Results 1 to 17 of 17

Looking to buy some tools need help=).

| Scrap Metal Tips and Advice
  1. #1
    mike1 started this thread.
    mike1's Avatar
    SMF Badges of Honor


    Member since
    Dec 2011
    Location
    Rochester indiana
    Posts
    423
    Thanks
    172
    Thanked 76 Times in 60 Posts

    Looking to buy some tools need help=).

    Im going to buy some tools a impact driver i think thsts for screws and things right? So i dont gotta use screw drivers my wrist doesnt handle things well to much manual scrapping i guess lol. Im also gona get a sawzall for ac ends i hacksawed them off and my wrist hurts. A angle grinder for ac compressors. What brands and blades do you guys use? Im looking for brands that arent expensive should i go with cordless or ones with cords? Thanks.



  2. #2
    SMF Badges of Honor

    Member since
    Jul 2019
    Location
    Canada
    Posts
    419
    Thanks
    80
    Thanked 290 Times in 169 Posts
    Quote Originally Posted by mike1 View Post
    Im going to buy some tools a impact driver i think thsts for screws and things right? So i dont gotta use screw drivers my wrist doesnt handle things well to much manual scrapping i guess lol. Im also gona get a sawzall for ac ends i hacksawed them off and my wrist hurts. A angle grinder for ac compressors. What brands and blades do you guys use? Im looking for brands that arent expensive should i go with cordless or ones with cords? Thanks.

    Last edited by blackgold12; 12-22-2019 at 10:37 PM.

  3. The Following User Says Thank You to blackgold12 for This Post:


  4. #3
    SMF Badges of Honor

    Member since
    Jul 2019
    Location
    Canada
    Posts
    419
    Thanks
    80
    Thanked 290 Times in 169 Posts
    Unbelievable, you've been a member of this forum since December of 2011 and your asking for advice on cheap tools.

    This topic has been discussed numerous times

    Best Cutting Tools

    https://www.scrapmetalforum.com/tools.../18765-best-cutting-tools.html


    9 May 2013 ... Best Cutting Tools. Hey guys, As you know im new to scraping. For cutting i use a torch but i want another cutting tool. one that wont break the ...




    Tools and Equipment

    https://www.scrapmetalforum.com/tools-equipment/


    Discussions about tools and equipment used in the scrap metal recycling business. ... Best wire cutters and best powered wire stripper. Last Post By ...




    What's the Best way to dismantle aluminum semi trailer?

    https://www.scrapmetalforum.com/.../7421-whats-best-way-dismantle- aluminum-semi-trailer.html


    11 Feb 2012 ... We are new to this and have 3 trailers to dismantle. Can anyone help me with where to start first and what tools are best? Thank You!




    This are good cutting tools

    https://www.scrapmetalforum.com/.../32010-are-good-cutting-tools.html




    18 Oct 2017 ... You know what that is a good idea. My dad also buys tools from there. One day I' m going to go to a pawn shop and see what good tools I can ...




    Tools to dismantle laptops, hard drives, etc.

    https://www.scrapmetalforum.com/tools.../30868-tools-dismantle-laptops- hard-drives-etc.html




    18 Nov 2016 ... What's the current consensus / opinion on best tools to take apart laptops, hard drives, cd/dvd drives etc. (for those that choose to do so)? So ...




    The Official Scrap Metal Recycling Community - Scrap Metal Forum

    https://www.scrapmetalforum.com/.../...-these-are-so- expensive.html


    26 Jan 2015 ... Hully crap! Seems a little, no, a lot-- high. Is Mac tools going out of buz or something and someone wants a memento? I buy the best tools I can ...




    Best cutters or snips for copper wire?

    https://www.scrapmetalforum.com/tools.../26007-best-cutters-snips-copper- wire.html


    12 Nov 2014 ... Can anyone recommend some thinner cutters or snips that are good for ... I've got all of the basic tools otherwise, but in a spool of copper wire ...




    The best escrap removal tool. EVER!!

    https://www.scrapmetalforum.com/tools.../14342-best-escrap-removal-tool- ever.html




    6 Jan 2013 ... The best escrap removal tool. EVER!! Well im going to let my secrets out. Ive thrown all of my other drills out of the disassembly room and ...




    The Official Scrap Metal Recycling Community - Scrap Metal Forum

    https://www.scrapmetalforum.com/.../...ing-few-s.html


    24 Dec 2010 ... First off I have a Milluake sawzall and good blades, I am looking to get ... One of my best tools is a Black and Decker cordless screwdriver with a ...




    best cutting tool for the trade?

    https://www.scrapmetalforum.com/tools.../1186-best-cutting-tool-trade.html


    12 Nov 2010 ... Since I am cheap, I have so far managed to avoid using any type of power tool for scrapping -- other than my station wagon. However, it seems ...

