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    Looks like Chinese made as it does not say any country of origin and the quality seems to be slightly lower than the US made ones.
    That's great you got some on your visit. It's disappointing you think the quality is poor..... never heard a single person say that before but your experience may vary!

    On the subject of Chinese made tools - that's the way of the world. Milwaukee (A USA brand) for one example is all Chinese made but doesn't mean it's bad
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    Here is a "test" today before my latest parts car went to get crushed

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    Here is a "test" today before my latest parts car went to get crushed




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    Disclaimer: Only a rusted out w124 was harmed in the making of that video. It sat in a field for over 5 years with grass higher than the fenders. It was extra crusty and the hubs were no good for anyone
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    I have a harbor freight large tool chest full of Craftsman tools bought from the 1990s to now and no complaints. yes, the Snap On stuff is nicer, but for this shade tree hack mechanic I appreciate the bang for the buck i get from them. Sears (now bankrupt?) sold the Craftsman tool line to Stanley a bit over a year ago so it will live on. I just hope the lifetime warranty still applies.
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    My second visit to Sears this week was particularly frustrating. I found what I needed but there were no staff in the tool or adjacent garden area. So I went into the vision clinic. Nope, couldn't ring up my purchase there. How about appliances? Nope not a soul to be found. Ended up in the mattress department where there was one lone employee. And he had nothing else to do.

    So on one floor of a large-ish store, there was exactly one employee. And one customer.

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    Quote Originally Posted by RicardoD View Post
    I have a harbor freight large tool chest full of Craftsman tools bought from the 1990s to now and no complaints. yes, the Snap On stuff is nicer, but for this shade tree hack mechanic I appreciate the bang for the buck i get from them. Sears (now bankrupt?) sold the Craftsman tool line to Stanley a bit over a year ago so it will live on. I just hope the lifetime warranty still applies.

    If you pick up anything with the Craftsman mark on it from twenty years ago and the comparable item on their shelf today, there's a massive difference IMO.

    Five years ago, the tool area was awash in empty shelves. Whether it was poor inventory management or the case flow issues, I cannot say. But now everything is in stock, the website appears to be reasonable accurate WRT to what's on hand, but I won't be buying anything else from there unless it's another time sensitive need.
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    The 1400 ib ft High Torque impact gun is seeing alot of use for me stripping my w124 parts cars. I do not find it heavy from prolonged use. It is quite large though but with an impact rated swivel and extensions I can undo all bolts on the w124 chassis such as propshaft bolts and other inaccessible areas. It takes all bolts off with ease – but I do keep the settings down as low as possible on it as it can sheer rusted bolts clean off.

    So start on setting one and work your way up – don’t just leave on 3 or 4 all the time IMO.

    My best buy tool of this year though has to be the M18 Sawzall – (or just the Sawzall concept really). It’s soooo good at reaching into tight areas and cutting steel or anything else. For pulling the 300D donor engine in a hurry this weekend I noticed the downpipe tubes were hanging up on the power steering pump. Someone had previously cut them off just below the car so I thought they would be OK..... but they were not

    What would have otherwise required jacking the car up again, crawling under and trying to undo the rusted tube to manifold clamp bolts (Total PITA) only required a couple minutes to reach in and cutting the tubes


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    That's great you got some on your visit. It's disappointing you think the quality is poor..... never heard a single person say that before but your experience may vary!

    On the subject of Chinese made tools - that's the way of the world. Milwaukee (A USA brand) for one example is all Chinese made but doesn't mean it's bad
    Don't get me wrong. For 11 GBP, it is a great set and works well, so no complains there. Glad to add it to my collection.

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    Re: What’s your best buy DIY garage tools?

    I'm in the process of putting together a list of stuff. 12-Gauge Garage got a lot of play a few years back but it really didn't quench my thirst with respect to functional utility.

    Workshop Practice Series is a good place to start.

    https://www.teepublishing.co.uk/book...actice-series/

    Also become familiar with Ohms Law and your Breaker Panel, if you have a 100A panel I'd start by upgrading to a 200A panel.

