View Full Version : Your longest tool. Rated G

09-21-2003, 12:44 PM
So, what tool do you have that is longer than most similar tools?

Show or describe. Remember, this is rated G.


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09-21-2003, 01:13 PM
Beautiful looking screwdrivers. They remind me of the tools (usually hand made) used by the adjusters and mechanics who maintained and adjusted envelope folding machines.

Gawd! that was 60 years ago.

Doc Nickel
09-21-2003, 02:39 PM
I have a 24" crescent wrench that I bought new for $1 per inch. I actually bought it specifically to do the axle nuts (something like 55mm) on my four-wheeler, but over the years it's come in very handy as a lever: choke up the jaws on a car frame horn and bend it back into place. Leaf springs won't line up? Use the big crescent to twist it a tad so the holes align. Need to bend some 1/2" by 1" aluminum bar stock? Put one end in the Wilton vice, grab the other with the crescent and be careful because with the leverage, it's all too easy to go too far.


Alistair Hosie
09-21-2003, 03:30 PM
I have two very large woodturning tools one is a roughing gouge about three inches across complete with handle it is about four feet long and another which is a bowl gouge not so fat but about the same length with handle.They cost me a lot around £85.00 each without handles which I made myself when I bought them about two years ago, but I figure on being around a while so feel I deserve them. Needless to say they dwarf all of my other woodturning tools, but they are good quality and when roughing down a large chunk of wood they can save hours of tiresome cutting.Alistair P S the new shop extension is taking great shape hope when it's finished to post some pics

09-21-2003, 04:08 PM

A four foot long gouge? That should give very good control. I'm looking forward to seeing the pics of the shop. http://bbs.homeshopmachinist.net//smile.gif

09-21-2003, 04:39 PM
41 inch long 1 1/2 diameter drill bit. Used it for a job we had in the school shop deburring the inside of propane burner "thigies" that are used in Infrared road repair machines. Cut the tubes with a band saw each 1/2 inch, leaves a burr inside. Ground the bit to have a special extreme positive point rake on the edge (had to work the flute off for about 1 inch to do this, took a lot of tool grinding know how) Did about 200 of these, the whole job just was hell, but the drill idea worked. the job was 37 inches long, the drill 41 to hold and clear.

Still keep this around. The shop paid dearly for the job, so I thought, but during the "break" we took for the summer, found they paid triple for a special deburring process at another shop. We have another 200 at about $30.00 ea. coming in this next week.

My other longest tool is a 40 foot snow rake (5 pieces of 8 foot) I made out of 7075 aluminum tube with a 36 inch blade ( and holding aparatus, thus the extra foot to make up for the mating areas) and "squeege" rubber wiper on it to prevent busting up the shingles - as the full aluminum rakes are known to do on occassion. Takes but one person - me - to use it, but I sure am sore and tired after doing the roof. Next time, if I ever bust this thing from hell (which crosses my mind every storm), I get the metal roof, but alas, the wife hates the way they look - so I am resigned to abusing my body every storm here in beautiful and freaking snowy New Hampshire.

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Alistair Hosie
09-21-2003, 06:03 PM
Spope "a forty foot snow rake" surely that's cheating http://bbs.homeshopmachinist.net//biggrin.gif http://bbs.homeshopmachinist.net//biggrin.gif http://bbs.homeshopmachinist.net//biggrin.gif not exactly a tool.OKay well I suppose it! is I cant beat that Oh well back to the drawing board http://bbs.homeshopmachinist.net//biggrin.gif Alistair

