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The Ryobi RY40620 24″ 40 Volt Hedge Trimmer Is Excellent – Seriously Portable Cutting Power

I told you about my very positive experiences so far with the Ryobi RY40230 String Trimmer in my last post. I bought a RY40620 24″ 40 volt hedge trimmer at the same time because it made a lot of sense to me to buy the whole hedge trimmer kit from Home Depot for $169 vs. spending $129-149 for a spare battery alone.

The box arrived beat up with the battery missing. The unit was undamaged and when I called Home Depot’s customer support number they shipped me a replacement battery right away. I don’t know what happened but I used the battery from the string trimmer and ran the unit without any problem. I was impressed by their customer service – they could have run me in circles but instead moved quickly to do what I asked of them which was to simply send me the correct battery that was missing. No hassle at all. I appreciated that.

I also bought the unit because we previously had a Black & Decker Hedge Hog that did a great job but required an extension cord to work and I wanted to get out to our hedge rows to trim them vs. just the bushes by our house. I also wanted plenty of power because a lot of the branches were 1/2-3/4″ thick.

My experience with the 40 volt Ryobi unit is very good. It came fully assembled and has a ton of power. It’s a tad heavier due to the battery but is well balanced. It will chew through 1″ and even slight larger branches no problem.

One feature is that it can rotate the battery relative to the blade 90 degrees either left or right. I have not needed that feature but it does give you some additional clearance.
I should have taken before and after photos. I am largely done here. The unit made very short work of this hedge. All of the branches were well under a 1/2″. When doing trimmer work, I have not drained a battery yet.
You can see part of the far hedge row. If I could get a branch into a 1″ cutter slot, the hedge trimmer would cut it. It was pretty amazing. I used to do this manually with pruning snips and it took forever. With the Ryobi, I walked along while swinging the unit up and down in arcs and quickly cut back a ton of brush.
This side too. You can’t tell all the brush I cut back here. This isn’t a traditional hedge – more like an overgrown part of our property between us and neighbors,

So, I’ve now used the unit probably 4-5 times to trim parts of the property and probably use it for about a 1/2 hour at a time. No problems – I do lubricate the bar with a spray dry Teflon lubricant just to help it out. Ryobi does not say this is required but I do it anyways.

I’m very impressed by this hedge trimmer and have no reservations recommending it.


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The EZRed MR34 Extendable 3/4″Socket Wrench is a Beast With Two Quick and Easy Tweaks

I have both SAE and Metric 3/4″ socket sets that come out once or twice a year when I am working on big bolts on cars and trucks. As you may know, the longer the wrench, the more torque you can apply. Back when I was younger would would slide a piece of pipe or heavy wall tube over a ratchet or breaker bar to get even more mechanical advantage. We definitely snapped some socket wrenches while doing this as we exceeeded their design specs.

You see, a ratcheting socket wrench has limits as to how much torque the mechanism can handle before something either bends or breaks. Quite often, the rathchet pawl would bend/crumple and no longer be able to engage the teeth of the gear. When that happens, we’d toss the cheap wrench.

This is why breaker bars were made by the way – they have no ratcheting mechanism and, thus, can handle more torque. There’s one problem though, there are times where you can’t get the breaker bar into position because you can’t turn the handle relative to the socket. So, what is a person to do when they need a ton of torque and a ratchet mechanism?

The short answer is to get a wrench with a long handle that is designed to handle a ton of torque. A ton of companies make socket wrenches with longer handles. I have a couple of these but what I find really handy are wrenches with extending/telescoping handles. When you are working in a relatively tight space, you may not have room for the fully extended handle or you have need to work it into position before you can open the handle.

The EZRed MR34 Wrench

So, when I need a ton of torque and mechanical advantage to help me get there (I’m at the age where I need to work smarter because my body doesn’t support harder any longer 🙂 – I break out the wrench I affectionately call “The Beast”. It is a beautifully made and chromed giant 3/4″ ratchet wrench.

The wrench is sold in the US by a firm called “EZRed” with a lifetime warranty and, like many things, is actually made in Taiwan. When you do some digging around, there are a lot of guys using this wrench for heavy equipment, farm equipment, trucks, steam pipes and more. After reading about the real world experiences with the wrench, I ordered one in.

Here is the wrench closed and you can see it is about 24″ overall.
Here is the MR34 fully open and about 40″ long overall.

