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May 03, 11:36 AM [GMT -5]

I have to say, I'm perplexed by the love of the battery operated tools. For a salvage yard and other on-the-go situations, it totally makes sense. For a shop, it doesn't. Even if you just look at the constant need to replace battery packs every few years, it's not cost-effective. Other than that, air tools generally last longer and have higher resale value. Some may enjoy not having a hose attached, but in a shop you've got air hoses all over anyway. Also, instead of that air hose you now have a heavy, bulky battery. No thank you! For general tools like a drill, I always recommend to my friends to have buy a small battery powered version for portable needs (like 9.6-12v), but stay away from the massive 24v models. With lithium it's not as bad, but still huge and heavy. Instead, use the cost savings to buy a reasonably priced (but still name brand) plug-in drill also, and in the rare situation that the small battery model doesn't have enough power, you can pull out the extension cord and have full power. It makes much more sense!

January 02, 8:23 PM [GMT -5]

A lot of great choices here!
Although a list like this is highly subjective, I'm not as sure about the finger ratchet as I would be a magnetic/pincher pick-up tool. Too often some fastener, fuse, or part will fall from our grasp onl to hold up the job and the day until the paiece in question is retrieved!

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