(may have been done before but I'll continue anyway)
Recent threads on worst tools / tool abuse and grinders lead me to wonder...
What are your top 5 tools and why?
1. Cordless Drill Driver ... just indispensible, think I would go mad
and have right forarm like popeye without it.
2. Slide Compound Mitre Saw ... I think of the all the time I spent hand
sawing and the slightly dodgy angles etc before I owned one of these.
3. 4" Bosch Angle grinder, dirt cheap at £30 with a diamond blade and
this tool I think is totally indestructable (well nearly so). This has
been subjected to unbelivable abuse but just won't die!
4. Stanley Jet Cut Fine point saw ... about £7 and gives great cuts and
light relief from all those noisy and dusty power tools on sheet
5. Club Hammer ... as far as bang for buck goes this thing wins out
right and is only a bit rusty after years living in a damp bucket.
Defiantly without a doubt my best tool has to be a £1.99 B&Q ratchet
screwdriver with 6 replaceable heads contained in the body.
It was just about the first tool I bought and it is still going strong.
I have done everything to this screwdriver. It's been used as a lever to
open tins of paint and pry up floor boards (when one snapped shut on my
hand - ouch). It's been used as a punch and a drill. I routinely knock
raw plugs in with it and have even knocked in a couple of small nails.
It's been dropped from ladders and soaked for days. I've even used as a
chisel to split wood.
Only now after years of abuse is it starting to look a little worse for
ware. The bits have started going a little rusty and the ratchet isn't
quite as smooth as it once was. Might have to replace it one day.
I'm betting there aren't many tools have better bang per buck.
In no particular order
I am so fond of hammers that I now have about 10 different ones, more
hammers than shoes in fact, and you need 2 shoes at a time for them to
Nice straight edge for ensuring things I make are wonkey, no idea what
those bubble things are for though, but the numbers along one edge are
This thing must save me more work than all the other power tools I
have put together, you can even do the washing in it.
I have those power saw things, but old faithfull is still best value
Did I mention hammer before ?
1) Fein Multimaster. Highly adaptable for sanding, cutting, shaping.
2) Makita Sliding Compound Mitre Saw, LS1013. Precise work and
3) Lamello TOP20 Biscuit Jointer. Highly accurate, repeatable and
4) Tormek 2006 water cooled grinding machine. Keeps chisels, plane
blades and spindle moulder tools in excellent condition.
5) Sjoberg workbench. Weighs a ton but a pleasure to use.
You are not alone in that!
2:. Weller TCP soldering iron... with probably enough spares to build
another one and keep both going indefinitely.
3: My Mum's dressing forceps from when she was a nurse in the war...
ideal for handling small components (see 2).
4: My Dad's crosscut saw, coming up to 80 years old and still sharpens
up a treat.
5: Oh all right then, a cordless drill/driver.
Meanwhile, back in the real world for the rest of us ... :-)
I used to have a red handled screwdriver that started out life repairing
the connections on my battery powered Lego railway, and survived until
my landlord broke it when I was 22.
Wire strippers/crimpers free with something from Reader's Digest. Never
used it for crimping but the wire stripper is okay. Has lasted at least
A small test box with telephone plug, socket, 4mm sockets, and
switchable ringing capacitor, for testing phone lines with. Made it myself.
Soldering iron and multimeter.
Spouse has been tidying his garage - HURRAH!
It looks just the same to me but never mind that.
He found a nicely made wooden box with iron handles on the ends, the top had
engraved on it: GPO. He can't think of a use for it but doesn't want to
throw it out. I'll find something to fit in it.
And I know that's nothing to do with best 5 tools. I suspect he'd say his
milling machine, pliers from adolescence, mini-drill, step ladders and
My best screwdriver is a red handled one which is now over 30
years old. It came with a Meccano chiming clock kit and used
to say "Meccano" on the handle, but that's almost completely
worn off. The blade seems to have been made of very good steel
for the purpose. (I've still got the Meccano chiming clock too,
but it needs a couple of new parts.)
Yes, I never would have guessed I could screw for so long and so tight . . .
. . and the hand protector on my bolster to save me pulping my hand
when I get tired. I've only had a couple of slips but one would have been
My SDS, a relatively new purchase for me (I couldn't believe it would make
that much difference - wrong -) but now I wouldn't be without it, just a
cheapie and mainly for drilling.
I vote for:
1. A pair of sash cramps that I got from my late father-in-law's tool
chest. (Universally adjustable -- no notches, just a friction hold on
a threaded pipe; eternally useful.)
2. Those round "pipe-slice" pipe cutters. Brill invention.
For work :
penknife set of allen keys
small folding knife
bodged 6" adjustable
if I can't fix it with the above, then its serious :-)
For Home :
cheapo set of screwdrivers (handle + about 40 bits) £7
electric tile cutter (should have got one years ago)
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