The first things I noticed was that it’s a big wrench even without the handle extended. Next, it’s a heavy wrench and weighs in at about 8.5 pounds. I have to be honest, I don’t usually pay much attention to looks but the chrome finish is gorgeous.

Pull the collar down and a detent is released that allows the handle to telescope out. The handle then locks into position in the next available hole. The locking feature is definitely nice.

I use this for 3/4″ sockets and also have a SunEx 3/4 to 1/2″ reducer for those times I want to apply a ton of torque to a smaller bolt.

Here’s the wrench with a SunEx 3/4 to 1/2″ adapter.

So far, I am very happy with the wrench. As you can tell, I haven’t used it a ton yet but for the few quick jobs so far, it worked great.

Two Big Tips

A fellow recommended apply Blue Loctite to the head screws and grease the wrench while it was open. He was spot on – the screws were surprisingly lose. Even though they have blue thread locker on them from the factory something seems odd and guys have reported losing the screws. I really think if Ihad not followed the fellow’s advice I would have already lost mine as well – they are that loose.

The screws come out and then the head is very serviceable. You can see the two pawls and their springs plus the selector in the middle. What you don’t see is any lubricant! I must say I am a bit surprised.
You can see the faceplate and the 24 tooth geared head.

So, I used a brush and lightly applied SuperLube grease to everything, reassembled the wrench and put Blue Loctite on the two head screws before tightening them down. The whole thing took maybe 10 minutes start to stop including taking the photos.

If you ever need it, the EZRed sells a rebuild kit – part number RK34.

Summary

I really like the wrench. It’s worked great so far but I really haven’t done anything super stressfulso far – just breaking some very rusty 1/2″ diameter carriagle bolts free off my plow. It’ll definitely get used this upcoming summer a lot more.


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EZ Red RK34 Head Kit for MR34 Monster Ratchet

$22.54
End Date: Friday Jan-3-2020 7:30:58 PST
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EZ Red RK34 Head Kit for MR34 Monster Ratchet Excellent Quality Free Shiping

$31.74
End Date: Monday Dec-16-2019 11:47:46 PST
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E-Z Red MR34 3/4" Drive Extendable Monster Telescoping Ratchet New Free Shipping

$92.99
End Date: Wednesday Dec-25-2019 7:16:09 PST
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EZ Red 3/4 in. Drive Extendable Monster Ratchet MR34 New

$93.29
End Date: Sunday Dec-8-2019 11:38:17 PST
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EZ-Red MR34 - 3/4" Drive Telescoping Monster Ratchet

$97.50
End Date: Saturday Dec-28-2019 6:55:44 PST
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EZ Red 3/4DR EXTENDABLE RATCHET EXT TO 40 INCH MR34

$110.95
End Date: Friday Dec-27-2019 7:17:23 PST
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EZ Red 3/4" dr Extendable Locking Shaft Ratchet, 24" to 40" Long #MR34

$116.19
End Date: Saturday Dec-28-2019 19:08:49 PST
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EZ Red Monster 3/4" drive Extendable Ratchet, 24" to 40" Long #MR34

$124.49
End Date: Sunday Dec-22-2019 11:03:22 PST
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Ez Red MR34EA 3/4" Drive 25-39.75 Long Extendable Ratchet

$125.82
End Date: Wednesday Jan-1-2020 16:21:36 PST
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EZ Red 3/4 in. Drive Extendable Monster Ratchet MR34 New

$125.89
End Date: Tuesday Dec-10-2019 14:27:59 PST
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REPAIR KIT (EZR-RK34)

$35.62
End Date: Sunday Dec-22-2019 15:26:41 PST
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E-Z Red RK34 REPAIR KIT

$39.36
End Date: Friday Dec-20-2019 19:16:51 PST
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3/4" Replacement Head Kit E-Z Red RK34 EZR

$38.41
End Date: Friday Dec-13-2019 11:56:20 PST
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3/4" Replacement Head Kit EZR-RK34 Brand New!

