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Old 08-03-2013, 06:12 PM   #61
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i will put a +1 for a good file. i like single cut files because they work great for getting the bur off after milling or turning. get a good quality file and you can create smoother surface than milling! im pretty sure the files i have are second cut. if you keep them clean they will cut like crazy. you really only need one or two nice ones.


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Old 08-03-2013, 09:20 PM   #62
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Transfer punches are a tool not yet mentioned. Like drill bits they come in many sizes 115 different sizes for imperial and then of course a metric set.



the idea is you have a part that needs to mate to another part you . The first part has holes in it the second part needs holes that align with the first part . you clamp the two together then use these punches to "transfer"hole locations.

these are available from many vendors and the presentaion may vary from tool roll to plastic or metal stand.
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Old 08-05-2013, 12:25 AM   #63
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Transfer Punches.
Long time ago,thought these were essential items. Drilling matching holes to accept flanges was a hit & miss and pain in the side.
After buying one set from UK vendor and all my mismatching woes are over.

Gus now looking for other essential tools not discovered.

Oh Yeah!!! Corner radius mills.

Looking for brand new old fashion H.T. Ignition Coil for Webbie equally tough.
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Old 08-05-2013, 09:58 AM   #64
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A good old-fashioned hacksaw was one of the items in my first year apprentice toolbox.
Indispensable for cutting stock to rough size, seized bolts, slotting, parting (ok ok sit down in the back row) and with a 10" bastard file and 10" millsaw file can substitute for a milling machine in many instances.

Always slacken off the wing nut after use so the blade is not under tension during storage. This stops the frame from bending and getting slack over the years. My apprentice hacksaw is still in use in my home workshop 40 years later. I still find its use much more "therapeutic" than a noisy angle grinder that throws sparks and grit all over the shop.
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Old 08-14-2013, 01:55 AM   #65
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How about 1-2-3 blocks.



many used for setup and layout.
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Old 08-14-2013, 04:12 AM   #66
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How about a dial indicator, magnetic base, and dial test indicator set?? This one is from littlemachineshop.com

How can or could anyone argue with Terry's points? The thread title was "Beginners tool box" Ok fine, a DI and DTI really aren't optional, and..........will never be optional in my simple and humble opinion. However I can't say the same for a lot of the other optional tools others have listed here.

I could I guess mention a decent range of educational books. Anyone remember books? I don't know about anyone else, but learning and understanding how to think about all this is just as important as the latest damn tool you can buy.

Learning and understanding that concept takes a hell of a long time. At least it did for me.

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So Pete show us your list of beginners essentials.
and what do think is missing from our list?
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May I suggest feeler gages to set ignition contact points?
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May I suggest feeler gages to set ignition contact points?
I have 4 or 5 sets of feeler gauges here and there among the tool boxes. Most haven't been used much. Not a lot of points ignition systems anymore, even on small gas engines. Not that they aren't handy for some other things.....
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Here is an import kit from Travers tools




$ 154 so likely import but nice small box to keep the tools in and sows the basics.
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