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19 Aug 2019 10:20 - 19 Aug 2019 11:46 #32953 by Andy.MacFadyen
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Bit narked this month as my diagnostic tools budget got blown on mechanical tools but one of the tools I bought was bang on --- good value and better quality than expected. This generic Chinese bearing extractor is better than it looks pulled the front bearing out a 20 year old Freelander in seconds with zero problems. The forcing screw is bigger dia than it looks in the picture but the bearing cup dia only goes up to 91mm so really just a passenger car tool


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20 Aug 2019 06:22 #32989 by Noah
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After years of Snap On trying to sell me a $100 dead blow ball peen hammer, I noticed some very similar looking hammers in our Auto Zone monthly sales flyer.
A little research showed that Trusty Cook, the hammers in the flyer, make the Snap On hammer. So I ordered one!
The SO has a more refined handle and padded grip, but at literally half the cost I'm very pleased with my purchase.

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22 Aug 2019 19:45 - 22 Aug 2019 19:50 #33071 by Noah
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This was the closest comparable Snap On size wise in the shop.

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04 Sep 2019 09:08 #33406 by Noah
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Check out this excerpt from the latest Harbor Freight catalogue:

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07 Sep 2019 09:12 - 07 Sep 2019 09:35 #33456 by Andy.MacFadyen
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Ball Joint Clamp Spreader I bought an unbranded one of these a few years back having broken more than a few screw drivers wedging clamp type ball joints open, although a bit of fiddle to set up it is a very effective tool, recommended.

Link to Instruction Sheet on Sealey Website





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07 Sep 2019 19:42 #33467 by Noah
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Andy.MacFadyen wrote: Ball Joint Clamp Spreader I bought an unbranded one of these a few years back having broken more than a few screw drivers wedging clamp type ball joints open, although a bit of fiddle to set up it is a very effective tool, recommended.

Link to Instruction Sheet on Sealey Website





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I have never seen one of those.
It's like the marriage of a puller and a nut splitter.

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08 Sep 2019 09:37 #33473 by Tyler
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Speaking of suspension tools, this one has been fan-freakin-tastic:

www.tooltopia.com/otc-tools-6297.aspx



I used to laugh at these tools. I mean, this is what BFH's are for, right? :silly: But it's just too easy and fast to not have one.
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09 Sep 2019 06:41 - 09 Sep 2019 06:42 #33501 by Andy.MacFadyen
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Tyler wrote: Speaking of suspension tools, this one has been fan-freakin-tastic:

www.tooltopia.com/otc-tools-6297.aspx



Yes I use an almost identical one "Silverline" brand. It got a lot of use on Honda and Rover bottom.arms

I had to buy a new track rod end extractor press last week, couldn't find the one I have used for decades really narked because it was a Sykes-Pickavant and you can't get them any more, new one needed quite a lot of attention from the grinder to slim it down before I could use it.

Like everybody of course I use the Pickle Fork most time where the joint is getting replaced anyway For anybody buying one for the first time always go for one with a long handle , easier to use and saves hammer rash but very handy to lever the ball pin out of the socket.

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09 Sep 2019 07:39 - 09 Sep 2019 07:41 #33505 by Andy.MacFadyen
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On Car Brake Pipe Flairing Tools

For years I used a puka Sykes-Picavant bench tool for making brake pipes it produced beautiful results but more an more engine bays offering poorer access I found I was having to splice in new sections of brake pipe working on car. This was the answer it produces very nice flares on both steel Bundy and Kunifer pipe and is easy and quick to use in confined spaces. Mine was UK made and branded "Power Hand" but it is available under different brands on eBay and Amazon DIN and SAE are separate tools other versions are also sold for other larger pipe sizes.








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10 Oct 2019 18:38 #34156 by Noah
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So I absolutely destroy boots. It's a junk yard thing. Not uncommon to go through 3 pairs a year. And for me, wet feet are a deal breaker. So I've been buying a Wellington style boot for years now and I'm retiring my current pair after 3 years.
With burn holes, separating soles and blown out seams I can still walk through 6 inches of water without getting my socks wet!

They're not terribly fashionable, but after destroying every boot on the market, I highly recommend this style boot for anyone who works outside or spends any amount of time in the mud, snow or rain.
I wear them year round.

I'm including before and after pictures since my wife just got me a new pair for my birthday tomorrow :)

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10 Oct 2019 20:30 #34160 by Matts Auto
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Well happy birthday Noah !!!
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11 Oct 2019 07:09 #34166 by Andy.MacFadyen
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Tough as old boots !

Happy Birthday === belated

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15 Oct 2019 07:46 #34267 by Andy.MacFadyen
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Small Damaged Bolt Extractor :-) :-) :-) :-) :-)

I bought this generic unbranded tool specifically to deal with small m6 or smaller flange head bolts on vehicle front panels.
Flange head bolts are a pita on older cars the hex corrodes under size and the hex isn't deep enough to use vise grips on and are generally too small for damaged bolt sockets. If you can get enough access room to fit the nose of the chuck in it works first time everytime it works first time eveytime either using an impact gun or a wrench



Amazon UK Link www.amazon.co.uk/gp/product/B07W3SLR49/r...00_s00?ie=UTF8&psc=1

Amazon US Link www.amazon.com/DEWILL-Extractor-Adjustab...id=1571143450&sr=8-3

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10 Nov 2019 09:20 #34899 by Noah
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Brake line fitting thread repair kit. Not mine, but I borrowed it and it saved my bacon. Now I need one of my own.
Each tool will work on the male or female side of things.
Especially helpful when that first thread is just a little mucked up and you just can't get the line started.

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10 Nov 2019 11:16 #34900 by Tyler
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Not quite a hammer or spanner, but still an awesome value:



www.amazon.com/gp/product/B07QXQH3ZN/

$30! I initially had concerns about how it'd hold up under professional use, but it's worked every time. Get one and quit using those goofy plastic cones. :silly:

This Phoenix Systems reverse bleeder has also been a gamechanger:



www.amazon.com/gp/product/B00GRV800S/

Twice now it's paid for itself in time saved bleeding clutches. First use was after manual bleeding didn't work out. Second time, we didn't even bother manual bleeding and just went straight for this tool. Five minutes and the job was done.
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11 Nov 2019 04:08 #34923 by Andy.MacFadyen
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Oh I want one of those thread repair kits, must be really useful for SAE fittings which can be a pita, DIN tend to be easier

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11 Nov 2019 04:08 #34924 by Andy.MacFadyen
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Oh I want one of those thread repair kits, must be really useful for SAE fittings which can be a pita, DIN tend to be easier

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