$32.93
End Date: Sunday Jan-5-2020 17:51:51 PST
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Victor Silvester & His Ballroom Orchestra: You're Dancing On My Heart (CD, 1999)

$16.99
End Date: Tuesday Dec-10-2019 16:29:21 PST
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Tips on Finding Decent Gunsmithing Tools on eBay

One of the challenges when starting out working on guns is building your tool collection.  It’s hard to find cost effective tools so you wind up making do with stuff, creating tools ad hoc, etc.  Interestingly enough, this is where eBay just might help.  While I’m not happy with their anti-gun position, there are a lot of tools that pop up there – ranging from low-end Chinese stuff all the way to some beautiful vintage tools.

So, I want to show some example searches with 20 live feeds from each section:

Gunsmith and Gunsmithing Tools

The trick is in the searching.  For example, here are the top 20 matches for gunsmith tools or gunsmithing tools and you will probably see a mix:

Wheeler Fine Gunsmith Tools SAE/Metric/Hex/Torx P-Handle Driver Set: 1081957

$58.94
End Date: Saturday Dec-7-2019 11:49:44 PST
Buy It Now for only: $58.94
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Real Avid+Wheeler Universal Bench Block Non-Marring Gunsmith Tools Kit Accessory

$22.00
End Date: Tuesday Dec-24-2019 19:45:39 PST
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Gunsmithing Tools Hammer Punch Set Cold Chisel Drift Pin Brass Center Roll Rod

$32.99
End Date: Friday Dec-13-2019 4:05:47 PST
Buy It Now for only: $32.99
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Real Avid+Wheeler Universal Bench Block Non-Marring Gunsmith Tools Accessory Kit

$22.99
End Date: Monday Dec-16-2019 2:52:50 PST
Buy It Now for only: $22.99
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Universal Firearm Durable Bench Gun Block Gunsmith Wheeler Gunsmithing Tools

$15.41
End Date: Tuesday Dec-24-2019 23:01:49 PST
Buy It Now for only: $15.41
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gunsmithing tools used

$2.00 (1 Bid)
End Date: Friday Dec-6-2019 15:33:02 PST
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Brass 7 pc Precision Roll Drift Pin Gunsmithing Tool Punch set Made in USA

$19.95
End Date: Wednesday Dec-11-2019 20:06:09 PST
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Gunsmith Tools-4 Brass Muzzle Laps-Rifle Or Pistol Crowning Kit - Lapping Crown

$24.95
End Date: Tuesday Dec-17-2019 16:22:06 PST
Buy It Now for only: $24.95
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Gunsmithing Tools headspace gauge 7.62X39 Clymer No Go

$23.50 (5 Bids)
End Date: Sunday Dec-8-2019 15:09:31 PST
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Non-Marring Hand Guard Removal Tool Free-Floating Rifle Gunsmithing Tools

$9.95
End Date: Friday Jan-3-2020 12:00:25 PST
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Gunsmithing Tools Brownells ,S&W , Range Gauges , Springs

$70.00 (0 Bids)
End Date: Thursday Dec-12-2019 7:35:29 PST
Buy It Now for only: $155.00
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HANDY GUNSMITH TOOLS PUNCHES HAMMER TWEEZER PLIERS !!

$27.50
End Date: Saturday Dec-14-2019 9:32:53 PST
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Gunsmithing Tools Kit Firearm Screw Kit Gun Repair FIx Set Scopes 277 P Gunsmith

$56.90
End Date: Sunday Dec-8-2019 21:07:53 PST
Buy It Now for only: $56.90
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Gunsmithing Tools Pin Punches Carrying Case Workshop Equipment Shooting Supplies

$20.61
End Date: Tuesday Dec-10-2019 4:18:11 PST
Buy It Now for only: $20.61
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gunsmithing tools Smith & Wesson, Power Custom , Brownells

$78.00 (3 Bids)
End Date: Monday Dec-9-2019 7:16:58 PST
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Soft Steel Starter Punch Set for Roll & Solid pins Gunsmithing tools

$16.95
End Date: Thursday Jan-2-2020 18:07:20 PST
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Gunsmith Tools 5 Brass Muzzle Laps-Rifle Or Pistol Crowning Kit - Lapping Crown

$33.95
End Date: Wednesday Jan-1-2020 10:41:33 PST
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Gunsmithing Tools

$76.00
End Date: Thursday Dec-26-2019 8:07:38 PST
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Of course there are brands I will steer away from such as NCStar and others that I will look closer at such as Brownells, Lyman, Tipton, Weaver, etc.  I also read the ratings of the seller.  If a seller has a good rating and more than 30 sales, that’s a good sign.  Less than that and you are taking a gamble.

