favorite tool?

Discussion in 'Getting Started' started by roch, Jan 27, 2008.

  1. 60103

    60103 Pooh Bah

    At my age, it's reading glasses and bright lights.
  2. RobertInOntario

    RobertInOntario Active Member

    Mine are probably a small pair of pliers that I use a lot for removing and adding spikes, tinkering with track, etc. I also have 1-2 very small screw drivers that seem perfect for modeling -- and even scraping away excess ballast & adjusting track.

    I also have a small plastic tool box (with various compartments and slots) that contain my spikes, track cutting saw, pliers, screw drivers, fishplates, etc. I got this from Home Depot and it's great. It helps to keep me organized & I need all the help I can get with that!
  3. roch

    roch Member

    What the heck are fishplates? Sounds like something to eat dinner on. LOL

  4. b28_82

    b28_82 Member

    I would have to say my favorite tool would be my needle nose pliers. I have 3 of them in fact. They are quite handy. A close second for me would be my adjustable wire stripper. I use it for cutting anything other than pianowire. They're like a pair of dikes for me. I've even used them to trim the ends of railjoiners.
  5. nkp174

    nkp174 Active Member

  6. MadHatter

    MadHatter Charging at full tilt.

    That looks soooooo cool!
  7. 60103

    60103 Pooh Bah

    Fish is a word meaning to join something. It was used in the sailing navy about fixing broken spars; check out the naval adventure novels. The term probably came from there to railways.
  8. roch

    roch Member

    Thank you for clearing up the fishplates. :twisted:

    I like the way they look and will have to try them out someday. :thumb:
  9. tetters

    tetters Rail Spiking Fool!

    I need to get me some of those!

    I also like my Delta Bench Top Belt/Disc Sander. I use that sucker for a lot of trackwork on the layout. Great for sanding rail, pc ties, and yep...even wood!

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