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Old 12-25-2008, 10:01 AM   #1
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Best Small Tool?


So I have this $25 gift card from a store that I don't want to spend any more money in than I have to and I'm looking to buy a small hand tool with it.

What is the best/most useful small tool a guy could get for around $25?

What would you buy with $25 from a store you don't want to spend any more in?
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Old 12-25-2008, 10:09 AM   #2
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What is the best/most useful small tool a guy could get for around $25?
Depends. Is it one of those stores with a privacy fence in front of the parking area?

Seriously, what kind of store? Big box or what? If I didn't already have one, I'd put it toward a Leatherman or similar multi-tool. "Don't leave home without it."

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It's a big box... well maybe a medium box store.. Canadiann Tiire to be exact
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maybe a small drill bit or drill bit driver kit combo,they always come in handy
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A 16' to 20' tape measure that you leave with a pencil next to your chop saw...so you don't have to always pull the one out of your bags...as strange as it sounds, it really speeds up the cut station
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A 16' to 20' tape measure that you leave with a pencil next to your chop saw...so you don't have to always pull the one out of your bags...as strange as it sounds, it really speeds up the cut station
That's a good idea, I usually end up forgetting the one from my bag on the saw stand and then can't find it when I'm up a ladder.. DOH!
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Shane,

I'm all for the tape and pencil by the chopsaw, but if you really want to make a significant difference in your work day get a sandwich maker.

You take any lamo sandwich, throw it in, and a couple minutes later you are in melted cheese heaven.

Only problem is you will have a line up of guys waiting to use it.

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A 16' to 20' tape measure that you leave with a pencil next to your chop saw...so you don't have to always pull the one out of your bags...as strange as it sounds, it really speeds up the cut station
...and leave an extra mechanical pencil by the saw as well.
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Construction calculator.
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OK... if you don't buy the sandwich maker then get one of those small Tajima style folding Japanease saws.

I worked with a fellow from Japan who always carried one and ended up borrowing his constantly... For all those times you do not want to risk your finish saw on a rougher cut or it would take longer to go grab the sawzall than it would to make the cut with a handsaw.

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I rarely use this tool (Klein 10 in 1), but when I need it, it is really good: http://www.mytoolstore.com/klein/32477.htm

I guess whatever trade we are in would cause us to choose a certain tool, so that is the one that can really help me in a bind.

I don't think Canadian Tire has this, but..
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I always like to stock up on things like clamps, chisels, saw blades, glue, and other things I tend to use on a regular basis.
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Bosch jig saw blades.




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i use those spring loaded pencil reels from homie id get 10
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That's a good idea, I usually end up forgetting the one from my bag on the saw stand and then can't find it when I'm up a ladder.. DOH!
Happens to me all the time
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Construction calculator.
I'll second that
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4" Vise Grips WR pliers.


Keep them in your bags. You'll be amazed at the many uses you'll find.
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4" Vise Grips WR pliers.


Keep them in your bags. You'll be amazed at the many uses you'll find.
Haven't we agreed on this before??? I lost mine recently and now have to resort to the bloody cats paw nail puller
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http://www.hardwaresales.net/

Contact these guys...they even carry the 4" one as a solo and not part of a 3 pack.

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