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post #1 of 7 Old 12-24-2006, 11:12 PM Thread Starter
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Useful tool vs. useless tool

This might be fun...What's the most USEFUL tool you have and what is the most USELESS tool you have (or threw in the trash). I'll go first.

Most USEFUL: All-in-one Tool Kit from Aerostich. http://www.aerostich.com/catalog/US/...t-p-16861.html It gets into tight places and makes removing the fairings a snap. Best tool evar.

Most USELESS: 9-in-1 Open End Wrench from Harbor Freight. http://www.harborfreight.com/cpi/cta...emnumber=92679 This thing is a hunk of crap. It's completely flat and there's not one nut you can reach with it.

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post #2 of 7 Old 12-26-2006, 01:09 PM
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USEFUL: Super-long Pliers - They just keep getting better.

USELESS: Nut drivers- "Hi, we're screwdrivers with sockets on the end. We come in a variety of fruity colors and offer zero mechanical advantage! We can't do anything a socket extension doesn't do better, and we're hard to keep organized!"

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for the bike:

Useful: super long nose offset pliers
useless: Don't really know as I have separate tool bag for the bike and only useful tools make the cut.

Other uses:

Useful: Black and Decker work mate...No matter what I'm working on it seems to be sitting on this old beat up gem.

Useless: about everything I ( at weaker moments) I bought at Wally world.

650...Anything more than a handfull is wasted
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Most useful: Ratchet wrenches, reversable w/ angled heads. Preferably Blue-Point, but Gear-Wrench is ok too. I use these on darn near every car I work on.

Most useless: any standard Craftsman ratchet. I bashed my knuckles :mad: so many times using these I gave them all away. Complete garbage. The professional series are better, but still not good enough.
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Most Useful: Dremel with a cutting wheel.

Most Useless: Sink wrench. Never could get this damn thing to tighten around the bolt enough to allow me to get the nut loose.

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Most useful tool: credit card.

Most useless: The plastic bag sets of drivers come in...have to get my wife to sew up a tool roll in heavy cloth.

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USELESS: Nut drivers- "Hi, we're screwdrivers with sockets on the end. We come in a variety of fruity colors and offer zero mechanical advantage! We can't do anything a socket extension doesn't do better, and we're hard to keep organized!"
The trick with nutdrivers is to only carry the ones you know you'll need. They're faster than the socket routine. On the Vstrom, the only one I carry is for the headlight adjusters and it lives in the tankbag. It's 5/16" or whatever the metric equivalent is.

When I was primarily working on audio gear, it was 1/2", 1/4", 5/16" and one other oddball size you'd run into once every six months or so.

-Tom (DL650AL2) (KA1TOX) (E-I-E-I-O)

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