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Offline Chris Wong

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I am thoroughly enjoying this 6”/150mm Metric/Imperial dial caliper I recently bought. I do have a soft spot for analog.
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Offline rst

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Got tired of fighting with my caulking gun so I bought a Tajima...it's almost too pretty to use.  I think it will be at least a useful as the Tajima fine chalk line.  Also received the new Milwaukee 12v drill with the four chucks.  This one will go into my van with the rest of my mostly Milwaukee 12 and 18v cordless and the CXS will end up in the shop.  I do not have corded equipment in my van any more.  Along with the Milwaukees I have Fein 18v hammerdrill and oscillating tool that stay in the van.

Offline Gregor

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I am thoroughly enjoying this 6”/150mm Metric/Imperial dial caliper I recently bought. I do have a soft spot for analog.
Which is the right idea, as the thing will work as long as you have enough light to read it - not bail on you every few months (or the bad ones even lasting only weeks) when the batteries run out...

Offline rst

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I use a lot of electronic measuring devices and I learned over time to remove the batteries unless using over multiple days.  That being said I have Calculated Industries devices and Stabilas that I have never changed batteries.

Offline GoingMyWay

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I ordered 2 CHANNELLOCK Wide Mouth adjustable wrenches and 2 sets of open box end ratcheting wrenches from Acme Tools during their Cyber Monday sale.

I've always wanted to give an open box end ratcheting wrench a try.



« Last Edit: December 13, 2019, 10:35 AM by GoingMyWay »
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Offline DynaGlide

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I ordered 2 CHANNELLOCK Wide Mouth adjustable wrenches and 2 sets of open end ratcheting wrenches from Acme Tools during their Cyber Monday sale.

I've always wanted to give an open end ratcheting wrench a try.

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From my motorcycle wrenching background I have a drawer full of wrenches. If I can I always reach for the ratcheting style. The angle of the heads on mine are adjustable for getting into tight spots. I love them.

I keep each set on one of these, maybe not this exact model, but they're color coded black/red so I can quickly grab SAE/metric and take them with me to what I'm working on. They come in different sizes so you're not wasting space if you have 5 wrenches you don't need 10 slots etc:

https://www.amazon.com/Ernst-5089-5188-Gripper-Organizer/dp/B00SXIITUE/ref=asc_df_B00SXIITUE/?tag=hyprod-20&linkCode=df0&hvadid=198151843411&hvpos=1o4&hvnetw=g&hvrand=5982290594212471249&hvpone=&hvptwo=&hvqmt=&hvdev=c&hvdvcmdl=&hvlocint=&hvlocphy=9008151&hvtargid=pla-351013749588&psc=1
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Offline Mike Goetzke

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From my motorcycle wrenching background I have a drawer full of wrenches. If I can I always reach for the ratcheting style. The angle of the heads on mine are adjustable for getting into tight spots. I love them.



@DynaGlide    -    Years ago I purchased some Craftsman branded wrenches like you describe. I have also seen them branded as Gear Wrench. I really like the way they only take a small angular motion to "click" but wondering if you have the same issue with the adjustable heads that I do. There is a tab to lock/unlock the head - if you disturb the wrench a little bit the lock releases on it's own. Annoying, but, I still love these wrenches.

Mike

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From my motorcycle wrenching background I have a drawer full of wrenches. If I can I always reach for the ratcheting style. The angle of the heads on mine are adjustable for getting into tight spots. I love them.



They can be a bit finicky but once I lock them they don't unlock on mine. I think they're Gearwrench but I'd have to check they may be Craftsman.
@DynaGlide    -    Years ago I purchased some Craftsman branded wrenches like you describe. I have also seen them branded as Gear Wrench. I really like the way they only take a small angular motion to "click" but wondering if you have the same issue with the adjustable heads that I do. There is a tab to lock/unlock the head - if you disturb the wrench a little bit the lock releases on it's own. Annoying, but, I still love these wrenches.

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Offline SRSemenza

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Open end ?? 

Interesting that you went for the old school style (called laminated I think?) on the ratcheting wrenches  Do the ones you got have four sizes per wrench?

I have the Gearwrench 120xp ratcheting combo wrenches.  GW makes a whole bunch of different styles of ratcheting wrenches.

Craftsman ratcheting wrenches used to be made by GW.


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Offline GoingMyWay

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Oops!  You're right they're not open end.  I guess it's called a box end ratcheting wrench.  I better go correct my original post.

This is the old school style?  Yep, it's 4 sizes per wrench.  That sounded more versatile and compact.  I mainly bought this version because I was also buying CHANNELLOCK adjustable wrenches so I figured I'd stick with the same brand.  I think the Klein version I saw was a bit more expensive also.  I thought the black color was cool too.  They don't feel super high quality and the distance required in the gear to ratchet seems a bit far (I'm probably not using the best/correct terminology to describe that).

I don't know how well the 4 sizes in one will actually work out in real life.  I was wondering if there could be situations where the bolt's diameter is too large to fit through the opposite (smaller) size.
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Offline RKA

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Speaking of wrenches...after a month of waiting I have a set of Stahlwille 14 series combo wrenches getting ready to board a plane in  Frankfurt.  These have a 10 degree angle on the box end rather than the conventional 15 degree, which can be helpful with long pattern wrenches and they have slight offset which allows you to reach into a bolt head that is flush with other nearby parts.  I hope they don't disappoint.  I have a set of Stahlwille double box deep offsets that are great for struts and brake bleeders, but they are a little shorter than I would like.
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Oops!  You're right they're not open end.  I guess it's called a box end ratcheting wrench.  I better go correct my original post.

This is the old school style?  Yep, it's 4 sizes per wrench.

Maybe not the four sizes but I am pretty sure that type of wrench (the layered mechanical construction) was the first type of ratcheting wrench compared to the Gear Wrench style that is constructed like a  "normal" wrench.

Those that you have certainly make for a compact set. I think the trade off could be thickness of the head. But that only matters when it matters.

Yes, the black looks cool.  [smile]

Seth

Offline egmiii

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I use a lot of electronic measuring devices and I learned over time to remove the batteries unless using over multiple days.  That being said I have Calculated Industries devices and Stabilas that I have never changed batteries.

I have a Stabila laser which has used the same batteries for 5 years. I also have a 6" Mitutoyo digital caliper which has used the same battery for 8 years. Both get used a couple times a month. I've never taken the batteries out of either tool.

Offline Cheese

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Maybe not the four sizes but I am pretty sure that type of wrench (the layered mechanical construction) was the first type of ratcheting wrench compared to the Gear Wrench style that is constructed like a  "normal" wrench.

Here's a shot of the original laminated style ratcheting box end wrench and a newer integrated ratcheting flex box and open end wrench combo.




Offline Cheese

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I keep each set on one of these, maybe not this exact model, but they're color coded black/red so I can quickly grab SAE/metric and take them with me to what I'm working on. They come in different sizes so you're not wasting space if you have 5 wrenches you don't need 10 slots etc:


That's the same thing I do...SAE in red and metric in black.