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UnfrozenCaveman

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As regards oil filter removal ... "to get the filter off (big channellocks for me)" I bought a ViseGrip branded chain wrench earlier this year and finally used it last weekend. The RV8's were never a challenge, but the while the filter in the Perentie (Isuzu 4BD1) looks easy, sometimes it just is blasted tight! The chain wrench made quick work of it.
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SaintPanzer

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Any thoughts or experience with Hollow Ground Screwdrivers? Been looking at Chapman, Brownells, Forster, Weaver, Grace, and Lyman brands to rebuild carbs and other more intricate work than the usual demands of a Defender.
I have a set of Forsters that I use for firearms, and have had no serious issues with them. I can't compare them to others, but I do like them.
 

evilfij

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What is the advantage of them? They seem to be gunsmithing focused. Can’t say I have ever needed one.
 

SaintPanzer

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What is the advantage of them? They seem to be gunsmithing focused. Can’t say I have ever needed one.
They fill the screw head exactly, instead of tapering in to the fit. Also, they are "straight in", instead of tapering a bit wide, and hitting edges that might be interfering (like a deeply countersunk screw, or a screw near cooling fins). They are very helpful for softer screw heads.
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Yes, usually thought of as gunsmithing screwdrivers. That's what Forster does. But I could see how they would be useful for the screws found in carburetors, even though it's been years since I touched a carburetor. I would use it on the soft screws often found on throttle plates, though.
 
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elbee

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i got a set of metric flex head wrenches from lowes about 5 years ago, Kobalt brand. They have done me well and never have failed me through fixing up my landrover, along with outfitting a couple my other trucks as well as some roadside repairs for friends.

Yes they could have a better ratcheting system on them, but they haven't broken and are reversible. PLUS I do believe i can just turn it into lowes if it does break.
 

evilfij

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I should of never opened this thread, I been on a tool shopping spree since I've read this. lol

Haha. Sorry. But do tell us what you got and what you like or not.

I just picked up some stubby end, long form Bondhus Allen keys. Chrome finish, $22. I could not justify the $115 for the PB Swiss ones (even though they are pretty). I ordered a Knipex Cutix from KC (20% off Black Friday) along with a second set of Knipex forged wire strippers, and two more twin grip pliers (they are on super backorder, but I can wait).

The twin grips and forged wire strippers are excellent. Honestly, for working on defenders, you don’t need a lot of tools, it’s the stupid Porsches that drive a lot of my purchases (and hoarding obviously).

The Malco eagle grips are still my favorite among pliers.

I know I have some hollow ground screwdrivers, but they were not marketed as such. The ones with the flat sides I would call “cabinet” screwdrivers, and Stahlwille sells carb screwdrivers. The explanation was very helpful.
 
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Jbullis

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I ordered 2 of the Knipex twin grip pliers, Wera PZ #2, and Dominator Pry Bar set. I didnt need any of these, but they all look great...

 

Napalm00

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Any thoughts or experience with Hollow Ground Screwdrivers? Been looking at Chapman, Brownells, Forster, Weaver, Grace, and Lyman brands to rebuild carbs and other more intricate work than the usual demands of a Defender.
I actually bought the ultra heavy duty wiha I for this work. Through tang, hd bollards, hd tips. Never strips and is strong enough for all the crusty stuff on a defender.

 

evilfij

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HF stuff has gotten way better and a lot of the stuff now is really good (56in and 72in US General boxes, jacks, hammers shovels, and a lot of the Quinn stuff and branded pliers are good). Icon seems really nice, like really nice, but the price is really high.

I am now on a box cutter and knife kick. The Stanley 199 (and the Wiss which is the same) are still my favorites, but the Knipex Cutix is the best break off knife. Not sure it’s worth the $27 (I got mine 20% off even then is expensive). I ordered the fiskars one which is a fixed blade (which I prefer) but it has a hinged cover for the blade. Might be the path forward.
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