Vintage Gunsmith Tools

“Vintage” seems to be a popular term for “used”.  You tend to find a lot of unique stuff that was made by a gunsmith to fit a special need as well as high-quality tools that were made with care vs. mass produced.  Be careful though.  I’ll zoom into the photos as much as I can plus look at the seller’s description and the rating of the seller to try and decide if the tools are in good shape or beat to death.

Vintage 2 1/2" Jaw Gunsmith Jeweler Clamp On Bench Vise Stamped U.S. - Military?

$60.00
End Date: Saturday Jan-4-2020 16:00:27 PST
Buy It Now for only: $60.00
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VTG Engravers Gravers Jewelers Gunsmith Punches 64+ Tools

$12.95 (0 Bids)
End Date: Friday Dec-6-2019 16:34:12 PST
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Lot of 5 Small Vintage Gunsmith Jeweler Clamp On Bench Vises

$60.00
End Date: Saturday Jan-4-2020 16:00:39 PST
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Antique Vintage Small Jewelers Hand Vise Tool Vice Gunsmith Watchmaker Machinist

$29.99
End Date: Monday Jan-6-2020 0:01:01 PST
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VINTAGE 12.15 Oz ALL METAL BALL PEEN HAMMER GUNSMITH MACHINIST JEWELER KNURLED

$12.45
End Date: Sunday Jan-5-2020 14:32:27 PST
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VINTAGE 1 OZ PASCHALL HAMMER #1301 JEWELER GUNSMITH MACHINIST SMALL

$30.00 (11 Bids)
End Date: Tuesday Dec-10-2019 17:10:48 PST
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VTG GUNSMITH SILVERSMITH JEWELER TOOLS, VISE, ANVIL, HAMMER, PLIERS SCREWDRIVERS

$68.50
End Date: Sunday Dec-15-2019 7:23:26 PST
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VINTAGE 4.85 Oz ALL METAL BALL PEEN HAMMER GUNSMITH MACHINIST JEWELER KNURLED

$12.45
End Date: Thursday Dec-12-2019 13:48:14 PST
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Scarce Antique Winchester Tools Gunsmith Punch Pin Vintage Gun Rifle Parts

$55.00
End Date: Tuesday Dec-17-2019 16:36:22 PST
Buy It Now for only: $55.00
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Vintage gunsmith blacksmith tinsmith hardy Cone handmade Iron anvil 29 oz

$29.00
End Date: Wednesday Dec-11-2019 23:15:46 PST
Buy It Now for only: $29.00
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VTG GUNSMITH SILVERSMITH JEWELER TOOLS FILES CALIPERS HAMMER TURNSCREWS VISE ETC

$60.00
End Date: Thursday Dec-19-2019 10:06:43 PST
Buy It Now for only: $60.00
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VINTAGE STANLEY CLAMP ON BENCH VICE ANVIL JEWELER GUNSMITH VICE

$45.00
End Date: Monday Jan-6-2020 9:16:06 PST
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Vintage German Turnus Hand Vise Wood Handle 1 1/16" Jaws 5/8" Gunsmith Jeweler

$28.99
End Date: Wednesday Jan-1-2020 13:55:46 PST
Buy It Now for only: $28.99
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DEM-BART GUNSMITH TOOLS, VINTAGE; (2-16 & F-1) IN ORIGINAL BOXES

$78.00
End Date: Tuesday Dec-24-2019 7:41:50 PST
Buy It Now for only: $78.00
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VTG Gunsmith tools take down barrel 12GA 16 GA wrench COLT S&W M&P lathe tools

$85.00
End Date: Monday Dec-16-2019 13:04:39 PST
Buy It Now for only: $85.00
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Vintage Vice Jewelers Mini Small 1 3/4” Jaws Gunsmith

$8.50 (0 Bids)
End Date: Thursday Dec-12-2019 11:49:25 PST
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Vintage Versa-Vise Will-Burt Co. Gunsmithing 3 1/2" Jaws Vise

$119.00
End Date: Wednesday Dec-18-2019 17:57:29 PST
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Vintage Gunsmithing Machinist Machine Tools, Reamers - Machine Shop Tooling

$80.75
End Date: Thursday Dec-19-2019 1:20:51 PST
Buy It Now for only: $80.75
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Vintage HAND HELD VISE Clamping Jewelers Crafters Gunsmith Vise Antique Tool

$25.99
End Date: Friday Jan-3-2020 6:53:58 PST
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Machinist Sharpening Honing Stones Lathe Mill Die Maker in Vintage Box Gunsmith

$49.99
End Date: Friday Jan-3-2020 7:29:28 PST
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VINTAGE SMALL CLAMP ON BENCH VISE 1 5/8" JAW. JEWELERS, GUNSMITH, TOOLMAKER.

