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4xBoy

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Jun 20, 2006
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The internet is weird, a 40min video of a dude making a nut gets over half a million views in two days.
I didn't think any shop would do a part like that, I'd assumed it would have been an off the shelf item only.
Twenty years ago, that was my daily job, big hydraulic cylinders.

Never again.
 

HardtailHack

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Ordered some TIG welder bits last night and this morning I got a call from a guy from the company I bought them from. He rang to ask how I found out about their company then gave me some welding advice and sent through how he has his machine set up for aluminum, was glad I answered.
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One for AC welding-
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HardtailHack

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Tried out new TIG cups and a new tungsten, I am yet to try out my snazzy new junk pile welding chair. I'll cut the legs to suit our stupid dick high welding bench.
Useless person pen thing-
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I'm still crap but the extra stick out is far better for my lack of coordination.
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Milleratio

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Which style torx set should I prefer:


T-handle
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1 x TX 15
1 x TX 20
1 x TX 25
1 x TX 30
1 x TX 40
1 x TX 45

Screwdriver
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1 x TX8
1 x TX10
1 x TX15
1 x TX20
1 x TX25
1 x TX27
1 x TX30
 

HardtailHack

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I'm pretty hopeless at judging torque with the screwdriver handle, so I don't really use them.
I like L handles because they don't take up much room, or 1/4" torx hex bits.

EDIT- Does anyone use ball end ones? I have been tempted to try a set like this but I need to wear some out before buying more.
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HardtailHack

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Noooooooooooo!!!!!!!

Does that answer your ball end question sufficiently?
Yeah it seems like it would be pretty easy to strip things but I always use the other end for the final tighten anyway.

EDIT- I doesn't come out often but when the double uni comes out I get excited. The bolts went in to aluminium that was just beyond being able to wind them in by finger and I didn't have any shallow imperial sockets or a short battery ratchet, the joys of working out of a truck.
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Yes!
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HardtailHack

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Work got me a set of five adjustable magnetic V pads and I got me an electrode holder and alectrodes to try stick welding.
It's pretty impressive how little current you need compared to MIG welding.
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HardtailHack

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Shitty weather here so more burning holes in stuff and making tools work again.
My fancy French filter strap lasted three uses.
Turned out the grub screws the hold the pawls in were at fault, one had loctite in the head so it hadn't been wound in and the other wasn't in far enough so the pawls turned 90deg and did nothing.

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And this thing is just shit, always falls apart, can't fix a sloppy mess.
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HardtailHack

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After a month I finally got to pick up my toolbox, it's pretty shit design and build wise.
It's sad as a good few mechanics over this way have fond memories of owning a White International box at some point in their career.
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And got a big book to read-
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Aug 27, 2023
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Canton, Georgia
The internet is weird, a 40min video of a dude making a nut gets over half a million views in two days.
I didn't think any shop would do a part like that, I'd assumed it would have been an off the shelf item only.
Kurtis (CEE) rocks!

He talks a lot about how in many cases it is faster and cheaper for him to make the part than it is for the customer to buy it from the OEM
 

HardtailHack

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Kurtis (CEE) rocks!

He talks a lot about how in many cases it is faster and cheaper for him to make the part than it is for the customer to buy it from the OEM
Yeah it's pretty rad, having a bunch of great gear and the smarts to be able to use it would be very handy.
I have neither, hahaha!

Time to give another filter tool a whirl-
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And I bought some stainless round bar and plate in hope to TIG weld up an adjustable hub nut tool.
My button dies from Bulgaria came yesterday.
 

buckoW

Turbo Monkey
Mar 1, 2007
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The Ohlins fork bushing tool is very nice to use. With a drill it walks the burnishing tool in and out nice and straight. It makes such a difference that I had to increase air pressure and compression. This old fork is nice and buttery now.

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konifere

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@buckoW I might do my RXF36 ... it feels great out of the box, but I'm always tempted to learn stuff and buy tools that I'll only use once or twice :help: Is the tool actually made by Ohlins, or by someone like Blue Liquid Labs?
 

HardtailHack

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I covet my Schroder tap wrenches.
I like that you can lock the ratchet on them, not being able to do that was the most annoying part with the Gearwrench, oh and that it didn't fit anywhere and fell apart all the time.

EDIT- I usually have to tap holes in spots like this with little room-
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Adventurous

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Newest acquisition, M12 detail sander. Should be the bees knees for trim work and a lot of places where either I can't get a random orbit/sheet sander or hand sanding is too big of a PITA.
 

HardtailHack

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Ahhh, still a bit sick so I figured I'd start making my hub nut tool.
I cut the M16 LH thread okay but I didn't have the right size holder for the RH, I figured it was send it Saturday and assumed the die would find its happy angle.
Instead I messed up a piece of steel and I don't have spare, haha.
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Now have the correct size holder and some Torx strippers.
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HardtailHack

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I got stung on trusty old Ebay, I thought I recognised the brand but it's an Indian tap with a German name on the box-
Can't find any German cutting tool brand with the name Schnell, oops.
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EDIT- Amazon Japan got me again, ordered these, a small armature bearing puller, Koken tap holders and a couple of C spanners. Welding and hydraulic work has seen me a bit short on useful tools.
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maxyedor

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Oct 20, 2005
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In the bathroom, fighting a battle
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Newest acquisition, M12 detail sander. Should be the bees knees for trim work and a lot of places where either I can't get a random orbit/sheet sander or hand sanding is too big of a PITA.
Just got one of these too, you get the free battery with it from Homeless Depot? Returned the battery and ended up with a sander for $100, pretty good deal and from what little I’ve used it pretty nice sander.

Tempted to score the installation drive as well, $200 for it, 2 batteries and either a cordless ratchet or die grinder is a smokin deal too
 

Adventurous

Starshine Bro
Mar 19, 2014
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Just got one of these too, you get the free battery with it from Homeless Depot? Returned the battery and ended up with a sander for $100, pretty good deal and from what little I’ve used it pretty nice sander.

Tempted to score the installation drive as well, $200 for it, 2 batteries and either a cordless ratchet or die grinder is a smokin deal too
Sure did, although I needed the battery as one of my 4.0ahs just died a corrosive death.

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I've owned the installation driver for a few years now, and it's one of those tools that I'm glad I own but probably wouldn't miss if I didn't. The accessories are handy but I've only needed them a few times over that period, and I've used it a lot. It's one of those tools that's useful for all but mandatory for a few.

I really wish Mikwaukee would bring the foreign market drill/driver form factor version of the tool to North America. I'd find that more useful.
 

HardtailHack

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I wish there were a way to get your custom title changed to this picture
Haha, that thread was so skewed that one side had smooth bits of flat bar showing.

Annoying thing is I fucked the second one up, today a 1m length of 16mm 304 arrived so I can have a couple more shots at it.
Wish I could find a decent LH M16x1. 5 tap, the one I got is shit.
 

4xBoy

Turbo Monkey
Jun 20, 2006
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That's not a hammer.


 

Westy

the teste
Nov 22, 2002
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Sleazattle
That's not a hammer.


Everything is a hammer. Everything is also a butt plug, if you're not a bitch.
 

HardtailHack

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Ya'll would have laughed at me today when I had to loosen a 1/4" hose clamp and the only tool in my pocket was a pair of 10" plumbers pliers.
Nup, that's fine by me.

Seems my Felo 1/4" ratchet, long extension and 8mm socket has gone for a journey in a customer's machine, oops.