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    Shop Talk - tools, tricks, ideas

    What tools are you using in your shop, hand tools, fab stuff etc. Got a new tool to show off or that makes your life easier, post it up. Or if you have one you absolutely hate and people should not waste their money on, let us know! Storage ideas, anything shop related bring it.

    Brooks showed me this one back in the day. Take two old u bolts and weld them together like an S and use as a brake caliper hanger. I used a coat hanger before this and the u bolts are a lot easier, can just slide one end in the frame and hang the caliper. I don't have a picture but heres one they actually sell with the same idea:


    Also after breaking a ton of dana 30 shafts I found a use for them. My wooden handle snapped off my 3lb sledge. I cut off a 30 shaft and welded it to the head of the hammer. This thing is a beast now.

    As far as tools I am still behind the times and using a Hobart 140 flux core, two dewalt angle grinders with cut off wheels, ghetto wood benches and not to much else. I am setting up my torches over xmas.

    Anyone have any experience with this saw? http://www.harborfreight.com/horizon...saw-93762.html

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    this is my favorite tool in my garage.

    http://www.swagoffroad.com/SWAG-V40-...able_p_63.html

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    That sounds like a painful 30-lb. sledge. Hurts my hands thinking about it.
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    Most useful garage tool.



    Sorry, couldn't resist.
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    Quote Originally Posted by LBarr2002 View Post
    Most useful garage tool.



    Sorry, couldn't resist.

    But I was Le Tired
    --Brooks

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    You like it a lot? I thought about getting one of those instead. My chop saw went out so I need to get a new one and decided why not get a band saw instead. Like the portaband because you can actually move it wherever versus the HF vertical/horizontal. How does the portaband do cutting out 3/16-1/4?

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    Quote Originally Posted by Clemson5.9ZJ View Post
    You like it a lot? I thought about getting one of those instead. My chop saw went out so I need to get a new one and decided why not get a band saw instead. Like the portaband because you can actually move it wherever versus the HF vertical/horizontal. How does the portaband do cutting out 3/16-1/4?
    It works great, its much more user friendly with the table, I found it hard to cut through 1.5" .25" wall DOM by hand but its easy with the table. It cuts 1/4 great, but you have to remember you only have a 4" throat, so no long cuts.
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    Quote Originally Posted by 97TJGUZZY View Post
    It works great, its much more user friendly with the table, I found it hard to cut through 1.5" .25" wall DOM by hand but its easy with the table. It cuts 1/4 great, but you have to remember you only have a 4" throat, so no long cuts.

    deep cut does 5in

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    I thought about creating this awhile back. I've got a 20 ton shop press that i've been wanting to make some dies and such for to get more use out of it. I've been really wanting to get the SWAG offroad finger brake for it, and i think i am going to finally pull the trigger on it soon, I've been eyeing it for a a few years and considered making something like it but it's costly to just buy his kit.

    I've got his table for my Milwaukee portaband and its pretty badass. I put it on a stand and use a footswitch and zip tie the trigger on it. I'd like to improve my stand and or just mount it to my welding table but make it removable.

    I've been meaning to pick up a screw jack and welding either a nut or socket to it to use it with a ratchet or with my 3/8" impact. They are pretty awesome when your building something and need to level it or set pinion angle on an axle.

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    Id like to get one of the swag band saw setups but my old HF porta-band wouldn't die so I built one instead.


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