    You can never have too much light. Also define your layout/storage strategy. Industrial tool cabinets aren't cheap and I'm not referring to the stuff at retail stores.

    Lastly, any tool labeled 2-in-1, 3-in-1, multi-purpose... Typically does a shitty job at whatever it's intended functions happen to be.

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    I also don't understand how "Snap-On" ever built it's reputation as the flagship of tools. Hazet, Stahlwille, OG South Bend, Illinois Tool Works, Mituoyo, etc have a story. Snap-On appears to have been created out of thin air at some point and trolled along with it's Cadillac strategy: "We're proud to fornicate with our siblings, and we are the best because we say we are!"

    Everything Snap-On including it's CEO/Founders counld be napalmed out of existence and I doubt a single significant manufacturing entity would flinch other than possibly Lockheed & Friends.

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    I also don't understand how "Snap-On" ever built it's reputation as the flagship of tools. Hazet, Stahlwille, OG South Bend, Illinois Tool Works, Mituoyo, etc have a story. Snap-On appears to have been created out of thin air at some point and trolled along with it's Cadillac strategy: "We're proud to fornicate with our siblings, and we are the best because we say we are!"

    Everything Snap-On including it's CEO/Founders counld be napalmed out of existence and I doubt a single significant manufacturing entity would flinch other than possibly Lockheed & Friends.

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    not mentioned before- but does anyone here use stoveburner drill bits? They don't cut on the edges, so it makes matching and aids in drilling out. I have a clamp block with a few guide bushings. Nice to be able to hit a broken bolt on-center and remove it without damaging threads.

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    Not sure if it's been mentioned but these simple pick tools have saved my butt more than I'd like to remember:
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    Re: What’s your best buy DIY garage tools?

    If you guys are looking to bump up the lighting quality in your garage / workshop, check this out -- available either on Amazon or from HomeDepot or Lowe's.

    https://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B0...?ie=UTF8&psc=1

    https://www.homedepot.com/p/STRIKER-...0342/301796567


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    Gerry, these look very interesting. I have massive spiral CFLs now in my basic light fixture sockets as shown in the photo above. This will be the direction I go when those CFLs crap out. I think I will replace my fluorescent light fixtures with something like this as those need maintenance as well.

    I did the direct LED fluorescent replacements at my Dad's (you bypass the ballasts) but I think these will produce more lumens. The older I get the brighter I need things.
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    I replaced all of my fluorescents with LED equivalents and have been very, very pleased. Costco had a deal on dual LED fluorescent fixtures last year about this time and I loaded up on them. I really hate in the "winter" when it gets down in the 60s and the lamps would flicker.

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    Re: What’s your best buy DIY garage tools?

    Quote Originally Posted by gerryvz View Post
    If you guys are looking to bump up the lighting quality in your garage / workshop, check this out -- available either on Amazon or from HomeDepot or Lowe's.

    https://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B0...?ie=UTF8&psc=1

    https://www.homedepot.com/p/STRIKER-...0342/301796567
    Be sure to opt in for the $129.11 "expert installation" that the Island of Large Women offers with it.


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    A recent great garage buy for me was proper metal shelves / racking! I had removed a few old wooden shelves when I was having a new insulated / automated garage door installed and it took me a couple of years to get around to getting the "new" (Good used) shelving in. Such a relief to have the extra storage space!

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    Excuse the mess, these are items laying around threw up onto the shelves for now, the shelves will soon be uber organised and filled in the coming weeks hopefully.
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    Quote Originally Posted by JC220 View Post
    A recent great garage buy for me was proper metal shelves / racking! I had removed a few old wooden shelves when I was having a new insulated / automated garage door installed and it took me a couple of years to get around to getting the "new" (Good used) shelving in. Such a relief to have the extra storage space!

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    Excuse the mess, these are items laying around threw up onto the shelves for now, the shelves will soon be uber organised and filled in the coming weeks hopefully.
    A lot of bare shelves there. You’ve got work to do on your hoard.

