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Old 01-22-2013, 06:48 PM   #1
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Default 4 tools you can't live without

Given your current setup, what are the 4 tools (excluding stuff like wrenches, screwdrivers, etc.) that you find yourself using the most when DIYing homebrew stuff? Here's mine:

Horizontal/vertical bandsaw - I bought a JET 5x6 bandsaw on a whim during PFD season (Google Alaska Permanent Fund Dividend if you're not familiar) and it's turned out to be one of the best investments I've made yet. Before I bought it I was making most of my cuts with an abrasive chopsaw that was loud, threw sparks everywhere, and had to be used exclusively outside. In addition to pissing off the neighbors all summer, it was a real hassle to have to bundle up and drag it outside when the temps started dropping. The bandsaw is quiet, accurate, and doesn't throw sparks.

Drill press - There are a lot of things that drill presses can be used for in addition to drilling, but 99 times out of 100, I'm using my drill press to make holes.

Dremel rotary tool - there are a million things that this can be used for. Everything from cutting to cleaning and polishing. I use my Dremel more than any other tool in my shop.

Oxy-Acetylene torch - I mostly use it for brazing stainless, but when I need to cut mounting plates from 1/4 inch steel plate, it's irreplaceable.

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Old 01-22-2013, 08:50 PM   #2
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Our funds for tools are about none currently, but mine are as follows:

Sharptooth Handsaw. Sure, it only cuts woods but nearly everything I build is out of pine.

Dremel rotary. I probably use this more than the saw for everything from cutting and grinding metal to deburring kettle holes and intermediate sanding wood parts.

Drill. For everything that can't be done in the press, the drill gets the call. It's also my grainmill motor.

C- or wood clamp, because I don't have a vice (or even a workbench), so everything that gets cut is first clamped to a folding ladder. Now accepting donations for Conan's Tool Fund! Kidding. Kyle

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Old 01-22-2013, 09:13 PM   #3
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My shop is pretty well stocked, but when building my brew system i used the following four tools the most,

-13x32 inch lathe

-Lincoln Square wave 175 Tig

-Fluke digital multimeter

-Ridgid 1/2 inch tube bender

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Old 01-22-2013, 09:19 PM   #4
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Hammer, wormdrive, tape and level. LOL

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4 1/2" angle grinder. Use it with cut off wheels to cut kegs, brew stand material, ect. Use backing plates for sanding, smoothing, polishing metal parts. Use wire wheels to clean up rust from salvaged steel square tube.

Simple table saw for the wood working stuff like the collar for the keezer and storage bins/shelves.

MAPP Gas or propane torch. I do not have an Oxy-Acetylene torch at the house so I do all my soldering and brazing with a simple cheap MAPP Gas unit.

Last one is a bit of a cheat. My electrical tool box, heat gun and a soldering iron. Heat gun for the heat shrink tube and soldering iron for solid and secure connectons.

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Old 01-22-2013, 10:54 PM   #6
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My most used tools on my shop

- miller 225 amp mig
- compound miter cut off saw
- combo milling machine/ drill press
- miller tig machine

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Old 01-22-2013, 11:06 PM   #7
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Drill press
Dremel
soldering iron
And...

Oh yeah - bottle opener!

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I cannot say that I have one tool more important than any other tool. Cant use a multi meter to hammer nails and you cant use a hammer to check voltage.

Just because I could I built a cabinet with only a router once and then another with only a table saw. This of course excluded screws and such to hold it together.

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My brain, my hands and the one between my legs!

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Miter saw and/or rotary saw
Drill with bits
Angle grinder has been nice to have lately
Don't forget the tape measure, level, pencil and other basic hand tools

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