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    Tools - some of my faves

    ...or, "What I do when it's really slow at work."

    TOOLS! Some obvious, some not so much, with linkylinks to them on the Amazonz.


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    A good multi meter is essential. This is my choice.

    FLUKE 15B+ F15B+ Auto Range Digital Probe Multimeter


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    Digital calipers are nice – non conductive plastic ones are a smart move.

    Starrett 799A-6/150 Digital Caliper


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    Wiha 41101 Digital Caliper



    For crimping large lugs –

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    Forney 57637 Lug Crimping Tool



    If brute force doesn’t work, you’re not using enough:

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    Central Hydraulics 12 Ton Shop Press



    Making connections…


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    Soldering Iron kit


    …and sealing them up.

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    Heat Gun


    Portable hacksaw power

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    Milwaukee Sawzall


    ’nuff said.

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    BFH (Big —- Hammer)


    Wire sizes and funny numbers…

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    AWG/SWG Wire Gauge

    Got some faves of your own I've missed? Add 'em up!
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    Rather than a multimeter, I'd suggest a clamp ammeter with a multimeter, one that does DC current. It's been super handy. Mine is a Craftsman brand, about $100 and it's super useful for almost everything I need to measure. Most are AC only clamp ammeters, so make sure it measures DC amperage in the hundreds of amps:
    https://www.amazon.com/Auto-ranging-.../dp/B001VGND88


    I found that a cheapo IR meter for testing internal resistance is useful for building packs with parallel cells. It allows you to bin them according to IR, so they share current equally. I use an SM8124, but there are others that are useful:
    https://www.amazon.com/s?url=search-...eywords=sm8124

    Another thing is a chain brake:
    https://www.amazon.com/s?url=search-...=chain+breaker

    Gear puller:
    https://www.amazon.com/s/?ref=nb_sb_...%3Agear+puller

    Adjustable power supply for testing/charging/etc:
    https://www.amazon.com/s/?ref=nb_sb_...e+power+supply
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    Did you mean chain "breaker"? https://amzn.to/2wpJVKT ...which is also a Good Thing.

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    ...what do you use the brake for?
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    Yeah, typo, sorry.
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    lol the link went to chain brakes for chain saws... I was like, Oh Travis must be onto something!
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    Yeah, I forgot my FAVE TOOL of ALL TIME: The Right Angle Die Grinder! WOOOOO!

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    This is the one I have: Ingersoll Rand 3101G Edge Series Air Angle Die Grinder

    This is great for shaping and finishing - has a smallish (1-1.5", can't remember) disc.
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    I need more tools like that. Like a vice and a nice angle grinder. Prolly going on my list of shit to buy soon as I finish this Kart.
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    DUDE you're sposed to use the PROJECT as an excuse to BUY THE TOOL! You're married now, arent you? YOU NEED TO KNOW THIS!



    My buddy is a machinery dealer and was trying to cash in a little more on the Holiday by offering vices - He wanted to use a tagline something like "Doesn't every man need a good vice?" We talked him out of it... since he was trying to sell it to spouses, and they either 1) wouldn't get the double entendre, or 2) wouldn't like it if they got it.
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    That small pneumatic grinder with Roloc discs is great for deburring. It was my favorite tool for a while when I first bought one.

    I've got a Wilton "Square Wheel" 2" belt grinder which is great to have for doing fab work. It makes a huge amount of difference to have one with a motor that lets you run proper surface speeds on the belt and that won't bog down if you apply some pressure.

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