Useful tools you should have bought long ago?

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  1. nickmsmith

    nickmsmith Dr. Stratster

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    No drill required drywall anchors. Life changer, trying to install the wife’s projects.
     
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    StratUp Senior Stratmaster

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    Can't believe how useful this has been in a variety of disciplines. Not sure how I lived without one all those years:

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    Jason D Senior Stratmaster

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    I was going to post exactly this.
     
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    spazzz Strat-Talk Member

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    I just got the exact one 2 days ago.
    Today I finally broke down and went mobile with a Makita cordless sawzall for mind bending cordless hacking and slashing.

    I bought a Yoga mat to use as a guitar mat , which works great.
     
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    Deafsoundguy CERTIFIED HACK Silver Member

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    No Brainer here, but it’s a tie!!!

    I don’t know which tool, if stolen would make me cry harder:
    1: SawStop table saw, as discussed on some other threads - will instantly put the blade below the table via explosive cartridge (and about $150 in related expenses) if it comes into contact with human flesh. It’s an amazing piece of mind when you work on the saw. My finger gets an inch away from the blade hundreds of times a week and most of the pieces I make it’s impossible with a traditional blade cover
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    2: Festool vacuum sander- I’ve used this tool a million times and have saved my lungs from a Sequoia tree worth of wood. Also vacuuming walls when repatching and repairing . Then it also hooks up to routers too when you’re making edge routes or cutting speaker holes. Highly recommended
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    Can’t forget though, a milling machine. Designing and making your own parts when you’re building unique things or inventing things is something a wood/metal worker must have. If only someone would have shown me how to use one when I was younger :thumbd: …. Incredible tool. I’ve made thousands of unique tools and parts over the last 10 years.
     
  6. cranky

    cranky Senior Stratmaster

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    Every tool I buy, the value of everything I own goes down a little bit.

    Goes down even more when I finally get around to using them.
     
  7. Mikeylefty

    Mikeylefty Be Kind Silver Member

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    agreed. I have that exact model. So precise that I can measure the high E string to see if it's .009 or .010 string.
     
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    Bob Spumoni Senior Stratmaster

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    Knipex water pump pliers. They work magically well and are stone-cold indestructible. I keep a pair in my tractor and one in the house. Last year I gave them out as Christmas presents (Ladies got a Hawkins pressure cooker. Couples got both, allowing for gender equity) If you're tired of replacing side cutters, a pair of Knipexes will put an end to that as well.

    Runner-up would be a nice old brass hammer.
     
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    StratUp Senior Stratmaster

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    Those are handy. I found a pair at the junkyard a couple years ago. Sometimes they are just the right players for the job.
     
  10. Bob Spumoni

    Bob Spumoni Senior Stratmaster

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    Here's another: a bundle of rebar ties and a twister. I used them to tie up sap lines when I worked at a maple sugary. Now I feel weird if I don't have some on hand. Only downside: they rust fast. But they can cinch up nearly anything. For some stuff, of course, the redoubtable zip-tie is better.
     
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    rmackowsky Strat-Talker

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    Boubou Senior Stratmaster Gold Supporting Member

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    I have one of those, havent used it since I got one of these, at least for woodworking,


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    I was gonna post that too. Especially if you any guitar wiring. Harbor Freight $6. Works like a champ had it at least 10y. A43A5381-F457-41B8-A275-51220428DD4B.jpeg
     
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    ThebiggestJerk Senior Stratmaster

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    I had one too for about a week. It’s a piece of crap!
     
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    I use a $15 Black & Decker cordless screwdriver. Works well too.
     
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    rmackowsky Strat-Talker

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    LOL - yea, its not perfect, could probably spring for a better one. In general, helping hands while soldering is invaluable.
     
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    ToneRanger Most Honored Senior Member

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    Discovered the string stretcher recently (aka "Stretcha") - EVH's guitar tech did a tutorial on how he used to set up Eddie's guitars - tried it out myself and by golly if it didn't work. 3 to 5 passes and the string is fully stretched in along the entire length.

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    He seemed to like the effect.
     
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    These things are a must for carpentry needs.
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    Deafsoundguy CERTIFIED HACK Silver Member

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    Agreed. I have the Fein brand one. It’s incredible how many uses you find for it if you build stuff. Can do things no other tool can do!