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    Default Hand Files: know any good ones?

    Can anyone recommend a source/manufacturer for a good set of files?

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    Quote Originally Posted by Bravo View Post
    Can anyone recommend a source/manufacturer for a good set of files?
    I rock the cheapest ones from Menards. Why? Cuz they were cheap, and unless you misuse them they are fine.

    Granted they suck cuz they only come with one "Handle", and I use that term loosely, but I never even use the handle.

    If money is not an option, then i'm sure anything more than the cheapest is an improvement.

    Be sure and get yourself a diverse set. They are a tool I use more than I should. Also, The round one is great for "wobbling out" holes.

    On second thought, don't get them. You'll be lest likely to Ghetto Fab your parts.

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    can't go wrong with Nickelsons(sp?)

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    + 1 on the nickleson and you can get buy them by the set at graingers

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    +2 on nicholson. Good quality and not overpriced. I always keep a wire brush handy to clean off the filings.

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    I have some cheapys from Holmes Depot and Lowes. they work fine. Just remember to clean them out with a quick tap to your table every once in a while and remember a file only works in one direction. Pushing. You only wear it out faster if you go back and forth.

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    Use a bar of soap every few strokes so the ridges don't load up with material, especially soft stuff like aluminum and brass. It also keeps them sharper longer.

    I love files.

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    Harbor Freights are hit n miss...better check em .

    Ya get what ya pay for.

    Keep em clean.

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    get one of these to keep them fresh.

    i get my files one at a time instead of a set. pry more expensive in the long run but less expensive at the time. nicholson's are pretty good, 3-6 bucks a piece at my local true value.

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    PFERD (Germany) best available try Amazon for them.

    The hardware store Nicholson are not very good anymore since they moved production out of the US.

    http://www.pferdusa.com/products/201.html

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    a month ago my buddy and I went on a hunt for some good files. He works for Lockheed Martin in Denver and the ones they buy are not that great. He tried the Nicholson ones, and he said he did not like them.
    believe it or not, he found some craftsman ones in the 4 pack for like 16 bucks on sale and said they are some of the best ones he has had. they are made in Honduras. I think the Nicholson are made in the USA. I have one Nicholson one and it is noticeable finer toothed then the craftsman ones.

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    Quote Originally Posted by cros36 View Post
    get one of these to keep them fresh.

    i get my files one at a time instead of a set. pry more expensive in the long run but less expensive at the time. nicholson's are pretty good, 3-6 bucks a piece at my local true value.
    You can pick up one of these brushes called a file card at most small mom and pop hardware store for a few bucks. Using it will make a cheap file work almost as good as the most expensive. as you are using the file stop and clean it out every 10 strokes or so, this is even more important when working with nonferrous metals ( aluminum, copper, and brass). As suggested earlier in the thread I wouldn't bang my file on the table just use the brush , use strokes that go across the file.

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    Quote Originally Posted by yeti View Post
    As suggested earlier in the thread I wouldn't bang my file on the table just use the brush , use strokes that go across the file.
    I don't BANG my files... I said quick tap. It quickly removes most of the filings from the file without having to stop and get your brush and bla bla bla. I still brush my files at the end of the day. I don't suggest tapping against the teeth.

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    Look for mildly-used vinatage files. I inherited a shit-ton of files from my Dad that he used over the course of his lifetime as a machinist... and those old files out-work and out-cut any of the new shit that i've tried.

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