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Phillips Screw Drivers, Slotted Screwdrivers, Small Screwdrivers,
Pliers Cutters Specialty, Hammers, Punches, Chisels & Hooks,
Imperial Wrenches, Metric Wrenches, Socket Sets, Hex Wrenches,
Wire Strippers & Crimpers, Clamps, Files, Planer, Air Tools, Saws

Refer to the Hardware Section, too.

Phillips Screw Drivers

Many of my
very durable
Craftsman tools are over 45 years old.


1/4" Reed Prince tip (bottom).


Phillips #0, #1, #2, #3, #4 screw drive types


The shape of a Phillips #2 tip (left) as compared
to that of a 1/4" Reed Prince tip (right).
The pointed Reed Prince drive does not cam
out under high torque like a Phillips type &
is often used in marine applications.

Slotted Screwdrivers


Large, twelve-inch long shank with a 7/16"
wide blade slotted screwdriver.


Car door fastner pry tool (left).
Torx & Robertson drivers
plus a cotter pin puller (bottom).

Gun Screwdriver Sets

Chapman gun screwdriver set; high
quality (USA). Metric bits available, too.
Gun screwdrivers are hollow-ground so the blade
surfaces are parallel (not a wedge) thus, by matching the
blade's width & thickness to the screw's slot, a precise
fit can be obtained. A better slot fit reduces/eliminates
damage to the screwhead.


Chapman metric hex bits (USA); hardened steel.  


Ratchet handles for screw bits.
These can get into tight places.


Wheeler gun screwdriver set (USA).
Some tips are frangible & are designed
to break before causing damage via over
torque.
 Gunsmithing screwdriver set

Torque is the tendency of a force to rotate
an object about an axis, fulcrum, or pivot.  

A torque screwdriver set to 20 in-lbs.


Torque ranges are specified for different screw &
bolt types. Torque screwdriver instructions
It varies as a function of size, material, number
of threads, hardness, plating, lubrication, etc.
There are numerous torque reference tables
available on the web; it's common to over-torque.
 Store torque wrenches at the lowest setting
to help maintain long-term accuracy.

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Craftsman 18" pry bar (USA).


Non-marring plastic Universal Auto
Interior Tool Kit can be used on many
different kinds of delicate parts.

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This open-weave drawer liner has anti-microbial
properties that prevent bacterial growth.
The non-slip black cushion protects the instruments &
keeps them from moving (banging) around, too.

 Small Screwdrivers



Torx, Slotted (flat-head),
Phillips (star) type screwdrivers.


Screw-head types.

Japanese Industrial Standard (JIS) Driver

The JIS driver tip geometry compared
to the US standard Phillips driver.


JIS-type screws are used in
Japanese camera equipment & electronics.


Using a Phillips driver in a JIS screw
will not grip well & likely distort it.


JIS/Slotted driver set.
Sizes: #00, #0, #1 JIS, & .055, .070
slotted bits with plastic handle (USA).
Magnetize the tip to help handle small (ferrous) screws.

   

 


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Pliers, Cutters, Specialty


This tool works on both internal & external snap rings.
Supplied with multiple tip sizes. 


Round needle-nose tips help shape wire.


Parallel jaws reduce marring
precious metals for jewelry.


These Klein utility scissors are a very useful tool;
very well made. The leather holster is handy.
There are two wire stripper slots & the
blades are serrated. OAL =  5-1/4" (13.5cm).


The small diagonal cutter (second from left)
is over 40 years old; Lifetime Warranty.


Compound diagonal cutters.

 

 

 

  

 

 

 

 

 

 
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Hammers


My favorite, a 4-oz ball-peen hammer (USA).


Europeans seem to favor this style of hammer-head
shape; purchased in Utrecht, The Netherlands.

 

 

 

 

 

 
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Punches, Chisels, & Hooks

Starrett punches (left), finish-nail punches (top),
Craftsman punches (center). The two long tapered tools
are for aligning parts (USA). All Starrett tools are excellent.


Metric punches:
2mm, 4mm, 5mm, 6mm, & 8mm (Germany).


Long punches (import).


Standard center punch (USA).
Automatic punches are easier to use more accurately.


Scribes & automatic center punches. Top to bottom:
Starrett surface gauge steel scribe, a diamond-tipped
 scribe, a carbide-tipped scribe, two large-body
punches that make deep marks, two high-precision
punches that have fine, sharply pointed replaceable
tips & the last punch has small replaceable tips.
Regular punches have a 90 deg angled tip whereas
prick punches have a more narrow-angled point.
See the Layout Section

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Various chisels (USA).


Various hooks mainly for removing/tensioning
springs in tight locations. The bottom set has
three screw-on handles for compact storage &
that can be combined to extend one's reach.


Hook set collapsed for storage (USA).

 

   
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Imperial Wrenches

Ignition wrenches.


Box wrenches are very strong & open-end
wrenches work well in tight places.
Six-point box wrenches are stronger than
12-point but the later works better in tight locations. 


Ratchet-style box wrenches.

Metric Wrenches


Miscellaneous metric wrenches used for lathes & mill.


Adjustable wrenches.


Strap wrenches.


Pipe wrenches.


Copper pipe cutters.

 

 

  

 

  


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Socket Sets

Imperial & metric 1/4-inch drive socket sets.


1/2-inch drive set.


3/8-inch drive set.


Imperial & metric 3/8-inch drive sets:
hex, deep socket, universal, adapters, spark-plug.


Imperial & metric 1/2-inch drive impact
socket sets with universal & extension.
Warning: Do not use standard sockets with an
impact wrench as they can crack & fragment. 


