Tools. Let’s talk tools.

Doing some clearing in the yard and hate pulling the chainsaw out for small trimming tasks.

Being an already die-hard Milwaukee collector i found this thing and ordered it instantly. It showed up today. Cant wait to try it out this weekendView attachment 46278
Picked up the dewalt 16" flavor before hunting season started...Works great for trimming around stands, shooting lanes, also took to WY and used to cut wood for the stove in the wall tent...a couple guys I know have one they put vegetable oil in and use it for processing big animals.
 
vegetable oil
If anyone goes this route make sure you clean the saw up really well... I tried this on one of my older saws and the vegetable oil turned into a thick gunky mess - way worse than normal bar oil. The chain and bar looked fine, so I think from a function standpoint it was fine, but I learned the hard way not to put off the cleanup. :(
 
New extensions that have wobble feature that I ordered came in today. Not as good as the Snap-on ones, but good enough.


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If anyone goes this route make sure you clean the saw up really well... I tried this on one of my older saws and the vegetable oil turned into a thick gunky mess - way worse than normal bar oil. The chain and bar looked fine, so I think from a function standpoint it was fine, but I learned the hard way not to put off the cleanup. :(
Hot water works well for vegtable oil and blood/bone clean up and yes the sooner the better. Remember to remove your batt. Makes cutting up elk/deer/hog shanks for Osso Buca super easy.
 
Bought some big ass clamps from Lowes this past weekend for the table I am going to build for the XL Big Green Egg. Hey, how bout a new thread? Big Green Eggs and Tremors, what you cookin?

Anybody got any ideas where I could look for some timbers? I want to use some for my table legs. Got the granite top on order at the local granite shop.
Southern yellow pine is great for sturdy workbenches; it will support a Big Green Egg as long as the joinery is sound. I have picked up SYP at Home Depot.
 
Southern yellow pine is great for sturdy workbenches; it will support a Big Green Egg as long as the joinery is sound. I have picked up SYP at Home Depot.
I would search for a person who has a band-saw mill. Then you can get it cut how you want, and the price is usually much more reasonable than a lumberyard.
 
I'm a tool junkie. Some of my current favorites;
Echo CS2511T - Professional tree trimmer chainsaw, only 5.2 lbs and friggin rips!
Milwaukee 18v vacuum - great for the Tremor.
Smith Equipment Gas Saver oxy/acet torch controller - One handing the torch.
 
Anyone got any experience with the Harbor Freight US General toolboxes? I need a couple more boxes for the tools and was looking at some of theirs. Seem reasonable and the couple of 44 inchers I looked at seem decent.

Good, bad, indifferent, other suggestions?
 
Anyone got any experience with the Harbor Freight US General toolboxes? I need a couple more boxes for the tools and was looking at some of theirs. Seem reasonable and the couple of 44 inchers I looked at seem decent.

Good, bad, indifferent, other suggestions?
I purchased a 44” US General a couple years ago as my main box. Granted its not used as if it would be in a mechanics shop, but no complaints here at all. I am happy with my purchase.
 
Anyone got any experience with the Harbor Freight US General toolboxes? I need a couple more boxes for the tools and was looking at some of theirs. Seem reasonable and the couple of 44 inchers I looked at seem decent.

Good, bad, indifferent, other suggestions?
I have a 44x18.5 9 drawer and it has worked well. Great size and slides.
 
Nice! Battery chainsaws are great. When I would lose a limb I used to gas up the saw, saw the limb, siphon out the gas, and then run the saw until it cleared the rest of the gas for storage. PITA! I also bought a battery chainsaw and never looked back.
Well. This just reminded me I never ran the fuel out of my STIHL ms250 after I cut some bushes down… 6 months ago… be right back
 
torque wrench. Should be simple, but I’ve been looking for a quality inch lb/ and a separate ft/lb for some time. I read the reviews and they all seem to be full of horror stories about how the wrench from x manufacturer wasn’t correctly calibrated and they broke head bolts costing them thousands of dollars or similar lack of accurate wrenches. I’m at the point where I’m looking for a reasonably priced snap on one on EBay because everything on amazon and at Lowe’s/homedepot is trash.
 
torque wrench. Should be simple, but I’ve been looking for a quality inch lb/ and a separate ft/lb for some time. I read the reviews and they all seem to be full of horror stories about how the wrench from x manufacturer wasn’t correctly calibrated and they broke head bolts costing them thousands of dollars or similar lack of accurate wrenches. I’m at the point where I’m looking for a reasonably priced snap on one on EBay because everything on amazon and at Lowe’s/homedepot is trash.

I have owned and used Craftsman torque wrenches for years. Purchased during the holidays for cheap. They have sufficed, would I use them for super precice work, maybe maybe not, but for most of the work I do they have been fine. Can't speak to the quality of them today. I consider the Husy, Kobalt, and Craftsman stuff to be pretty comparable and priced about the same. When it came time to get a 250 ftlb torque wrench I went with CDI. This one https://www.suncoasttools.com/crm/PartNumberSearch.aspx?searchkey=12&desc=2503MFRMH
 
I have owned and used Craftsman torque wrenches for years. Purchased during the holidays for cheap. They have sufficed, would I use them for super precice work, maybe maybe not, but for most of the work I do they have been fine. Can't speak to the quality of them today. I consider the Husy, Kobalt, and Craftsman stuff to be pretty comparable and priced about the same. When it came time to get a 250 ftlb torque wrench I went with CDI. This one https://www.suncoasttools.com/crm/PartNumberSearch.aspx?searchkey=12&desc=2503MFRMH
That CDI torque wrench hasn’t let me down yet. Proper torque procedure is an art in which a good torque wrench plays a small role.
 
ARB all the way! Works great for me!
 
Looks like a great addition to the Milwaukee stable:

The Milwaukee M12 Fuel line is killer imo. I bought my wife some Bosch 12V stuff because of the smaller physical size and weight and have been really impressed with it (she loves it)... Maybe a bit jealous, but I can borrow it when I want, of course. I am way too deep into Ryobi 18V and I have to say it does everything I ask of it.
 
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