$39.00
End Date: Wednesday Dec-11-2019 10:36:33 PST
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Vintage Versa-Vise Will-Burt Co. Gunsmithing Vise 4-1043-5 - No Base

$74.95
End Date: Friday Jan-3-2020 12:50:07 PST
Buy It Now for only: $74.95
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Used Gunsmith Tools

“Used” is still a popular term and is worth checking also.  Bear in mind the cautions I gave under vintage.

Hagen Engineering Gun Engraving Hand Tool Gunsmithing Gun Blades Incomplete

$49.99
End Date: Monday Dec-9-2019 11:33:04 PST
Buy It Now for only: $49.99
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Gun Stock Checkering Tools & Extra Cutters Gunsmithing Tool

$22.50 (8 Bids)
End Date: Sunday Dec-15-2019 9:51:41 PST
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gunsmithing tools used

$2.00 (1 Bid)
End Date: Friday Dec-6-2019 15:33:02 PST
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VTG Engravers Gravers Jewelers Gunsmith Punches 64+ Tools

$12.95 (0 Bids)
End Date: Friday Dec-6-2019 16:34:12 PST
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VINTAGE 12.15 Oz ALL METAL BALL PEEN HAMMER GUNSMITH MACHINIST JEWELER KNURLED

$12.45
End Date: Sunday Jan-5-2020 14:32:27 PST
Buy It Now for only: $12.45
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DEM-BART GUNSMITH TOOLS, VINTAGE; (2-16 & F-1) IN ORIGINAL BOXES

$78.00
End Date: Tuesday Dec-24-2019 7:41:50 PST
Buy It Now for only: $78.00
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VTG Gunsmith tools take down barrel 12GA 16 GA wrench COLT S&W M&P lathe tools

$85.00
End Date: Monday Dec-16-2019 13:04:39 PST
Buy It Now for only: $85.00
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B-Square SKS Sight Windage and Elevation Tool Gunsmith Tool

$17.95 (0 Bids)
End Date: Sunday Dec-15-2019 13:41:12 PST
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Manson 9.3x74r Finish Reamer Gunsmith Tool

$64.50 (1 Bid)
End Date: Saturday Dec-7-2019 8:08:56 PST
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gunsmithing tools Smith & Wesson, Power Custom , Brownells

$78.00 (3 Bids)
End Date: Monday Dec-9-2019 7:16:58 PST
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Gunsmithing Tools headspace gauge 7.62X39 Clymer No Go

$23.50 (5 Bids)
End Date: Sunday Dec-8-2019 15:09:31 PST
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Gunsmithing Tools Brownells ,S&W , Range Gauges , Springs

$70.00 (0 Bids)
End Date: Thursday Dec-12-2019 7:35:29 PST
Buy It Now for only: $155.00
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Vintage Gunsmithing Machinist Machine Tools, Reamers - Machine Shop Tooling

$80.75
End Date: Thursday Dec-19-2019 1:20:51 PST
Buy It Now for only: $80.75
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VTG GUNSMITH SILVERSMITH JEWELER TOOLS FILES CALIPERS HAMMER TURNSCREWS VISE ETC

$60.00
End Date: Thursday Dec-19-2019 10:06:43 PST
Buy It Now for only: $60.00
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Dem- Bart Co. Gunsmith Tool

$27.70 (0 Bids)
End Date: Thursday Dec-12-2019 12:25:42 PST
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GUNSMITHS TOOLS TURN SCREW SCREWDRIVER ANTIQUE EBONY, HANDLE EBONY, RARE

$150.00
End Date: Saturday Dec-14-2019 17:30:25 PST
Buy It Now for only: $150.00
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Antique Vintage Small Jewelers Hand Vise Tool Vice Gunsmith Watchmaker Machinist

