What's your favourite tool and why?

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    Get your mind out of the gutter!!

    When we were saving for our first home we rented a small place that did not have any wardrobes and so, out of necessity I was going to make some. This was my first attempt at anything handy - I had won $80 on a radio quiz and used this to buy a 9 1/4" Makita circular saw.( well, it was a while ago)

    Since then I have cut countless bits of timber, steel, pavers, concrete and masonry with the trusty Makita and my competence has (hopefully) improved dramatically. It got a bit rattley and noisy as the shaft bearings got looser, and the lead ended up only12" long as it got accidently trimmed a few times but it kept chugging on - I had a few scares but no injuries.

    The switch finally chucked it in a little while ago and the unit was deemed to be beyond economical repair so Old Blue went out with the Council cleanup after 26 years of not gentle service.

    Bought the same model as a replacement and was surprised how smooth and kick free New Blue was on start up...like a knife through butter....impressive, but I'll let you know in 26 years if it is as good as Old Blue.

    PS....When we moved out of the rented place I had to pull the wardrobes apart as I had made them too big to get out he door....

    Got any 'above the belt' favourite tool stories?

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    First was/is my mitre saw/circular saw GMC combo for $65 - very heavy use over last 2 years and still going strong.

    Most recent favourite is my Makita Impact driver - oh man - how I lived without that.

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    My old Frontend loader/ backhoe, had it about 30 years and is a very handy addition to the tool box.
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    This is my favourite tool. A Dexter Russell Green River 20cm Butchers Knife. Can be had for less than $35 but can used to butcher a feral goat, slice glass fibre insulation batts, sharpen pencils, shave timber, threaten the chooks, mark timber before cutting and just make the user look useful.
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    Ummm.

    Wouldn't it work better with one (or more) of these?

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    wonder bar.
    makes light work of any destruction.


    you can use the end of it to open bottles too.

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    Bush bottle opener.

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    Diamond disc growler

    I like growling
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