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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...

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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.

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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.

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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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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.

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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.




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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.


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Offline Gregor

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Film at eleven.
We're looking forward to your videos  [smile]

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Re: What non-Festool tool Centrotec gizmo did you buy today?
« Reply #467 on: February 10, 2020, 11:51 PM »
Here's a really nice 82º carbide tipped adjustable countersink from Amana tools. It supports the Centrotec system. It includes a thrust bearing and will not leave marks in the wood. This is for a #4 screw.

It's also half the price of the Festool variant IF...Festool would even produce a countersink for a #4 screw.

https://www.toolstoday.com/carbide-tipped-82-degree-countersink-with-adjustable-depth-stop-with-no-thrust-ball-bearing-hybrid-compatible-with-festool-centrotec-system-2.html

« Last Edit: February 11, 2020, 09:17 AM by Cheese »

Offline notenoughcash

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the small matter of one of these....

probably a sin to get one of them around here been non-festool and all that.  but how many 16 year olds can affod a £1000 mitre saw.

(there is also the minor complication of the ma and pa.  they dont see how i can justify it.........)
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the small matter of one of these....

probably a sin to get one of them around here been non-festool and all that.  but how many 16 year olds can affod a £1000 mitre saw.


The local metal dealer, Discount Steel, uses normal Milwaukee metal chop saws for cutting metals but 3-4 years ago they added about a half-dozen Evolution sliders in the yard for cutting wider material to length. They're in use every day.  [smile]

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Re: What non Festool tool gizmo/stuff did you buy today?
« Reply #470 on: February 12, 2020, 05:46 PM »
4 each knurled 1/4" ID drill bushings

A 12" length of tight-tolerance 1/4" OD 12L14 steel rod

A Zobo System 3 Forstner bit in 16 mm diameter


Offline Michael Kellough

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@Cheese   hope you start a thread for whatever you’re doing with that stuff.

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@Cheese   hope you start a thread for whatever you’re doing with that stuff.

Hey Michael, I originally wasn’t planning on doing that but that’s probably a good idea. It’s a simple jig for attaching false drawer fronts onto drawers.

Offline Mike Goetzke

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Don’t use them all the time but always wanted a set:

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They look decent for $60 out the door (Craftsman).

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Re: What non Festool tool gizmo/stuff did you buy today?
« Reply #474 on: February 13, 2020, 09:59 AM »
I've written before about these Amana countersinks. Previously I used them to countersink screws far below the surface of the material I was using. I now needed to countersink screws flush with the surface and decided to find out how difficult the adjustment process was going to be.

The first one I that I adjusted I did off of the drill press and it was pretty easy to get the correct setting in 2-3 tries. The next 3 were adjusted while still on the drill press and that was even easier & faster.  [big grin]

Here's a shot of a #10, #8, #6 & #4 countersink. Note that the #4 on the RH side is Centrotec compatible. That option was not available when I purchased the first 3 countersinks.

These countersinks are carbide tipped and can be used on aluminum.

https://www.toolstoday.com/carbide-tipped-82-degree-countersink-with-no-burning-and-marring-adjustable-depth-stop-with-no-thrust-ball-bearing.html

https://www.toolstoday.com/carbide-tipped-82-degree-countersink-with-adjustable-depth-stop-with-no-thrust-ball-bearing-hybrid-compatible-with-festool-centrotec-system-2.html




Offline DynaGlide

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Darn it @Cheese now I want those. I have to build some base and upper cabinets. I like GRK R4 screws and I think I'll go #8 for attaching the sides to the bottoms and stretchers with dominoes for alignment and that Amana bit in 5/32 for doing the pilot holes.
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Darn it @Cheese now I want those. I have to build some base and upper cabinets. I like GRK R4 screws and I think I'll go #8 for attaching the sides to the bottoms and stretchers with dominoes for alignment and that Amana bit in 5/32 for doing the pilot holes.

Ya, because these are adjustable for depth, you can adjust them to cut just a smidge deeper to compensate for the cutter nibs on the bottom of the R4 screws...like this.


Offline TinyShop

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Snappy sells a Centrotec-compatible countersink with ball bearing stop collar that fits their various "gold screw" countersinks. From what I've been able to determine they manufacture it themselves in the U.S. The Amana offerings are produced in Israel and are thus non-BDS compatible. I own the Snappy model and am very happy with it.
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Offline DynaGlide

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Snappy sells a Centrotec-compatible countersink with ball bearing stop collar that fits their various "gold screw" countersinks. From what I've been able to determine they manufacture it themselves in the U.S. The Amana offerings are produced in Israel and are thus non-BDS compatible. I own the Snappy model and am very happy with it.

@TinyShop Thanks for sharing. I already own the Snappy non-Centrotec countersinks. The stop collar @ $25 seems like a good deal to use what I already own.
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A level.. but what a level [tongue]
My two ageing Alu H-profile levels have served me many years. The most I love about them is that you can hold them with one hand when framing due to the H aluminium profile.
There’s not too many that enables one hand-holding-the 2x4” and the level at the same time..

Then I found this, and I realised that all the swearing I had done not seeing the air bulb in dim lighting had come to an end. Beware: this is a must have tool when your near sight becomes “dim” to say least.
And I felt grown up buying his longer brother in the same moment.

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