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Tool Reviews

Discussion in 'The Tool Shed' started by Focker, Jul 15, 2016.

  1. Apr 15, 2022
    PeteL

    PeteL If it wasn't for physics, and law enforcement... 2024 Sponsor 2023 Sponsor 2022 Sponsor

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    Have you tried the diamond cutting wheels, such as Lennox make? I like them better, since they stay constant diameter, and yes, are thin and long-lasting. No explosions.
     
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  2. Apr 15, 2022
    Fireball

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    I have not. I will try some. Thanks for the recommendation.
     
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  3. Apr 15, 2022
    Nebr1957CJ5

    Nebr1957CJ5 I will do it tomorrow

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    That's an awesome price. If you, or anyone else, want that same capability as part of the best blind rivet puller I've ever used try this guy:
    https://www.aircraft-tool.com/shop/detail.aspx?id=HK150A
    I got it on the recommendation of a mechanic buddy and it works great
     
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  4. Oct 5, 2022
    homersdog

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    I have been tuning my engine using a vacuum gauge. I am convinced this is the best way to tune a carburetor engine. I have usually done this with the vacuum gauge that came with my "MityVac". Over the years though I have spilled enough brake fluid on that gauge to make it hard to read.

    I started searching online and decided to give the Harbor freight gauge a try. For $16 I thought it was worth a shot.

    https://www.harborfreight.com/fuel-pump-and-vacuum-tester-62637.html

    I am usually not thrilled about most stuff Harbor freight sells, but this gauge works absolutely perfectly for what I need. I can't believe HF has anything to do with the gauges' production, I think they must be re-branding some other company's product. The gauge is built well, works smoothly and seems to be accurate as far as repeatability goes. I have no way to check calibration but as long as it works the same each time it is dependable enough for me. My Dauntless pulls about 21" idling at 700.

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  5. Oct 5, 2022
    PeteL

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    X2.

    A vacuum gauge gives a lot of information for diagnosisisisis, and is enormous value for very little money
     
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  6. Dec 4, 2022
    technologyteacher

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    I purchased this puller from Amazon to remove brake drums from a parts Corvair that had been off the road since the 80’s. This thing is a beast and worked like a charm. I got the 15 ton model.
     
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  7. Dec 10, 2023
    Fireball

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    The back story is that we live in the Palouse. The whole area is composed of wind driven dust loess (https://wa100.dnr.wa.gov/columbia-basin/loess). About 6 months of the year, this dusty soil turns to sticky mud that gets tracked into the shop by the Jeeps, tractor, quad, lawnmower, and Bantam trailer. There it dries and falls on the floor. It's a big job constantly sweeping and the process of sweeping raises so much dust it's hard to breath.

    That's why I tried this push sweeper from Amazon: https://www.amazon.com/Kärcher-Walk-Behind-Outdoor-Capacity-Sweeping/dp/B08M4D1K8F?th=1

    The reviews were good, but I wasn't really sure what to expect. It's been as expensive as $190 on Amazon, so when I saw it on sale for $132.00 I bought it:
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    I have to say I'm amazed. It picks up dirt at an astonishing rate. What used to take a half hour to forty-five minutes to sweep can be cleaned up in a couple minutes.

    Here's the floor where the tractor sits. You can see the tracks of dirt it's brought in (you can also see where I've already cleaned up the aisles next to the tractor):
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    This is after a single pass up the right side:
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    A couple more passes and it was clean. AND THERE WAS NO DUST CLOUD!

    To empty it, you lift out the yellow bin and dump it in the trash:
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    I'm not usually that ga-ga about things, but this is going to save me hours and hours, and I will have a cleaner shop for it. I love it. You can also fold the handle up and stand it vertically against the wall for storage.

    Highly recommended.
     
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  8. Dec 10, 2023
    Twin2

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    Human-Powered Push Sweeper :shock:
    looks like it works
    in a age of battery powered tools :D
     
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  9. Feb 7, 2024
    Fireball

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    I picked up these 1/2" drive torque sticks from Harbor Freight a while back:
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    I was skeptical, but have heard good things about torque sticks. For a test I used them to do all the tires when I swapped out snow tires on the F-250 and X-terra. Afterwards, I checked them all with the torque wrench. All 56 were within 5 ft-lbs of the torque stick spec. I was impressed and now I trust them enough to swap tires without using the torque wrench. It makes swapping tires much faster.

    I don't understand the physics behind them, but they really seem to work as advertised with an air impact gun. I have not tried them with an electric impact driver.
     
  10. Feb 7, 2024
    PeteL

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    Me too. Apparently they twist just enough and absorb energy so that after a certain point they won't transfer any more impact to the nut.
     
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  11. Feb 7, 2024
    Dave Deyton

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    Might have to get the set from Harbor Freight. Got a torque stick for the Jeep wheel lug nuts. Saves time for sure.

    Dave
     
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  12. Feb 15, 2024
    Lockman

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    I Dunno .......Seems to me that after quite a few uses the torque would lesson. But then again , I'm no Rocket Scientist :lol:
     
  13. Feb 16, 2024
    PeteL

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    You say that like it's a bad thing.
     
  14. Feb 18, 2024
    Mcruff

    Mcruff Earlycj5 Machinist

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    Work just like torsion bar suspension.
     
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  15. Mar 20, 2024
    Fireball

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    This isn't cheap, but I though it worth posting here.

    While prepping the TJ for some trips this year, I realized the factory screw jack isn't tall enough to change a tire with 33s on it. Not wanting to carry a Hi-Lift around all the time, I started looking for a jack. I've got cheap $30.00 Chinese scissor jacks in the other Jeeps, but wanted something more sturdy for this Jeep since it will be seeing some actual trails, sits higher, and is a lot heavier.

    I found this Gortech heavy duty scissor jack: https://www.amazon.com/dp/B0CT3TM2P7 The full kit with extension and bag is expensive at $174.99 but seems to be really well built compared to the normal flimsy junk out there. Manufacturer web site: https://gortech-usa.com/

    It's designed in the USA but made in India. The quality looks like something made in the US. This whole setup weighs about 30lbs. There is a lot of metal there with 1/8" steel construction and large pivot pins:
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    It comes with heavy felt holders for the tools and extension so they don't rattle in the bag:
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    The bag is thick vinyl:
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    It fits behind the seat of the TJ along with a bock of wood:
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    It's easy to use and has enough height to change the TJ tire without the extension:
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    And it has way more than enough height wtih the 5 inch extension:
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    I'm really happy with it on initial impressions. I really like the heavy-duty construction and the compact-ish form factor that fits inside the Jeep. We'll see how I feel about it in a few years.
     
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