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mrrsm

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For anyone with a Riding Lawn Mower that requires a Ramp to get up to a decent elevation above "Ground Zero", be aware that recently, I was in the process of backing my Ryobi Electric Riding Lawn Mower down & out of my 10' X 14' Metal Shed on my 38" Wide X 48" Long Aluminum "Slip Proof" Ramp. This device solidly connects right to the threshold opening of my elevated Tool Shed.

But somehow, I 'Effed' Up REAL BAD ...and Managed to 'Get Sideways' on my Ryobi Riding Electric Lawn Mower. As I ambled it downwards at a very slow pace, the Unit Damned Near Turned Over Right On Top Of Me!!!

I was NOT being the LEAST Bit Careless at all when this happened.
But what must have occurred is that my Rear Tire Inflation was SO LOW that once the Tire Tread got a Decent Bite over the top of the Left Vertical Side Mini-Guard Rail ... it managed to almost completely climb over the Guard Rail and head "Right out into Nothing But AIR" This all happened Way TOO Fast!.... and I was like, "Uh Oh...! Whoa Nelly!"

I'll tell you... THAT feeling Scared the Ripe Living SH*T... RTF out of ME! It has only taken this One Instance to make me want to take drastic action right away. So I searched around over on Amazon and Discovered there was a Large, Solid Aluminum Ramp sporting a nice 'Knife-Blade Thin' Leading On Ramp Edge and having a Strong, Substantial Front Entrance Off Ramp "Grippy" Ledge.

Man... *Whew* I shudder to think what I would have done if the Ryobi had managed to tip completely over on top of me and pinned me under there . That scene from the Movie "Dances With Wolves" comes to mind where the Conestoga Wagon Mule Driver says, "Why Don't He Write?" ... after spying a Bleached Human Skeleton stretched "Out on the Lone Prairie" near a 'Tipped Over Carriage' ...with a Paiute Indian Arrow sticking out through its Rib Cage.
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I mention this because my Wife NEVER goes out into the Back Yard anymore and it might have taken some time for anyone to find whatever would be left of me back there. :>(

So, Hopefully... Since this New Ramp is 48" WIDE and 60" LONG, it will be good if it provides me with a MUCH greater amount of Free Ramp Motion that hopefully, won't ever jeopardize my life again, should I NOT be perfectly aligned while maneuvering within the spacing where Two Side Rails on the Existing Ramp are now located, This New Ramp has NO Such Side Rails at all.

The other feature THIS New Ramp DOES have is that it is Hinged and Tri-Folds together into a much More Portable Shape that can be easily unfolded, unfurled and secured. I'm very happy that it can support up to 2,000 Pounds, as the Ramp Itself Weighs Under 50 Pounds.

Whenever Me and The Ryobi are Cutting Grass... We also Cut a Pretty Trim Figure, mind you... But together We also Tip The Scales at around 1,000 Lbs. So I NEVER want to have to worry about "Taking A Header In The Grass" while I'm sitting on top of THAT Damned Thing and having it landing on me ...ever again.

So like I said... THIS incident has prompted me towards obtaining this VERY NICE, All ALUMINUM "BIG BOY" RAMP:

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mrrsm

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Had I more room to maneuver around in the Garage, I probably would have opted to Grind a Radius on the ends of some Bare, High Grade Steel 5/8" Rods I recently worked with by using my Wen Stand Mounted Bench Grinder.

But instead... I decided to try out THIS ORX External Reamer:

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It works GREAT!!! But Remember to Solidly Restrain the Work Piece... And Don't be Tempted to Hold a Bolt Head by HAND. If the Reamer suddenly Grabs the work piece, it can Sling it Out and back towards your Head and Eyes. So... Wear Eye Protection ...and Go VERY EASY with that RPM!

THIS Tool WILL Cut a Perfect Radius Chamfer on Hardened and Stainless Steel items... Just Be Patient!
 

mrrsm

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Wow... With Christmas coming...I would've thought there would be a whole passel of "New Tool Buys and Reviews" posted here by now. But in THIS instance... THIS one was prompted after "She Who MUST Be OBEYED!" wanted the Very First Oil and Filter(s) Change we have ever performed upon her 2013 Nissan Altima S 3.5L V6 Engine, pending our Annual Christmas Holiday Trek up in North Florida to visit with our Family.

With just over 30K Miles on it (and less than 1,000 put on the Odometer since she bought it way back in 2015...) There has been very little necessity to bother with doing this maintenance. But, since Nissan throws the Altima Owners a Curve Ball with their Right Angle (Horizontal to Terra Firma) positioning of the Oil Filter in the Engine Block and with my immediate need to have "More Mechanical Advantage ...with LESS Effort" with its R&R after pulling off the RF Passenger Wheel to access the 'Plastic Modesty Panel'... I thought I'd better get THIS Most Reliable Version of the Tool.

