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problemchild
11-06-2011, 9:10 AM
What tools would cover multiple purposes? Can we get some good suggestions for shtf hand tools?

1) Saw blade sharpener
2) Crescent wrench
3) Hammer
4) Hack saw
5) Tree saw
6) Pipe wrench
7) Screw drivers
8) Socket set
9) Allen wrench set
10) ?

mschliebs
11-06-2011, 9:23 AM
Speedy Sharpe knife sharpener. www.speedysharp.net

Ripon83
11-06-2011, 9:33 AM
Crow bar

Fern
11-06-2011, 9:36 AM
visegrips.

ExAcHog
11-06-2011, 9:37 AM
I just recently started hitting garage sales.
I have found them to be a treasure trove of prep items.
Recently have bought (just in tools)
3 old wood saws
2 hand drills...crank style ( I think may be important if SHTF)
a full set of wood carving tools
a few different sharpening stones
decent full size axe
and tin snips

Sidenote...two or three trips to the local Goodwill stores have also netted me 7 old style oil lamps. I bought about 20 feet of assorted wick on-line and now have an abundance EXTRA of emergency lighting!

Carsgunsandchics
11-06-2011, 9:46 AM
A Stanley Fubar is a must have!

DippyPower
11-06-2011, 9:53 AM
Shovels.

Neuvik
11-06-2011, 9:55 AM
Farming implements...shovle, adze maybe?

You will certainly need a come-a-long ratchet winch, and pry bar. Services might be too busy so down trees, and cars abandoned because their occupants got eaten by zombies will have to be cleared from the road.

ginman
11-06-2011, 9:59 AM
sledge hammer
crank style tie downs
file to sharper hatchet or ax
good length of heavy chain
5 gallon buckets " they're in my tool shed, so I consider them a tool"
shovels
hoes
picks

223Devil
11-06-2011, 10:00 AM
Bolt Cutters

DippyPower
11-06-2011, 10:25 AM
various pliers
combination wrenches
set(s) of security bits
things to hold the bits

TheChief
11-06-2011, 10:40 AM
Depends on intent. short term survival or long term recovery

Short Term
Lots of standard style tools as well as hand saws, and hand drills. Don't forget that those saw blades and bits break....alot. And lots of pairs of gloves as you will be wearing them out. Also work bibs and glasses to save your clothes and your skin.

NOTE: Modern drill bits purchased at Home Depot and the like are for high speed drills. These bits make very very small cuts into the wood. The hand drills use bits that bite into the wood more and you just muscle through it. Usiung a modern bit in an old hand drill will take a very long time and the bit will wander on you until the shaft is deep enough to capture the sides.

Long Term
Farming tools, wood carving, shaping and cutting tools. metal and leather working tools, etc.

I am working on get all hand power gardening implements, construction, and tree processing tools. In a few years I will likely get into Blacksmithing for fun as well.

When I do my "planned" car evacuation drills, I take a large Husky bag full of tools for automotive, construction, and a few wood working tools like planes, draw knives, and a hand drill with a 1/2" chuck. I also take an American Felling Ax, a Sledge, and a large set of Bold Cutters. Given this is vehicle based, weight is not so much a concern for me. My intent is t have enough to be of worth if I show up in the vehicle with my family and stuff.

FatCity67
11-06-2011, 12:53 PM
This:

http://www.sears.com/shc/s/p_10153_12605_00936260000P?sid=IDx20070921x00003a&ci_src=14110944&ci_sku=00936260000

Had everything we needed to replace a water pump and a blown head gasket on a 1995 Ford Fullsize 5.8 liter Ford Bronco in the back country 35 miles from the nearest town.

damon1272
11-06-2011, 2:41 PM
PC as far as chain saw sharpening I would buy the correct files for your saw. When there is no electricity you can still sharpen the blade easily.

HalfMeltingEyes
11-06-2011, 2:42 PM
Bolt cutters!!

foesgth
11-06-2011, 3:46 PM
If you are trying to keep things simple one of those 4 in 1 combo files is great. A file will quickly sharpen an ax.

