Most valuable tool?

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  1. teletimetx

    teletimetx Poster Extraordinaire

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    Most valuable?

    On an earned income basis, that would be the 2# rig axe I used while bending nails as a framing carpenter. Put a little dog leg on one of my fingers with that gentle persuader, as well.
     
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  2. G.Rotten

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    It's whatever tool I need but cant find. Clearly it's valuable enough to be in the most safest of places.

    My GF says I'm her most valuable tool.
     
  3. Axis29

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    It resides in my pocket, wherever I go.


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    https://www.amazon.com/dp/B0002YQVIE/?tag=tdpri-20

    These are different from a lot of the ones on the market, mostly due to the blade holder/release mechanism. Blade release can be accomplished with one hand, and the blade clamp (?) can be used to open paint cans, etc... Again, all with one hand. They are sturdy, solid pieces fo equipment. I've worn two or three out and when I misplace it, I go crazy trying to find it. As a carpenter by day, it was easily the most used tool I owned and I now have a stash of two or three waiting for me to lose or misplace the current #1.

    Literally, the only time they are not in my pocket is when I am playing guitar, as the clip will tear up a guitar! (Poly or nitro! LOL)


    I also use nothing but the best blades, the Lennox Gold edge blades. they are sharper than normal blades. I think they hold an edge slightly longer, too. But, the reality is they are truly sharper than any other utility blade I have ever used. I have had a few folks doubt me when I tell them to buy these particular blades. But, they only doubt me until they've owned a pack.

    https://www.amazon.com/dp/B0009ENCUW/?tag=tdpri-20
     
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  4. Beachbum

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    Speaking of gun related products put to musical use. I bought this magazine holder for my 1911 and it ended up solving my "where to keep my harmonicas" problem

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    Do your harps now taste like gun oil? ;)
     
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    Mmm. Hoppe's No. 9.
     
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    Dust extractor. Other tools might save my eyes or fingers, but this one which will save my life.
     
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    Precision gaged nut files.

    Not the "most used" tools, but the most critical ones in performing a good instrument setup. Also the most expensive.
     
  9. guitarmoron

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    I don’t mean to sound stupid but you mean like an shopvac?
     
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    Multimeter.

    Currently a Fluke 179 DMM but I have a few others.

    I service and repair control systems so it is an essential tool.

    Have lots of more expensive tools but none more valuable in terms of money earned with it.
     
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  11. archetype

    archetype Fiend of Leo's Silver Supporter

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    There are times when only a Yankee push drill can fit into the space available. I finally located replacement bits at Garrett Wade.
     
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    Back in the eighties, I worked at Montgomery Ward.....they carried a Ward's-branded push drill (Powr-Kraft) Good quality, although with a plastic handle. I bought one as a backup, but you had to make sure the "bits" weren't missing. They were stored in the handle, of course, but they would sometimes "walk off" on their own. It was cheaper and easier for some "customers" to just help themselves, rather than actually pay for replacements. :(
     
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    Valuable implies used value, and tool might include stationary shop machines.
    I'll skip the stationary power tools since they are less cool.

    Some of my old Stanley planes might be worth more than $200 in certain retail markets, but I'd say my 1/2" drive torque wrench is maybe my most universally valuable hand tool.
    The most I've paid for a tool would be my Porter Cable contractors table saw with unifence, actually purchased brand new.
    I've overpayed for some used Snap On ratchets because they're really nice to work with, but underpayed for literally tons of old woodworking and machinist tools, so it balances out to bargains.

    I love machinists tools and those tend to be the best bargains on the used market, many of which are great for woodworking.
    Also many of my most used tools are near 100 years old and still going strong.
    Ratchets, torque wrenches, table saws; not so much.
     
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    Channelock linemans pliers. Pliers, wire cutter, and unofficially a hammer all in one. Fantastically useful tool. Valuable because they remind me of the most valuable tool I don't have which is the pair my father gave me as a teen when I worked for him. That pair walked off with a window installer about 10 yrs ago. In any event the heft of the pliers in my hand and the weight of the pliers in by back pocket
    reminds me of those summers.
     
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    My Grandpa's shopsmith. He built absolutely everything using this machine. I've been having a blast learning how to use it the last few months.

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    My Leatherman Wave. Have had a good number of multi-tools but this is the only one I liked enough to carry every day. And use every day.
     
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    I'm sure there's probably some of that in them but with all that rum residue I haven't noticed it.:)

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    Claw hammer!
     
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    Gerber Suspension Multi-Plier, beefy multi tool that's saved me several times! So I bought a couple more to stick in the cars.
     
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    I am about to order one
     
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