Set of Tools to build

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  1. Alex66

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    Hello, I am looking to build out a camper what tools will make my life easier and what are essential?
     
  2. Treeeev

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    Hi Alex

    When I converted a T4 van to a camper, apart from general hand tools, the other tool I used which I would say are essential are a router, circular saw and jig saw.

    Cheers

    Trevor
     
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    Ditto the above
    And 2 good battery drills /driver's
    Drill in one driver in the other . Made things a lot easier/ quicker
     
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    1 router 1 jigsaw 5 tape measures and a box off 100 pencils thing i found handy was a large square when i say large i mean 4 foot long one edge
    you cant use a level when building a van so get the floor flat then square of measure of off that
     
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    If funds permit, a plunge saw would be better than a standard circular saw. It allows more accurate cuts to be done more easily and quickly and with a better finish and less tear out. A good power drill with range of hole saws will be needed and many find that an oscillating multi tool becomes indispensable. They are great for work in confined spaces and for cutting square holes.

    When you move onto electrics, a test meter and various sizes of crimping tool will be your friends.
     
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  6. Mikeco

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    It depends if you have any skills as the best tools are useless if you don’t know how to use them.
     
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    in all honesty if you dont already have the tools its probably cheaper to buy a finished van
     
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    If you don’t have the skills it doesn’t matter what tools you buy, you won’t be able to use them.

    If you do have the skills you wouldn’t need to ask the question.
     
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    I think this is very harsh. Everyone has to start somewhere. I certainly did and learned to maintain a car, strip and rebuild an engine and gearbox and respray a Mini which I had stripped to its basic shell and could wheel in and out of the garage on a wheelbarrow! It was much the same with decorating, plumbing, electrics and woodwork though I did a little bit of that at school and made a pencil box before I was 13! You buy books, manuals and do your best and improve as you go along.
     
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    I have I think most electrical tools, built a stereo from scratch, also various wood working tools though most are things like hand saws. Want to avoid buying anything that is not going to get used enough and anything that will improve efficiency, probably have the skill to do a reasonable job.
     
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  12. WillH

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    Sensible question IMHO, I learned years ago the job was easier, and faster, if you had the right tools to start with. I would add a good selection of cramps, big box of drills and a crimping set.
     
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    Buy it as you find you need it.
    I recently bought an oscillating saw, like an angle grinder but with a vibrating saw blade, for a job I was struggling with.
    Thirty odd quid from Argos. Cheap as i expected a single use tool...never needed one before, didn't think I'd need one again.. . But its been used on a couple of other jobs now which would have been extremely difficult/impossible without it so its paid for itself already.
     
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    Buy a good quality Multi-tool as with that you can do most things.
     
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    I would like to add a belt sander to the list
     
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    a good helper is invaluable my Mrs finds every thing I got all the tools but now health stops me using them so I think about what I used to do and get her to do it, I do what I can when I can but still cant find the tape measure and pencil when I want one
    Patrick
     

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