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    Re: Small Shop Guys What is a tool you use frequently that is out of the norm

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    Use the washer a lot.
    Me too. The best tool for maintenance and repair.

    Hot water pressure washer.









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    Nothing is as effective for quick improvement as hot wash. I should have got another before after truck pic yesterday.

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    Y'all might find it funny, and I really don't care ...............................the most valuable tool that gets used the most.....................an old sharpened screwdriver. Invaluable for gappy fitups. If you need to hold dimensions, and not have the gap shrink when the weld cools............wedge it with the screwdriver, and put a HEAVY tack next to it. The tack will hold the gap as you finish weld, without allowing the gap to close up.

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    Y'all might find it funny, and I really don't care ...............................the most valuable tool that gets used the most.....................an old sharpened screwdriver. Invaluable for gappy fitups. If you need to hold dimensions, and not have the gap shrink when the weld cools............wedge it with the screwdriver, and put a HEAVY tack next to it. The tack will hold the gap as you finish weld, without allowing the gap to close up.
    I agree. Over the years Ive assembled a collection of wedges that are used frequently for welding projects, machinery repair and general construction setups.




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    Re: Small Shop Guys What is a tool you use frequently that is out of the norm

    Quote Originally Posted by Lis2323 View Post
    I agree. Over the years I’ve assembled a collection of wedges that are used frequently for welding projects, machinery repair and general construction setups.




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    I have quite a selection of wedges too, but I have to confess, I have a couple of thinned down pet screwdrivers too.

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    When I grind on screwdrivers, it's usually old Phillip's screwdrivers that I'm grinding to a point. Great for poking air holes in chemical containers when you don't want to waste time with the factory vents.
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    Hot water pressure washer for me to, is a tool used all the time even though it doesnt look like it. Its a 11 horse single phase i have a separate meter on my shop and when i moved it from the house power to the shop power my house dropped 50 an month and my shop jumped 50 a month and that doesn’t include the 15 or so gallons of diesel a month. I switched to one of those turbo style nozzles and that cut washing time by quite a bit. I Try to at least rough wash the equipment every time it comes in to the yard, otherwise if i wait a month its 4 plus hours to get it somewhat clean again.
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    Hot water wash saved our butts for repainting heavy equipment.

    We would use our Genie articulated boom manlift to make it easier on the operator to wash trailers and the excavator.

    We used Sky Blue to wash and rinse which left no residue.


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    A come along comes invaluable for pulling parts together, or using with a homemade gantry crane for lifting heavy objects.

    Wedges and large clamps. Oxyacetylene torch is also pretty indispensable. There's also a smith mini-torch that uses very little gas and can be used for torch welding sheet metal and brazing or smaller objects without having to refill the cylinders all the time.

    I have an old 3 jaw lathe chuck that has too much slop which I'm planning on using for a positioner project eventually. An old 3 jaw can be useful to hold things in place for the 20 ton press, rather than those blocks that come with them, and adjusts to the size of the work.

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    Vise-grip attachment for shop built slide hammer.
    Used for pulling mechanical seals, oil seals, dowel
    pins in blind holes etc. I should have welded the
    coupling nut on at a different angle for a straighter
    pull, but it works well and gets used often. Im
    guessing Im not the first person to think of this.
    Someone may sell something similar.
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    Another variation on the Vice Grip theme.... I made coarse/fine thread adapters out of extended nuts and welded them. After I was done they told me some slide hammers actually come with that adapter...
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    Re: Small Shop Guys What is a tool you use frequently that is out of the norm

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    Another variation on the Vice Grip theme.... I made coarse/fine thread adapters out of extended nuts and welded them. After I was done they told me some slide hammers actually come with that adapter...
    Roger that





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    Re: Small Shop Guys What is a tool you use frequently that is out of the norm

    Quote Originally Posted by Lis2323 View Post
    Me too. The best tool for maintenance and repair.

    Hot water pressure washer….









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    What is the tractor used for with the extra wide tires, no seat and platform on the side, a sod cutter or something?

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    And a good set of pullers for anyone that does any amount of mechanical, automotive or restoration work





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    Save your quality anvil for smithing.

    Find something heavy you can beat on.




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    Re: Small Shop Guys What is a tool you use frequently that is out of the norm

    Quote Originally Posted by Welder Dave View Post
    What is the tractor used for with the extra wide tires, no seat and platform on the side, a sod cutter or something?
    The sod harvester conveyor usually mounted on the right has been removed.

    The platform is so that I can get on and off the tractor (while it is moving) without tripping over my shoelaces and getting run over in the middle of the farm at 2am.


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    Those pullers look awesome Terry. I prefer most designs of puller with a positive locking system - means you can make them work even with poor grip!
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    The 11" rivet buster is surprisingly useful....
    1/4 steel bin, tractor bucket ect all torn up, no problem, smash it together as far as you can till the spring is too much, weld, repeat.

    Much faster than messing with porta powers

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    Quote Originally Posted by Munkul View Post
    Those pullers look awesome Terry. I prefer most designs of puller with a positive locking system - means you can make them work even with poor grip!
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    I like it.

    When I was an apprentice we got some SKF pullers, with the locking ring at the top they were a revelation. Maybe not the same degree of locking as those, but enough to make life a LOT easier. I always wanted a set of SKF pullers for myself after that.
    They threw out this 300mm puller last year because the centre spigot threads had been damaged. I claimed it and made a new threaded spigot. It's had a LOT of beating over the 10 years of its life (I think a new screw at some point too) but it still works great

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    Re: Small Shop Guys What is a tool you use frequently that is out of the norm

    Here's a favorite of mine. Switchable magnetic hanger.

    This one is branded Ridgid but made by Magswitch.







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