Category: Quality Stuff

A Multitool Pen I’m Eager to Buy

I just discovered the perfect gift I should buy myself. It is a multitool from SOG – yes, the same company that makes belt buckles – and it practically makes everything I want in a multitool come true. The company calls its multitools batons, and I think they are right to do so. The multitool, no matter which model you choose, folds into a slim cylinder shape, so you can easily pack it in your pocket when you are in your workshop or when you embark on some outdoor adventure.

I prefer the last model, the Q4 since it practically has all you need. It packs under its slender figure essential tools, such as a nut gripper, multiple screwdriver heads, pliers and it can be used as a wire cutter. I don’t think I need anything else to make sure my trips to the great outdoors are prepared against the unexpected.

So, how does it look?

It looks like a pen. Yes, it is a bit thicker, more like a marker, but it is not longer than a pen, which means that it easily fits in any pocket. I also like using a bag organizer when I go on longer trips since there are many tools that I need to keep close. This multitool fits in there just as well, and I never fear that I might lose it.

 

High-quality materials

What I appreciate a lot in any tool is the use of high-quality materials. The blades are made from stainless steel, and they do not rust or damage easily. The handle is made from aluminum, and it is durable, as well. Overall, the craftsmanship invested in this tool is superior and a recommendation in itself.

 

A full list of the tools included

Since I may seem to be overly excited by this multitool, I’m thinking about giving you a comprehensive list of all the tools included. This way, you will surely understand why I am so impressed with it. Here is the list:

Pliers

Nut gripper

Blade

File

Can opener

Bottle opener

Wire cutter

File

Flathead screwdriver

12 hex bits

Magnetic ratchet driver

Simple, lightweight and elegant

The multitool weighs just six ounces, and its very simple design makes it easy to accommodate in your backpack when you are going on trips. I also love the elegant design because it complements a multitool that is indeed well made. Expandable and easy to use, it is really your best friend when all kinds of situations occur, and you do not have your entire toolbox with you. While its design is based on a classic layout, it offers extra advantages, and that is why I need to have it.

 

Must-have tools for every handyman

 

Completing projects faster and easier while guaranteeing better results is easy if you have some simple hand tools and power tools in your shop. Since I repair cars and this blog is basically about the work I do, I still appreciate the tasks that metalworking and woodworking comrades also do. Every handyman should own at least one of these tools for DIY projects.

A lithium-ion driver or drill

An often used tool for most handymen, this type of tool should be built to withstand some serious abuse but will still work nicely. Choose one with a decent battery life and fast charging. The best ones juice up in less than half an hour, so just do your research on which ones give you that feature.

A lithium ion driver is lightweight when placed side by side with one that runs on a nickel-cadmium battery. It can even hold a charge for up to a year and a half. It should be geared to be always ready for action when you grab it. This makes a cordless drill a delight to own.

An oscillating tool

Oscillating tools have had steadily decreasing prices since the original maker’s patent expired. Producing really small and really fast vibrations, an oscillating tool is compatible with a wide range of interchangeable accessories. You can cut metal, drywall and wood with it. You can also remove grout. Use it to sand corners and to scrape paint. It’s one great jack-of-all trades, if you ask me.

A variable speed rotary tool

With so many parts included in the packaging, a rotary tool can be quite tedious to work with. Although this tool comes with a hundred different bits, its ability to provide surgical precision is the main reason it is worth investing in. While you could get by without one, a rotary tool is a must-have for any professional handyman.

A reciprocating saw or a hacksaw

Best for demolition work, a reciprocating saw should be fitted with the right blade to ensure it can carry out serious tearing-up jobs. You can remove a door frame with it or cut through wood, metal, plastic or whatever else that is in the way. Corded versions are great if you don’t want to be caught in the middle of work with a juiceless cordless machine.

A hacksaw can cut through plastic pipes, metal and wood. Do check out models that enable easy replacement with new blades.

A Brad nail gun with air compressor

A Brad gun-stapler, hose and air compressor can be bought together for less than $200. Pieces of woodworking projects can be tacked together easily with this tool. It is great for hanging paneling, doing furniture repairs, installing molding and trim, etc.

