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Old 07-21-2003, 10:55 PM
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Questions about all kinds of tools.

Dear friends:

I had never have experience with all kinds of labor tools before getting hooked on MB cars. English is also my ESL, so I'm kind of confused of the names and functions/purposes of these tools. Please give me some ideas of what a listed tool does. The ones marked with an asterisk are what I have a pretty clear understanding of what it is and what it does, but please also give them some description if you want.

1) Polisher*:

2) Buffer (what's it different from polisher?)

3) Sander*:

4) Angle Grinder*:

5) Die Grinder

6) Bench Grinder

7) Router

8) Plunge Router

9) Dremel tool (Is it a brand-name die grinder?):

10) Chuck Key Eliminator

11) Flaring tool

12) Planer

13) Wood Lathe

14) Rotary tool

Please add any more tools that were not listed here.

Thank you very much.

Best regards,

Eric
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Old 07-21-2003, 11:14 PM
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1) Polisher*:

2) Buffer (what's it different from polisher?)
-- same thing as polisher

3) Sander*:
-- usually same tool as polisher and buffer, but instead of a soft foam pad, it is course sandpaper. Not for use on your car.

4) Angle Grinder*:
-- just about the same as the sander, even harder

5) Die Grinder -- not on your car

6) Bench Grinder -- not on your car

7) Router
-- used in wood working to cut a channel/groove in wood

8) Plunge Router -- about the same

9) Dremel tool (Is it a brand-name die grinder?):
-- brand name ROTARY TOOL
-- can have a tool to cut metal, sand, etc.

10) Chuck Key Eliminator
-- on a drill motor, to make changing bit easier

11) Flaring tool -- ?

12) Planer -- to make a piece of wood smooth on the surface

13) Wood Lathe -- to turn wood, for example, how a baseball bat is made

14) Rotary tool -- like a Dremel / high speed small tool with many attachments.
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Old 07-22-2003, 12:17 AM
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www.craftsman.com

www.makita.com

http://www.dewalt.com/us/core/

http://www.powertools.com
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Old 07-22-2003, 12:23 AM
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flaring tool- is used for taking a brake line and putting an end on it so that the fitting going to your brake master cylinder doesnt fall off.

I would really suggest getting a Sears, Snap-on, MAC, tool catalogues, and then you can see what it does, and see a picture. Also I am sure there are books on basic tools.

Like theres probably a tools for dummies book which is a pretty good collection of books discussing a variety of topics. My friend got Sex for Dummies, he said its pretty good, but I havent looked at that book yet.

If youd like I could save you my old tool catalogues and send them to you. Just email me.
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Dremel is a name brand, for a very small high speed die grinder/"rotary tool". It is a very high speed (10,000 rpm or so) motor and tool chuck device that can hold grinding wheels and various drills, milling tools, polishing wheels, etc. Very small and light.

11) Flare tool. This is a tool for making a flared (belled out, like a trumpet) end on a piece of tubing. The flare will fit onto a spherical or tapered fitting (usually a screw fitting) and is held in place by a nut with a tapered seat from behind. Brake lines all use flare fittings.

Planer: A rotary device with two or three or four long knives in a rotating madrel with a gear driven feed mechanism, rotating over a flat plate with some rollers in it. It is used to surface and machine lumber (raw cut wood) to finished thickness and smoothness. Not used in automotive applications since the 1920s, when large parts of cars were made from wood.

An angle grinder is a fairly large motor with a 90 degree shaft that holds a thin grinding wheel, usually a fabric like material with grit embedded in it. Used to grind off weld beads, rough spots, etc on metal. Sometimes used wood, for sculpture, etc. Grinding disk is parallel to the axis of the motor. Has two handles.

Die grinder. Usually air operated, simple spindle tool used to grind cavities in injection molds, punching dies, etc. Usually one hand size, larger and heavier than a Dremel or similar tool.

Just for fun you can go hang out at the local Sears store -- lots of tools there and you can as "ignorant" questions for a long time before the sales people give up.

Please note that ANY tool with a power cord can do serious bodily harm if used improperly. I've seen rather more than I ever wanted to of people having an eye put out by flying debris, drills run through hands and other body parts, serious lacerations from sharp cutting tools (although dull ones do more damage -- they are being shoved much harder since they aren't working properly) and so forth. Please follow all safety recommendations!

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Old 07-22-2003, 12:56 AM
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http://www.thetoolcrib.com/

Their catalogue has lots of wood working tools and some metal working tools. A carpenter (a person that works with wood for a profession) turned me on to the tool crib. They have good stuff and good prices.
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