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    Working on cars all the time has turned me into somewhat of a tool junky. I'm always on the lookout for the widget or tool that will make my life/job easier, safer, faster (meaning more $$), and more fun. I'm wondering what everyone else considers their favorite or go-to tool. No hammers please. Gear wrenches are too obvious. Make it interesting.

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    I recently acquired a thingy called a wrench extension. Where has this thing been all my life? It adds another 6-8 inches to almost any box or open end wrench making it easy to apply torque without fear of bloodshed. Also provides a nice rounded handle to make it comfortable to apply leverage. Magnets hold the wrench in place. I've used a chunk of roll cage tube in the past for leverage assistance but the end of the wrench sometimes doesn't fit and the dang wrench is always slipping out and falling to the floor just out of reach. I've used the extension on 10mm-24mm wrenches without problem. Best of all it is only 25.00. I'm buying another one for the trailer.

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    I say I want one of those. Great thread.

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    Ingersoll-Rand quarter-inch ratchet. 1,001 uses.

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    Slide-to-adjust crescent wrench. I don't use it a lot, but there are times when only it will do, like when removing the fill plug on the transmission.

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    Pick tool. It comes out a lot.

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    DeWalt half-inch impact wrench. So handy. It meant I didn't have to fire up the compressor to use my pneumatic impact, and I could take it to the track, where it's especially handy.

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    ^ I have the same cordless impact wrench.
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    Shop and track side safety:

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    Quote Originally Posted by Loose Caboose View Post
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    A used one?
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    The BFH. Absolute requirement for working on Italian cars.
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    Another go-to tool. 1/4" impact from Milwaukee. Use with a 1/4" or 3/8" socket anvil. Not enough torque to hurt anything but enough rpm to speed things up. Light weight. Perfect for pulling the valve cover off of a miata. It gets a lot of use. The M12 battery also fits their screw driver and their led flash light also. All great tools. Available at Home Depot.

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    +1 on the Dewalt impact wrench. Mine is newer than the one pictured above and has the 20v Li Ion battery. Its SUPER light and compact and fits in tight places. Stays charged for months and can break lug nuts loose (but I always use a breaker bar so I dont kill the gun).

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    I'm pretty sure Emilio is a tool . . .
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    Best tool. The LED light is used when a flashlight isn't nearby, the Internet is good for checking trackhq and tutorials, and the camera is good for remembering what sh*t looked like before you took it apart
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    Quote Originally Posted by markn View Post
    Working on cars all the time has turned me into somewhat of a tool junky. I'm always on the lookout for the widget or tool that will make my life/job easier, safer, faster (meaning more $$), and more fun. I'm wondering what everyone else considers their favorite or go-to tool. No hammers please. Gear wrenches are too obvious. Make it interesting.


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    Milwaukee 3/8" impact is probably my favorite and most used tool. Also Gearwrenches which I finally acquired recently are magnificent. And iPhone for taking pictures of things that you can't see, like a modern day extendable mirror.

    Don't buy the Goodyear 1/2" impact wrench. I am on #5 that I've probably owned and they all suck. Doesn't even have enough power to get the lugs off anymore.

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    Here: Mechanic's Wrench Extender - Lee Valley Tools

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    Quote Originally Posted by fatbillybob View Post
    The BFH. Absolute requirement for working on Italian cars.
    I wondered how long it would take for someone to bring up the BFH.

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    That wrench extender is nice, but I just use a slightly bigger wrench and daisy chain it, like this:



    The only issue with daisy chaining the wrench is working in really tight spaces where you don't have a lot of room to move.
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    Here's a cool tool that not a lot of people know about:



    It's called a thumbwheel ratchet and it's just plain awesome for getting into tight spaces.
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    Angle grinder. With it, pieces of metal become parts. This comes out every time something that isn't available off the shelf is needed. Favorite tool by far.
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    I can't believe nobody has mentioned the ubertool - the credit card.
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    I have to get one of those wrench extenders. While looking for it online, i came across this. Anyone have experience with it? Ads say it can be used with light impact tools up to 400ft/lbs.

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