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    Default Most used tool in the shop

    I couldn't find the old thread, but I would like to update my choice to the 3D printer. Just has unlimited uses for my R/C airplane/Drone hobby. Not only is it the most used, it solves a thousand different problems with its use.

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    Probably not what RB was intending, but:

    The most useful tool in my shop is actually the broken-off shaft of an air-chisel: 5/8" hex stock, with a 1/2" circular reduced section (1-1/2" long) to fit (originally) the airgun chuck, overall length of the shaft about 7", chisel-head long gone. I use it as a drift punch, rivet-set, and not infrequently as a "framing nail-set" for driving heavy-caliber nails in odd/tricky places - always struck manually with a framing hammer.

    It came into my hands free, with the purchase of my home, 4 decades ago.

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    Most used tool in my machine shop is my 6" chinese digi-cals, most used tool in my mechanics shop is my 3/8" drive snap-off swivel head ratchet...

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    Well, working that angle, guess I'd have to say my laptop and Fusion 360, since that is where I must go first before using the 3d printer. In my machine shop would be my hand, always spraying my machines with oil and wiping light rust away. The A/C is not enough, I need to buy a big dehumidifier. The A/C gets it down to around 50-55% humidity.

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    Digital calipers, angle grinder or cordless drill depending on category.

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    Quote Originally Posted by MattiJ View Post
    Digital calipers, angle grinder or cordless drill depending on category.
    Can't argue with any of those. I resisted until the end purchasing a cordless drill. Finally my son got me one for Christmas - I couldn't believe the torque it (Milwaukee 1/2") developed. The following Christmas he gave me a 3/8" Milwaukee - a little bit of overkill but now I have one for each hand.

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    In my shop I use my fixturing table the most. Second would be my belt grinder and bandsaw.
    How to become a millionaire: Start out with 10 million and take up machining as a hobby!

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    It would be a toss up between belt grinder, drill press ( of which I have several), or small lathe. On thinking though maybe the belt grinder. Seems like I am always de-burring, shaping, cleaning or sharpening something and it may be to do with the other tools. And then there is the dial calipers. I have a cheap one I have out all the time and a Starrett that comes out when I want the "good stuff".

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    I think I use my fine 8" file most - almost every job, after milling, turning, drilling, welding or sawing, and I need to clean up edges.

    And, tlfamm, you need four cordless drills. One for the pilot drill, one for the clearance drill, one with a countersink and one to drive the screws. I do admit I only have three, but one is rt-angled for accessing between supports.
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    Cordless drill gets #2, port-a-band saw gets #1. I have corded drills, drill press and mill I can drill with so the cordless is just convenient. I have a hacksaw, but I HATE a hacksaw, so my port-a-band is my most appreciated.

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