  5. The Following 3 Users say Thank You for This Post by blackgold12:


  6. #4
    SmokingMan's Avatar
    SMF Badges of Honor

    Member since
    Nov 2016
    Location
    North Jersey
    Posts
    27
    Thanks
    23
    Thanked 22 Times in 13 Posts
    I’d recommend looking for used. I bought a used Milwaukee sawzall on Craigslist for $40 a few years back. Great investment. Came with the old metal box. As far as blades, Diablo are the best that I’ve used but, generally, I buy harbor freight.

  7. The Following 3 Users say Thank You for This Post by SmokingMan:


  8. #5
    t00nces2's Avatar
    SMF Badges of Honor


    Member since
    Jul 2014
    Location
    Sarasota, FL
    Posts
    1,361
    Thanks
    851
    Thanked 1,990 Times in 792 Posts
    My recommendation would be Ryobi cordless. They all use the same battery and they have been very reliable for me. I understand people recommending Bosch and Milwaukee and Makita and Dewalt, and they are all very good. Ryobi is relatively inexpensive and very easy to find (Home Depot) and has tons of tools that all run on the same battery. I used the angle grinder yesterday to cut up some metal, the impact driver is the best (relax guys, I am not saying it is the best made, I am saying it is comfortable and strong and reliable), the drill is also very good, the hammer drill amazed me at how much work it could do on one battery installing windows with tapcons. The circular saw is also fairly long lasting on a full charged lithium battery. Sawzall works fine. You could do a lot worse.

    For what it is worth, unless you are homeless under a bridge, I would steer away from the Harbor Freight cordless tools. Yes, they are cheap, and I used to buy the drills, but the tools aren't as comfortable to use and batteries do not play as nicely together as I would prefer. At least when I was using them.

  9. The Following 3 Users say Thank You for This Post by t00nces2:


  10. #6
    greytruck's Avatar
    SMF Badges of Honor



    Member since
    Jan 2012
    Location
    Thornton, Illinois
    Posts
    1,518
    Thanks
    1,232
    Thanked 1,170 Times in 632 Posts
    You can go both ways. They both have their ups and downs. But if your ganna use it for scrapping, go with a cheap brand. Dont spend $100s on a power tool to just wreck it for $5 worth of scrap.

    Cordless is nice when your in the field working. But batterys die fast and you have to charge them bla bla bla, they seem to have less power than corded tools.

    Corded tools have more power and dont have to deal with batterys. but the stupid cord is usually in the way, or you have to get out a extention cord, run it to where you working and bla bla bla. Or you can cut threw the cord. Then you have a cordless tool LOL.

    Best blades for a sawzall i would say are 8in Morse Fire and rescue blades. They are a bit thicker than normal blades so they dont bend so easy.... Who has time to change blades when your cutting someone from a wrecked or burning car....
    Last edited by greytruck; 12-23-2019 at 11:18 AM. Reason: spelling

  11. The Following 3 Users say Thank You for This Post by greytruck:


  12. #7
    matador's Avatar
    SMF Badges of Honor

    We purchase laptop computers and many components for greater than scrap value. We offer a shipping reimbursement program.replies

    Member since
    Nov 2013
    Location
    Big Wonderful Wyoming
    Posts
    2,207
    Thanks
    1,744
    Thanked 3,101 Times in 1,396 Posts
    If you're taking apart things like computers with small screws, just go pick up either a used drill or a cheap new one and some phillips bits. It's all you really need. My "screw gun" is an old Black and Decker drill I bought for $3 at a garage sale. You don't need much....
    More than Scrap Value Shipment Tips: http://www.scrapmetalforum.com/scrap...tml#post242349

  13. The Following 4 Users say Thank You for This Post by matador:


  14. #8
    SMF Badges of Honor

    Member since
    Jun 2017
    Location
    Las Vegas
    Posts
    772
    Thanks
    2,240
    Thanked 1,260 Times in 482 Posts
    Congrats on upping your game! I also second the recommendation to use the search function better

  15. The Following 2 Users say Thank You for This Post by JJinLV:


  16. #9
    MattInTheHat's Avatar
    SMF Badges of Honor


    Member since
    Sep 2012
    Location
    rock hill, sc
    Posts
    1,467
    Thanks
    1,132
    Thanked 1,391 Times in 699 Posts
    definately go cordless with matching batteries.

    i prefer dewalt 20v. ryobi is good for its price

    dewalt 12 is great for stuff that doesnt need a lot of power. lightweight and comfortable to use. i use it to install lights, switches, and receptacles. probably do awesome on computers
    Currently looking for a job in or related to scrap/recycling. Relocation is possible for the right offer.

