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PostPosted: Sun Sep 01, 2019 9:52 pm    Post subject: Re: Luxury Tools Reply with quote

Regarding the battery powered ratchet wrench.

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Most of this unit's "utility" is the 'continuous spin' without having to swing it.
I think 35 ft-lbs is a lot.
That can tighten CV bolts.
OK it's a "ratchet" right?
Don't you "motor" the nut down --- then finish with a pull on the lever arm?


I have now needed this tool four times since this post. And I didn’t buy it.
Henry Ford said, “If you need a tool and you don't buy it, you will end up paying for it and never get to use it.”


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Sodo,

Buy that tool. Ive been using mine a few times a month. Makes me almost giddy to shove it in there, push the lever and whiz fasteners off....

OK, "almost" falls short - I get giddy....


Doug I don't doubt you be gettin' giddy and I wanna be giddy too.

I ordered this one $84
3/8"18V Torque Ratchet Wrench
https://www.amazon.com/dp/B07QRV88ZR/ref=cm_sw_em_r_mt_dp_U_h5jBDb1C993J7

It's 18v and if the batteries crap out I'll adapt it to my Makita 18V batteries.
With my luck, Makita will make one just about the time I get mine adapted to Makita batteries.
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PostPosted: Mon Sep 02, 2019 4:36 pm    Post subject: Re: Luxury Tools Reply with quote

I just got this..

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PostPosted: Mon Sep 02, 2019 5:35 pm    Post subject: Re: Luxury Tools Reply with quote

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I just got this..

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Nice tool, much preferred over a hydraulic one.
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PostPosted: Tue Sep 03, 2019 11:17 am    Post subject: Re: Luxury Tools Reply with quote

Slow but very accurate—. I love it
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PostPosted: Mon Nov 25, 2019 8:18 am    Post subject: Re: Luxury Tools Reply with quote

While it's too inexpensive to be a true "luxury" tool, I consider this a "Level II" tool that advances one's capabilities beyond that of a typical shade-tree mechanic.

I initially posted this to a different thread, but thought it was worth documenting here.

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Since you will be listening for noises amongst many moving components, let me suggest a mechanic's stethoscope.

Touch the metal tip to a suspect component to hear what's going on inside.

They are extremely modestly priced ($5 at HF) and great value for the money for pinpointing suspicious sounds and diagnosing noisy lifters, alternators, bearings, etc.

You will also find them much more dignified (and makes onlookers think you know what you are doing) than listening to the end of a long screwdriver, which accomplishes the same thing.
Wear a white lab-coat and speak with a faux-German accent (Ja, Zis zounds fery zerious!) if you really want to add to the illusion.

But wait, there's more! If you disengage the end bit and just use the rubber tube, it's great for listening along the intake track or the injector seals for the tiny whistle of localized vacuum leaks.

You won't use it everyday, but they are very handy to have around when you do need them.

These helped me to isolate the horrible bearing sound coming from the depths of my XKR's engine last winter, allowing me to simply replace an expired $150 Denso AC compressor and avoid a $8K main bearing/engine extract & rebuild.

Off-topic: One of their best uses is as an excellent prop for calming down crying children after they have had a minor, but painful, fall or a scrape. "Uh, Oh! Let me get my stethoscope.... I need you to hold still and be very calm and quiet while I listen to your injury. Quiet.... Hummm.... Be very quiet... Hummm, Yes, you are being very brave.... OK, now let me listen while you move your [Insert Injured Appendege Here]... Hummm... Now move it again, please.... Hummmm... Yes, it sounds like it really hurts, but it also sounds like you're going to be OK.... Let me get a band-aid for you... Do you want to listen??? See, it sounds OK." By the time you're finished, they are over the initial shock & hysterics and have calmed down to where the shrieks are just quiet sobs. Like Christmas, they eventually figure it out as they get older, but that's OK, caring responses like this become branded in their young psyches and you've become a legend. My now grown kids, nieces & nephews never fail to laughingly chide me about using this minor bit of loving parental deception on them before going on to say how they've successfully employed it themselves.

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PostPosted: Mon Nov 25, 2019 5:49 pm    Post subject: Re: Luxury Tools Reply with quote

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I think my heart rate/panic level would go up if a Doc came at me with that Shocked Very Happy
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PostPosted: Mon Nov 25, 2019 6:23 pm    Post subject: Re: Luxury Tools Reply with quote

sanchius wrote:
While it's too inexpensive to be a true "luxury" tool, I consider this a "Level II" tool that advances one's capabilities beyond that of a typical shade-tree mechanic.


right. this is a 'must have' tool but with a little learning curve. when first applied to an engine, there's an "OMG!" factor where it sounds like everything is going to hell. then you learn to filter out the wheat from the chaff. i'll still stick a section of heater hose to my ear for locating certain sounds, especially vacuum leaks, but the stethoscope has a place on my wall.

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PostPosted: Wed Dec 11, 2019 8:17 pm    Post subject: Re: Luxury Tools Reply with quote

I was setting up the winter wheels on a VW Golf Sportwagen and when I went through the wheel change toolkit, found that there was no wheel hanger tool. The only M14 threaded part I could find in the junk pile was an old Vanagon Tie Rod. Perfect fit. Cut to 6” and chamfer the cut.
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PostPosted: Sun Mar 22, 2020 9:12 am    Post subject: Re: Luxury Tools Reply with quote

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LiquiDynamics Filter Cart — 7 GPM, 10-Micron, Model# 33275

hmmmmmm...... For all the over-engined transaxles.
A dialysis machine.
At $899 it's a fraction of the cost of my on-board filter system.
A localized bunch of over-engined Vanagon nuts could share this tool for even less cost than their (collective) specialty-oils bill.