$29.99
End Date: Monday Jan-6-2020 0:01:01 PST
Buy It Now for only: $29.99
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Field Belted Magnum Headspace Gauge Gunsmith Tool

$18.95
End Date: Wednesday Dec-11-2019 6:31:26 PST
Buy It Now for only: $18.95
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1983 Brownell's Gun Accessories, Reloading, Gunsmithing Tool Catalog

$50.00
End Date: Saturday Dec-7-2019 15:10:38 PST
Buy It Now for only: $50.00
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35 Remington Go & No-Go Headspace Gauge Set Gunsmith Tool

$39.95
End Date: Wednesday Dec-11-2019 6:31:26 PST
Buy It Now for only: $39.95
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13 Iron Steel Bench Blocks 25 15 10 5 3 1 BLS Blacksmith Jeweler Anvil Gunsmith

$150.18
End Date: Wednesday Jan-1-2020 17:13:52 PST
Buy It Now for only: $150.18
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Vintage HAND HELD VISE Clamping Jewelers Crafters Gunsmith Vise Antique Tool

$25.99
End Date: Friday Jan-3-2020 6:53:58 PST
Buy It Now for only: $25.99
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Vintage 2 1/2" Jaw Gunsmith Jeweler Clamp On Bench Vise Stamped U.S. - Military?

$60.00
End Date: Saturday Jan-4-2020 16:00:27 PST
Buy It Now for only: $60.00
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FOSTER PROD. MACHINIST MILLING GUNSMITH LATHE FACING TOOL

$14.99 (0 Bids)
End Date: Sunday Dec-8-2019 13:33:16 PST
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Vintage Gunsmith Vise

$35.00
End Date: Sunday Dec-29-2019 6:19:41 PST
Buy It Now for only: $35.00
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Brownells Gunsmith Tools

Brownells has been around a long time — they were founded in 1939 and have always been known for their quality tools, parts and supplies to gunsmiths.  Because they have been around for so long, you tend to see a fair amount of Brownells stuff hit eBay by name so that is worth searching.  Still look at the photos closely and the seller’s rating to play it safe.  By the way, if you have never read their Gunsmith Kinks books – be sure to pick them up.

Brownells Gunsmith Magna Tip 3/16" Allen Bit H5228X

$3.99
End Date: Friday Dec-27-2019 13:46:06 PST
Buy It Now for only: $3.99
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Brownells Gunsmith Kinks Vol 1 2 3 4 Complete set new sealed Free ship

$145.00
End Date: Monday Dec-9-2019 10:41:25 PST
Buy It Now for only: $145.00
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Vtg 1983 Brownells Gunsmith Catalog No 36 Gun Parts

$12.50
End Date: Friday Dec-20-2019 12:01:21 PST
Buy It Now for only: $12.50
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Antique Tools

What is “antique” really is up to the seller.  You’ll see stuff that ranges from a few years to over 50 years old.

Antique Gauge Tool for...? Gunsmith or Machinist Measuring

$9.99 (0 Bids)
End Date: Wednesday Dec-11-2019 17:03:52 PST
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GUNSMITH LOT OF 5 ANTIQUE VINTAGE RIFLE / SHOTGUN TUMBLERS

$14.95 (0 Bids)
End Date: Thursday Dec-12-2019 20:03:47 PST
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Scarce Antique Winchester Tools Gunsmith Punch Pin Vintage Gun Rifle Parts

$55.00
End Date: Tuesday Dec-17-2019 16:36:22 PST
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The EWK Vacuum Fluid Extractor is Darned Handy to Drain Engine Oil and ATF Through the Dipstick Tube!!

Folks who know me also know that I am always tinkering with something – cars, trucks, tractors, firearms, you name it.  A few years ago a guy showed me how he could change fluids in his car using a vacuum siphon and I was intrigued but let it slide.

I recently went through all our old Toyotas and changed the transmission fluid to Valvoline Max Life and it dawned on me that it would be real nice to have a way to more precisely get the fluid right where I wanted it in the transmissions because I had slightly overfilled one car.  Then I remembered the vacuum siphon and hopped on Amazon.

The EWK 6.5 liter (1.71 gallon) pneumatic or manual fluid extractor looked like just the tool for the job.  I always pay close attention to reviews and this unit really had good ones – 277 reviews and a score of 4.4 out of 5 stars.  That’s pretty good statistically – I like to get well past 30 reviews and the more the better.

