How Many Sets of Tools Do You Have?
Aug 08, 2018
Many of you have multiple sets of specific tools: you've got a set of sockets and wrenches in the machine shed or shop, a set in your pickup, and a set that you transfer from the planter to the baler to the combine as the seasons change. I'm guessing you have more than a dozen hammers scattered around various farms, buildings and vehicles. Screwdrivers--it would be easier to count the stars.
I don't blame you a bit for having all those tools. You never know where you're going to be when something breaks down, so it makes complete sense to have multiple tools in multiple locations. But I kind of worry about the obsessive way I collect tools. Theoretically, if I have all my tools in my service truck, I have all my tools where I need them, when I need them. So why do I have three 15 millimeter wrenches, four 13 millimeter sockets and half a dozen hammers?
I'll tell you why: because at any given moment I can't find at least one of my tools. Today I couldn't find the 15 millimeter socket I needed. Fortunately, I had a spare in one of my drawers. Last week I misplaced a 13 millimeter socket, so I grabbed one of the spares I keep in my toolbox in the shop. More than once I needed a hammer, and rather than walk across the shop to where I laid the hammer I was using, I just grabbed an extra hammer from my nearby service truck.
I could make a claim that having multiples of the same tools makes me more efficient, but I'm realistic enough to admit that I keep spares of the tools I use most often simply because I can't remember where I lay things.