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Your perfect tool kit?

Discussion in 'MultiTools and Other Pocket Tools' started by CBRNE, Oct 8, 2017.

  1. EZDog

    EZDog EDC Junkie!!!!!

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    Same here,I have been using 3 of them with the first going back to the start of them as a company and I snagged 2 new ones pretty cheap this week for another vehicle kit I need!

    They are not really ideal for the tools I carry so that I can make an all inclusive kit but they are higher quality than almost anything else out there too.

    My favorite feature I think is the entirely waterproof bottom,the tools will not soak water from below.

    They are also way too heavy both empty or loaded but what are yo going to do if yo want to protect your tools?
     
  2. tmshaffer

    tmshaffer Loaded Pockets

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  3. Outbound

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    There's some great ideas in this thread, but I think the first question one has to ask is what is your intended purpose for the tools?

    - Generic home DIY?
    - Automotive maintenance and repair?
    - Bicycle maintenance and repair?
    - Construction?
    - Metal work?
    - Tech?
    - Electrical?

    etc etc.

    I have tools for all those. For the most part, they're not fully mobile though.

    If I were to assemble a kit that can go in two or three easily portable cases that can handle a wide variety of tasks it'd have roughly the following. Of course, omit tools you don't need and add those you do. With this list though, I'd feel pretty confident tackling most projects that pop up. This doesn't include more expensive specialty tools that are trade specific though. I feel this list is pretty much the required tool stock that every man should have in his home:

    - 1/4" and 1/2" drive ratchets
    - 1/4" and 1/2" drive metric and imperial sockets, both short and deep
    - 1/2" drive spark plug socket
    - Metric and Imperial wrenches
    - 6", 8" and 12" adjustable wrenches
    - Torque wrench
    - Breaker bar
    - 12" aluminum handled pipe wrench
    - Allen wrenches, Metric and Imperial
    - Set of screwdrivers, standard length and stubby
    - Needlenose pliers, straight and bent
    - Standard pliers
    - Linesman's pliers
    - Side cutters
    - Needle nose vise grips
    - Standard vise grips
    - Claw hammer
    - Ball peen hammer
    - Brass hammer
    - Dead blow hammer
    - Rubber or wood mallet
    - Center punch and drift punch set
    - Pry bar
    - Cordless drill with 2 batteries and charger
    - Set of twist drills
    - Set of drill bits
    - Multimeter
    - Live wire tester
    - Wire stripper
    - 2 C-clamps
    - 2 torpedo levels
    - 2ft level
    - Chalk line
    - String line
    - Stud finder
    - Bow saw
    - Axe
    - Carpenter's saw
    - Tire pressure gauge
    - Tire air chuck
    - 2ft square
    - 1ft square
    - Combination square
    - Speed square
    - Tape measure, Metric and Imperial. 16ft minimum, 25ft preferred.
     
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  4. WillAdams

    WillAdams Loaded Pockets

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    Here's the toolkit I carry to/from work (office job, but occasionally I have to adjust furniture and stuff):

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    Finally got the Spyderench I've wanted but didn't buy when they were available, Mininch canvas pouch, their first 3 tools, a Pocketwrench, Leatherman Mini PST and 2 Bitkys (lost the third --- the magnets aren't as strong as I'd like).

    EDIT: not pictured is an additional holder for bits for the smaller Mininch Tool Pen Mini.
     
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  5. Radioactive_Man

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  6. Day Tripper

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    I like how this guy thinks...I mean, why pack your keychain toolkit in your checked bags while traveling when something might come up, and you may have to walk out on the wing and do mid-flight repairs to one of the engines with those tools. :bounce:
     
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  7. Lateck

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    I carry multiple levels on me, in my car, in my truck and at home.
    There is no way one person can "carry" all of the tools needed for all jobs. We just carry what might work for "that" level.
    @Outbound has a good list and stated the obvious, "what are we going to work on".
    To me my truck is my main tool box for most repairs.
    But I always carry a Surge with bit set and extension and saw blades. Among some other keychain tools.
     
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  8. Jocko Tobling

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    For me, the original Leatherman tool works well. I have others from Leatherman and others now, but keep going back to my old one since it is easy to pocket, and handles my needs well.
     
  9. FiaOlleDog

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    To answer the OT question (thread title): I'm still working on it :D

    In the meantime and for the purpose of "do what you can with the smallest/lightest tools you can find & carry" mantra, I stuff the following tools into a small pouch, which rides usually in my backpack:
    • Knipex small Cobra pliers
    • mini rachet
    • set of hex bits (22 bits in total)
    • bit extension
    • duct tape
    • mini pry bar
    • tape measure
    • headlamp
    • mini multi-meter
    • some paracord
    • safety pin
    • large paperclip
    I was able to do some car fixing while being stranded on Sunday night with no road assistance available for 2-3 hours, fixed furniture at grand parents house, helped to remove a picture from a wall a projector should be used against in a MeetUp, did some PC/server repairs, etc.

    As said: this is my EDC "toolkit" - the larger/more serious tools are at home.
     