At any rate, thanks to Amazon prime, I ordered it and the unit arrived two days later.  I must say that I was impressed.  The plastics are all well done and it worked like a charm.

In this next photo you can see the little adapter and hose extension that comes with the unit.  They say three in the ad and the first hose is attached to the cap with a strain relief.  The hose is about  .39/.31 (OD/ID) and 39.3″ long.  The other two hoses are basically extensions via a soft rubber connector.  I am using the medium extension that is .26/.21 OD/ID) and also 39.3″ long.  That diameter has worked fine for Toyota T-IV ATF, Valvoline Max Life ATF  and also 10W30 engine oil.  When I say it can suck, that is a compliment in this case 🙂

The next photo shows the pump handle and also the venturi vacuum generator.  I have that air line on my dryer system and is running 90PSI off a 60 gallon IR two stage compressor.  It really didn’t use too much air.  No vacuum generator will win awards for air use but you don’t need to run it for very long – just while you are pumping the fluid out and that will probably be about 2-3 minutes for most engines and transmissions.

The first time I used it, I did so with an air line (it can use compressed air to create a venturi vacuum) .  It actually pumped way faster than I realized and I had over a quart out of the car before I realized it.  You can definitely reduce the air flow to reduce the vacuum – it was just faster than I thought it would be, which is good news.

I was so impressed that I used the extractor to remove all the ATF from a 94 Corolla in very short order.  I let it pump until nothing else came out — no problem.

I recently needed to change the oil in my tractor – again, used the siphon and it drained it very quickly.  This is noteworthy as I used the hand pump to create the vacuum and it really was effortless.  This was also when it dawned on me I better take some photos 🙂  You can see it pulling out the 10W30 no problem at all.

In this next photo, you can see the unit with the hose cap off – it just twists off – and this is the pour spout to empty the unit also.

I’m still on my first set of hoses but they do have a variety of replacement hoses on Amazon in case you want just one hose or a set.

In summary, it’s a great unit.  I’ve not had any problems at all and recommend it.


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Getting Unstuck With Traction Mats

Well, I parked our full size Ford Transit van at the end of the driveway on the grass to get it out of the way.  Of course, given the recent snow melt the ground turned out to be too muddy and soft to support the van’s weight – but I didn’t notice that because it took a while to slowly sink.  Yeah, I didn’t notice anything – my wife did we she went to use it!  Oh crud.  So she called my cell phone and was none too happy.  I didn’t really worry about it because my truck could pull it out – or so I thought.

I drove to the house, cockily pulled my trusty old 96 Landcruiser up in front of the van and got out one of my big tow straps and walked up to the van.   Should have been easy, right?  Wrong.  Nothing, nada to hook on to.  Ford, in their infinite wisdom does not put a tow hook, eye or anything up near the bumper!  Crap, crap, crap.  [Note, near the bottom of this blog post I added in what I found after researching how to recover a full size Transit.  I’m still irked at Ford.]

Did I mention my wife was standing their fuming?  Yeah, she was.  I should have known better than to park the heavy full size van on soft ground.  Point taken – I didn’t realize it was that soft.

At any rate, I went back and looked at the 5″ deep rut the driver’s side rear tire had dug for itself.  By the way, these photos are after removal.

I needed something long to fill the ruts and give traction.  Luckily, back in 2010 and then in 2014 I bought these things called “traction mats” from a company called OTW Enterprises who touted them as portable tow trucks.  In 2010 I bought the black ones after getting my truck stuck on ice with the plow blade buried in a snow mound.  In 2014. I bought an orange set to put in my wife’s car in case she got stuck.  Here they are after I hosed all the mud off.

Well, they bounced around in the trunks for a while and did bail me out a couple of times over the years but were actually leaning on the outside wall of my shop.  They don’t fold and while they fit in the trunk you have the little plastic spikes catching stuff so I tool them out at some point and leaned them against the wall of the shop.  At any rate,  I walked over and they were exactly what I needed.  Each mat measures 36″ long and 8″ wide.  Since I had four, I butted on up against the front of each tire and placed a second one in front of it to help the tire get up and out of the rut.  The sides are labeled by the way – the relative few long spikes go down and the side with many spikes goes up.

