What's In Your Tool Bag?

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Hammer St. James's Comment
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Besides vise grips and screwdrivers what tools do you carry with you on the road?

Deb R.'s Comment
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2 lb. hammer & pry bar

Bart's Comment
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3 lb thumper, star wrench set asst of pliers and such. On the cooking side a select-a-blade kit is invaluable

Sheffield Mick's Comment
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All of the above......spanners, screwdrivers, pliers, lump hammer.....for hitting the tandem brakes when there frozen. And WD40 for spraying the same to loosen them off.....if needed. Spare lamps for trailer and tractor......and fuses.

Hope it helps.....take care,



Tandem Axles

A set of axles spaced close together, legally defined as more than 40 and less than 96 inches apart by the USDOT. Drivers tend to refer to the tandem axles on their trailer as just "tandems". You might hear a driver say, "I'm 400 pounds overweight on my tandems", referring to his trailer tandems, not his tractor tandems. Tractor tandems are generally just referred to as "drives" which is short for "drive axles".


When a violation by either a driver or company is confirmed, an out-of-service order removes either the driver or the vehicle from the roadway until the violation is corrected.

Bud A.'s Comment
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Flatbedder, so I carry stuff others might not need at all: Couple of crescent wrenches, rubber headed mallet for t******* tires, 3 lb peen hammer, regular 1 lb hammer and nails (for nailing wood to the deck and pulling nails), regular pliers, needle nose pliers, gorilla tape, grease gun, tire gauge, assortment of nylon rope, wire, pry bar (have a little one, plan to get a 3 footer, very handy sometimes for moving freight where it needs to be), blocks of wood, flashlights (including one that straps to your head, which has paid for itself on two occasions on the side of the road at night), oil funnel, WD-40, spare headlight bulbs, spare clearance lights, glad hand seals, shop towels, oil, washer fluid, coolant, fuel filter, spare belt for the APU , plus all my flatbed securement stuff and tire chains.

Actually, I've got a lot of stuff on this truck when I think about it lol.


Auxiliary Power Unit

On tractor trailers, and APU is a small diesel engine that powers a heat and air conditioning unit while charging the truck's main batteries at the same time. This allows the driver to remain comfortable in the cab and have access to electric power without running the main truck engine.

Having an APU helps save money in fuel costs and saves wear and tear on the main engine, though they tend to be expensive to install and maintain. Therefore only a very small percentage of the trucks on the road today come equipped with an APU.

Todd W.'s Comment
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Found a neat tool called a FUBAR that is a pry bar a 2x4 tweaker and a hammer in one, Mostly it is used in demolition but I like it for the heavy parts you have to move on a truck.

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