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  • Top Three Hand Tools, Machining related please. Back yard tools are included. Hammer.

    I was just curious.

    I use wrenches, hammers, plyers of all sorts and files some times on the lathe and at the bench. File time is a good time, JR

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    Mill hammer-wrench
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    It's all mind over matter.
    If you don't mind, it don't matter.

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    • #3
      1. Digital calipers
      2. Dial test indicator
      3. Dead-blow hamer.

      Funny, they all start with D.

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        Northern Tool has these hammers.
        So does Zoro and Ebay.
        They are shot filled, dead blow hammers
        with urethane face on one side
        and brass on the other.
        This is the most handy hammer
        to have around the mill and the lathe.
        I have 3 of them.
        Only $13.

        -Doozer
        DZER

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        • #5
          When I was working I was a welder/fabricator before becoming a supervisor. Occasionally I'd have to inspect incoming parts so I occasionally needed to borrow some precision tools. I knew all guys in the machine shop so I'd go talk to them. I used to tease them sometimes when I'd have to ask to borrow one of their "sharp chipping hammers" AKA a dial caliper or one of their "fancy C-clamps" AKA micrometer! Boy, the looks I'd get! Of course I knew how to use them and took great care with them and eventually, bought my own.

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          • #6
            Hand tools? For me that's an easy one. By far the most used hand tool in my shop is the big and burly bench vise. Once held firmly in the jaws other tools are applied to bring about change.

            The two that are most used on the vise to round out the top three are hammers and files. And I'd say files more than hammers. But it would be close.
            Chilliwack BC, Canada

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            • #7
              I use these 3 every time. Click image for larger version

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              • #8
                Machining-wise I get a lot of use from (top 3 bolded) :

                Dial caliper
                Felt marker
                Scribe
                Parallels
                Safety glasses
                Acid brush
                Throwaway brush
                Spray lube/coolant
                Fish hook remover (for swarf)
                Maroon ScotchBrite pad
                Deburring tool
                12" x 35" Logan 2557V lathe
                Index "Super 55" mill
                18" Vectrax vertical bandsaw
                7" x 10" Vectrax mitering bandsaw
                24" State disc sander

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                • #9
                  This past summer it was a pic a shovel and a one wheel truck but the best one was some one to else use them

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                  • #10
                    I don't have any tools that take three hands...

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                    • #11
                      OT-but amusing to me.

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                      I was surprised yet gratified to see a 15” Crescent wrench in a Star Trek re-run yesterday.

                      Truly a triple threat tool….fasteners, percussive adjustment, war club.

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                      • #12
                        Originally posted by Stu View Post
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                        Using a calculator all the time will make cobwebs in your brain.
                        Practice doing math in your head, and you will thank me when you are
                        old and still alert.

                        -Doozer
                        DZER

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                        • #13
                          Originally posted by SVS View Post
                          OT-but amusing to me.

                          I was surprised yet gratified to see a 15” Crescent wrench in a Star Trek re-run yesterday.

                          Truly a triple threat tool….fasteners, percussive adjustment, war club.

                          I have never HIT anything with a Crescent wrench
                          and I never will. Caveman tactics.
                          If I saw someone beating with a Crescent wrench,
                          I would never hire that man for anything.
                          The get it done at all costs attitude is a problem
                          because someone else usually has to deal with the costs.

                          -Doozer
                          DZER

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                          • #14
                            A tool is something that is required to perform a particular task, make or repair something or needed to fulfill the job at hand.

                            Therefore I suggest the most important tool we all have and use the most is our brain, sense of reasoning or wisdom if you will.
                            I try to use this tool first in order to achieve a goal or mission, not always as hoped for, but at that point the tool will be honed a little sharper for it's next engagement.
                            Home, down in the valley behind the Red Angus
                            Bad Decisions Make Good Stories​

                            Location: British Columbia

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                            • #15
                              I suppose if you were in the wilds the tools would be a) a good knife b) a good axe .
                              can you reduce engineering the same way?, I don’t think so but here’s a go hammer, hacksaw, file , and drill.
                              metrology is relative, parts fit parts so a means of relating parts to inches or mm is irrelevant I think, it would seem callipers and dividers would win.
                              prercussive would be a hammer, or the back of an axe I suppose.
                              if you move up in tooling the lathe, grinder , shaper, mill should be preceded by hot work ie forging, so anvil hammer blower.
                              it’s an interesting thought experiment imho.
                              what would you take to an uninhabited island?, knife axe and drill.
                              not many stranded in the wilds include a bloody big roll cab, lathe mill and drill, shall I use carbide or HSS would not be an issue I think.
                              one thing I often overlook is a good vise ( aka vice over here)
                              I think that’s why I found “ flight of the phoenix “ so entertaining!
                              mark

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