Carsgunsandchics
11-06-2011, 3:50 PM
Ahh to sharpen an axe just use the concrete sidewalk with a little spit.

97F1504RAD
11-06-2011, 5:38 PM
Bolt Cutters
Machete
Multi Tool
S-K Multi Wrench http://www.sears.com/shc/s/p_10153_12605_SPM5781792701P?prdNo=1&blockNo=1&blockType=G1

Axe
File to sharpen Axe and Machete http://www.machetespecialists.com/mash.html

Chaparral
11-06-2011, 6:33 PM
I find that a pair of needlenose pliers and some wire cutters come in handy....a lot!

My camping kit always had a couple of pair: one larger and the other a bit smaller but not too small.

For shovels, I like the "miner's shovels" which have a narrow blade and shorter "D" handle. They ain't exactly good for scooping potting soil off the driveway but they sure do make holes deep and fast.

Those are two items that I've really gotten a lot of use out of.

cavemanlrrp
11-06-2011, 6:58 PM
If fire wood is part of the plan, then a splitting maul and a few wedges may come in handy.

Best
caveman

ExtremeX
11-06-2011, 7:06 PM
shovel for sure... If I ever go camping w/o one, I always end up needing one.

Hand drill, or power drill.

Good pair of gloves

11HE9
11-06-2011, 10:02 PM
Both of my Grandfathers were old-school "Handy man" types, with different backgrounds. One GF was good at carpentry, electrical, plumbing and fabricating stuff. My other GF was good at mechanics, power equipment, firearms and "jerry-rigging". I soaked up as much information as I possibly could.

I was raised believing that I could do damn near anything with the right tools. I now have a bunch of tools... and I can make, build or fix most things I set my mind to :)

Most of the tools are hand tools, but I do have a generator for the others ;)

bsg
11-06-2011, 10:34 PM
vice.

rivet gun and rivets.

staple gun and staples.

glue gun and glue.

cutting shears/scissors.

Exposed
11-06-2011, 10:35 PM
All you need is a good rifle and machete. ;)

bsg
11-07-2011, 8:57 AM
All you need is a good rifle and machete. ;)


as they say... "no man is an island." ;)

glockman19
11-07-2011, 9:14 AM
Im surprised no on suggested yet a set of hand files for wood and metal.
We've had hand saws suggested how about a miterbox for that saw?
Levels?
Chissle set
Pry bars
Chain link & rope
Dolly/furniture mover/skateboard
Paint brushes/rollers/pans/liners
Pipe cutters
Vice
Gloves
utility knive & blades
calking gun
Tape, Masking, Duct, Teflon, Electrical
Solder & Flux
Butane & Propane for soldering/welding/brazing
Ladders 2', 4', 6', 10/12'

bsg
11-07-2011, 11:45 AM
rope/twine.

IrishPirate
11-07-2011, 11:50 AM
1" tubular webbing. Extremely strong, extremely versatile, extremely cheap.

plus bolt cutters and just about anything in harbor freight

Bobby B.
11-07-2011, 12:12 PM
Def. the basics like a shovel, good pry bar and a BFH (big f'n hammer).

On the ancillary stuff, I didn't see a set of ratchet straps in there. Those are infinitely useful.

In lieu of the crescent wrench in there, I prefer the Knipex plier wrench. Not only will it cam-adjust to any size fastener, you can also use it to clamp and hold the crap out of anything you need to. It costs more, but gives you much more versatility and won't typically destroy the fastener like a crescent wrench.

I also saw this on their website that I'd never seen before. Looks handy:

http://www.knipex.com/index.php?id=1216&L=1&page=group_detail&parentID=1358&groupID=2015&artID=32451

says it's for actuation of locking systems from the areas of facilities engineering (heating and sanitation, air-conditioning, electrotechnology), gas and water supply and shut-off systems. I wonder if it keys up to those water faucets that don't have handles, in case you need to score water somewhere.

