how often do you find it necessary to buy a new tool?

Discussion in 'Tools and Procedures' started by Grumpy, Dec 20, 2018.

  1. Grumpy

    Grumpy The Grumpy Grease Monkey mechanical engineer. Staff Member

    I got too thinking about this simply because I was looking over my tool chest contents and thinking...
    you have a damn nice selection, but its not exactly rare for you to need to visit the local vendors like,
    home depot,
    http://garage.grumpysperformance.com/index.php?threads/sources-for-auto-tools.217/#post-82395
    NAPA,
    or , your forced to find the MATCO,
    or SNAP-ON truck,
    or order some tool,
    or order and buy from a dozen on-line vendors,
    like summit or JEGS, HF
    https://www.eastwood.com/tools.html
    https://www.toolplanet.com/category/automotive-service-tool-sets

    Ive come to the rather obvious conclusion that no mater how extensive your inventory may be theres ALWAYS a couple more tools you,ll need for the next job.
    naturally tools break or get misplaced,or you start working on some car with a unique bolt size on occasion, front And rear 4x4 hubs and some performance differentials are well known for requiring odd size or unique sockets or tools
    I needed a 35 mm deep socket and I know I have a rather full set, yet I could not find a deep 35 mm... so off too NAPA I went and they had one for a rather reasonable (SINCE I NEEDED IT" $12)
    I remember needing a 1 3/4" SOCKET A MONTH AGO, AND I BROKE AND NEEDED TO REPLACE AN EXTRA DEEP 18MM 1/2" DRIVE socket LAST WEEK...
    It seems Im always low on TIG welding rods, in several types, even though I buy them in 10 lb bundles.. or shield gas, and brazing rods,
    and you always find youve busted the tip off a screw driver or split a 9/16 socket,
    it seems like no mater what you have you need one more!
    I keep a small container for broken sockets , so I can get them replaced under warrantee when they break
    invariably the vendors want to swap a broken 6 point, you turn in, for a 12 point socket(I HATE THOSE)
    or the socket or ratchet you want to swap is either not in inventory or no longer made.
     
    Last edited: Dec 21, 2018
  2. rlphvac

    rlphvac reliable source of info

    Now I buy more guns than tools but its still a tool
     
  3. Maniacmechanic1

    Maniacmechanic1 solid fixture here in the forum

    About 1 time a month.
    I bent my Snap On Diesel semi truck fuel filter wrench today.
    That stuck siezed.
    Pushed as hard as I could.
    Like bench pressing one hand over an other.
    Close to 400lbs .
    She bent.
    Snap On Warrenty.
    Got it off with my Snap On Strap filter wrench and a 3 foot loot long 1/2 inch drive ratchet. Snap On too.
    The Fleet guard filter collapsed in 1/2.
    Can not use heat because diesel fuel is inside.
    Burn the Bus down.
    Working on big trucks is brutal on tools.
     
  4. Maniacmechanic1

    Maniacmechanic1 solid fixture here in the forum

    Never can buy enough race engine building and Race Fab tools.
     
  5. Maniacmechanic1

    Maniacmechanic1 solid fixture here in the forum

    Lol
     

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