Minimalist Tool Kit

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Re: Minimalist Tool Kit

Post by echo83 » Sun Nov 22, 2020 9:27 am

RonnyRonin wrote:
Sun Jan 07, 2018 10:09 pm
I'll take this necro as an opportunity to post an update:

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The most recent photo of my EDC tool kit, either lives in my backpack or in the frame bag on my bike. amazing how many workplaces don't have a complete torx or allen set, the Victorinox driver and bit set by far see the most use, when I'm flying carryon only I'll typically just take those although the bit set always gets a closer look by TSA.
This is an awesome setup! Are all of the tools in this picture the same as the tools you have listed in your earlier post? Have you added or subtracted anything from your kit since you first assembled it?

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Re: Minimalist Tool Kit

Post by SCBrian » Sun Nov 22, 2020 11:16 am

NT2C wrote:
Sat Nov 21, 2020 3:27 pm
Sure you do, and you stated the reason right up there at the beginning, because you've found that quality makes a huge difference in how well a tool performs its task, even a multi-tool. :wink:
Oh, I agree 100% about quality, however the price point comes into play as well.
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Sat Nov 21, 2020 6:35 pm
It might be worth finding out what brands SCBrian's experiences are with.
Off the top of my head? old Craftsman, Husky/Kobalt, Snap-on, some Gearwrench, Rigid, Makita, handful of Dewalt. Even some HF stuff in there (though typically it's for one-and-done situations).

I can rebuild an engine with my 40 year old Craftsman set just as good as I can with with Snap-on tools. The issue is the pricepoint that some tools sell at. Quality does come with a price tag, but after a certain point you are paying for name brand markup.
Husky tools are just as effective as Snap-on, carry the same warranty, and are only 1/4(+/-) the cost. Only difference is if the Husky tool breaks, I go to HD and replace it. If the Snap-on breaks, they will come to me (once a week or so)...
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Re: Minimalist Tool Kit

Post by boskone » Sun Nov 22, 2020 2:01 pm

SCBrian wrote:
Sun Nov 22, 2020 11:16 am
NT2C wrote:
Sat Nov 21, 2020 3:27 pm
Sure you do, and you stated the reason right up there at the beginning, because you've found that quality makes a huge difference in how well a tool performs its task, even a multi-tool. :wink:
Oh, I agree 100% about quality, however the price point comes into play as well.
boskone wrote:
Sat Nov 21, 2020 6:35 pm
It might be worth finding out what brands SCBrian's experiences are with.
Off the top of my head? old Craftsman, Husky/Kobalt, Snap-on, some Gearwrench, Rigid, Makita, handful of Dewalt. Even some HF stuff in there (though typically it's for one-and-done situations).

I can rebuild an engine with my 40 year old Craftsman set just as good as I can with with Snap-on tools. The issue is the pricepoint that some tools sell at. Quality does come with a price tag, but after a certain point you are paying for name brand markup.
Husky tools are just as effective as Snap-on, carry the same warranty, and are only 1/4(+/-) the cost. Only difference is if the Husky tool breaks, I go to HD and replace it. If the Snap-on breaks, they will come to me (once a week or so)...
I specifically mean regarding multitools.

But I generally agree. About the only reason to buy Snap-On, Mac, Proto, and other such brands is if you need some weird-ass tool that e.g. Kobalt doesn't sell. That's why almost all of my tools are Kobalt. :p

Hell, even Harbor Freight's socket sets are damned serviceable these days. One of the rules of thumbs I've read (outside of the "Snap-on or GTFO" corners of the internet) is that the less moving parts a Harbor Freight item has, the more likely it is to be just the same as everyone else'. (Though, anecdotally, one has to be careful; I've had 3 sets of HF jackstands recalled, but I also have a couple HF Pelican-wannabe boxes that are working wonderfully.)

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Re: Minimalist Tool Kit

Post by SCBrian » Sun Nov 22, 2020 3:08 pm

boskone wrote:
Sun Nov 22, 2020 2:01 pm
I specifically mean regarding multitools.

