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#42157 - 09/16/04 02:02 PM What are your three favorite tools?
Joe Tedesco Offline
Registered: 10/07/00
Posts: 2749
Loc: Boston, Massachusetts USA
What are your three favorite tools?

Mine include, my 9 inch lineman pliers, my six-inch Klein's screwdriver, and my "Wiggy"

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#42158 - 09/16/04 02:13 PM Re: What are your three favorite tools?
Tom Offline
Registered: 01/01/01
Posts: 1044
Loc: Shinnston, WV USA
Milwaukee "Hole Hawg" drill, just can't beat it for putting a hole in a stud in 3 seconds.

Check Point brand torpedo level, rare earth magnets keeps it from falling off the conduit & it has a 30 degree bubble for doing those no brainer offsets.

Klein ratcheting cable cutters, takes the work out of cutting large size cable.

Few things are harder to put up with than the annoyance of a good example.
#42159 - 09/16/04 02:15 PM Re: What are your three favorite tools?
royta Offline
Registered: 09/03/04
Posts: 138
Loc: CA
I like the long screwdrivers too. The 602-6 and the 603-7 to be exact.

It's pretty hard to nail it down to three, but if I had to, I'd say my Kleins, my "Knopp" brand wiggy, and my Klein #11045 yellow handle strippers. Strippers you ask? Well, Klein started manufacturing them with larger plastic handles. I thought what a foolish idea, because they would be harder to put in my pouches. So, I bought all the original small handle 11045's I could find, which wasn't many by the way. I've probably got two or three brand new in the blister pack. I'll never use the big handle ones. I'll switch to Ideal first.

Whew! I'm long winded!
#42160 - 09/16/04 02:51 PM Re: What are your three favorite tools?
nov Offline
Registered: 08/08/04
Posts: 69
Loc: New Jersey
tom I love that check point level also
that thing has some dam strong magnets on it
#42161 - 09/16/04 03:15 PM Re: What are your three favorite tools?
bot540 Offline
Registered: 09/14/04
Posts: 174
Loc: Vernon Hills, IL
My Milwaukee bandsaw, nothing cuts through pipe faster. I love to use this when roughing.
I would agree with the hole hawg and of course my Kleins(lineman pliers).
Jesus may have been a capenter,but God was an electrician.Genesis1:3
#42162 - 09/16/04 03:49 PM Re: What are your three favorite tools?

Klein offset #2 philips screw driver. Long handle Klein stripper. Little Fluke 73 meter. Not that it's "right" or "wrong" but I had a journeyman years ago who gave me a new Fluke meter and told me to learn how to use it. He took my wiggy and threw it away.
#42163 - 09/16/04 04:40 PM Re: What are your three favorite tools?
royta Offline
Registered: 09/03/04
Posts: 138
Loc: CA
In defense of the wiggy, I never use the wiggy to measure voltage. I simply use it to feel for the buzz. Small buzz = 120 Big buzz = 240. If I'm only changing devices (receps or switches), I'll use my Fluke lighty up thingie. If I want to measure actual voltage, I take out my Fluke 87 or T5-600. The Knopp brand wiggy is small and fits in my bags nicely, unlike either of my Fluke products.
#42164 - 09/16/04 04:48 PM Re: What are your three favorite tools?
iwire Offline
Registered: 01/05/03
Posts: 4391
Loc: North Attleboro, MA USA
For me nothing beats a wiggy type tester for line voltage troubleshooting. I have plenty of 'fancy' meters but they are to sensitive to phantom voltage.

I also am very fond of my Fluke T-5 1000 volt, amp, ohm meter.

Other than that I would say the key to the truck when it is time to go home.
Bob Badger
Construction & Maintenance Electrician
#42165 - 09/16/04 04:54 PM Re: What are your three favorite tools?
e57 Offline
Registered: 05/27/03
Posts: 2876
Loc: S.F.,CA USA
Knipex linemans, 1/3 less wieght to carry, but still keep the kliens in the truck. And, and Witte insulated flat, and phillips. Other than a fluke volt tick, the only things I carry on me. These are my fav's for the simple reason of wieght / performance. Klien makes some real nice (American made) tools and prefer them for most items, but those three items wiegh twice as much as the German stuff of equal or exceptional quality. (About the same price too.) Everything else is the tool box. I have some real favorites in there too, but too many to list.
Mark Heller
"Well - I oughta....." -Jackie Gleason
#42166 - 09/16/04 05:40 PM Re: What are your three favorite tools?
Sandro Offline
Registered: 12/30/01
Posts: 444
Loc: Stoney Creek, ON, Canada
My absolute favourite tool is the Klein bottle opener. cat.# 98002BT in the Tool catalog.
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