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Old 07-25-2008, 07:16 PM
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What tools should you have in your shop?

Obviously the answer is ALL of THEM!!


I currently am trying to finish the garage so that I have some shop room, and am wondering what tools I should buy to work on all projects I seem to come up with.
Think about the tools you use most often on a project and let me know what they are, that way I don't have to buy a bunch of extraneous items.

What tools would you pick for your shop? What are you favorites? I think most people on this site would say a pipe/tube bender of some kind. But what else do you need for all the various projects you work on?

Thanks for the info and suggestions.
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Old 07-25-2008, 11:06 PM
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grinders....lots and lots of grinders!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
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Old 07-26-2008, 03:16 AM
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Old 07-26-2008, 09:07 AM
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Electric or Air shear's....20 ton press...Heavy Duty Vise...

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Old 07-26-2008, 09:29 AM
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A heavy layout/welding table.
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Old 07-26-2008, 10:34 AM
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X2 on the welding table, don't skimp there if possible.
I use mine for everything. from rebuilding engines to woodworking.
dont buy cheap tools they will only piss you off & let you down when you need them most.
save the cheap crap for loaners.
as for hand tools, lots of vice grips, good drill bits & several hammers & a quality vice will get you far.
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Old 07-26-2008, 11:12 AM
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Spend the money on good welding machines and plasma cutters. Yah their expensive but they wont let you down and will pay for themselves after a few jobs.
I use my notching tool as much as my welders. Dont buy the cheap one from HF again buy one of the good ones it will make your life easier.

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Old 07-26-2008, 02:51 PM
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Got to have a GOOD drill press. My first one was a cheap HF piece, but worked for years with a good JACOBS chuck!
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Old 07-26-2008, 04:02 PM
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Old 07-26-2008, 04:42 PM
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Old 07-26-2008, 06:01 PM
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Can't live without a chop saw. I find that just about any fab work requires one.
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Old 07-26-2008, 09:34 PM
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maybe a welding hood... if we're getting specific I would go band saw over chop saw personally
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Old 07-26-2008, 10:46 PM
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For years my job has been to sit on the phone all day long talking with the off road and racing crowd. From guys who are installing roll cages in their trucks or building rock crawlers with their sons to guys building full blown race car and dragster chassis.

When guys ask me what tools they need to get started, here is what I recommend.

tube bender and die set
tube notcher
Bend Tech Pro
angle level
some sort of saw (band saw, chop saw or cold saw)

That's usually enough to get started anyway.
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Old 07-27-2008, 12:14 AM
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I have to go with Balterbuilt with the grinders. Cheep is'nt bad when you use one for cut off wheels, one for a grinding wheel , one for sanding disc, and one for wire wheels.They will last a long time if you break up the jobs between them.
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Old 07-27-2008, 12:36 AM
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Old 07-27-2008, 12:54 PM
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I have to agree with most here. I have built full one off jeeps with as little as a good heavy welding table, notcher, bender, bandsaw and a GOOD welder. I know it can be done easier with more tools and I have alot more now, but it dosen't take a bunch of fancy tools, however It is awfully nice to have and makes things more efficent.

I have since added alot of tools but what I really want is a plasma and believe it or not a big press with a set of dimple dies. I haven't used them mch, but really like the look and more-so the regidity they supply in lighter guage metal.
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Old 07-27-2008, 01:11 PM
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The best tool I have ever bought for my shop is my Matco two post lift... No more working on the floor...best investment I ever made...fabbing up bumpers or working on suspensions or even just general servicing it takes 1/3 of the time it took before!!!
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Old 07-27-2008, 11:46 PM
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band saw and belt sander

multiple grinders are nice as well.
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Old 07-28-2008, 12:21 AM
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i cant live without my hypertherm plasma cutter.
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Old 07-28-2008, 03:33 AM
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I have to agree with "Game Over" as I get older I just hate the getting up and down and crawling under cars on the concrete. A hoist would be my first major purchase if I was setting up a new shop.
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