What kind of items do you stock up on as a prepper? Food? Water? Medicine? Ammunition? Fire starting materials? Personal hygiene items?
That’s all good, but one category that is too often overlooked but can make all the difference in regard to your survival efforts are simple tools. As this video by The Modern Survivalist discusses, there are ten tools that every prepper should have:
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1. Tool Box
The very first thing you’re going to need is a simple toolbox that you can organize and easily transport your tools around in.
2. Black & Decker Drill LDX
The Black & Decker LDX Drill is one of the best drills that you can get for the money. It offers a velocity of 650 RPM and 20 volts, which is more than sufficient for most purposes.
3. DeWalt Grinder
The DeWalt Grinder offers an 11,000 RPM motor, which is one of the very best power to weight size ratios available. This can be used for a number of different metal fabrication jobs, including finishing, polishing, deburring, cutting, and grinding.
4. Dremel 4300
A Dremel stands in stark contrast to a conventional power drill because it is dependent on a higher speed rather than a higher torque. You can use a Dremel for cutting, sharpening, grinding, drilling, routing, engaging, sanding, and cleaning, each of which can come in handy for building purposes in an SHTF situation.
In many ways, a hatchet will be a more versatile item to have than a knife. It can be used as a self-defense weapon, to chop wood for shelter, to chop ice, or even for digging purposes. Some hatchets also come with a hammer on the opposite side of the blade, which can also come in handy.
6. Machete Ontario
Never underestimate the value of a machete. Beyond its use as a self-defense weapon, it’s the perfect tool for hacking your way through thick brush in the woods or to clear out a small area for you to set up camp.
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7. Crowbar Eastwing
You do realize that part of survival means scavenging for supplies, right? That means you may need to break into other houses or buildings, and it’s easy to see why a crowbar would be a good item to have for that.
8. Gerber eTool
The Gerber eTool is a small foldable shovel with a saw on one of the blades. It’s the perfect shovel to stash away in a bug out bag and to use for digging trenches, fire pits, latrines, shelters, and so on.
9. Stanley Saw
A simple handsaw such as the one Stanley makes is the perfect tool to use for cutting effortlessly through wood. The Stanley saw in particular features a highly ergonomic grip that resists slipping and a 15-inch blade.
10. Arc Welder
Last but not least, give strong consideration to using an arc welder, which is used to join metals together by creating enough heat with electricity for the metal to literally melt together. When the metals cool down, they will bind together tightly to form a solid unit.
For a more detailed look at these tools, watch the video by The Modern Survivalist below.
A good Bolt Cutter would be within reach for me.
Since there will be no grid power after SHTF (and probably no electricity at all, after a short time), in the long term most of these tools will be useless.
Assuming you even have a solar or wind powered set up, with batteries and a converter to produce electricity after SHTF, how long that will last with heavy usage( being your sole source of electrical power) is very questionable. Especially if you are trying to use an electric welder with that kind of system.
I would suggest you have hand powered backups, for any powered hand tools you have.
As for the welder, you better plan on setting up a a blacksmiths shop to fix things instead.
Most people have no clue what an SHTF scenario would be like.
At some point, we will be back to the early 1800 ‘s (A.D.) technology, if we are lucky. Some places may revert as far back to 1500’s (A.D.) technology.
So you better be Prepping for that, not with tools that you won’t be able to use for long, if at all.