After my truck didn’t start the other day, I got a little freaked out. I’ve always counted on the truck to be our getaway vehicle if something terrible ever happened. Having it just “click” when I tried to start it was unnerving. I knew I had to do something about it. By the way, if you have no idea what I’m talking about, please read this post.
I’ve driven the truck since, so it’s definitely not the solenoid or the starter. After talking to my father about it on the telephone, we determined that it’s the battery terminals. One has corrosion on it and the other was loose. I recently picked up a terminal cleaner and some dielectric grease to deal with that. I just have to wait for it to stop snowing to make the fix.
The thing that really bothered me was the fact that I didn’t have any tools in the truck. I used to. When we moved up to Maine from Florida, I was a fanatic about having tools with me at all times. Since then, I’ve become lax. I took the tools out of the truck and stored them elsewhere. The reason for this is because I simply didn’t drive the truck enough to call for carrying them with me. The problem with this is having the truck not start while I’m out picking up pellets or something and having no way to fix the issue. If I had to call a friend to come help out, it would be extremely embarrassing, not to mention that I would be in my friend’s debt forever and I’d probably end up being a servant to them for the rest of my life.
I decided that my task for the day was to purchase some new tools. Tools to either carry with me in the truck full-time or to leave behind at the house so I could carry my old tools in the truck. I still haven’t decided what to do.
The tools I want in the truck with me are as follows; socket set, wrench set, pliers and screwdrivers. I also want a roll of mechanics wire because that’s an all-around great thing to have. Man, as I’m writing this, I’m just imagining Laura and me up in the woods, picking berries, surrounded by coyotes, having no cell signal, in a truck that won’t start. Gives me shivers to think about having to use myself as a human shield as she makes her getaway. I’d do it, but I wouldn’t like it.
I made a purchase and I ended up getting some pretty bad ass tools. I grabbed two pliers. One of them is a slip joint and the other is a groove joint. Both of them are put out by Tekton.
Now, before I go any further, I want to talk about the world of tools today. We’ve come a long way.
The last tool set I bought was a Craftsman socket and wrench set. I was around 17 years old when I did this. I still have that set. I’m not sure why I wouldn’t, because these things don’t really go bad. Sure, they break, but through the years, I replaced everything I had a problem with. I also have some screwdrivers, pliers and other items like that. What I’ve got has been stored in a variety of ways through the years. When I bought these things, nothing came in a case, so I’ve had to carry them around in a 5 gallon bucket, in various tool boxes and now, they are all organized in large zip-lock bags. It’s a miserable way to keep tools, but because I don’t have any organizational solutions, this is what life looks like. I do hate it though.
When I was 17 years old, I pretty much had two choices; Craftsman or Snap-on. Now, you know as well as I know that Craftsman was the only real choice. Snap-on was simply way too expensive. Looking back, I sort of wish I had gone with the Snap-on, if not only for the socket wrenches. Craftsman socket wrenches are absolutely awful. I can’t even tell you how many of these things I’ve had that either seized up on me or flat out broke. In my mind, they are junk. I’m not sure how they are today, but the ones that I’ve used don’t get a very high rating. Of all the items I’ve had to return, the socket wrenches are the most popular.
Anyway, I thought I’d write today’s post to show off the new tools I own. Before I began looking around, I didn’t even know these companies made hand tools. I guess I was ignorant.
The first things I’d like to show are two sets of wrenches put out by a company called Tekton. The reason I decided to go with this brand is because the sets are complete. I got a standard set and a metric set. The sizes range from 1/4 inch to 1 inch with nothing missing in between. On the metric side, sizes range from 8 to 22mm, again, with no missing sizes in between. Let me tell you, they are beautiful wrenches. If I had to choose from these back in the day, this is what I would have purchased.
Besides the beauty of these very heavy wrenches is the fact that both sets come in a carrying case. Tekton put some time into thinking about these carrying devices. They can be mounted on a wall or carried by hand. Really nice.
Next, I’d like to show you a DeWalt 192 piece mechanics tool set. The majority of tools included in this set are socket wrenches and sockets themselves. This set is very heavy and if my first glance is any indication, very legit. The wrenches are beefy and I’m hopeful they’re as good as everyone says they are. Beautiful pieces.
This set really is a beauty. Even though it weighs a ton, it comes in a really nice, snap in, carrying case. What this means is that when I use these tools, I don’t need to mess with zip-lock bags anymore. I also can clearly see where each and every tool is stored. I’ve never been so spoiled.
Now, I’ve got some really nice wrenches, sockets, a set of Snap-on screwdrivers (8) and some great pliers. All I have to do is decide on which I’d like to keep in the truck. I’ll most likely put a tool box with the old ones there because of the weight of these new ones. Also, if something gets stolen, I’d rather it be them.
Let me know what you think. Thanks for reading!