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I love tools. I obviously always had tools, but when I was younger and a bit busted arse broke I had crap cast off scrounged stuff. As I`ve gotten older and somewhat more affluent I`ve bought better stuff. I do not need snap on gear as nice as it is, if I spend say, 600 hundred bucks I want more than a ratchet and a couple sockets. But that's just me. I just can`t justify it, I don`t use them every day . I have a bit of everything, Kincrome is selectively okay, the sockets are good I find that their spanners, unless you go premium to be a bit dull. I actually have a superworks ( supercheap ) set of spanners that are very much good enough for me. Shiney too. I like shiney.

Anyway as you`d expect, I pack a lot into a toolbox. Lolz I weighed the last one, it had 42kg of tools in it. Little wonder when I went to grab it not long ago I reeled back staring quizzically at the handle in my hand. I decided, a man of my standing needs, nay, DESERVES a tool cabinet trolly. I looked around a bit, the Calibre ones at Superrice are quite good, and Orange, but were not on special at this time. If they had of been I beleive I may have bought one. So, I went looking, Repco had some so so gear, I sauntered over to my favourite Kincrome outlet: my local Bunnings. Always, every day of the week, cheaper Kincrome than anyone. As per usual it was packed to the rafters, kids getting faces painted, old local codgers bludging from the suasage sizzle and Asians double parking their Kia`s outside and loading sheets of gyprock on the roof.

I found a nice 7 drawer roller cabinet and eventually snared the last one in stock ( in a box anyway, I didn`t fancy haggling for the floor display one ) for $420. I threw it on me ute and brought it home. I immediately loaded it up, then apllied the first decals and took foters of it. I now realise I need more tools, the add on top box and more decals.

Any man who doesn`t love tools possibly has the wrong hormones in `im.

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I have an unhealthy affection with tools to the point I built a big shed and had to start filling it immediately, much too my wifes disgust

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not my ute

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:bowdown:

Used to be like a friggin bowerbird with tools...but since owning new vehicles instead of old crap boxes just use one spanner and the oil filter gripper thingo and the rest are buried in the garage somewhere. :blush:

So have you got any plans for it John? Lowered? Intake mods?

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To be honest Trent, as I trial - placed the spare Superoo decal I have on it, I had an idea for a Dick Johnson true Blu xD tribute on the rear wall of the trolly.

Kid at work painted his Cat Yellow ( brand new cabinet, did a nice job too, I could show you the big dent in the roof of the workshop it left before heading off down the Brisbane River during flood )

I had thought originally before purchase of painting it Mercury Silver.

But for now, I`ll just go with decals, liberal doses of Autoglym and trying not to go buy that add on top box this thursday night.

Bloosted I bet I`m not the only one who popped wood over that hoist.. Once a long time back ( I was still married ) I had a rented house with a 6 metre shed, I had it too the rafters with Valiant stuffs. If I had a shed as big as that one in the pic I`d go apesh!t.

A shed is definitely on my agenda, but it`d cost me 40K to do the earthworks on this motherbitch yard.

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$600 for a snap on socket try 5g for a set lol

I have a sh*t load of tool n half would be snap on I love buying tools aswell I think I would be close to 15g worth now

Dam snap on man coming to work every 2 weeks

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Tray I`m clued up on what Snap On costs. Like everyone I`ve considered it, we have the Snap On truck come to work too. I recall BJ the Workshop foreman at the time bought a ratchet and 2 extensions I think and it was 600 for the 3 items.

Snap On tools are exquisite. But totally off scale unneccessary for mugs like me. I have had some Snap On gear that I found at work, discarded odds and ends of old sets. I had a Snap On Pry bar and if I found motherbitch who taxed it off me I`d sh!t in their mouth.

Some of the fitters at work will use cheaper stuff like Kincrome sockets and the like cause its gonna get knocked around and lost, but they`ll have a few Snap on Ratchets in in various drives. CAT Spanners are awesome too I might tell you. lol even a 3/8 - 7/16`s ringy is as thick as a piece of kabana. Hmmm, I could do with a more comprehensive set of combination spanners, I could buy a set of CAT items and take my current set to work...

But I really do crave a set of ratchet spanners. More trinkets and widgets for my handy lil trinket and widget drawer..

Anybody wants me I`m browsing tools online!

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I once went to look/buy an old HZ Panelvan up bush at a secluded caravan park where the owner and his father lived, the bloke was in his thirties skinny as a rake with dirty long brown hair a scruffy beard and looked like he hadnt had a shower in the last decade. This guy was definitely two sides short of a shed and spoke really drawn out and quiet like, I mean I'm not the brightest bloke in the world but he was on a whole nother level. Anyway we proceeded to take the van for a test drive and being an old HZ V8 Panelvan I could hardly hear the guy when going through the usual small talk as you do when locked in a car with a stranger and the subject of what we did for work came up at this point I said I was a Toolmaker, he looked across at me with this huge rotten toothless grin and said in the loudest tone I'd heard him utter "I loooiik tooools". I swear I nearly ran off the road trying to contain the laugh I was styfling...

My toolbox contains...