Ahh. Mostly negative experiences, though they were in the lower end of the price scale. I think even a craftsman ?6in1?. That's why I was pretty surprised on how long the Klien has lasted and functioned, though I do live in fear of losing the bit... lol. I've had a gerber multi that has lasted forever, and a few leatherman around here and there, but I don't really consider them 'pro' caliber tools.
boskone wrote:
Sun Nov 22, 2020 2:01 pm
But I generally agree. About the only reason to buy Snap-On, Mac, Proto, and other such brands is if you need some weird-ass tool that e.g. Kobalt doesn't sell. That's why almost all of my tools are Kobalt. :p
Hell, even Harbor Freight's socket sets are damned serviceable these days. One of the rules of thumbs I've read (outside of the "Snap-on or GTFO" corners of the internet) is that the less moving parts a Harbor Freight item has, the more likely it is to be just the same as everyone else'. (Though, anecdotally, one has to be careful; I've had 3 sets of HF jackstands recalled, but I also have a couple HF Pelican-wannabe boxes that are working wonderfully.)
This. Almost all my snap-on have come from garage sales with people not being aware of what they have. I've been very satisfied with my kobalt/husky tools, and they will probably continue to get my business with the price point and warranty. As for the Jack stands, OUCH! I watched that fiasco unfold, the scary thing is I'm sure there are still people using them without replacing them. One thing I tend to buy in quantity from HF is sawzall blades as I know I'm going to tear these up anyway.
I do feel the need to plug my favorite youtube channel though while we're on this discussion:
Project farm(it's like consumer reports used to be) :
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Re: Minimalist Tool Kit

Post by boskone » Sun Nov 22, 2020 4:30 pm

SCBrian wrote:
Sun Nov 22, 2020 3:08 pm
boskone wrote:
Sun Nov 22, 2020 2:01 pm
I specifically mean regarding multitools.

Ahh. Mostly negative experiences, though they were in the lower end of the price scale. I think even a craftsman ?6in1?. That's why I was pretty surprised on how long the Klien has lasted and functioned, though I do live in fear of losing the bit... lol. I've had a gerber multi that has lasted forever, and a few leatherman around here and there, but I don't really consider them 'pro' caliber tools.
They're not exactly pro tools, they're basically specialist tools. You can throw a Leatherman or whatever in your backpack, not so much a full toolkit. I do know a lot of trademen that carry them, though.

I used to carry one everywhere, it was invaluable for DR work simply because I could guarantee having it on me.

Also 6-in-1 screwdrivers; I have one Kobalt that more-or-less lives in the side pocket of my backpack, and another that stays in one of my office drawers. They're not exactly my go-to for heavy-duty work, but more than adequate for household and computer tasks. The only issue I have is my office one got left out in the back porch for a couple weeks, and one end of one bit rusted.

...which actually gives me an idea. I've been tossing around the thought of rust bluing my old NEF shotgun, preparatory to rebluing my 11-87 (which rusts like it's unblued). Maybe I could use the bits of that screwdriver to get a feel for the rust bluing process before needing to build anything long enough to hold the shotguns' barrels.
As for the Jack stands, OUCH! I watched that fiasco unfold, the scary thing is I'm sure there are still people using them without replacing them.
Yea. I need to get another set, but HF's off the list for that one. Oddly, the floor jack's been working just fine.
Project farm(it's like consumer reports used to be) :
I watch it as well. It is funny how often top-of-the-line isn't close to worth the cost.

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Re: Minimalist Tool Kit

Post by RonnyRonin » Sun Nov 22, 2020 8:36 pm

echo83 wrote:
Sun Nov 22, 2020 9:27 am

This is an awesome setup! Are all of the tools in this picture the same as the tools you have listed in your earlier post? Have you added or subtracted anything from your kit since you first assembled it?
It got slimmed down a bit over the years, the bit set and driver survived the longest but now I have to commute by car and the tool box in the back has made me lazy. A pair of knipex cobras is one of the more recent additions
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Re: Minimalist Tool Kit

Post by Challenger007 » Mon Dec 07, 2020 7:01 am

I rushed to review all my tools and found that I could not find half of what I needed. Spat on everything and ordered a METAKOO 64 PCS 1/4 "& 3/8" Drive Socket Wrench Set, chose this set when I looked at several options in this article https://homemakerguide.com/best-socket-set/. Great quality sockets, and the discount was good for Black Friday. I am happy with the replenishment and have already started looking around for a cordless drill.

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Re: Minimalist Tool Kit

Post by eugene » Mon Dec 07, 2020 3:02 pm

I have a small minimalist toolkit that I use around the house for things now. Lets see if this works.

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Re: Minimalist Tool Kit

Post by WillyWinchester » Wed Dec 09, 2020 1:06 pm

I'd still recommend that every kit have a ford wrench...
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