I got in and rolled the the van back a bit and then forward to get up on the mats.  I then slowly gave it more gas (not much) and the van up and forward onto the mat and got out of ditch and I kept moving forward onto the pavement.  I don’t have any action photos – things were stressful at the time and I really wasn’t thinking about a blog post 🙂

Well, I was pretty pleased with the outcome.  Wreckers charge at least $65 to come out to our house so avoiding that charge is always a good thing.  My wife was relatively happy but gave me a hard time for causing the problem in the first place.

Are these mats perfect?  No.  They will fly out from under your car if you don’t go slow and make sure you have the correct side down.  Even then they sometimes do so I would never have someone stand behind the car.  My recommendation is to go slow – avoid your spinning tires and rock the vehicle onto the mat if need be – don’t spin your tires onto them.

My wife is so impressed she wants them back in the cars.  I just wish they had a carry case but I do recommend them as another tool to keep in your bag of tricks.

I hope this helps you out.


Comment about Ford and Their Oversight on Towing

By the way, I looked up the tow/winch location up for future reference  so if you are surfing the web trying to figure out how to tow a full size 2016 Ford Transit, here is the reference link at Ford – click here.

Look just behind the tires at the frame and you’ll see the eye rings that are part of the frame.  You can’t make this stuff up — Thanks Ford.  It drives me nuts when you look at decisions made in ivory engineering towers vs. real world needs.  Sure, let’s bury it under the van, make it hard to get to and pretty much ensure damage will occur if you actually use this to pull the van for whatever reason.

Now look how their factory winch attachment point lines right up with hitting the front radiator.  If you pull this at just about any angle where the recovery vehicle is higher than the van then the cable/strap is going to cut right into the aluminum radiator at the front.   In the next photo, you can see the silver aluminum radiator just above the lip of the bumper molding.

If you wanted to protect that radiator, you’d actually need a harness with something to push the attached cable lower to the ground – or fabricate another attachment method.   Maybe my 4″ drop hitch in my rear class IV receiver would be low enough to tie onto vs. my truck’s winch or front recovery hooks.  … Something for another day.  I didn’t buy a new van to have to worry about something people in rural areas need regularly in the winter.   They should have been in the front.


2/11/2018 Update:  The traction mats bailed me out again when I got the van stuck on ice in our yard while turning around.  I’ve come to realize the van does a fair job on the road but the tires are damn near useless on uneven icy surface,  With this van, it’s really handy to have four.  With only two handy, I could move the van forward and then get stuck, move the mats, move forward again, get stuck, etc.  I had to do the cycle about three times.  I think if I had all four handy it would have done the trick in one shot because I could have built up some forward momentum.  I now have all four stored together,  We’re nearing the end of Winter finally and I think I will keep all four in the van next year and need to find some kind of carrier bag to store them in.

Review: TEKTON Gunsmithing 18-Piece Punch Set #66564 is Pretty Nice

I have a lot of fun experimenting with stuff.  I tend to need punches fairly regularly and what I had was a mishmash of sizes and models from Craftsman, Astro, Harbor Freight and who knows what else.  I was working the other day and had stuff laying everywhere and thought to myself that there must be a more organized approach plus some of my punches were looking pretty abused (I’ve bent the crap out of some of the real small ones trying to start pins) so I started digging on Amazon.  Interestingly enough, TEKTON makes an 18-piece gunsmith punch set that gets very good reviews on Amazon – 4.6 stars with 181 reviews is pretty remarkable.  So, I ordered it and was pleasantly surprised at what arrived – it was very well done.

 

The set was well packed and includes a walnut bench block that is laser etched with what punch is to go in what hole.  Now for a slob like me, that is a God-send.

The punches have a nice heft, feel good, are well finished and have worked fine so far.  TEKTON claims they are high carbon heat treated steel and seem to be holding up just fine.

The set includes the following punches:

  • (7) pin punches: 1/16, 3/32, 1/8, 5/32, 3/16, 7/32, 1/4 inch
  • (8) roll pin punches: 1/16, 5/64, 3/32, 1/8, 5/32, 3/16, 7/32, 1/4 inch
  • (2) solid punches: 1/16, 3/32 inch
  • (1) center punch: 5/16 inch

I have it sitting to the side of my bench and now I can move the whole set right to where I need it vs. digging for whatever punch I need.

So if you are shopping for punches with a stand, take a look at this set.  It is a great deal when you look at the cost relative to the quality you get.


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