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  10. tbzbbt

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    I don’t travel with tools but the concept is something I think about a lot.

    Adjustable wrench vs dedicated wrenches vs sockets?
    Bit collection instead of tools?
    One set of pliers vs specialised!
    God forbid... a multitool?

    I like Knipex adjustable wrench and Cobra pliers - available as a mini set for wrench n hold. I have sets of Wera screwdrivers but I don’t carry them. You need a hammering device and pry bar thang.

    Random thoughts...that come from real experience across properties when caught short...

    Tbzbbt
     
  11. Moshe ben David

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    @tbzbbt: I have several LM MT. One key chain size (the LM Squirt); a full size that rides in a tool bag in the trunk (LM SuperTool 300); a LM Rev that resides in the car console; and a LM Rebar that rides in my edc bag.

    I have no delusions that any of these are true replacements for dedicated tools. They're in place for just unexpected needs. The one on the key ring is just a convenience when I need to grip something. The one in the car console similar; e.g., gripping a fuse or the like. And so forth. When I've had the need to 'get a grip' I'm VERY happy they're with me... :). Having the other tools on each one is just an extra bonus for convenience; but admittedly so far the pliers get more action.

    Am Yisrael Chai!

    Moshe ben David
     
  12. RogerStenning

    RogerStenning EDC Junkie

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    I'm curious; what brand/model are those sectional tool bags?
     
  13. EZDog

    EZDog EDC Junkie!!!!!

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    The Black one is from Blue Ridge Overland Gear and the brown is from Atlas 46
     
  14. RogerStenning

    RogerStenning EDC Junkie

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    The black one was what I was curious about, thanks for the info. The Coyote Brown one is more often used as a military/police admin panel on a plate carrier (designed to carry a rigid armour plate inside the carrier, and other pouches on the MOLLE/PALS webbing on the front of the carrier.)

    Again, thanks for the info and photos :)
     
  15. EZDog

    EZDog EDC Junkie!!!!!

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    Sorry but I meant this one which I realize now that I didn't have yet when I made this post initially.
    This is from Atlas 46 and is similar to the BROG one but the pockets are sewn to it and not removable and it also rolls up into a handy to carry package.

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  16. RogerStenning

    RogerStenning EDC Junkie

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    Thanks again; I was already aware of the Atlas 46 Yorktown Tool Roll; I currently have two cheaper but similar tool rolls (but nowhere near as strongly made), but really want to see about better organising the boot of the Shogun for overlanding trips; the rigid 'case' format has a certain appeal to me. However, at this stage, it's just about finding a suitable replacement - costs have to be allocated by saving, of course :(
     
  17. EZDog

    EZDog EDC Junkie!!!!!

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    I probably would never buy any Atlas 46 anyway but as they are made here a few mintes from my house it is too tempting to really resist too!
    I need to just stop going in there at all.
    I am not even sure what a Shogun is and what a Boot is honestly so though I am all about this kind of o
    organizing it is tough to imagine exactly what you are trying to do?

    I guess I need to go back and reread this whole thread to find out?
     
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  18. RogerStenning

    RogerStenning EDC Junkie

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    Ah, British-isms.

    Shogun: Also known as a Pajero, made by Mitsubishi. An SUV.
    Boot - I believe you guys call it a "trunk". It's the cargo carriage area at the back of an "automobile" (we call 'em "cars").
    Tomato - We call 'em (pronounciation spelling follows) "Toe-mah-toe"

    Ah, you didn't mention that last one, oops, my bad ;)

    When off-roading, I tend to carry everything but the kitchen sink, "just in case", so organisation is king; I had my previous car, a Land Rover Discovery 2 td5, organised just right. Until the left rear half shaft joined itself to the blasted brake disc with oxidisation (rust) that welded it together more solidly than I thought possible. It would have taken a nuke to separate them, trust me. That was that, and now I own a Shogun, as you can see from the photo ;)

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    EZDog EDC Junkie!!!!!

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    Oh a Montero,why didn't you just say so!?
    What is a Montero by the way?
    Anyway we call them cars here too or trucks but those SUVs are neither or both depending on how you look at it?

    I too carry so much stuff that I almost always need an actual truck to carry it all. When you said Rigid storage did you mean a hard sided container or is that a brand or style name?
    I like these PackRat drawers myself but also I have never seen a bag that I didn't like,even the ones that I do not like!
    But I imagine this is something we share too being here in the first place!

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  20. RogerStenning

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    ... or a Montero, yes slapping forehead ;) :rolleyes:

    Heh, car/truck or, yep, something in the middle. I LOVED the capacity of the Disco; I had a five-seat version, with the cargo pods in place of the sixth and seventh fold-down seats. Oh well, don't have that in the Shogun (added emphasis on name ;) ), so organising the boot is a bit of a challenge.

    I thought of a rack and/or tray system, but right now, that's not a necessity, so not hard or rigid-sided peli-style cases, but certainly harder sided ballistic nylon-like cases would be good to go. Don't know about brand names regarding "hard cases", although if anyone wants that name and it's not yet trademarked, I'm open to offers, lol :giggle: