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Old 07-17-2010, 11:18 PM
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I was thinking I'd start a thread where people can post up recommendations for innovative tools or anything else that makes life easier in the garage (or anywhere, really). Discussion is always welcome, too.
I know every now and then I pick up a new tool etc, and just think "Dam, how did I live without this for so long!"
Like the Coleman MAX LED AA flashlight, or the automatic wire stripper, etc.

So anything that seems to work good, just post it up and let others know. I don't care if it's a tool or a good cleaning product, post it on up!

Anyway.. what originally sparked this was a GearWrench Pass-through socket set. It's brilliant. The 49pc set comes with 1/4" and 3/8" drive up to 19mm (3/4") and was on sale for $44 at sears. It can also be used with standard sockets as it comes with inserts to accept them. Plus, the ratchets have 5 degree ratcheting and the sockets are a lower profile which is perfect for bike work
In fact, I think this set... being pass-through.. would also work brilliantly for adjusting and locking valves. An allen wrench (hex key) should pass right through the center to reach the adjusters! Haven't tested it yet for clearance, but it should work with the included extension.

Here are some pics of the set. Great finish, and it's the only set I seem to grab now when working on just about anything.

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1/4" Ratchet with 12mm socket in it:
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Side view with 12mm
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"Regular" ratchet insert
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I know Kobalt (Lowes brand) also sells a 46pc set like this. It's a little more expensive at like $69, but looks almost identical.
 

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Old 07-18-2010, 12:38 AM
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Great tip Dylan !
 
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Old 07-18-2010, 08:42 PM
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Great tip Dylan !
Thanks, Pete! I also like the fact that the sockets just sit in the tray and are held down by the lid of the case. I've had a couple where the sockets clip into each spot and I hate it. Major pita to get out or in.
 
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Old 07-18-2010, 09:07 PM
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Big Kobalt user here Trout , nice set you have , must get some pass thru's like those.
Very Nice ...... this threads a good idea should be interesting to see the range of
good tools people have.
 
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Yeah, I just stopped by and looked at the Kobalt set again today when I went to lowes for a bucket of joint compound. Nice set, and it's $60... not $70. Looks very similar, just 3 less pcs.

this threads a good idea should be interesting to see the range of
good tools people have.
That's what I was thinking, too.
 
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Old 07-19-2010, 05:15 PM
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Kobalt tools, I like... This is one of the tools I carry on all the rides...
 
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My favorite tool goes in here.......


 
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Old 07-21-2010, 01:02 PM
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I thought you were more of a bulk buyer Indy
 

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Ratcheting box ends are one of those for me. I like the type that have a hinged end so you can get at things from different angles. I actually bought mine from harbor freight and have had great luck with them. They seem to end up being my go-to tool for more jobs than anything else.
 
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Originally Posted by Sprock View Post
I thought you were more of a bulk buyer Indy
That is the last one, have to go get some more for the weekend
 

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