehicles to the ground most times I work on them.
  16. Mark Oomkes

    Mark Oomkes PlowSite Fanatic
    Messages: 31,484

    Anything from Horror Freight...
  17. JMHConstruction

    JMHConstruction PlowSite Fanatic
    Messages: 6,160

    That's half my shop...
  18. Randall Ave

    Randall Ave PlowSite Fanatic
    Messages: 10,919

    I'm doing fine without Horrible Freight.
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    SHAWZER PlowSite Veteran
    Messages: 3,452

    5 foot pry bar and large sledge hammer .
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  20. Aerospace Eng

    Aerospace Eng PlowSite.com Addict
    Messages: 1,536

    Lots of spare cash...a lift.

    Medium.... A nice Fluke VOM with a bunch of different leads, current clamps, etc.

    On the cheaper side, guage(s) and fittings to allow pressures to be measured in whatever hydraulic system(s) you have.