Originally Posted by Cyrull
- Tools handy to bring with me on trips for basic field repairs/maintenance
I try to be a minimalist when it comes to tools these days just because I rarely need them. You can only bring so much. With a 6.0 PSD there isn't much I can do on the road anyway so my #1 tool is a Sat phone.
I try to think of tools as the ones I can use that are needed for the few tasks I can do and ones that serve multi purpose. So for instance I don't carry a torque wrench because I carry a breaker bar and that's good enough in the field. Ask yourself what can go wrong that you can fix. Do you need a hammer or can an hatchet double as a hammer. Can you use a voltmeter or will a circuit tester do. What tools are needed to put on an engine belt? Any specialized tools that are absolutely needed to repair something might be of value. If a heater hose blows can you replace it or pinch it off just to get home. I carry a torch...it helps to heat up some bolts to break them loose and the torch is a great tool to help start a fire. Actually I don't carry any power tools...just me.
Some on my list are (and probably missing something):
>>One of those multi tip screw drivers.
>>Vise grips can double to pinch off a heater hose and other tasks.
>>Water pump pliers.
>>Shallow/deep standard/metric socket/ratchet set...sockets large enough for suspension work.
>>Voltmeter, yes I carry one because I know a bit about electricity.
>>Short handle hammer. I need one to get my 4x4 disconnects off and on.
>>Oil filter strap tool.
>>Adjustable open end wrenches in a few sizes.
>>hatchet and a hand maul.
I do carry one open end wrench for my front end that is specialized. I also carry a variety of jacks and a jack stand and never have needed any of them but probably something more important than most tools. Things like electrical split bolt connectors are handy at times as is tape especially silicon self fusing tape. Zip ties are a must and even bailing wire can be useful. I do carry a few nuts, bolts and washers. Some consider a tire repair kit a tool and should be carried if you know how to use one. Anything just to get you home.
It kinda depends on each individual and where you're goin.