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Old 04 November 2015, 19:20   #1
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Stainless tools

I'm trying to put together a reasonably comprehensive tool kit and decided to investigate stainless tools............ Found very little - and some incredibly expensive.

Has anyone got suggestions for sources?

Or, do I just give up and change the tools regularly as, however one tries, tools on boats seem to attract salt water!
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Old 05 November 2015, 02:19   #2
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I don't think they can harden it enough to make tools from , I just got some normal Halfrauds gear and keep it in a water proof box
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Old 05 November 2015, 03:07   #3
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agree with mick keep mine in flare box & WD40 if i use and get wet.you will find snap-on last well kamatsu are good too
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I keep Snap On or latterly Halfords Professional in a Stanley plastic tool box with a tin of WD 40. Every time that I open tool box give tools a quick spray of WD and no rust.
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Old 05 November 2015, 04:15   #5
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I use Halfords Pro with a spray of GT85 only because if smells nicer than WD40
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I went the stainless route (a lot more money), but have gone back to normal tools with a replacement cycle planned in. The stainless tools are invariably 304 series stainless which doesn't fare much better than regular tool steel in salty environments. I now buy cheapish house brand tools (from Home Depot, Lowes, Sears, etc), and try to keep them dry. I also make a point of having a stainless bristled brush in case rust has set in.

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these Stainless screwdrivers are superb...MEGAPRO 15in1 Marine Screw Driver / Torx Bit Set..heavy duty and the rare Marine version, also bloody good value at that price 23

eBay item number:321802460413

Hope that helps you out!
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these Stainless screwdrivers are superb...MEGAPRO 15in1 Marine Screw Driver / Torx Bit Set..heavy duty and the rare Marine version, also bloody good value at that price 23

eBay item number:321802460413

Hope that helps you out!
A from me.
Matt put me on to them a few seasons back... and must say they're excellent quality for the money!
They'll still need a spray from time to time....but will/do last.
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"Ordinary" tools including plug spanner and spare plugs along with other stuff in a waterproof Stanley FatMax box in rear locker of a Drascombe Lugger which gets wet as it is not a sealed locker.
Never had any problems --- a quick spray with WD40 keeps the pliers free.
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There was an old boy at the boat yard who had rust free tools on his little open boat (I think his tool box was varnished wood!). He had coated all the metal parts in wax, and whenever he used a tool he would recoat it on his return! He used the stuff motorcross people put on bike chains. It would be fair to say he had "quite a bit of free time" though!
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