  17. The Following 2 Users say Thank You for This Post by MattInTheHat:


  18. #10
    Metalbestos's Avatar
    SMF Badges of Honor
    Buying ewaste and vintage video games

    Member since
    Mar 2014
    Location
    Baltimore md.
    Posts
    967
    Thanks
    2,983
    Thanked 1,628 Times in 691 Posts
    I have had years of service from my cordless porter cable set , I use 5h3 standard batt with the impact and screw gun but sprung for the extended life batt for using the sawzaw , all batteries can work with the set . Not the cheapest but far from the most expensive . I’m relatively rough with my tools and I haven’t broke these yet . I second smoking man on the diablo blades for the sawzaw .gltu
    Buying ewaste and video games !

  19. The Following User Says Thank You to Metalbestos for This Post:


  20. #11
    mike1 started this thread.
    mike1's Avatar
    SMF Badges of Honor


    Member since
    Dec 2011
    Location
    Rochester indiana
    Posts
    423
    Thanks
    172
    Thanked 76 Times in 60 Posts
    Thanks guys. Much apreciated also didnt think of wrist bracer lol.

  21. The Following User Says Thank You to mike1 for This Post:


  22. #12
    SMF Badges of Honor

    Member since
    Jul 2019
    Location
    Canada
    Posts
    419
    Thanks
    80
    Thanked 290 Times in 169 Posts
    Quote Originally Posted by mike1 View Post
    Thanks guys. Much apreciated also didnt think of wrist bracer lol.
    Your doctor may use a handful of tests to diagnose carpal tunnel syndrome and rule out other causes of hand and wrist pain.

  23. #13
    pappawheelie's Avatar
    SMF Badges of Honor

    Member since
    Apr 2013
    Location
    N.E. WI
    Posts
    83
    Thanks
    62
    Thanked 140 Times in 42 Posts
    I've been using Dewalt 20v cordless 1/4" impacts for years, lightweight, long battery life, no issues ever !!! Most any of the name brand cordless tools with the lithium batteries should be good.

  24. #14
    Patriot76's Avatar
    SMF Badges of Honor


    Member since
    Dec 2012
    Location
    Buffalo Commons
    Posts
    2,627
    Thanks
    9,498
    Thanked 6,520 Times in 2,011 Posts
    Quality tools at a good price is a recipe for success in my opinion. Shopping pawn shops, auctions, bankrupsies, and estate sales will provide you with tools to do the job. Box loads of tools can be bought for penny's on the dollar using this strategy. Many individuals are devoted to specific brands, but there are only three main producers of the brand name products. Buying thru these outlets would ensure a fair price for any tool that is corded. Box loads of power tools are sold for less than $ 2.00 each at auction At this price brand name does not matter. When purchasing cordless tools I always look for the Makita or DeWalt brands because of the power to battery life ratio and the availability of parts or batteries in the future. I do not feel guilty paying for new cordless tools when they are on sale

    For hand tools the focus should be on lifetime warranties. Craftsman, Masterforce, and several others offer a life time warranty.

    The recommendation that is offered is to go to auctions first followed by pawn shops. For cordless tools, invest in the brand names. This advice comes from someone whose family will sell all my tools for $ 2.00 a box load to bury.
    Last edited by Patriot76; 12-31-2019 at 07:23 AM.
    Give back more to this world than we take.

  25. The Following 2 Users say Thank You for This Post by Patriot76:


  26. #15
    hills's Avatar
    SMF Badges of Honor


    Member since
    Sep 2017
    Location
    Maine
    Posts
    507
    Thanks
    365
    Thanked 588 Times in 305 Posts
    I think i would recommend buying new if you're buying cordless. I've been buying DeWalt for the last 15 - 20 years. The quality is good but i've found that the tool tends to wear out just about the same time that the batteries wear out.

    You could buy new batteries and keep the tool running but you're just as well off to buy the whole works new. The cost is about the same when you catch the cordless tools on sale.

    It's kinda like most of the value is in the batteries. The tool is mostly worthless when the batteries die.

    I've been using an 18volt Dewalt for electronics breakdowns. It's great for a lot of other jobs but it's a bit bulky & overpowered for that particular purpose. You'd be better off with something smaller,lighter, and easier to handle if you were buying a cordless drill just for that particular purpose.

    JMHO / YMMV

    Edited to add: You are probably better off not to consider warranties when buying a tool. It seems that the vast majority of manufacturers talk a good game but won't pony up when it comes time to make good on their promise.

