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Old 07-28-2008, 11:25 AM
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This is great, it will probably take a while to get all this but having a list is a good way to start. Now I can watch for some good deals. And I am a big fan of buying the best tool once, and not having to worry about it breaking down the road. Quality not quantity is what matters.
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Old 07-28-2008, 12:44 PM
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Can't beleive nobody said it yet. BEER FRIDGE!!! most important tool of all. calms you down when you make mistakes.
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Old 07-28-2008, 03:14 PM
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electric die grinder
chop saw
grinders
GOOD vice
press
ratcheting wrenches
BFH
ratchet straps
angle finder
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Old 07-28-2008, 04:17 PM
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Safety glasses :P

A lot was already covered, multiple grinders, chop or band saw, welder, notcher and bender, plasma cutter (makes things easy), air compressor, air die grinder.... list can keep going.

I am saving for my own bender (so I can stop borrowing my friends), and I'd love a plasma cutter. All in time.
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Old 07-28-2008, 04:52 PM
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Hypertherm Plama cutter
Miller 180 or better welder
6 angle grinders 1 DeWWalt, 5 Harbor Fright, all have different wheels
DeWalt 14 in chop saw
Craftsman drill press
GREAT welding hood (Optrel)
Air Compressor that will give you 6+ cfm and 110 psi to drive plasma cutter and air tools
Tube bender (but only if your need to bend tube)
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Old 08-27-2008, 05:24 AM
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Hmm.....

2 ball peen hammers(1 big, 1 small)
1 claw hammer
Screwdrivers(smallest to medium ish) inclue jewellery screwdrivers(they come in handy)
Plies
Aviation Sheers
2 hacksaws + lots of blades(12tpi, 24tpi and 32tpi or close enough)
Chisels(for cold working steel)
Blow torch
MIG welder(depends on what you need it for as to wattage)
TIG welder(if you need to weld aluminium/stainless steel/titanium often this might be better, although a cheap one here is clos to $5000)
Bandsaw
Pipe bender
angle grinder/s
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Old 08-27-2008, 03:37 PM
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over the years i have been gathering more and more tools, like most every one else here. in the beginning i started with just a HF grinder and a 110v welder.

in the end i think i use my

bench, vise, grinder, bandsaw, and welder (now up to a syncrowave 200) the most.

more or less in this order.

if you took away my plasma cutter i'd be up set, but it wouldn't stop me from building stuff, very nice to have and a time saver but not a show stoper. this short list if you were to take any of them away i would almost not be able to build anything.

would also like to add that i'm just a home builder and don't run a full production shop. just build stuff here and there for myself and friends on occasion.
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Old 10-25-2008, 10:06 PM
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sawzall is your best friend , grinders never enough of those or extension cords , a high cfm air compressor if you have lots of airtools , a decent size fabtable on wheels with a removable bench vice like RECORD or similair . visegrips, c-clamps ,bessy clamps are a must . trouble lights , jack stands , floor jacks . a decent size fire extingusher
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Old 10-26-2008, 02:13 PM
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How bout some safety glasses and face shield and ear plugs. You loose and eye you wont be doing much with ANY tools for a long time. Ever had a weld dinglebarry go in your ear?, don't feel good at all and can do permanent damage to your ear. The list is SSOOOO long it's not even funny as far as tools go. Just buy EVERYTHING you can when you can. Welders, grinders, clamps, cutting torch, plasma cutter, Vert & Horizontal band saw, Mill & lathe, 20" disc grinder, all basic hand tools, Hydro press, tube bender & notcher, welding table.........just to name a few
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Old 10-26-2008, 06:31 PM
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So Zits, what was the first thing you went out and bought ?
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Old 10-27-2008, 07:14 PM
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So Zits, what was the first thing you went out and bought ?

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Old 11-14-2008, 01:49 PM
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Bender, good welder (not a HF model), band saw, OA torch with rose bud (biggest bottles you can afford), LOTS of hand tools and a heavy bench with a vice. <--- lots of that too
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Old 11-14-2008, 02:02 PM
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Old 11-14-2008, 02:52 PM
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The single tool I use the most (besides safety glasses) and I didn't see it on anyones list...a measuring tape. I am partial to the 25' Kobalts from Lowes that have the magnets in the end hook. After that it just depends on the job. Right now, I'd give my left nut for a National foot squaring shear. I'm tired of filing down to the line.
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Old 12-09-2008, 04:21 AM
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Some list you ladds have here. Plasma cutters are still pro/ serious fabbers tools over here in the UK. One extra thing i would say is a good tool to have is some one who can use it / show you how. I have worked in garages working on cars of ladds whos daddy bought them the best tools but they dont know fook all how or what they are used for. Not insulting any of you but knowledge will get your further than any tool.
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Old 12-09-2008, 07:38 AM
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Some list you ladds have here. Plasma cutters are still pro/ serious fabbers tools over here in the UK. One extra thing i would say is a good tool to have is some one who can use it / show you how. I have worked in garages working on cars of ladds whos daddy bought them the best tools but they dont know fook all how or what they are used for. Not insulting any of you but knowledge will get your further than any tool.
Cheers to you Dave, you hit it right on the head..
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Old 12-09-2008, 08:34 AM
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Cheers bud, just dont expect me to be a pro im far from it thats why im here, I have a baja which is starting to need more and more body work / mods and i have no idea what im doing, Mechanics no problems but body work is something else lol.
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Old 12-09-2008, 09:30 AM
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" All the tools in the shop are useless, until you know how to use the one that's in your hand." quote from my Dad
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Old 12-09-2008, 11:45 AM
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Every bit of the suggestions here is great especially the knowledge one. Tools are useless without the knowledge of how to use them RIGHT.

One other tool that no one has mentioned is a Drill Doctor, mine has saved me many trips to the hardware store and hundreds of dollars in drill bits. I spent three hours the first day I had it sharpening drills and it paid for itself.

Get more KNOWLEDGE!!

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Old 12-09-2008, 01:59 PM
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Drill Doctor, im assuming thats a drill sharpining jig, sounds like a great idea, they taught us at college but it never sunk in to my head Going have to google that and see if i can get that here.
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