TheChief
11-07-2011, 12:38 PM
In lieu of the crescent wrench in there, I prefer the Knipex plier wrench. Not only will it cam-adjust to any size fastener, you can also use it to clamp and hold the crap out of anything you need to. It costs more, but gives you much more versatility and won't typically destroy the fastener like a crescent wrench.


Hello Bobby B, can you drop a link to the plier-wrench you are talking about?

Also, what is the difference between that one and say a pair of vise-grips?

Thanks

Bobby B.
11-07-2011, 1:24 PM
Sure thing:

http://www.knipex.com/index.php?id=1216&L=1&page=group_detail&parentID=1368&groupID=1500

http://www.expeditionexchange.com/knipex/

They're really neat. Smooth jaws too, so no marking up the surface, and good clamping ability. I'm kind of a tool junkie and I've come to really appreciate this brand for it's quality and usefulness. No affiliation, BTW.

Vise grips are (the brand name for) locking jointed pliers in various forms; another must have for the tool kit. I've found the regular size and the needle-nose versions to be the most useful in my off-road tool kit that stays in the truck.

Forgot another must have -- JB Weld. Never know when that will come in handy.

email
11-07-2011, 1:41 PM
Lawn darts

BayAreaShooter
11-07-2011, 2:42 PM
Easy. Any respectable SHTF bag has a Leatherman in it. You could go the Swiss Tool route as well.


http://i253.photobucket.com/albums/hh45/Multitooldotorg/Leatherman/Supertools/ST_300_open.jpg

http://www.knifewallpapers.com/wallpapers/swisstool_1600.jpg

Dutch3
11-07-2011, 4:06 PM
Anvil.
A decent selection of hammers, ranging from an 8-lb. sledge down to a small ball-pein.
Tire spoons/bars and a bead breaker (duckbill hammer works well).
Tire patch and plug kits.
A manual tire/air pump.
Wire cutters, strippers, crimpers, etc.
Decent screwdrivers, sockets and wrenches.
Rope, chain and steel cable.
Axe, hatchet, tree saw, climbing spikes.
Shovels, pick, hoe, rake, fence post driver, pick or mattock.
Digging bar.
Bottle jacks.

chrisw
11-07-2011, 4:20 PM
-multimeter
-safety wire (the real stuff)

FeuerFrei
11-07-2011, 4:31 PM
How about an old scissor jack, 1 ton come along and 20' of chain. Maybe a 4 ton bottle jack too.

dwh100
11-07-2011, 5:00 PM
Can't believe it took 26 posts to mention DUCT TAPE

FrankG
11-07-2011, 5:16 PM
duct tape...lots of tape...lol

Dutch3
11-07-2011, 6:46 PM
How about an old scissor jack, 1 ton come along and 20' of chain. Maybe a 4 ton bottle jack too.

I forgot about scissor jacks. I do own a few, they can lift a vehicle or move a collapsed wall. Also, old school bumper jacks or Hi-Lift jacks are inherently useful as well.

Scout2Diesel
11-08-2011, 5:27 PM
Sure thing:

http://www.knipex.com/index.php?id=1216&L=1&page=group_detail&parentID=1368&groupID=1500

http://www.expeditionexchange.com/knipex/

They're really neat. Smooth jaws too, so no marking up the surface, and good clamping ability. I'm kind of a tool junkie and I've come to really appreciate this brand for it's quality and usefulness. No affiliation, BTW.

Vise grips are (the brand name for) locking jointed pliers in various forms; another must have for the tool kit. I've found the regular size and the needle-nose versions to be the most useful in my off-road tool kit that stays in the truck.

Forgot another must have -- JB Weld. Never know when that will come in handy.

Also, check Sears for the smooth jaw and Lowe's for the Multi tool.

My favorite pliers 11:1 leverage :cool2: Well worth the $.

jakobe987
11-09-2011, 10:11 AM
try out a Crovel http://www.survivaloutdoorgear.com/product_info.php?products_id=54176372

zip ties, duct tape, 550 cord, leatherman, cresent wrench, multi bit screw driver, hack saw with extra blades, channel locks, file, sharpening stone

ocmsrzr
11-09-2011, 10:54 AM
Det cord.