    Instead ... buy a good used tool. Chances are that it probably isn't going to break or wear out if it's already been in use for a number of years.
    Last edited by hills; 12-31-2019 at 11:09 AM.

  27. The Following User Says Thank You to hills for This Post:


  28. #16
    mike1 started this thread.
    mike1's Avatar
    SMF Badges of Honor


    Member since
    Dec 2011
    Location
    Rochester indiana
    Posts
    423
    Thanks
    172
    Thanked 76 Times in 60 Posts
    Quote Originally Posted by hills View Post
    I think i would recommend buying new if you're buying cordless. I've been buying DeWalt for the last 15 - 20 years. The quality is good but i've found that the tool tends to wear out just about the same time that the batteries wear out.

    You could buy new batteries and keep the tool running but you're just as well off to buy the whole works new. The cost is about the same when you catch the cordless tools on sale.

    It's kinda like most of the value is in the batteries. The tool is mostly worthless when the batteries die.

    I've been using an 18volt Dewalt for electronics breakdowns. It's great for a lot of other jobs but it's a bit bulky & overpowered for that particular purpose. You'd be better off with something smaller,lighter, and easier to handle if you were buying a cordless drill just for that particular purpose.

    JMHO / YMMV

    Edited to add: You are probably better off not to consider warranties when buying a tool. It seems that the vast majority of manufacturers talk a good game but won't pony up when it comes time to make good on their promise.

    Instead ... buy a good used tool. Chances are that it probably isn't going to break or wear out if it's already been in use for a number of years.
    Cool ill look around. Also when im cutting compressors my vice is to small how big of a vice am i going to need to buy? Ac compressors not the fridge ones.

  29. #17
    mike1 started this thread.
    mike1's Avatar
    SMF Badges of Honor


    Member since
    Dec 2011
    Location
    Rochester indiana
    Posts
    423
    Thanks
    172
    Thanked 76 Times in 60 Posts
    Quote Originally Posted by Patriot76 View Post
    Quality tools at a good price is a recipe for success in my opinion. Shopping pawn shops, auctions, bankrupsies, and estate sales will provide you with tools to do the job. Box loads of tools can be bought for penny's on the dollar using this strategy. Many individuals are devoted to specific brands, but there are only three main producers of the brand name products. Buying thru these outlets would ensure a fair price for any tool that is corded. Box loads of power tools are sold for less than $ 2.00 each at auction At this price brand name does not matter. When purchasing cordless tools I always look for the Makita or DeWalt brands because of the power to battery life ratio and the availability of parts or batteries in the future. I do not feel guilty paying for new cordless tools when they are on sale

    For hand tools the focus should be on lifetime warranties. Craftsman, Masterforce, and several others offer a life time warranty.

    The recommendation that is offered is to go to auctions first followed by pawn shops. For cordless tools, invest in the brand names. This advice comes from someone whose family will sell all my tools for $ 2.00 a box load to bury.
    lol sell all ur tools for 2$ a load thats terrible and funny to=).

  30. The Following User Says Thank You to mike1 for This Post:



  31. Similar threads on the Scrap Metal Forum

    1. E-bay Tools
      By parrothead in forum Ebay Traders
      Replies: 18
      Last Post: 05-23-2017, 07:30 PM
    2. HAZARD FRAUGHT TOOLS low-quality tools at rediculous prices
      By bluemeate in forum Tools and Equipment
      Replies: 33
      Last Post: 12-17-2015, 08:59 PM
    3. This thread is a serious one - You have the tools are you using them??????
      By 1956 in forum Scrap Metal Tips and Advice
      Replies: 2
      Last Post: 03-31-2015, 08:27 PM
    4. What tools?
      By tryingtoscrap in forum Tools and Equipment
      Replies: 21
      Last Post: 08-13-2014, 04:34 PM
    5. new tools
      By corycouch in forum Tools and Equipment
      Replies: 17
      Last Post: 01-26-2012, 08:50 AM

Thread Information

Users Browsing this Thread

There are currently 1 users browsing this thread. (0 members and 1 guests)

 
Browse the Most Recent Threads
On SMF In THIS CATEGORY.





OR

Bookmarks

Posting Permissions

  • You may not post new threads
  • You may not post replies
  • You may not post attachments
  • You may not edit your posts
  •  

The Scrap Metal Forum

    The Scrap Metal Forum is the #1 scrap metal recycling community in the world. Here we talk about the scrap metal business, making money, where we connect with other scrappers, scrap yards and more.

SMF on Facebook and Twitter

Twitter Facebook