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    Must-haves

    The tool section of this site seems to get a lot of traffic, and every time I work with people, they have at least one tool that they swear by. Tools really do make the job, so I thought I'd start a thread for people who want to share what tool is a must-have in their tool bag that a lot of people may not keep or even know about. I guess I'll start;

    This isn't exactly a tool that no one's heard of, but it's one that a lot of people may not have. It really saves the day when servicing RTUs in particular, especially heat exchangers and blowers.http://www.google.com/imgres?um=1&hl...9,r:6,s:0,i:83
    I'm not sure if the brand I have is Milwaukee or not, but I do know that the handle comes off the one I use. The handle seems kind of pointless to me. Milwaukee makes another model of this that's more heavy duty, but this is good enough as long as you're just taking screws in and out or doing light drilling.

    Another attachment I really like and comes in handy, but don't own yet:
    http://www.google.com/imgres?num=10&...r:22,s:0,i:115 This isn't the exact one I've seen used, but you get the point. What are some go to tools for you??

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    I own the right angle tool. It is a Milwaukee from Home Depot for 20 bucks. Same tool is 30 bucks at Lowes. I love it. Go through 1 or two a year but better then paying out the a### for the heavy duty one. My Leatherman Wave multi tool is the one tool I cannot do without. I use it for something everyday.
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    I second the wave

    I used to keep the wave in a holster. Now i just stick it in that small change pocket above the right front pocket of my " dungarees"

    I picked up a 20v 1/4" impact=must have
    http://www.dewalt.com/tools/cordless...dcf885l2.aspx#

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    There's just something about getting new tools that makes you feel like a kid on Christmas morning!
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    I find this is the best tool. But not always used!
    http://t2.gstatic.com/images?q=tbn:A...p6NwPtfrTvUEGA

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    Haha, very true. Keeping a clear head and not doing anything stupid is indeed a must have tool.

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    When I was on the tools (commercial refrig) I found this tool to be a must. How many times do you struggle getting fan blades of a shaft!
    http://www.alltradetools.com/catalog...4-x-1-1-16.jpg
    I had slightly different shaped one!
    A quick tap. Loose!

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    Quote Originally Posted by barbar View Post
    I find this is the best tool. But not always used!
    http://t2.gstatic.com/images?q=tbn:A...p6NwPtfrTvUEGA
    Quote Originally Posted by jpsmith1cm View Post
    Very uncommon tool.


    So few carry one.
    And finding a worker that understands how to use this tool... Well one has to search and search and search... when it should be standard.
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    Quote Originally Posted by barbar View Post
    When I was on the tools (commercial refrig) I found this tool to be a must. How many times do you struggle getting fan blades of a shaft!
    http://www.alltradetools.com/catalog...4-x-1-1-16.jpg
    I had slightly different shaped one!
    A quick tap. Loose!
    Looks very useful and much quicker and easier than than a puller.

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    Quote Originally Posted by barbar View Post
    When I was on the tools (commercial refrig) I found this tool to be a must. How many times do you struggle getting fan blades of a shaft!
    http://www.alltradetools.com/catalog...4-x-1-1-16.jpg
    I had slightly different shaped one!
    A quick tap. Loose!
    In auto repair, we used to call that a 'tuning fork'... Used to split a ball joint or steering joint apart (tapered shaft from tapered hole).

    Nice tool, however it will damage things if hit too hard with the hammer.
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    Quote Originally Posted by ga-hvac-tech View Post
    In auto repair, we used to call that a 'tuning fork'... Used to split a ball joint or steering joint apart (tapered shaft from tapered hole).

    Nice tool, however it will damage things if hit too hard with the hammer.
    I knew as a knuckle breaker, and exactly for the use you described.
    An old marine engineer showed the trick, when i was attempting to press a blade of a motor .(and struggling), it breaks the crud, by shock more than pressure.
    Best of all it is really cheap tool!

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    I bought a unibit made by Irwin with a hex shaped shaft. Snaps in my impacter. Now I don't need to grab a drill out of the van

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