Amazon and many other vendors DO sell many other versions of these Things that can also Double as a HUGE Jar Lid Opener, starting at around $10.00... But since I like ALL my CAL-VAN High Quality Tools; what with their Cool Black & Orange Motif, don't you know...THIS Hefty, Well Made Adjustable, and "Grippy" One seemed worthwhile in making the nearly $50.00 Splurge Purchase:

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Now I'm just waiting on the Nissan OEM Oil Filter, ACDelco Dexos1 Full Synthetic 5W-30 Motor Oil and the Engine Air Filter and Cabin Air Filter to arrive...
 

mrrsm

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Kurtis from "CEE" Cutting Edge Engineering renders this video of him using an incredible array of Bearing Pullers, Separators and Brass Hammer with Punch Tools while servicing his Giant Chinese Variable Speed Milling Machine hunting for that familiar "Bearing Growl" that we are all so keen to find and eliminate from our own Machines.

We don't often get the chance to see So Much Metal being dis-assembled, cleaned, greased and then re-fitted in logical orders; absent Kurtis having an Original Service Manual (Chinese...or otherwise...). But in this instance, it is Real Mechanics Eye Candy to behold something that is a Tue ASMR Holiday Treat to watch and learn from:

 
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Blckshdw

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Gonna save the cross post for the mail thread. Collecting some goodies, and a few showed up in the last couple of days. Planning to paint my house, so have had an eye on airless paint sprayers, one I had on my wishlist was marked down (exactly what I was hoping for) so snatched that up.

Got one of those drill driven paint roller cleaners, which will help for the interior stuff and when I do some of the trim. Needed a set of vertical tin snips, as my gutters need some adjustment. The drip edge the roofers installed is shorter than what was originally up there, and in some areas allows water to drip behind the gutter instead of into them. This way I can cut the notches higher without having to take the whole gutter down

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movietvet

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Dec 21, 2022
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Please post pics of your tool collection and boxes and anything special as far as organizing them.

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movietvet

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Dec 21, 2022
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Nothing like the right tool for dealing with stubborn nuts.
My Glock collection is considered tools to me.

The hand tools are just what I use around the house now to work on my own and make a little money on the side. Before I retired from shops after 35+ years, I had a very major set of Snap On tools and boxes.
 
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Mooseman

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Dec 4, 2011
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We already had a thread for tools so I moved your posts here.

Nice collection. Once I get better organized, I'll post mine. Way too many tools for the chest I have.
 

Mooseman

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That's kinda true but not. Zimbabwe is banning the export of raw lithium to stop "artisanal" mining (i.e. backyard mines) and not processed lithium.


The notice said the ban does not apply to the export of lithium concentrates, which all the major lithium miners in the country plan to produce.

President Emmerson Mnangagwa has previously said the ban would target hordes of artisanal miners, who were drawn by the mineral's high prices and invading abandoned mines to dig for lithium-bearing rocks. Mnangagwa said the raw lithium was being exported through neighbouring countries.
So prices will not be effected by this measure. If anything, it should help stopping the stuff that she's opining about.
 

Blckshdw

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Nov 20, 2011
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I need to organize my tools in the drawers better. For the most part, everything stays in the same place, but I've been wanting to add some foam and cutout spots for everything so they have their place.

I have the same Husky roller as @movietvet and my top drawer is a free-for-all hot mess. Really should go through that sometime, as a lot of the small items are probably better suited to go into bins instead of a drawer. :yes:
 

movietvet

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Dec 21, 2022
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We already had a thread for tools so I moved your posts here.

Nice collection. Once I get better organized, I'll post mine. Way too many tools for the chest I have.
Thanks, I did look before I posted but I guess I did not look hard enough.
 

TollKeeper

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Dec 3, 2011
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@movietvet - I wish my tool collection was as nice as yours, and some others around here. I got a Craftsman Toolbox on wheels, but no organizers, so everything is just kinda thrown in there. At least all the screwdrivers are in one drawer, and pliers and other similar tools are in one drawer.

This is my "yard" box..
Its an awesome box. Minus screwdrivers, and swivel extensions, it has any tool you could need at the yard. I have had it for 20 years now.

And my garage box is this..

Got it for a smashing deal. Normal retail on it is like 900 bucks. Local store went out of business, got it for 220.
 

flyboy2610

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Lincoln, Ne.
I bought this tool box from Harbor Freight:

I've been very happy with it. My Craftsman tool chest sits on top of it.
 

