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Handy / Unusual tools in your garage? Share!

Always wanted to have a page or so of some handy tools everyone uses around their home, car or not.

Hopefully this thread can become a good place for reviews or just random chatter about some of the more odd tools made these days.


I don't have anything special to start off with, but being a photographer / videographer I have some lights that aren't typically found in a garage but worked out great.

They are a cheap LED panel found just about anywhere (around or under $50) and typically run on AA batteries and are a great source of plenty of light, and don't have to be plugged in or anything.
I guess they do have LED strip style work lights but they aren't very bright to me.

But essentially this is what I'm referring to:


With a light stand I have around I can set this thing up really high or with it off the stand I can set it down or throw it around and being such a simple device it takes a lot for it to break.

But it's always super handy when working under my car any time of the day (literally I've used it in broad daylight when working on a friend's car and it still lit up a lot)

This thing is super bright and great to have for seeing things. There are plenty of models and smaller ones too.


But an interesting one I just came across this morning is this Flexit light, which is the same thing essentially but a lot less LEDs, has magnets, and .. obviously can change shape.
It's a pretty cool thing, it was on Amazon's lightning deals and it's only $24, so I may give this thing a shot since it seems so versatile.




I've recently started filling up my new toolbox, and came across some semi-cheap ratcheting wrenches from a knock off company called Gearwrench, apparently they have very good reviews, a lifetime warranty.. and are starting to look less like a knock off than a few years ago I suppose.



They've been super sturdy, are fully polished.. I'm curious if the coating will chip off but so far even after friends have been throwing my new tools around (kind of a crappy feeling right??) they haven't shown any sorts of beginnings or chips at all, just scratches.

A silly little tip that took me the 10th time to realize when using them after a few months was... the direction of the crows foot is the direction of the lock on the ratchet...

I'm unsure if other brands are the same, but it was a nice little thing I noticed when I did notice it, because the rest of the time I'd be testing it to see which way the ratchet locked before I put it on anything.


So hopefully this thread will thrive and we can all get some good ideas on interesting and helpful tools that aren't crazy expensive.

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I have an epic wrench where rotating the handle (either way) turns the socket (one way). Also works normally... I have used this to change a few side view mirrors for people where there isn't really enough room to ratchet a standard wrench, just twist my hand back and forth and in a few twists the nut is in the socket... I can get a pic and or a make/model when I get home. Good thread idea!


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Is there a "show us your tool box" thread any where? Those are always cool.


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Is there a "show us your tool box" thread any where? Those are always cool.
couldn't find one...

Although I probably should have searched first

Maybe this can become one!

Not that my little crafstman toolbox is much to show in the first place.
But I am still planning on building my first workbench this winter, so something may come of that.

Might as well make it a garage / toolbox kinda thread!

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I have an epic wrench where rotating the handle (either way) turns the socket (one way). Also works normally... I have used this to change a few side view mirrors for people where there isn't really enough room to ratchet a standard wrench, just twist my hand back and forth and in a few twists the nut is in the socket... I can get a pic and or a make/model when I get home. Good thread idea!
That reminds me, have you seen that new .. I think Black & Decker screwdriver?
It's a powered one, and if you twist your wrist clockwise it tightens and vice versa... pretty cool concept, but I don't think I could ever use one for the sake of... being a lazy man's tool lol!

Yep here it is, called the "Gyro Screwdriver"

... I like the idea at least.. but I would never get one haha.



Which brings me to another point... am I the only person that HATES cordless stuff? Maybe it's because I'm using a 12 year old drill and the batteries last like 5 minutes.

But the concept of battery powered tools I just really dislike.. If I can get such a massive tool in somewhere in the first place.. why would I be happier if a wire isn't leading from it and I know I wont run out of power? Which.. in any case, EVERY wired device is smaller than it's battery counterpart.

Which it kinda sucks because wired tools are getting a bit more difficult to find these days..

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Lol you're out of date... Battery tools are far superior for 90% of uses nowadays... Other than where a serious amount of torque is involved.


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Shitty picture of my garage circa 2 months ago. Ill post a better picture later of my tools, etc, but this is what I'm working with. Unfortunately, I can't refinish anything as this is a rented condo.






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Lol you're out of date... Battery tools are far superior for 90% of uses nowadays... Other than where a serious amount of torque is involved.
I mean I guess I haven't tried the new lithium powered ones but either way.. it's got that huge stock to it, so again it can't get in smaller places, it usually costs more, and all you can do when it runs out of power is cuss at it a bit LOL

Maybe I am oldschool with it, I just hate relying on batteries because... you can't lol.

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Oh also, another thing I need to add here is a link to this website.

Unsure how many people follow Buildthreads, but there is .. semi a sister blog for garages and tools. It looks like the blog has begun to die a bit but is still slowly updated, but the forum is alive although I'm not a part of it there are some really awesome garages in there.

Either way, if you haven't checked out this website... definitely some awesome things in it:
http://www.garagejournal.com/

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I am a forum member there^^^^ here is a link to my shop build thread (although I am still not finished with it, seems life has a way of getting in the middle of progress.) http://garagejournal.com/forum/showthread.php?t=101040

Here is my work toolbox...











and every toolbox needs a junk drawer...


And my Lithium Ion 12VMax DeWALT, Great tool for my job...






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Is that an electric torque drill? Either way it looks nice, and quite small too

When I was over getting my battery box welded in he had a Makita torque drill an that thing was pretty awesome, also battery powered but.. I don't think I'll ever warm up to it lol.. Sockets don't seem to be disappearing anywhere so I think I'll survive the wireless era haha

Also are those.. ALL individual socket screwdrivers??? Seems like a lot for something unnecessary (vs something interchangeable)

I do like the screwdriver separator though, definitely keeps things in order nicely.

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