3 surface grinders

2 cylindrical grinders

1 Cad Wirecutter

1 ANCA tool grinder

6 flat bed lathes

1 Horizontal mill

1 Vertical mill

1 MNC mill

6 CNC Lathes

25 6 spindle Gridley's

2 8 spindle Gridleys's

7 single spindle Wickman's

...etc etc. :blush:

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Bloosted that's a serious shed...I think most blokes would trade there partners for a shed like that...Very nice.. Bet you have plenty of mates who love using that hoist...:beerchug:

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Im am a fitter aswell n I use kincrome socket sets

I had a look at the snap on half inch and 3/4 set the other day because I wanted them, both over 5k needless to say they stayed there lol

Most of my snap on gear is air tools n impact sockets n some other thing.Which I believe need to be to best

Nice tool box mate dont think I could ever bring myself to buy 1

There is a comp at the moment for a snap on tool box sort of like yours vauled a close to 10k

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Some of the tools coming out of china are unbelievable. I bought a 13hp 3600psi pressure washer with brass head and electric start that works brilliantly for $1100. Then bought one of those Arbour-tech brick saws made in Malaga West Australia for $1000. Put them side by side and you feel sorry for anyone trying to compete with the Chinese as you just cant compete with their cheap labour.

I don't buy any overpriced Snap-on stuff. THere is much more better priced high quality chinese stuff that will get the job done.

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yes and no to that comment, I rely on my tools day in day out, cant afford the down time from a broken tool, also cant afford an injury to my self if a cheeper tool lets go when tightening or loosening something

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When I was a mechanic all my gear was Sidchrome or snap-on, but since I got out of the trade, I generally get supertool brand as it is good enough for the infrequent use I give them.

My friends call my workshop Bunnings as it is full of everything from bunnings. I buy about $5k per year from there as I get heaps of points on my credit cards and Bunnings gift vouchers are the best value :buttrock:

I love collecting tools, there is not much I do not have for the home handyman/mechanic

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I once went to look/buy an old HZ Panelvan up bush at a secluded caravan park where the owner and his father lived, the bloke was in his thirties skinny as a rake with dirty long brown hair a scruffy beard and looked like he hadnt had a shower in the last decade. This guy was definitely two sides short of a shed and spoke really drawn out and quiet like, I mean I'm not the brightest bloke in the world but he was on a whole nother level. Anyway we proceeded to take the van for a test drive and being an old HZ V8 Panelvan I could hardly hear the guy when going through the usual small talk as you do when locked in a car with a stranger and the subject of what we did for work came up at this point I said I was a Toolmaker, he looked across at me with this huge rotten toothless grin and said in the loudest tone I'd heard him utter "I loooiik tooools". I swear I nearly ran off the road trying to contain the laugh I was styfling...

My toolbox contains...

3 surface grinders

2 cylindrical grinders

1 Cad Wirecutter

1 ANCA tool grinder

6 flat bed lathes

1 Horizontal mill

1 Vertical mill

1 MNC mill

6 CNC Lathes

25 6 spindle Gridley's

2 8 spindle Gridleys's

7 single spindle Wickman's

...etc etc. :blush:

God u have some gear there mate

How many people do u have working for u?

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Being a panel beater I have only really have a select few tools that get used all the time, things like hammers, dollys, files, couple of sockets and ratchets, and a set of ratchet spanners.

Luckly for me my old man is the Rep for Kincrome tools up here in Nth Qld so if I need something I just put my order in and get it at a good price.

Most of my gear is Kincrome including my roller cab and top toolbox but things like the ratchet spanners and ratchets are snap-on.

I havent got a any photos at the moment but I painted my toolbox in citric acid to match the car, came up pretty good and even got some turbo badges for it for the wank factor :buttrock:

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God u have some gear there mate

How many people do u have working for u?

Nah not mine...as tab said I was being a Tool :innocent: , it's all the machinery we have in the factory at work which is not mine.

I dont need a tool trolley, being an arvo shift super I just have the keys to all the other blokes trolleys and take and replace what I need. The only tools I carry for myself are Mic's, Verniers, Diamond Files, Slip Stones, a pen and the ones that get used the most by me now days a keyboard and mouse....

Anyone want a drill?....

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...endmill, slotdrill, tap, recess tool.

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My main tools at work are a 28 volt rattle gun, 15/16 and inch deep sockets for sand pipe repairs plus I use the same rattlegun and a 7/16 socket for hose clamps when they either burst or the end comes off. People look at me strange using something so brutal but it focuses the power where its needed, you try using a ratchet and you`ll break the clamp everytime. Picture yourself hosing with a 2 inch hose with ooh, 40 psi? and the end comes away. Think fast..

Then I can use anything I can find or procure, the plant must run.

I wanna see that citric acid toolbox..

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I have to pay proper men to man the tools, everything else is in Buf's "useful box"

which contains all manner of odds and sods including a shifter and a BBH ( bloody big hammer):blush:

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I love tools, I'm a fitter and don't understand how some of the fitters I work with have sweet FA tools, I paid $500 to freight my box to work so I made sure it was fairly well stocked. Ratchet ringy's have to be the best invention ever, Next time I'm home I'll be getting some more bluepoint ones. Most of my gear is JBS which do pretty good sockets and spanners but some of my favourite tools are the homemade special purpose tools.

It's great to watch some fool busting their guts for 20 minutes, then when they are totally rooted walk up to them some bent up bit of steel and finish the job in 2 minutes.

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Gee there r a few fitters on here

My work is the same the boss 20 odd years of work n the boilie 14 years n they have no thing

I live buy if it save me 1 a year it was worth the money

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