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Toby Newell
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Re: Top tools

Post by Toby Newell » Fri 12th Feb, 2021 6:32 pm

I like the look of the unimatic. I like 5m with a clip though.

I just wish Hultafors wouldn't make their tools so sexy.

We don't want sexy, we want lurid fluoro orange and puke green with flashing knobs on so we can actually find the thing!

And yes, I agree. No problem finding my crappy Wickes tape I bought as an emergency replacement, can't seem to be able to lose that...

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Re: Top tools

Post by Toby Newell » Fri 12th Feb, 2021 6:34 pm

Oh the days my knees were fit for kicking...

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Re: Top tools

Post by Feltwell » Fri 12th Feb, 2021 7:04 pm

Toby Newell wrote:
Fri 12th Feb, 2021 6:32 pm
I like the look of the unimatic. I like 5m with a clip though.
A belt clip? It has one of those, a nice strong metal one. Plus it's available in metric only, or a combination of old and new money. Whatever floats your boat. I used to have an imperial only one, but it broke :cry:

http://www.fisco.co.uk/uni-matic.html

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Re: Top tools

Post by Toby Newell » Fri 12th Feb, 2021 7:18 pm

Ah, I see. They now do Fisco in Hultafors colours! Tres confusing!

I might get one, I can't stand heavy tapes and you can never have enough tapes! ( Or pencils / Sharpies)

I think the smaller 3m talmeter is the most handy. I just wished they all came in Kawasaki green. :D

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Re: Top tools

Post by Feltwell » Fri 12th Feb, 2021 9:42 pm

That's good, because I ordered the 3m Talmeter. Mean Green? Not too worried, but then I have got Hondas and a BMW!

Don't get the 5m BigT, I've got one, it's very bulky. If you want a small tape that fits in the palm easily the Unimatic is the one, and mine have always lasted for ages.

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Re: Top tools

Post by RBailey » Mon 15th Feb, 2021 10:42 am

Toby Newell wrote:
Fri 12th Feb, 2021 5:33 pm
Ryobi 16G nailer. It's really cheap, the batteries are really good and apart from the slightly flimsy feeling nail cassette works brilliantly. I think I've had one or two jams in 5 months using several thousand Brad's. Makes the equivalent Paslode look expensive and stupid in comparison.
Thanks, I have wondering about one of these for a while, based on this it will now go on the list :D

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Re: Top tools

Post by Toby Newell » Mon 15th Feb, 2021 1:18 pm

Go for it! I have mostly German tools, a lot of Bosch and Festool and large specialist stuff that is mostly German. Some hand tools are English, mostly the antique ones, Scandinavian, American and Japanese.

I am not a fanboy, even though my £6k worth of systainers says otherwise.

See Peter Millard on YouTube. He seems like an analytical and very competent carpenter, he rates the Ryobi. A few others do so I took the plunge. I also have the 18v planer which is also great apart from the badly designed dust ports (just don't stick your finger into it - did at start November, not healed properly!) I also bought the mini blower cheap and surprisingly handy. Just got the 18v impact wrench, 12v car charger and tyre inflator to keep in the van.

People often ask 'which is the best tool brand?' but that's not how it works! The company that licenced the Ryobi name (partially, the real Ryobi Japan still exists) also now makes Milwaukee, in Taiwan! It makes sense that some of the cheaper Ryobi tools get the same components as the more expensive Milwaukee ones. Some Milwaukee stuff is good but trading on the time they were made out of iron girders in Ohio.

I wouldn't buy any more Ryobi tools as they are pretty crappy but the nailer is a bargain and I've had four Paslodes! Not sure about the first fix nailer, I think DeWalt are the best for that, even though they are made by Black and Decker.

It's like Festool, they make the best storage boxes, sanders, extractors and lights, possibly their Centrotec drill drivers are more accurate, but only for cabinet makers and kitchen fitters. Likewise their saws, the larger Kapex is brilliant, the smaller is great but expensive, the Trion jigsaw is almost good value (12 years and running) but the Vecturo is a rebadged Fein with money and pointless accessories added. Everything else is either overly complicated or needlessly expensive. You have to be an anaroak and know what company makes the tools and who they licence them to.

It's like cars. The most expensive pick up truck is a Mercedes X Class, which is a Nissan Navarro, which is made by the French! Want an entry level A class? Wannabe gonna get a Renault engine :lol:

It's a minefield out there.

Digression aside yeah, I've had maybe one or two jams in 5 months of firing and bump firing a few thousand Brad's. The cassette feels crappy and flimsy but virtually zero jams, so ok I guess. Bump fire is fast and already cheaper than the Paslodes which ALWAYS break. If you have DeWalt batteries look at those too, even the old NiMH ones they were very good I know many carpenters who had them.

