OK, I admit it, but I bet Iím not the only one (my other major weakness used to be books, but Iíve more or less got over that now, especially since the advent
of the internet).
I love all those ľĒ hex bits, plus the multitude of stuff that goes with them. You know, right-angle drives, flexible drives, electric drivers and all the rest. Phillips, Posidriv, Robertson, Torx, "Security", etc., etc
Since having all my tools and test equipment stolen a couple of years ago, Iíve eased off a bit in buying tools. But I really like to use the right tool for the job, and canít tolerate it when I see "colleagues" using a pair of pliers as a spanner (for example). Having said that, you canít lug a whole workshop around with you, can you? So (like everyone else I should imagine), I have a little pocket-sized (well, almost) box that I carry around containing stuff I use every day.
Here are two of my all-time favourites, and ones that I do
still use every day, too. First is my 4 inch Kinki
(yes, thatís the brand name - Hozan
is also good) reversible screwdriver (Phillips No.2 and 6 mm flat blade), and the second is my long-jawed No.4 Vise-Grip ("The Original"
) locking pliers. I was first introduced to these by my Old Buddy Tony Grimmett at Edgware back in 1992, and a good recommendation it was, too (where are you now, grimm reaper
? Ė we donít hear from you very often, Matey
Yeah, there are some nice tools around. On the High Street, Halfords
is a great place to while away the hours. Some of their stuff is indeed "competitively priced" and of excellent quality. And they do some nice special deals from time to time.
So, what are your favourites? I think we can allow service consumables and test equipment here too, if you like.