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Old October 24th, 2013, 02:17 PM
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If I had that Pelican Case full of spiffy tools, in about a month half the holes in the foam would be empty, the tools hopelessly mislaid.
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Old October 24th, 2013, 05:26 PM
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I use a metrinch kit I got cheap a decade ago and some channel locks. I also keep a fan clutch wrench in the truck. Beyond that is too much crap. Frankly you can do an awful lot with the stock rover tool kit in a roll.
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Old October 24th, 2013, 05:30 PM
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The nice thing is it is extremely organized and complete, easy to ship (just add label), and everything has a place and doesn't rattle and have things everywhere- get what you pay for in this instance. And the quality is top notch- think Warn 8274 vs China knock off. When you need them, you need them- not a bunch of garbage that breaks and bends, etc. Of course, everyone has different priorities- I like to get home personally...
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Old October 24th, 2013, 05:49 PM
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FWIW - I had a pelican kit. They are mostly appropriate for FOD prevention when working remotely on aircraft - everything has a home and and empty slot (bright colored foam showing) means a tool is missing and assumed to be a FOD risk until cleared. The kit is really really heavy for expedition travel. Pickup a couple smaller pelican cases and fill with tool rolls and pouches for a more manageable solution. Primary case is basic repair - always in the vehicle. second case is off-pavement repair and goes with you on bigger trips where a breakdown may occur further from "help", on long trips a third box would contain larger spares, fluids, etc... Keep track of what you use on the truck and duplicate as needed for a travel kit.

Don't skimp on tools - buy once and mitigate the risk of poor metallurgy, questionable dimensions, and poor construction. Again just opinion, but I spent more than a dozen years working for a major tool mfr. I only buy cheap tools if I need a starting point to make a task specific special tool - I don't mind cutting, grinding, or welding on a cheap tool that will become a uni-tasker.
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Old October 24th, 2013, 06:02 PM
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As you work on things at home, take note of the specific tools you are using.

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I followed a rule for a few years; if I used the tool on my truck I put it in the tool kit (hand tools & some air as well)

The list is remarkably similar to Bill's. It is all in a 1510 peli in a few rolls, a decent socket set, and a few other organizers.

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Old October 24th, 2013, 07:08 PM
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FYI, the Pelican GMTK is like 120 lbs when loaded with tools. http://www.defendersource.com/forum/...ad.php?t=37511
Which is about 100lbs lighter than your collection of left handed whitworth spanners that you lug around in case Dan's Series breaks down ...
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Soapy water / KY jelly, etc. is is basically a must. Yes, good idea to remove trim panels - only takes 5 more minutes to do so.
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Thank you guys again for the advice. Rover trader ended up making me a deal I couldn't refuse so albeit a bit overkill, I got the kit i always wanted. I will continue to stock it with the suggestions you made so thank you again.
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I did something similar - I got some tool bags and rolls that fit in my Troy Smith boxes and use them both in the shop and on the road. It's a hassle but it makes sure any tools I ever use are in there. I could probably slim it down a bit of course.

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I used to carry a large Mil-spec rolling case from Sears, that had most of my metric hand tools and a few adjustables, but that was bulky and heavy. I've slimmed down to a simple tool roll with basic hand tools. My buddy Ben made his own tool drawer, which I may add to the organizer I'm building, but only if I can get past the other projects that keep popping up...
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The set was recommended in the Tool Deals thread and is what lives in the Rover. I also have a small pelican with spare bits which I throw in if I'm going farther than AAA+ 100 mile tow distance.

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What wrenches are you guys using? I am going to start building my wrench sets now.

I am thinking going with SK or Kobalt
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Old March 13th, 2017, 10:25 AM
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All of the above plus some bailing wire, a tarp, shop towels, and some gloves (mechanix and nitrile)
I will concur on the bailing wire addition, sorry Mr Farmer but my needs out weighed yours at the time.

It's funny it never leaked when the threads gave up, just kept getting high Temps before I found the bolt was loose.
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I keep all my tools for the truck in bags. I have 4 small Klein zipped tool bags and 1 large Home Depot zipped bag.
Klein tool bags:
1) Metric combination wrenches
2) Standard combination wrenches
3) Screwdrivers/punches/panel popper/snap ring pliers
4) Mini pipe cutter/flaring tool/driveshaft tool/1/4" drive metric & standard sockets and wrench.


Large bag: Strip of 1/2" drive standard and metric sockets, 1/2" drive ratchet and breaker bar, channel locks, pipe wrenches, 2lb hammer, large adjustable wrench, needle nose pliers, 27mm socket, hub nut socket, 32mm socket, misc 1/2" drive extensions, probably some other stuff.


The 4 Klein bags fit inside the one large Home Depot tool bag. I just couldn't justify the extra cost and weight(especially the weight) of putting all that in a Pelican case.

These are the Klein bags. http://m.homedepot.com/p/Klein-Tools...5140/100647867
And the Home Depot bag.http://m.homedepot.com/p/Husky-18-in...3N11/203224309
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I've been using this extra-small size North Face duffel with backpack straps as my portable toolbox:
https://www.thenorthface.com/shop/ba...&cm_vc=Certona

Tools separated by category into (see-thru) freezer bags. Backpack mode good for tinkering around on the farm.
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Old March 13th, 2017, 02:36 PM
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What wrenches are you guys using? I am going to start building my wrench sets now.

I am thinking going with SK or Kobalt


Im about to buy a new set myself, looking at proto spline ratcheting

https://www.protoindustrial.com/en/i...ches---Spline/



In my truck i have a set of HF wrenches, pliers, hammer, knife ect in a fabric tool roll. Works great

http://www.harborfreight.com/14-pock...oll-93828.html
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metric flare nut wrenches are a must.

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The LR tool rolls are long gone before I got the trucks, usually. I have a Craftsman molded case for SAE/Metric sockets and socket wrenches, and it has some torx/screwdriver bits. It is nice to be able to see all sockets laid out, and figure out if I left something somewhere under the hood, or behind seat. I have added torx and allen bits, full range of screwdrivers, hammer, rubber mallet, dykes, needlenose, slip joint pump pliers, adjustable wrenches, a set of metric wrenches, small hacksaw, WD40, and different flashlights.

And a cheapy multimeter.

Also carry jumper cables, 100MPH tape, electrical and teflon tape, gloves, shop rags.

This is what I have picked up in Europe. Other than the Craftsman, most are Lux brand. Garbage, really. If I was building the same kit stateside, it would be craftsman, maybe Pittsburgh wrenches, and Klein for screwdrivers/dykes/needlenose.

I have been looking for telescopic magnet here, but no luck.
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This was an inexpensive project that has served me very well.
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