Air impact wrench.


Automotive tools.


1/2", 3/8", & 1/4" drive torque wrenches. Store torque
wrenches at the lowest setting to help maintain accuracy.
The top 3 wrenches measure ft-lbs or Newton-meters;
the bottom 1/4" drive wrench measures in-lbs or cm-kgs.


Imperial nut driver set.


Metric nut driver set.

   

  

    

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 


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Hex Wrenches

Imperial & metric hex wrench sets.
The two bottom sets are short-handle type.


Hex T-handle drivers;
Imperial/metric & ball-end/straight.


Metric (black) & Imperial (clear) hex driver sets.


Craftsman Imperial hex driver set (USA).
Imperial sizes in fractional inches:
1/4, 3/16, 5/32, 1/8, 9/64, 7/64, 3/32.


Bondhus metric hex driver set (USA).
Metric sizes in mm: 8, 6, 5, 4, 3, 2.5, 2, 1.5.

Wire Strippers, Crimpers & Electrical


Video coax & phone crimping tools.

Klein Tools
 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

   
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Clamps

Large Kant Twist clamps; 4.5", 3", 2.5" openings.
An excellent, versatile clamp design (USA).
Floating smooth & prismatic copper-coated jaws,
large deep-throat opening, copper-coated lead screw.
Always buy clamps in (multiples of 2) pairs.


2" & 1" clamps.


V-grooved, copper-coated, self-centering jaws.


Two parts are secured in the mill's vise with
small clamps. Short, stiff, stub drill bits used.


C-clamps.

See the related Hand Vises Section.

   
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Files


Simonds, Nicholson, & Craftsman files are
quite good. I prefer Simonds (USA).


It is important to have good handles on files especially
when they are being used on a part turning in a lathe
as it could catch & push it through one's hand or worse.
A handle also affords more accurate control.


Small diamond files (China).


A pin vise (USA), that stores needle files in the handle,
for general deburring of machined parts.


Fine files (regular & diamond) of various shapes & grits for deburring.


A steel file card used to remove stuck metal chips from the cutting edges.


(1) Point, (2) Cutting Edges, (3) Heel, (4) Tang, (5) File Length, & Handle.

CAUTION: Always use a handle when filing on a turning lathe part.
If it catches, it can jam the tang into your hand. Wear eye protection.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

   

 

    

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

  

 

 

 

 

    

 

   

 

 

 

 

 

 

  

 

 

   

 
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Planer




Stanley hand drill #v03-803 (England).


Fiskars hand drill (USA).


Hand stapler (USA).


Stapler & small nail gun.
 

Air Tools

Air finishing nail gun; 120 PSI.


Air grinder.


Shop air supply compressor (manual).

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Corded drill when you need real power all day (USA).

See Drill Bit Section.


Milwaukee heavy-duty, two-speed hammer drill
with metal case; durable & powerful (GER).


Milwaukee Sawzall (USA).


1/4-sheet finishing sander.


Random orbital sander. This type works the best.


Industrial heat gun. Caution: Much hotter than any blow dryer.
It will quickly blister, warp, bubble, burn, and/or ignite material.


Heat gun nozzle attachments to
concentrate, spread, surround, or scrape.


Two Imperial rules (top) & a metric rule (bottom).


The Milwaukee tape has a small, strong magnet on the end.
A nicely designed, very durable tape measure.


165-ft (50m) tape rule.


Strait-Line Laser Tape (instructions).


Measures/calculates areas/volumes quickly & accurately.


Levels


Stud finder that has deep-scan,
metal studs, & electrical line modes.


Chalk line.


Plum bob.


Builder's square.


Milwaukee M18 2701-20 brushless cordless drill kit
in a durable plastic case. Uses all M18 battery sizes.
 
Compact, powerful, well-balanced with an ergonomic
rubberized grip. 1/2" metal chuck & metal gear housing.

Ratcheting chuck locks bits. Variable-speed trigger.
White LED work light stays on ten seconds after stopping.


3.7 lbs. with 2.0 Ah battery. Variable torque dial; 500 in-lbs. peak.
Two-speed transmission: 0-450, 0-1800 RPM. Rubber armored.


Red Lithium battery pack has 4 LEDs showing the amount of
charge with a button push or when mounted onto the wall charger.


Milwaukee Shockwave bit set. Very high
quality/precise/durable. Heavy-duty case.


Milwaukee magnetic nut driver
set of five: 1/4", 5/16", 3/8", 7/16", 1/2".


Milwaukee Titanium Shockwave
drill bit set with hex shafts.
29 pieces 1/16" to 1/2" by 1/64"

See the Drill Bits, Countersinks, Reamers & Counterbores Section

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Automotive gauges. Metric on the right.

 

 

 

 

   

 

 

 

 

 
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Saws

High-tension hacksaw.


Mini hacksaw.


Short-bladed wood saw.


Cuts through wood fast.


Miter saw & box.


Drywall saw punctures & cuts fast.


These wood chisels hold their edges very well.
Big handles with steel-reinforced ends.


Wood rasp; fast material removal. 


Wood rasp blade detail.


Wood-turning tools for lathe.

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Phillips Screw Drivers, Slotted Screwdrivers, Small Screwdrivers,
Pliers Cutters Specialty, Hammers, Punches, Chisels & Hooks,
Imperial Wrenches, Metric Wrenches, Socket Sets, Hex Wrenches,
Wire Strippers & Crimpers, Clamps, Files, Planer, Air Tools, Saws

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