09-21-2003, 07:36 PM
18" Needle nose pliers. 24" Channel locks. Used to have a 1-1/2" impact (2400 ft.lbs.)wrench. I used to have a solid carbide drill that was .oo1" diameter - until I dropped it on the bench - now I have a pointy carbide dowel. 100' fish tape - wish it was fibreglass instead of steel. Used to have a 60" Ridgid steel pipe wrench (NOW they have Aluminum wrenches, the Bastards) - imagine carring that up a 100' treater ladder! It was neat to show off with my rare 5" Ridgid pipe wrench - extremes of contrast. Have a 15lb.
"tack hammer", 20Lb. Bronze hammer, 5oz. finishing (Claw) hammer, and a 25oz. Japanese framing hammer that can drive a 6" spike 5" in one blow (it holds the spike with a rare earth magnet) - the 5oz. take much longer to do that! http://bbs.homeshopmachinist.net//biggrin.gif

Have a Hakko 470 Static Safe Desoldering station for reworking boards - cost as much as a good 400A TIG at the time. Best money I ever spent.

09-22-2003, 04:27 PM
Guess the snow rake is a bit of a cheat when it comes to tool box tools. I hate the thing anyway, but use it for necessity. I have a 3 1/2 inch open end wrench, handle length 20 inches. Found it in the bottom of an old elevator shaft of a building being demolished. hung it on the classroom wall.

09-22-2003, 07:13 PM
I have an open end wrench,4&1/4" x 4&5/8",45" oal.I don't know how much it weighs(a lot),but it's nice to have a pair of hand trucks to take it too whatever you're working on!And I really did use it on a job on a front end loader I had.
I had a momentary lapse of reason recently on eBay and bought a set of Brown and Sharp 50" vernier calipers.I don't know what I'll need them for but I've got them for when I do need them!After seeing how much a new set costs,I felt a little better about what I spent!

John Garner
09-22-2003, 07:35 PM
Evan --

Well, I used to have a 100 yard engineer's chain (steel tape version, not the old type made of individual links).

Today I have two longest tools, a Starrett 1200 inch steel tape and a Lufkin 100 foot steel tape.


L Webb
09-22-2003, 08:38 PM
spope14, if that was a 3-5/8 open end wrench I'd buy it off you. I am looking for that size and about 24" overall length.

The wrenches I use daily are 1-5/8, 2, and 3-5/8". It helps to keep me in shape especially when I use the bigger wrenches overhead.
When I pick up a 1" wrench it seems like a little ignition wrench.


09-22-2003, 09:37 PM
well.. Ohh yeah, a "G" rating..

I carry a 4 inch cresent wrench everywhere I go. Once (78?) on the side of the road going into Memphis I used my small buck knife and a beer tab to set the points that had closed up after dark.

I guess I am secure enough in my manhood to carry "small" tools.. ha ha.. I get ribbed a lot.

09-22-2003, 11:36 PM
I used to keep a 4" Cresent on a chain with a plug gauge in the tool box on my '73 Yamaha Enduro and it came in handy many a time!

09-23-2003, 12:38 AM
6 FOOT by 3" diameter boring bar for a lathe. 6" ID rethreading die with the 3/4" drive socket. My brother got it out of the trash where he use to work.
Never used, so of course throw it away.

09-23-2003, 03:08 AM
My friend has a picture of himself and another guy carrying a 6 ft long crescent wrench.

09-23-2003, 06:08 AM
I feel so inadequate now. None of my tools are that long even the ones that aren't G rated. Except for the expandable mandrel for taking dents out of trombone slides. It's about 3' long. Oh yea, I used my water level at my buddy's house last week. That's 24' long, but I could go buy some more tubing and make it longer if needed. http://bbs.homeshopmachinist.net//smile.gif

09-23-2003, 07:50 PM
4" crescents? if you grind a little off the worm, you can make it fit one size larger nuts. Makes it Real handy. If I have my pants on, you can lay money I have my pocket knife. Thats my handiest tool, other than my Smoking pipe. When it is in mouth I tend to listen- very handy tool.
If you gonna count tapes and levels as long tools, I would nominate my transit and rod but then Evan would top me with his telescope. So I ain't got a nomination.

John Garner
09-23-2003, 09:39 PM
docsteve66 --

The best way I've found to "expand" a Crescent-type adjustable wrench is to file another tooth in the worm rack. Looks stock, but the maximum opening increases by the pitch of the worm (or knurl).