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    Quote Originally Posted by JC220 View Post
    A recent great garage buy for me was proper metal shelves / racking! I had removed a few old wooden shelves when I was having a new insulated / automated garage door installed and it took me a couple of years to get around to getting the "new" (Good used) shelving in. Such a relief to have the extra storage space!

    Excuse the mess, these are items laying around threw up onto the shelves for now, the shelves will soon be uber organised and filled in the coming weeks hopefully.
    Nicely done, I see you have the 12" & 18" depth. I have the same ones, well an iteration of them they're made by a handful of companies. Equipto is stamped into a few of the shelves.

    I have a whole stack of them I bought surplus yet to set them up in their permanent positions.

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    Akro bins are great things too.

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    A lot of bare shelves there. You’ve got work to do on your hoard.
    I agree it looks that way Gerry! But my hoard is in a different top secret location with biometric authentication
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    Anyone see this on popup ads?

    https://www.peakmarket.shop/index.ph...product_id=915

    Might believe it if it was $399 onsale for 199. But $39?

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    As much as I would like the rust removing laser for $39.00 to be true, I found this on youtube. Note that $39.00 advertisement lifted the same images from this video:



    and they mention this in the comments of the youtube video:

    ★★★ FREQUENTLY ASKED QUESTIONS ABOUT THE VIDEO / FACT UPDATES ★★★1) WARNING!!! - Facebook is advertising this Laser for $39.00 such as through Topbazaar.shop - I did some quick research and found a website listing hundreds of scammer sites (including Topbazaar.shop) that take some images from the web, often from Kickstarter, Indiegogo etc. – and they sell it at ridiculous low prices. it states buyers will never receive any goods. Link = https://noscams.info/list-of-facebook-sponsored-ad-scams. BUY AT OWN RISK!!Please use common sense, this Laser Rust Cleaner was selling for nearly $500k in 2017, there is no way to make it and sell it for $39.00 6-12 months later, even shitty Cordless Drills usually sell for $39.00.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Glen View Post
    For low cost, general purpose use, this LED light from Harbor Freight is fantastic. It has a strong magnetic base, rotates, pivots and has three brightness levels. It comes with a standard 18650 Li-ion battery...I recommend buying a higher quality/capacity battery and charger so it's always ready to use. [Admin edit: Regular price $30, can be found on sale with coupon for $20.]
    https://www.harborfreight.com/390-lu...ght-63958.html[/I]
    Been using this LED light for the past 6 months and agree, one of the best buys from HF and in general. I have used it much more than expected from auto work to playing dog now that it gets dark at 4 pm to general stuff around the house. Looking for something similar with more lumens and may be 4-5 adjustment levels. Any recommendations?

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    Quote Originally Posted by mikeym View Post
    Looking for something similar with more lumens and may be 4-5 adjustment levels. Any recommendations?
    The Big Ass Light Bar I had earlier in the thread has about 8-10 levels of adjustment/brightness and will blind you if not careful when on its highest settings. It's very expensive, but well worth it. I recently used it on the replacement of my E500 Neutral Safety Switch.

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    Shout out to Ricardo on the Boxer with a bazillion number of ends to choose from. Had to swap out a right side door striker on the c126 and of course the 5mm head stripped out. Ball Peen hammer and a few Boxer bits and it was swapped with a serviceable spare in minutes!
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    Quote Originally Posted by gerryvz View Post
    The Big Ass Light Bar I had earlier in the thread has about 8-10 levels of adjustment/brightness and will blind you if not careful when on its highest settings. It's very expensive, but well worth it. I recently used it on the replacement of my E500 Neutral Safety Switch.

    https://www.indiegogo.com/projects/big-ass-light-bar#/
    I think this is the URL that Honch meant to share, as the one above is for funding the original development.

    $400, in case you were wondering. Plus tax. Second battery is $75.

    https://store.bigassfans.com/big-ass-light-bar-c


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    $400, in case you were wondering. Plus tax. Second battery is $75.
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    Speaking of shelving...

    Costco has one ton shelving units on sale this week.

    https://www.costco.com/.product.1003...DailyDealsDay6

    2X8X7 for $190 delivered. On Backorder.
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    Re: What’s your best buy DIY garage tools?

