What Tool Do You Use More Than You Thought You Ever Would? | Join the Conversation

By Colin Wood
Jan 27, 2021 | Tools

There are tools you think you’ll end up using a lot, and then there are tools you actually end up using a lot. For many of our forum users on this thread, if you made a Venn diagram featuring these two categories, it would probably just end up being two circles that don’t touch.

For instance, forum user Adrian_Thompson (who started the thread) picked up a $50 auger drill bit set, thinking that “it would be something I use a couple of times in my life.” As it turned out, that wasn’t the case: “I use them all a ton, several times a year for 15 years makes me happy.”

Other mentions include flex-head wrenches, extension ratchets, T-handle Allen wrenches and even those “six-in-one” screwdrivers that always seem to live by the cash register.

Have a tool you ended up using more than you thought you would? Go mention over on the “Tools you use way more than you ever thought you would” thread.

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einy (Forum Supporter)
einy (Forum Supporter) Dork
1/27/21 2:24 p.m.

Not auto related at all, but for me it is my Dremel Multi-Max.  Bought it for a specific flooring project, but find myself using it way more than I even envisioned.

Jeff351 New Reader
1/28/21 7:55 a.m.

Milwaukee cordless ratchet. Combined with extensions, this has saved me so much time and aggravation when getting to  fasteners in hard to reach areas. 

350z247 New Reader
1/28/21 7:03 p.m.

My Husky 3/8 electric ratchet. I use it literally every time I work on a car now. It's just too handy not to. My regular ratchet barely sees much use anymore.

hybridmomentspass Reader
1/28/21 8:04 p.m.

One of those blue, free lights from HF, has the little hook on it and magnet.

Use the hell out of them and didnt think I would, but much easier than flashlights

Olemiss540 Reader
1/29/21 7:13 a.m.

Why? Why! Why?!?! We are all just recovering from the holiday season ($$$) and you think just because Gamestop is up 1000% you can start these BS stories which inevitably drive me to spending and 500 dollars on credit for crap off of Amazon??

Damn you grassroots motorsports! To hell I send u!

Cactus HalfDork
1/29/21 11:14 a.m.

JIS screwdriver.

fatallightning Reader
1/29/21 1:32 p.m.
Cactus said:

JIS screwdriver.

Funny, I was going to say the same thing and though I'd be the only one. I bought one of these in Japan at a moto store, and I break it out all the time.

02Pilot UltraDork
1/29/21 1:56 p.m.

Can one of you JIS screwdriver enthusiasts explain exactly why they are so wonderful? The only things I've heard are 1) that they fit Japanese fasteners properly, and 2) that they don't cam out like a regular Philips. Point one does nothing for me, as I rarely work on Japanese cars. Is the resistance to camming out that pronounced? Is there something I'm not aware of that makes them so good?

eastsideTim PowerDork
1/29/21 2:44 p.m.

In reply to 02Pilot :

The not camming out tends to mean they don't chew up Phillips heads very much, and, even more importantly, if you are disassembling something with a chewed up Phillips head, a lot of times, a JIS screwdriver will be able to loosen it whereas a Phillips head screwdriver will just tear it up more. 
Just need to be careful not to overtighten when assembling something.


Edit:  While it shouldn't be a problem in some areas, living in the rust belt has meant that a screw may require more torque to loosen than can be applied with a Phillips head screwdriver.

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