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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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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.


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I like the long screwdrivers too. [Linked Image] 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!

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tom I love that check point level also
that thing has some dam strong magnets on it

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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).

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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.

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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.

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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. [Linked Image]

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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.

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My absolute favourite tool is the Klein bottle opener. cat.# 98002BT in the Tool catalog.

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