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#1 Shamus2009

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Posted 15 October 2020 - 04:28 AM

Hey guys in the process of building a my own garage, been using the shop I work at to do maintenance and work on my sleds and vehicles. I’ve been gradually getting tools when the go on sale at the good ol Canadian tire, now I’m just curious what do you guys consider must haves?


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Posted 15 October 2020 - 05:13 AM

Here are a few of my thoughts. I am sure you will get lots of ideas from others.

 

First, if you plan to work in it during the winter, insulate it and heat it. I built a large garage about 6 years ago and had radiant floor heat installed. In the dead of winter it is actually warmer than our house! It will add cost but make working on sleds and vehicles so much easier in the winter months it is worth the cost.

 

- Compressor and assorted air tools

- Jack and Jack Stands

- SAE and Metric Tools

- Torx and Allen Sockets

- Torque Wrenches

- Breaker Bar

- Ramps

- Speciality Tools for Routine Maintenance (brake tools for vehicles / clutch tools for sleds, etc.)

- Pullers

- C-Clamps

- Crescent Wrench

- Channel Locks

- Vice Grips

- Battery Powered Impact Wrenches / Nut Drivers (I've got a bunch of Ryobi tools that have been great)



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Posted 15 October 2020 - 05:43 AM

Hammers that get progressively bigger, and a few go to phrases that don't offend others who are within ear shot...


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Posted 15 October 2020 - 06:26 AM

I've got more tools than ability. Good luck.


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Posted 15 October 2020 - 07:19 AM

A good pneumatic rivet gun that goes up to 1/4". Works amazing!


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Posted 15 October 2020 - 08:51 AM

Here are a few of my thoughts. I am sure you will get lots of ideas from others.

First, if you plan to work in it during the winter, insulate it and heat it. I built a large garage about 6 years ago and had radiant floor heat installed. In the dead of winter it is actually warmer than our house! It will add cost but make working on sleds and vehicles so much easier in the winter months it is worth the cost.

- Compressor and assorted air tools
- Jack and Jack Stands
- SAE and Metric Tools
- Torx and Allen Sockets
- Torque Wrenches
- Breaker Bar
- Ramps
- Speciality Tools for Routine Maintenance (brake tools for vehicles / clutch tools for sleds, etc.)
- Pullers
- C-Clamps
- Crescent Wrench
- Channel Locks
- Vice Grips
- Battery Powered Impact Wrenches / Nut Drivers (I've got a bunch of Ryobi tools that have been great)


It will be heated and insulated, I’m paying a local company to put up the shell and then me and a couple friends are doing all the finish work. All good things listed I am lucky that some things like pullers I probably won’t have to purchase because we have a lot at the shop I work at and I can borrow them when needed


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Posted 15 October 2020 - 10:05 AM

Is your foundation poured yet?

 

If you plan on an automotive lift, or plan on radiant floor heating....both need to be considered together (I would think)....because the lift has it's own flooring requirements that may conflict with the radiant floor heating.

 

And obviously, tool storage.  That's my problem.  Too many tools, and nowhere convenient to put them all.


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Posted 15 October 2020 - 10:34 AM

Is your foundation poured yet?

If you plan on an automotive lift, or plan on radiant floor heating....both need to be considered together (I would think)....because the lift has it's own flooring requirements that may conflict with the radiant floor heating.

And obviously, tool storage. That's my problem. Too many tools, and nowhere convenient to put them all.

The plan is to put a lift in the extension that will hopefully come in a few years, this one is just 24x25 I didn’t want to go much bigger because of the cost of lumber at the moment. Hopefully it will go back down and I plan on putting up a 30x30 or 30x40 and that will have a lift and probably be able to store mine and my wife’s truck and the 24x25 will be mostly storage. Heat is going to be a heat pump I got one for free from my cousin who works for an electrical company they took it out of a house when they renovated and put in a different heating and cooling system.


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Posted 15 October 2020 - 10:48 AM

I have found that as the cordless tools have gotten better I use pneumatic tools less and less but it's still critical to have compressed air for some things. Working on sleds for sure go get the princess auto air riveter it's so nice to have. Also for sleds I like to have a short rolling stool to sit on when servicing things at knee height like chaincase or pulling a pipe. Along those lines get a good exhaust spring puller they will save some skin on your knuckles and some cursing. When I was young I got mostly all cheap tools and now I am finding myself changing the stuff I use all the time over to better tools. Snap On for the screwdrivers I constantly use, I found a good deal on Blue Point 3/8" drive metric and SAE sockets and I have Snap On 1/4, 3/8, 1/2 drive ratchets. Next will be 1/4 drive sockets as mine are mix and matched and many are missing. 


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Posted 15 October 2020 - 11:27 AM

Hammers that get progressively bigger, and a few go to phrases that don't offend others who are within ear shot...

Spoken from experience !

When you reach the 12lb. sledgehammer those with sensitive ears to your vocabulary should be asked to leave the room.

Do your homework when deciding a brand for cordless tools, eventually that could grow into several dozen tools.


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Posted 15 October 2020 - 01:06 PM

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Posted 15 October 2020 - 01:58 PM

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Posted 15 October 2020 - 02:13 PM

Beer fridge.

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Posted 15 October 2020 - 02:21 PM

Don’t forget a sled lift if you don’t already have one.
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Posted 15 October 2020 - 03:48 PM

Sled lift, a way to lift the sled from the ceiling, an arbor press, grinding wheel, drill press, and lots of LED lighting so you can see where you dropped the brake pad safety pin. These are good tools to have.






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