This is, of course, easier to do on old wrenches that use a screw to hold the worm in place. The newer US-made wrenches are assembled with an unthreaded pin, and getting it out requires a more invasive disassembly process . . . and usually a new pin.

Changing the subject to your length-of-tool comment, I don't consider the length of a line of sight to be a characteristic of the tool.

Having shot Polaris a couple of times myself, I'd buy into calling the Polaris-to-Earth lightbeam a tool . . . but it's not my tool.


09-23-2003, 11:18 PM
Only one little fly in the ointment, Polaris isn't north. .75 degrees towards the star Kochab from Polaris is real close to north.

I'm not going to claim my telescope as my longest tool though I do have a 50 meter tape.

Forrest Addy
09-24-2003, 02:59 AM
This might be cheating.

I have a set of three 35 ft long sugar pine battans in different thicknesses used in my lofting days to fair boat curves on the mold loft floor.

I made the set from the best pieces from an absolutely straight, tight grained full dimensioned 2 x 8 10 ft long. I ripped the pieces a little thick by 1 1/2" wide, scarph jointed them 8 to 1, glued them with plastic resin glue, hand planed them straight and square on 2 axes, and then ran each through the planer to make 'em parallel. I gave each batten three coats of shellac and finished them with 70/30 bee's wax and carnauba so they would be sticky enough to stay put when scribing.

Stretch them flat on a good floor next to a tensioned chalk line and squat down to sight them. You'll find each long skinny stick is as straight as your fondest dream (the 1/2" thick one has a slight hockle in it). Right now they live in a jointed length of 3" PVC pipe in the attic. It takes 2 guys to handle them safely off the floor (3 for the 1/2" thick one).

I was offered $400 for the set in 1972 but they're only only firewood now in these days of computer lofting. Nobody lays down lines for a body plan anymore. Mold lofts in fishing ports all over the country have been turned into trendy restaurants.

I had a dozen home-made 8 lb lead dogs somewhere around to go with them but they seem to have disappeared. Mice. Or thieving carpenters.

09-24-2003, 03:08 AM
I have Nut Drivers that start at 5/64" and go all the way up to 1/4"!

God I love tools - unlike women, they never slap you when you grab the good bits... http://bbs.homeshopmachinist.net//rolleyes.gif

09-24-2003, 11:52 AM
Thrud: But, LIKE women, a good tool becomes more useful, used and precious longer you keep them- if YOU oil 'em.

09-25-2003, 02:49 AM
Aw hell, I KNEW I forgot something! Pass the butter... http://bbs.homeshopmachinist.net//biggrin.gif

Paul Alciatore
09-25-2003, 02:50 AM
Well, it isn't exactly a tool but I have a 12 inch long SS cotter pin, about 3/4" diameter. Leftover from replacing the guy wires on a 1000 foot TV tower. You should have seen the "pin" it went in.

09-25-2003, 11:47 AM
Thrud: sometimes wife reads this stuff- if she reads the last and not this post, I am out of the dog house again

09-26-2003, 01:17 AM
Steve, Steve, Steve,

I thought you married guys were all good at sucking up to the "Boss"! http://bbs.homeshopmachinist.net//tongue.gif

All I can say is I never found one worth sucking up to that was free - or at least low cost... http://bbs.homeshopmachinist.net//biggrin.gif http://bbs.homeshopmachinist.net//biggrin.gif http://bbs.homeshopmachinist.net//biggrin.gif http://bbs.homeshopmachinist.net//biggrin.gif

09-26-2003, 02:00 AM
They aren't free and they aren't low cost. But, IMHO they are worth it.

09-26-2003, 06:41 PM
A 4", 3/8 socket extension that was cut in half and had a 4'rod wellded between the parts. I use it if somebodies trunk latch dies. Remove the back seat and unscrew the bolts from latch. A handy item.