An angle grinder

This tool is quite versatile. Use it to cut an overly long bolt or to cut a piece of stone to make the right fit. It can also be utilized to make a custom bracket that hardware stores do not carry. It can rip right through anything, or just about anything when outfitted with the right blade. In the right hands, an angle grinder can be used to make comparatively elaborate cuts.

 

Other honorable mentions

Besides the tools mention above, if you want to have a more professional tool shed, you should seriously consider buying one of the following types of DIY equipment: a reliable drill press, a top impact driver, a power plane for extra smoothness, a trusty circular saw or miter saw, a heavy-duty welder etc.

 

 

Top tools for beginner mechanics

 

I was just barely 18 when I walked into a shop as a new mechanic apprentice. Now, I am in my early 20s and the fascination with cars and car repairing has not diminished one bit. I have even enrolled as a Mechanical Engineering student at a community college here. From being a beginner, I am happy to report that I have become proficient at doing most car repairs with the collection of tools I have built up through the years. For any novice mechanic, the following tools should be part of any tool box.

For turning bolts and screws

You want a quality set of wrenches to begin with. Look for quality brands like Craftsman, as their tough tools come with a lifetime warranty. Metric is the way to go in sizes. I rarely use mine now, but owning a standard set always gives me a reassuring feeling with my wrenches that I can handle anything cars can throw at me. I also own the three fundamental sizes for ratchets and they are small (¼-inch), medium (⅜ inch) and large (½ inch). I can report that I use all sizes fairly regularly.

Beginners should not go without the three basic sizes of sockets either. Sockets are also available in long and shallow/short. You will appreciate owning both those sizes for common repair jobs. Always choose metric when comparing sizes.

In addition to just owning Phillips and Flat head screwdrivers, a variety of gauges or thicknesses and lengths should also be readily available. Stubbed screwdrivers are suitable for sensor removal and tight spaces. You can use normal length screwdrivers for the usual screwdriver applications. Although long and skinny screwdrivers tend to be the easiest type to break, they do enable you to extend your reach. A heavy-duty flathead screwdriver provides something you can hit with a hammer, and also something that doubles as a small pry bar. Small flathead screwdrivers are often given as freebies as they are relatively inexpensive. These types are typically used during tuneups for holding the intake throttle open. Torx screwdrivers are often found on sensors and are also frequently used in car manufacturing. They have a characteristic star head.

 


For gripping and holding

When you have to replace hoses, do brake work, or work with challenging connectors, a pair of regular pliers is needed. To handle coolant hoses and other clamps, you will need vise grips. Useful for holding up trunks or hoods with broken hydraulic rods, vise grips are otherwise known as mole grips or locking pliers. You should also get long and short needle nose pliers as they can be useful in many repairs.

 

For striking and prying apart

A hammer can be used to knock a stuck component such as a rotor by giving it a good whack. Offering general hammer uses, a ball pein or ball peen hammer also helps with brake work. Used for surfaces that need a beating, a rubber mallet ensures that the surface you hammer on remains free from dents.

To enable manual loosening of tough bolts, a breaker bar offers the needed torque to do the job. On the other hand, a pry bar is suitable for breaking components apart gently especially when they’ve been connected for a long while.

For facilitating auto mechanic work

A LED flashlight or headlamp lets you perform diagnostics and scoping out of bolts. Headlamps offer nighttime illumination while keeping your hands free to do work. A multimeter should be able to read amperage aside from the basic functionalities that this type of device can do (For buying reliable multimeters, I suggest searching for offers on this site). An extension bar provides greater reach when working with bolts or simply making the job easier to do.

If you need flexibility or bend when reaching bolts, a socket swivel should do the trick. When you have to take the wheels off to work on the brakes, or to get under the car, an automotive jack should always be used with jack stands to ensure safety. Jack stands offer backup support to a hydraulic jack, which comes with potential room for failure when supporting the full weight of the entire vehicle.

 

A mechanic needs a full range of tools and equipment in order to do their work efficiently, effectively and safely. Investments must be made on a variety of tools but if one intends to spend a productive time in the field, everything is worth the money for the long term.