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Re: Top tools

Post by d49xc » Tue 16th Feb, 2021 10:58 am

Nah,

You need the sort of thing I saw in use once...
It was some form of nail/fixing/riveting gun that was "powered" by something like a .22 cartridge
Yes, you did need a firearms license to use it.
I saw it being used to fix thick large plywood sheets onto a metal frame.
You could adjust the power as using too much would mean the fixing went straight through the thing and kept going beyond ...as errrr was demonstrated to me.
I think the military used bigger versions to fire fixing bolts into solid concrete in a millisecond flat.

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Re: Top tools

Post by Toby Newell » Tue 16th Feb, 2021 12:09 pm

What? Ramset or Hilti cartridge guns?

No licence required. No need for 'bigger' tool, just use cartridge with more black powder. Yes, Ramset uses .22 blanks, not sure what Hilti use. Very handy for their intended purpose but probably not all that useful in the average period home.

They are for quick fixing metal - metal, metal - concrete. Not really useful for a wood restorer. Besides, even though they can fix wood - metal, wood - concrete it's not a good option, same as Paslode or any first fix nailer not good option, at least for high movement areas like floors.

The round D end nails leave a large void which means all nail gunned floors start to creak and move after 6 months. Concrete / metal screws or liquid adhesive batten have better engineering properties. First fix nailers are handy for roofing and studwork, lazy and ignorant for floors.

I was talking about 16G finish nailers. I use these to supplement screws, near edges and splits where screws cannot be used. I work mostly on very old floors and save boards most others throw away so they are very handy.

I would never use a first fix nailer to fit a floor because it gives poor results. I admit, I did fit a couple of floors with my old IM350s before I found out this information, but that's part of the learning process.

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Re: Top tools

Post by RBailey » Tue 16th Feb, 2021 1:54 pm

Toby Newell wrote:
Tue 16th Feb, 2021 12:09 pm
What? Ramset or Hilti cartridge guns?

No licence required. No need for 'bigger' tool, just use cartridge with more black powder. Yes, Ramset uses .22 blanks, not sure what Hilti use. Very handy for their intended purpose but probably not all that useful in the average period home.
Rumour was that you could actually fire a Hilti nail through armored glass because they fire / drive on contact and use a hardened nail / projectile.

I used them before to nail steel joist hangers to steel I beams, cowboy city.
The joist hangers were custom made of 3mm steel so we had to heat them with a Oxy/Acy tourch bend them over to fit the beam using your foot and then nail them down with the Hilti.
I was only aged 15 at the time, very HSE conscious boss :lol:

Fun tools but total overkill for a period house.

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Re: Top tools

Post by Toby Newell » Tue 16th Feb, 2021 2:03 pm

They have plenty of non standard uses. Including breaking locks. They are essentially real guns that fire nails instead of bullets.

Although I think it's game over for law abiding citizens as Festool is about to release one of the best criminal tools ever.

A 1.5kW hr power bank - 240v inverter in a systainer. Something like 3.6kW continuous duty cycle, 9kW peak. Basically your van / house / car / garage / business is toast. Any single phase tool, Hilti breaker drill, metal shear, angle grinder, powered hydraulic cutter, they will have it. Truly scary.

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Re: Top tools

Post by noj » Tue 16th Feb, 2021 2:23 pm

Far less exciting than the previous power toys but I love my air wedges for all sorts of levelling/door hanging jobs.

I'd never come across them before a post on here a few years ago and subsequently picked up a pair when they appeared in the middle of Lidl.

Not my top tool, but worth a mention, since the flyer that just came through the door says they'll be back in this Thursday...

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Re: Top tools

Post by a twig » Tue 16th Feb, 2021 9:08 pm

Toby Newell wrote:
Tue 16th Feb, 2021 2:03 pm
They have plenty of non standard uses...
Next week on Period Breaking and Entering with Mr Newell... :)

Great to have you back on the forum, have missed.your posts

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Re: Top tools

Post by Toby Newell » Fri 19th Feb, 2021 6:57 pm

To the person who mentioned dental tools. Brilliant. I have had a set of dental tools for years. I have also stripped hundreds of items. Never thought of using them. Guess you're never to old to learn. Used them today to clean out my corner quirks on an oak staircase.

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Re: Top tools

Post by Phill123 » Fri 19th Feb, 2021 9:52 pm

Mine would be:

-Festool KS60 mitre saw - the cuts it produces are great!
-Digital Clamp Meter
-Laser Level & tripod

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