    The price of LED lighting continues to decline at a rapid pace.

    I ordered (3) more of the small size lights I posted about previously. There are 3 sizes in my installation.

    Twelve months ago I paid $95 per, which was a "bulk" price point. The three I ordered today were $73.50 each. And that was the published pricing.

    16500 lumens, 110 watts, dimmable, 4000K


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    Low cost, High quality LED lighting.

    Yes, the units are made in China. Yes, I absolutely try to avoid buying China. But there simply isn't anything approaching a cost-effective domestic solution.

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    4000K, which I prefer for general/utility space. Not too blue, not too yellow.
    There's about 300,000 lumens in this garage. Fully dimmable via 0-10v combo dimmer units from Legrande Adorne.
    The picture shows the lights at ~50%. I had to use two zones due to load limits on the 15A 110v runs.

    Lights are mounted on short 3/4" threaded conduit, rather than the chain mounts which are standard. Ceilings are 12' and then 17' in the high bay.

    Sourced from this site.
    https://www.ledlightingwholesaleinc....Bays-s/150.htm

    If you call and speak to a Sales Rep they will very likely offer even better pricing.
    Thirteen fixtures were right around $1400 shipped, including the optional drop mount brackets.

    I didn't know what to expect with lighting this "cheap." I expected DOA units, inconsistent color, and/or poor dimming.
    The entire order was perfect. I plan to grab some spares and also retrofit my other garage to these same product line, albeit the smaller units.

    Over the past couple years, I've become a complete lighting junkie/geek. I'm all in on LED. One of the best moves I've done is modifying the fluoro lighting in my machine shed to LED tubes. Instant on. And they work in the cold.
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    Quote Originally Posted by ace10 View Post
    Over the past couple years, I've become a complete lighting junkie/geek. I'm all in on LED. One of the best moves I've done is modifying the fluoro lighting in my machine shed to LED tubes. Instant on. And they work in the cold.
    Ace, what is your favorite LED tube to retrofit into old flourescent fixtures (T8/T12)? It's not much more to get complete LED fixtures of similar size, so I'm not sure if it's worth the hassle to re-wire the old stuff for new tubes.


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    Quote Originally Posted by gsxr View Post
    Ace, what is your favorite LED tube to retrofit into old flourescent fixtures (T8/T12)? It's not much more to get complete LED fixtures of similar size, so I'm not sure if it's worth the hassle to re-wire the old stuff for new tubes.
    I may have mentioned this previously, but Costco had a good deal on 4' LED shop light fixtures this time last year, under $20/each. You might want to check and see if they're doing it again. I loaded up on them to replace my fluorescents and I really love them. You can't have enough light when working in the garage...

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    Dan, was it these Feets? Looks like $20/ea plus tax with the current sale:
    https://www.costco.com/Feit-4'-Linka...100410429.html

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    loved them until the lightning strike. Took out all of my LED shop lights and under cabinet LED puck lights. Apparently the voltage surge blew the capacitors because when I restored power the shop lights started smoking! I opened them up and the circuitry was covered with oil.


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    Quote Originally Posted by gsxr View Post
    Ace, what is your favorite LED tube to retrofit into old flourescent fixtures (T8/T12)? It's not much more to get complete LED fixtures of similar size, so I'm not sure if it's worth the hassle to re-wire the old stuff for new tubes.

    The easiest way is to go with the ballast compatible tubes. They're plug and play, but they cost more. And generally aren't offered in a large selection of temps and output. I went that route on the first fixture I converted, and haven't done it since. I still have a stack of Phillips ballast compatible tubes that I never installed. They're fine, but I prefer bypassing and not having that ballast in there sucking up energy.

    If the tombstones on your fixtures are in good condition and they're the proper type... non-shunted, then just bypass the ballasts and convert the fixtures. It takes maybe 20-30 minutes for the first one, then maybe 10 going forward. Not including cleaning everything.

    In my machine shed, I found maybe 1 in 4 tombstombs were burnt up or cracked. Cheap and quick to R&R.

