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#16 Texas Deere and Horse OFFLINE  

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Posted January 31, 2013 - 01:54 PM

Larry, Over the years I have bought a lot of specialty tools, always found a second use for them down the road. I have also made quite a few that I needed and didn't have the time or money to go find it.

 

One other option is to check at your local auto parts store, A lot of them carry most of the specialty tools needed to do a job. The NAPA and Auto-Zone both let you borrow a tool here, sometimes they will ask for a refundable deposit.


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Posted January 31, 2013 - 04:52 PM

I've always been friends with a lot of mechanics so if I need a biggie or expensive item I just go borrow it..  Some of the sets or even an OBD (~$6000) computer is essential to trying to figure out car or truck things or repairs while if there is a small engine to fix I have just about everything I need there except a bore & mill..  Maybe in my next life!!  A lot of folks borrow my stuff but some are delinquent in returning them so they are on the 'short list' of folks I hound to get it back..  I'm getting so many dang tools now that I'm losing them in the dang shop and a few times I've bought another and then found the old one!! :wallbanging:  


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Posted January 31, 2013 - 05:08 PM

Having worked in Aviation special tools just seem to be a normal thing.  Plus all the special tools we use to make to do different job's on the aircraft.  One thing I always do is get the freebies from HF and any other stores and just put them in a draw.  When I need to make a special tool for something I'm working on the draw comes open and if I screw up no big deal just get another one.

 

Special tools, to me, is just a fact of life.


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Posted January 31, 2013 - 05:45 PM

One question not yet asked- If you use a special tool on a tractor, does that make you a Specialist? :rolling:

 

Larry, I have a few special tools that are used sparingly, and like Swamp Yankee and WNY make the occasional one myself.  If a specialty tool gets the job done with a lack of parts being shot across the workbench at Warp 9,  keep the swear inducing  knuckle busting rounded off bolts hurting the hands to a minimum, then I'm all in . It saves me money by not having to pay into the swear jar :-)


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Posted January 31, 2013 - 10:29 PM

I've always been friends with a lot of mechanics so if I need a biggie or expensive item I just go borrow it..  Some of the sets or even an OBD (~$6000) computer is essential to trying to figure out car or truck things or repairs while if there is a small engine to fix I have just about everything I need there except a bore & mill..  Maybe in my next life!!  A lot of folks borrow my stuff but some are delinquent in returning them so they are on the 'short list' of folks I hound to get it back..  I'm getting so many dang tools now that I'm losing them in the dang shop and a few times I've bought another and then found the old one!! :wallbanging:  

After 40+ years of collecting tools I've done the duplication thing many times. I'm now of the age where I can't kick myself any longer(joints too stiff). I'm now getting picky about what I buy. My challenge this winter has been to better organize my tools and supplies. So far everything else has taken priority. I know that if I can better organize, in the long run I'll get more done. I'm trying to organize by type of work. A top box and roller for body working tools, a top box for electrical, a roller for air tools and on and on. Fortunately I picked up quite a few tool chests and rollers over the years. Many at the dump that needed welding and paint.


Edited by boyscout862, January 31, 2013 - 10:34 PM.

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Posted February 01, 2013 - 05:36 AM

I've bought a few "special tools" that I have only used for one or two jobs.


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Posted February 01, 2013 - 06:54 AM

I have some tools that I've only used a few time , I try justify the $$   on some . Borrow thoses that I can't  . On really big things like a " duck-n-chuck " wood chipper I gave my friend $250 for using it ( had it 2 months lol ) the second time I borrowed it I did a heater repair for him. I also loan tools,  guys take good care of them so far , Al


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Posted February 01, 2013 - 09:02 AM

I have some tools that I've only used a few time , I try justify the $$   on some . Borrow thoses that I can't  . On really big things like a " duck-n-chuck " wood chipper I gave my friend $250 for using it ( had it 2 months lol ) the second time I borrowed it I did a heater repair for him. I also loan tools,  guys take good care of them so far , Al

 

My experience has been generally bad with loaning tools. Years ago I started the junky tool boxes(see above), they are the tools that I loan. The better tools I just say" let me do it for you" and save the tool. The funny thing is that real close friends don't ever ask to borrow anything because that is the way we were raised. They are the few I trust with most anything. They don't ask but, I offer when they have the need.


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Posted February 01, 2013 - 09:07 AM

  Last summer, after asking 2 or 3 shops to adjust the A/C clutch on our old Buick and being told they only change out the entire compressor, I ordered the removal/ installation tool from NAPA. It works as it should now and I don't know if I'll ever use the tool again. Tool cost- $25, comp change- $500 minimum.

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Posted February 01, 2013 - 12:15 PM

  Last summer, after asking 2 or 3 shops to adjust the A/C clutch on our old Buick and being told they only change out the entire compressor, I ordered the removal/ installation tool from NAPA. It works as it should now and I don't know if I'll ever use the tool again. Tool cost- $25, comp change- $500 minimum.

                                        Mike

That justifys the tool. Compressor on the Caravan siezed last summer. I paid $85 for a used one and changed it myself. The Nephew is a HVAC Tech, so he recharged it for $25.  That and a new belt for less than a Tech would have charged to look at it.


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Posted February 03, 2013 - 02:46 PM

  Last summer, after asking 2 or 3 shops to adjust the A/C clutch on our old Buick and being told they only change out the entire compressor, I ordered the removal/ installation tool from NAPA. It works as it should now and I don't know if I'll ever use the tool again. .

                                        Mike

You probably will need it again. Seems like once that clutch starts sliding on the shaft, it will work its way back in again eventually.



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Posted February 03, 2013 - 02:54 PM

I have not had this happen (yet). Whenever I need a tool like that I always check to see if somebody I know will loan me one.




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