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#30793 - 10/28/03 01:12 PM Favorite Tools
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Registered: 09/17/03
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Do you have any tools that you would consider your favorite or are unique in any way? For instance, I have really enjoyed the use of my ten-in-one screwdriver. It gives me two sizes of flat and phillips bit in one package. It also can be used as a 5/16 nut driver or a 1/4 nut driver. If I need an extension on my bit, I can chuck it up into my screwgun. Some one else mentioned on another thread the wire nut twister that comes in some bags of wire nuts. I have really enjoyed using it and it also chucks right up into my ten-in-one. Another of my favorites is my Fluke voltage sensor, the one that has the nose that lights up. It has the sensitivity to differentiate between wires in a j-box and helps greatly to determine if one of them is hot. Anyone else have any neat tools that I need to know about?

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#30794 - 10/28/03 02:09 PM Re: Favorite Tools
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Registered: 09/23/03
Posts: 101
Loc: Raleigh
A volt tick would be my favorite.
It has saved me from shock, "Krispy Kleins", etc, many times.

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#30795 - 10/28/03 02:26 PM Re: Favorite Tools
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Registered: 08/19/02
Posts: 1685
Loc: New York City
A red T-Stripper for stripping stranded conductors sure beats the razor blades and mom's non-serrated tomato knives I used to use as a kid (even though I got pretty good at stripping zip cord with a Gillette without messing up the conductor).

I dig the Fluke voltage probe. I saw one of the building electricians use it to test the sockets below a cooler unit in the company cafeteria.

I'll probably get me one for X-mas. I saw a knock-off at one of the DIY sheds. I think it was either Ideal or Gardner Bender. It looked chintzy and was "Made in China". Didn't buy it.

Is the Fluke probe made in USA or overseas?

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#30796 - 10/28/03 03:43 PM Re: Favorite Tools
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Loc: North Attleboro, MA USA
Sven I like the Fluke too, do not have it in the house to see where it is made.

When you buy one watch the voltage range that it is rated for.

I bought one before that would sense voltages as low as I think 6 volts thinking it would be handy.

Well it was not, near line voltage every thing mad it glow, too sensitive.

The one I have now starts at I think 90 volts.

I always check that it works by rubbing it on my clothes it will light if the battery is good.

Bob
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#30797 - 10/28/03 04:46 PM Re: Favorite Tools
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Registered: 10/18/00
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I've started welding all those sledgehammer heads i've busted off onto 3/4" GRC for a G-rod sliding hammer...works great...

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#30798 - 10/28/03 05:13 PM Re: Favorite Tools
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Registered: 08/23/03
Posts: 122
Loc: Edmonton, AB, Canada
I have a neat one I picked up at a pawn shop.
A 10" crescent wrench, with a 3/8" ratchet on the end of the handle.
Made in China, but everyone that sees it does a double take, especially when I have the 'Gator Grip' on it.

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#30799 - 10/28/03 05:28 PM Re: Favorite Tools
Electric Eagle Offline
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Registered: 04/20/02
Posts: 928
Loc: Alpharetta, GA
I've got so many tools it's hard to choose.

My hot stick (volt tick) is great. Mine is a greenlee and it works great. Several of my guys have a new model by Ideal that works just as good.

We've got Milwaukee Hole Shooters with a 30" extension on them that make drilling much faster than a standard Hole Hawg. The Hawg has more torque, but the long drill saves time by either not needing a ladder or not have to move it as often.

I would never want to be without a Dewalt 18 volt 1/2" drill/hammer-drill. Actually all the cordless tools are wonderful and would be hard to be without.

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#30800 - 10/28/03 06:19 PM Re: Favorite Tools
txsparky Offline
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Registered: 05/25/01
Posts: 578
Loc: Magnolia,.Texas U.S.A.
I can't imagine being in the trade without a Hydraulic K.O.cutter or Greenlee tugger.
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#30801 - 10/28/03 07:45 PM Re: Favorite Tools
nesparky Offline
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Registered: 06/21/01
Posts: 650
Loc: omaha,ne
That 18 volt Dewalt was the best drill driver I've had. My favorite tool thou is the pen I use to endorse a pay check.
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#30802 - 10/28/03 07:53 PM Re: Favorite Tools
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Registered: 08/19/03
Posts: 1355
Loc: West Jordan, Utah, USA
Ideal ratcheting cable cutters that cut up to 1000KCMIL. Too bad I spent $200 bucks for them and now they sit in my garage collecting dust, just like my K.O. set and my 1/2"-4" hole saw set.
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