Beacon

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Mar 22, 2019
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SouthWestern PA
I just got this box this summer, I haven't completely moved into it yet.
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I really like these Plier racks from tekton, but I need 2 more
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I got these magnetic wrench racks from harbor freight, mostly stick even through the drawer liners, and the weight of the wrenches does the rest. I like that each rail is separate, this allowed me to orient them, as in the picture to save space.KIMG0636.JPG

Got it for a smashing deal. Normal retail on it is like 900 bucks. Local store went out of business, got it for 220.
That was a GREAT deal!! Congrats
 

mrrsm

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If you've ever been trapped underneath either the Driver or Passenger sides of your Silverado, Escalade, Tahoe, Sierra, Trailblazer, Envoy (Pick YOUR Poison) while trying to remove Handfuls of Tiny, Self-Drilling Dashboard Black Screws (Are they SAE? Are they METRIC?) after setting down another Handful of Tiny Nut Driver Tools on the Floor Boards...

...AND you can't find the Right One?
...AND you could use some Extra Length?

In just such situations...Wouldn't these WIHA Color-Coded Metric and SAE Extended Length Nut Driver Sets from Amazon come in Handy?

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And...While we're at it...Wouldn't it be Nice if we had a Long, Slender Zip Lock Pouch to drop them all into that can easily rest on its narrow, stand-up bottom in between the seats or on top of the Dash or on the Center Console while you're working away at these jobs?

How about having TWO such Slender Stand-Up Tool Bags that come in an inexpensive Set, fitted with Cute Black Anodized Aluminum Spring Locking Carabiners for keeping those Lanyard Zippers from opening during those always inopportune times? Well... These are from Klein Tools and Amazon has them too, for not too much money:

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mrrsm

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I saw a recent Thread involving a poorly investigated "Dead Battery" issue (from the perspective of the Vehicle Owner's Actions... NOT from any of our People, mind you) and the GMTN Helper Suggestion was made to "Use a Proper Battery Tester that WILL place a LOAD on that Battery and REALLY "Put It To The TEST". With that in mind... once again, while "Lurking...But NOT Shirking..." over on eBay, THIS OLD Snap-On Model# YA201 Battery Tester raised it's Big, Ugly Head and got my attention while priced at around $60.00. So I grabbed it just to have one handy:

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I want to be able to check things out should the Battery Power become unreliable or go sideways and use THIS "Thing" (or employ my other TOPDON Unit) on my 2000 "Blue Silvy" 1500 Long Bed. That Truck sports an Expensive AGM Battery that has survived a Near Crash quite a few years back that might eventually require some "Battery Power Stress Testing" in time.

Have a look below and let's see what Ya'll Think:

A Nice "One Over The World View":


Here is How to Actually Use it RIGHT:


And for The Sake of SAFETY... From "Eric The Car Guy"


And if for some reason I need to REBUILD IT? Here's How:

 
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TollKeeper

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I like that it has the side terminal load testers.
 
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mrrsm

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Hearkening back to Post #s 703 & 712… Courtesy Andrew Camarata introducing me to the “Halloween Pumpkin Orange and Midnight Black Urban Camo-Paint” on his Cal-Hawk 3/8” – ½” Drive Spud Ratchet Wrench… My addiction from then on to that Tool Paint Motif is unending. So when I spied THIS ASMR YouTube Video showing an AWESOME Ancient 1.5 Ton Orange & Black Colored Floor Jack *** Restoration...Well… My God… See what I mean?

ASMR Vintage Hydraulic Floor Jack Complete Restoration:


I have one I bought from HF about 30 years ago that looks a very similar to this one ...and it even though it was very CHEAP back then ...IT Does NOT work like this German Make version, either... :>(
 

mrrsm

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Almost Forgot...

Found this Item for about Ten Bucks over on eBay... Imagine that... a Snap-On Model# YA249 Side Post 5/16" Ratcheting Battery Wrench... Labeled "For GM" :>)
 

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Blckshdw

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:undecided: The battery load tester is a great idea, and might come in handy for me. I've had my Ryobi riding mower for 6 summers now, and the last few times I ran it, I couldn't finish mowing my 1/3 acre property before it lost juice. Brand new it's supposed to have 2.5 acre charge capacity. :worried:

I was preparing myself to have to spring for 4 new 75Ah batteries, but came across a post that said to load test each battery, because if 1 gets a bad cell, the other 3 can still be good, but performance will decline quickly.

I've had this seemingly random partial power loss issue for the last 2 summers, where sometimes the cutting deck would shut off, and other times the drive motors would shut off. Both while the other motors were still running and there was power at the switch. Months of back and forth with tech support, swapped out some parts here and there, haven't been able to figure it out. Would be a kick in the pants if it was all because of a voltage issue due to a failing battery... :bonk:
 

mrrsm

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You Know... I initially though about this, too... But my Brain Fart said, "Hey Bobby... You can't use a 12 Volt DC Load Tester on a 48 Volt DC Battery... Dude!" But Hey... I just realized now... after your Post that it WILL work because, The Battery set-up in my Ryobi Electric Riding Lawn Mower is 12 VDC 100-AH Batteries X 4 = 48 Volts DC. So...YAY! Thanks, Man!!!
 

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