I was having a chat to a friend recently about tools. His philosophy was that he was always happy to pay a little extra for quality so that the tool will last.
But one thing he sometimes struggled with was not really knowing how much use he will get out of a tool until he buys it. For example, he didn't realise how fantastic multifunction tools are until he bought one. He now wishes he bought an 18V tool rather than the 12V version.
The conversation prompted me to think about the tools that get the most use in my house. What tools do you use the most?
It would have to be Allen keys. They are now needed to put together everything. I finally bought a decent set. Should have done it years ago as the ones that you get "in the box" are too often flimsy and inadequate.
I have a traditional set of allen keys but now use an impact set of 3mm to 8mm.
Left off the 18v angle grinder and sander from my not used a lot but still usefull tools...
Added a palm router and radio charger today to the stuff list.
Does a lawnmower count? Or actually, it's probably the vaccuum for the pool. I have to use that a lot more than I'd like.
Maybe the question should be what tool you enjoy using the most...
I went to vacuum the pool on the weekend and discovered a dead rat in the skimmer box. I did not enjoy getting it out...
My tape measure is used so much I often have it in my pocket. Measuring bits of timber, places to put them, and, my regular use is for my table saw.
The original decades old tritan table saw came via my father in law who has no use for it these days. I gave it a serious work out when I set it up a while back, but the circular saw died. So I replaced it when I needed some lengths of lumber ripped down accurately. Did that job in a rush which resulted in the saw blade being off centre. My workaround is to measure off the ends of the blade and to clamp a straight edge to the table.
I really should spend some time to properly align the blade. However, the fence is cactus so I'd hav eto clamp down a straight edge anyway. The additional second to measure off the blade ends is really neither here nor there, although I do this a lot. I'm getting surprisingly accurate these days.
My other fav tool is my cordless drill. Driving screws in and pulling screws out of timber has never been so easy. Can't believe I ever thought I would need all those manual screwdrivers.