Tools. What's in your box?

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    I have an almost phobic liking for tools, all tools, but in particular, car tools. This extends not only to the actual tools themselves, but also to their upkeep. I used to spend longer looking for the tool to do the job, than the job would have taken. It was not uncommon for me to buy duplicates having "lost" the original, only for it to turn up, under my nose when I started the job. Then on a trip to my friend Andy @ Wright-Tech I had an epiphany when I noticed how he was able to retrieve any tool in seconds, would use it, clean it & replace it, in the waiting sequential space in it's cabinet. That is how I shall be (I thought). Well I'm getting there and although it can take some discipline, the rewards are great when you go to start a job and have everything to hand. Anyway. Here are a few pics of some of my collection. Show us yours.[​IMG][​IMG][​IMG][​IMG]
     
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    Very impressive Bruce, what’s your address? ;):rolleyes:

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    My Halfords Advanced 'flex head ratchet spanners' are just brilliant things. They allow access to the most hidden of nuts & bolts. I managed to strip my 124 Wagons rear suspension using these including the really awkward trailing arm jobbies. They have great gearing on the ratchets so you do not constantly have to reposition them off the nut that you struggle to get onto.
     
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    That's a serious collection there Bruce.

    I have only enough to do the jobs I mostly do (so I only have 2 serious toolboxes and 1 with tools I leave in the garage for convenience)..

    The rest are stored by and used by Andy and co. for automotive tasks!
     
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    Looks like my brother's garage. Every tool possible, cleaned and returned to its proper place. Nearly all Snap on or Blue Point.
    Two post ramp on one side (roof is fifteen feet high).
    It's like walking into an MB depot :)
    All credit to you Mr Millar.
     
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    Right, that's it. I'm off shopping tomorrow....
     
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    I would love to have a ramp. I do have a very large purpose (not by me) pit. The previous owner of the house used to Rallye a MKII Escort and built the garage with a pit large enough to swing the engine and box out as one unit. I would have preferred it if he had bought a ramp and fitted a higher roof.

    I use mainly Halfords Advanced tools. For serious DIY they are great value and their 'no quibble lifetime guarantee' makes that a no brainer. They are now doing really good tray sets which are ideal for tool drawers. Were money no object, I would just phone up the Snap-On Rep and bankrupt myself.
     
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    Yes, you're right. My brother was on the tools and has collected them for 40 years or so.
    I remember he bought me a Snap on ratchet for Christmas one year. I know it's not the done thing but I asked him how much it was. It cost £13 - trouble is a run of the mill ratchet at the time cost about 99 pence.
    He just kept on collecting his tools. I have no idea how much he has spent in total. Not a clue.
     
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    My Snap On box contains a lot of Snap On stuff that has been bought over thirty odd years. I also have some signet male and female torx sockets that are nearly as good quality as Snap On. For the less serious jobs I have things like a Clarke 18 piece brake caliper rewind set, still got most of my old A/F Stahwille sockets and combination spanners that I used as a young Jaguar apprentice. In those days you could order pretty much any tools you wanted and have deductions made from your weekly pay packet.
     
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    I keep my tool very clean! :)
     
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    I have learned through personal expense and huge frustration, when it comes to buying tools there is no substitute for quality. I bought a lovely looking set of T-Bar Torx Drivers. They just rounded off at the first sign of a struggle. Sadly that first sign was on my 124 door latch -que lots of drilling to get the knackered torx bolt out. A 30 second job became a 4 hour job and included a trip to buy decent torx bits, HSS drill bits etc. All for saving a few quid on the tool that is now in the dust bin.


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    Thats tool porn .
     
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    Most of my tools are currently strewn across the floor of the garage or left inside the engine bay of the Nissan. - I was installing a 3" turbo elbow and it cold cold and damp... and I haven't gone back to it yet.
     
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    When I look at those, my nuts tighten.
     
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    Mate of mine is fanatical about snap on tools and the fact that they mostly have a lifetime warranty.
    Not sure of the extent of his collection - I’m sure it’s not as complete as Bruce’s above, but then he is only 24. He adds to his collection via eBay.
     
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