    In terms of tube mfgs, I don't think there's one mfg who is vastly superior than the rest. Unlike bulbs, where SORAA is the shizz.

    If you go the new fixture route, and don't like the color or output, then you're kinda stuck. At least with tubes, you can play with all the variables with a much smaller investment of $$ and time.

    I'm super picky about color and CRI. I find high-spec tubes to be better than most budget fixtures.

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    Quote Originally Posted by gsxr View Post
    Dan, was it these Feets? Looks like $20/ea plus tax with the current sale:
    https://www.costco.com/Feit-4'-Linka...100410429.html

    Feit makes a decent product. I searched for the spec sheet on that fixture but couldn't find it. Was looking for CRI rating. Found a very similar unit on the Feit site, and it was 80 CRI. Which is Low. But that's part of the bargain with a budget fixture.

    Higher quality bulbs and tubes are available in the 85-90 range. SORAA's are in the 95 range. There are CRI 99's out there, but clearly that's for professional applications.
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    Learn somethin' new every day!
    https://www.flexfireleds.com/color-r...g-what-is-cri/

    I had been eyeing these to try out, price is down to $100 for a 4-pack. Rated 4800 lumen, 40 watt, 5000k, >85 CRI, pretty good reviews:
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    One of the best tools I have acquired is the offset wrench. I have a 17mm and a 19mm (snapon). The offset tool allows me to put the wrench on a bolt and then attach an extension perpendicular to it. From there, a breakbar can be attached. For so many DIY jobs under the car, such as removing the center link, engine mounts, transmission mount (the top nut is a killer), with limited space, these tools make the job possible.

    Another DIY tools for DIY jobs is a liquid sucking tank, modified from a garden sprayer. With it, I can remove the coolant off the reservoir instead of draining it under the radiator. This makes the coolant reuse much easier and I don't create any mess with coolant spills. A tube can be inserted through the reservoir, all the way done to near the bottom of the radiator to remove nearly 3 quarts of coolant, enough for jobs such as replacing hoses. I can also open the radiator hose to suck more coolant out if I need to replace the radiator.

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    That reminds me... I picked up a Mityvac MVA6851 Fluid Extractor to replace the turkey basters I've used for years, to siphon small amounts of liquid from the P/S reservoir and brake fluid reservoirs. I got tired of the basters only holding small amounts so I'd have to use it ten times to get all the fluid, and eventually the squeeze bulb leaks. The MityVac works great, holds enough to get all the fluid out in one pull, and is easy to disassemble & clean. Relatively inexpensive too, and uses standard nylon tube that you can buy in bulk for easy replacement.

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    I have several fluid extractors. One is the Topsider, bought for $50, for oil extraction, such as engine oil, transmission fluid, and power steering fluid. Then, I built a liquid extractor out of a garden sprayer for coolant extraction. Finally, I also built a power bleeder out of a garden sprayer for brake fluid replacement. This conversion for brake fluid bleeding is actually easier than converting it for fluid extraction. These DIY tools serve me well over the years to maintain my fleet of four E320, 1994-5. Still hoping to get a cabriolet to make it five! 500E is out of my league.

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    One more tool to share. I converted the spokes for bicycle wheels to a tool for removing the instrument cluster. Basically, I attached a piece of wood to the spoke and held it with the end threads. The tool easily goes behind the instrument cluster on one side. Two of them make the pulling so much easier. I had to replace the speedometer and the clock for at least two of my E320.

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    I fabbed similar with metal clothes hanger and flattened the tubular ends about 3' with a dremmel. (not the cleaners type but heavy old fashioned metal)
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    Quote Originally Posted by jftu105 View Post
    One more tool to share. I converted the spokes for bicycle wheels to a tool for removing the instrument cluster. Basically, I attached a piece of wood to the spoke and held it with the end threads. The tool easily goes behind the instrument cluster on one side. Two of them make the pulling so much easier. I had to replace the speedometer and the clock for at least two of my E320.

    jftu105
    I got a pair of the MB hooks for that - they are quite cheap actually from a dealer. I paid around 10 - 15 USD roughly IIRC for a pair


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