Workshop Development #103: Auto lifting safety, cheap cordless additions, and safety center updates.

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Blog entry by dbhost posted 04-28-2014 01:51 PM 1746 reads 0 times favorited 4 comments Add to Favorites Watch
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The light duty floor jack and jack stands finally gave me a moment of pause and I finally bit the bullet rather than the coffin, and opted for more serious hardware. I got rid of the little trolley jack, and 3 ton jack stands in favor of a 4 ton service jack, and 6 ton stands. I haven’t had an opportunity to test them yet, but if they function as well as the actual fit and finish looks, these will be real workhorses for my automotive work for years to come.

On a more wood shop related note, I finally decided to just bit the bullet and try out cordless, and as much as I Have hated it in the past I couldn’t see going high dollar on it. I went with the ultra cheap Harbor Freight 18V cordless drill / flashlight combo. While the build does feel cheap, and I am sure this is a disposable tool, I have so far been pleasantly surprised by the performance of this thing…

Lastly, I made some updates to the safety center, building / adding a dispenser / holder for my nitrile gloves, moving the safety glasses holder up some, and making room for, as well as marking my layout lines on the material for the holder for my respirators.

Like always, more detailed info and photos can be found on my blog…

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Jim Bertelson

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#1 posted 04-28-2014 02:56 PM

I have long had cordless tools around, and used Makita for years. Then I bought an 18V Bosch driver and drill, much smaller, but more powerful than the Makita. Probably due to the Lithium ion batteries. Then in La Conner I bought a 12V Bosch mini-drill for quick change bits, a 12 volt drill with chuck, and a 12 V impact driver. That was after reading an article in FWW. I liked those 12 volters so much, really small and light, I bought the same three for Anchorage, and totally retired the Makita stuff. The difference is the lithium ion batteries, quick charging etc. I have a couple extra batteries at each shop for the 12 volt, and two chargers at each shop. Amazingly, I only reach for the 18V when I have to have 4 drills in action with different drivers, bits, counter sinks, etc. So, if you ever think you need another one, try one of the 12V things…....every brand has them…...and you will get hooked.

No automotive work here, other than swapping summer and winter tires…........but I should get a good jack some time.

Have a good week. I spent my weekend in a very lazy fashion….....age is definitely slowing me down.

-- Jim, Anchorage Alaska

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#2 posted 04-28-2014 03:02 PM

I wish I could have been lazy. But at least I got good stuff done :-D

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#3 posted 04-28-2014 10:57 PM

Unfortunately with the price of replacement batteries, pretty much all cordless tools are throw away items. I had a PC Drill/flashlight combo… the drill a light were still in good shape so I figured I would just buy a couple new batteries. Well, long story short, for the price of two new batteries I bought a new Hitachi 18v LI-ion drill/light/impact driver set.

I’d go back to corded tools, but the generator is just too heavy to lug out to the back 40.

-- Men have become the tools of their tools. - Henry David Thoreau

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#4 posted 04-29-2014 04:02 AM

I think that for me, at least, the jury is still out. The lithium ion batteries should have a much longer life time than the Ni-Cads. But, I will wait and see. In any case, I have a extra batteries, at no extra cost as I recall, for all the 12 volt machines. So it will be a performance and cost over time equation for me. So far, so good. But I am always the skeptic…..........

-- Jim, Anchorage Alaska

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