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Old 05-29-2015, 06:11 PM   #21
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Originally Posted by HolyBus View Post
Don't forget the extensions. My socket sets have multiple extensions, various lengths. Magnetic is always a plus.
As are wobble, I've found. A lot easier to get at some of the tighter places with the impact wrench with them
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Old 05-29-2015, 10:50 PM   #22
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Wow, thanks all for the great responses, i love this site. Really made me reconsider what i actually need given the intended use. I ended up going with two pittsburg impact sets from harbor freight and an armstrong ratchet that looks decent. The sockets can fit on my half inch drive impact wrench (found a good deal on a reconditioned milwakee a little while back. i have to borrow a compressor when i need to use air tools so im hoping this wil be sufficent for most of my needs) and i can supplement sizes as needed. Great advice.

I'll leave the links here in case another noob like me faces this decision in the future. (your needs may differ, this is just somewhere to start)

sae impact socket set - 13 Pc 1/2 in. Drive SAE Impact Deep Wall Socket Set
metric impact socket set - 13 Pc 1/2 in. Drive Metric Impact Deep Wall Socket Set
armstrong ratchet - Armstrong 12-973 1/2-Inch Drive Long Handle Teardrop Ratchet: Home Improvement
milwalkee wrench - Factory Reconditioned Milwaukee 9070-80 7 Amp 1-2 in. Impact Wrench
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Old 06-10-2015, 12:19 PM   #23
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If you have power tools I would consider a generator, if the bus will have one might as well get it now so you can power battery chargers, angle grinders, air compressors etc...
Never forget the power of the tool rental store. A lot of times you need a specific expensive power tool for a day rent it abuse it return it much easier then buying and having it lay around.
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Old 06-10-2015, 09:46 PM   #24
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Someplace (Autozone I think) loans tools for free. Great to keep in mind when on the road if you don't have what you need at the time.
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