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Best method for writing/engraving name on tools?

Post in 'The Gear' started by SmokeyCity, Nov 29, 2012.

  1. SmokeyCity

    SmokeyCity Feeling the Heat

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    I'm starting amass a considerable collection of power tools : drills, saws, etc. and need a tried & true way of marking or labeling the tools for easy identification.

    I always have a couple people at my house working with me or doing a trade for me. It is so easy to get tools mixed up. One other aspect of labeling would be a stealth labeling for theft recovery such as having identification engraved on the inside of the plastic cover or something like that.

    Of course I could paint everything with florescent pink or such but I'm guessing people have already thought this through and come up with a good solution for people with a large, diverse collection of tools/appliances.

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  2. Boom Stick

    Boom Stick Feeling the Heat

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    electro pencil. engrave name on them.
  3. Freeheat

    Freeheat Minister of Fire

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    Do what my FIL does yellow paint on everthing. Works well and you can see from a distance
  4. Researcher1

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    Get a dremel and an engraver tool.
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  5. TreePointer

    TreePointer Minister of Fire

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    I use a simple corded Dremel engraver. Got it for less than $20.
  6. MasterMech

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    I could never do that to any of my tools. <> :(

    Maybe a little alpha-numeric stamp set and little heat? Brand the identification right into a plastic housing, stamp a metal one.
  7. Freeheat

    Freeheat Minister of Fire

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    Its just a little paint , on a screw driver a little splash on the stem not on the handle
  8. Sean McGillicuddy

    Sean McGillicuddy Burning Hunk

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    I've used a paint pen and just put initials!
    Like on cords , squares, hammer etc.
    I did this after loosing my backpack blower!!!!!!
  9. firefighterjake

    firefighterjake Minister of Fire

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    Paint pen or permanent marker with a specific and easy to remember number on multiple areas of my equipment . . . to a would be thief I suspect it would not mean much, but for me I could easily identify the equipment as belonging to me.
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  11. greg13

    greg13 Feeling the Heat

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    I agree with Master tech. Stamps, Much neater than engraving. Add some colored tape to the handles also, it helps ID it at a glance.
  12. nate379

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    If you have a bit of practice, the etcher/engraver isn't too bad.

    I spent 4 years running a toolroom though, had around 2 million $$s in tools/portable equipment. Each tool have to be etched with an ID, like MHWEA001, MHWEA002, etc. Was real run to do on tiny stuff like drill bits, screwdriver tips, etc.
  13. mtarbert

    mtarbert Minister of Fire

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    Marking your tools is a good idea but, don't make the mistake of putting your S.S number on them. The police do not have access to your number. Instead use your drivers license number. The Police have access to it and it is easy to prove that it is yours

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