10 micron is pretty fine, but bearings prefer 2-3 microns filtering, so there's still some stuff remaining. But all the strings that a hairy magnet couldn't hold, would be filtered out.

A transaxle shop could build this tool for something like ~$100 and service their customers fresh rebuilds.
And they could use it to make a connection with customers trying to milk a few more miles out of an older tranny.
Each customer buys a new filter which you open with a pipe cutter and evaluate the swarf on the paper.

The main thing is cleaning the rest of the machine.
You wouldn't want to go in sloppy seconds after some 7,000 lb van with a chipped diesel..... Wink Wink
I suppose put a dummy filter on and leave it circulating in a bucket of diesel?
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PostPosted: Tue Apr 07, 2020 5:42 pm    Post subject: Re: Luxury Tools Reply with quote

https://antigravitybatteries.com/products/accessories/battery/chargers/bluetooth-tracker-lithium/
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PostPosted: Tue Apr 07, 2020 8:11 pm    Post subject: Re: Luxury Tools Reply with quote

Man, that ^^^ looks sweet! May need to bite on a pair of lead/acid for starter & aux...do you have it already, Mr. Merian?

Do tell! Smile

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PostPosted: Tue Apr 07, 2020 8:42 pm    Post subject: Re: Luxury Tools Reply with quote

^^^

That is cool, but since we're in the luxury tools aisle, check out the Victron SmartShunt. It provides current draw to check for parasitic draws. Their bluetooth app for their solar controller provides more battery/solar data than one ever needs to know. But it's also 4x the price.

https://www.victronenergy.com/battery-monitors/smart-battery-shunt
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https://www.mygreenoutdoors.com/victron-smartshunt...050150050/

Im not sure if a starter battery would require the 1000 amp version at $215...
https://www.mygreenoutdoors.com/victron-smartshunt...050210050/
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PostPosted: Tue Apr 07, 2020 8:52 pm    Post subject: Re: Luxury Tools Reply with quote

I love the Victron stuff. I have that shite everywhere.
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PostPosted: Wed Apr 08, 2020 3:21 am    Post subject: Re: Luxury Tools Reply with quote

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Henry Ford said, “If you need a tool and you don't buy it, you will end up paying for it and never get to use it.”]


He was a notorious Anti-Semite, but I gotta give credit for this one. It’s brilliant, and true.

In a curious irony, my Dad built Saturn V rockets, space shuttles, Lunar Landers and made sure they stayed together.

He was the cheapest toolbastard that ever walked the Earth, always fudging solutions like chiseling off the big nuts until only one face remained

The next generation went wildly opposite and buys every tool he thinks he might ever need. I get a deep satisfaction when I see the right tool make a job easy.

His skills are useful, I recently hacked a 29 mm deep socket on a VWfan switch with two vice grips, but not my normal steerage through rough waters.
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PostPosted: Wed Apr 08, 2020 2:02 pm    Post subject: Re: Luxury Tools Reply with quote

dhaavers wrote:
Man, that ^^^ looks sweet! May need to bite on a pair of lead/acid for starter & aux...do you have it already, Mr. Merian?

Do tell! Smile

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No & I'm not going to buy one. I just use a plug in meter at the cig. lighter.

But it IS a luxury tool - one you don't really need.

I can think of some other ideas for a remote readout for a camping van tho...
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PostPosted: Wed Apr 08, 2020 9:10 pm    Post subject: Re: Luxury Tools Reply with quote

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He was the cheapest toolbastard that ever walked the Earth, always fudging solutions like chiseling off the big nuts until only one face remained


Sounds familiar. My dad was a tool & die maker by trade (son of a german machinist) and starting in the 70s helped replace his generation of skilled tradesmen by building a CNC (teletype punched tape, back then) wire edm manufacturing business. Wire edm was leading technology in the 70s.

Good god, he could cheap out on repairs and tools. Lawn tractor muffler rusted out? Take a Stewarts coffee can, crimp it over the old muffler and that'll be good for 5 years. Honda motorcycle muffler rusted through? Wrap something around it and secure it with bailing wire (years later I repaired my Vanagon muffler with a license plate and bailing wire). As for tools, even at the shop he'd work on a six figure edm machine with a harbor freight screwdriver. I'd look at him cross-eyed and he'd look back "What? It works, doesn't it?"

Frugality + gumption + a busload of smarts is what a productive small business is often built on.

I miss you, Dad.

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PostPosted: Thu Apr 09, 2020 5:27 am    Post subject: Re: Luxury Tools Reply with quote

Abscate wrote:
...my Dad built Saturn V rockets, space shuttles, Lunar Landers and...was the cheapest toolbastard that ever walked the Earth...

jimf909 wrote:
...My dad was a tool & die maker...Good god, he could cheap out on repairs and tools...

BOTH of your dads sound cool... Cool

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PostPosted: Fri May 08, 2020 2:41 pm    Post subject: Re: Luxury Tools Reply with quote

Not exactly luxury tools, but I found these pretty cool. Found them at the local surplus store, only had 8mm, 9mm, and 10mm sizes. I bought one of each. Cool OG West German tools to add to my collection. Cool


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PostPosted: Mon May 11, 2020 5:30 pm    Post subject: Re: Luxury Tools Reply with quote

“West” Germany! Yes I’m old enough to remember the Berlin Wall, got to see it too.

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PostPosted: Tue Aug 11, 2020 6:08 pm    Post subject: Re: Luxury Tools Reply with quote

Uniquely designed screwdriver and impact driver in one

Proprietary cam mechanism rotates the shaft 12 degrees with each hammer strike

https://www.amazon.com/dp/B003BI8HHQ/ref=pe_2640190_232748420_TE_item
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