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Tools We Wish We Had After Hurricane Irma


There were a lot of tools we put to use during our recent run-in with hurricane season. But there are some tools we wish we had after Hurricane Irma went through. Some we just don’t currently own and can make life after a storm easier. Others are just better than the ones we do have.

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Tools We Wish We Had After Hurricane Irma

Ridgid 7000-Watt Gas Generator with Electric Start

This tool had us looking at each other and asking “Why don’t we already own this?” While great for job site use, our personal needs don’t call for it frequently enough to buy one. The Honda engine offers a reputation for high quality, and it will run for 13 hours at 50% load on its 8-gallon gas tank.

While the Kohler enCube did keep my refrigerator/freezer running enough to avoid losing food, this is just one place where a gas-powered generator far-exceeds what you get from a battery-powered inverter.

TriLink File-N-Guide Chainsaw Chain Sharpener

Most of the trees we lost were oaks. While my Makita XCU03 chainsaw did the job, a sharpened chain on day two would have sped up our work. Sharpeners come in simple file packages or even more complex electric systems. Obviously, you’ll need a hand or cordless system for post-storm cleanup since there’s a good chance you won’t have power.

GE 6000 BTU Window Air Conditioning Unit

Comfort becomes a real priority once the power goes out. You can use a small window AC unit and pick a room to cool down – like the master bedroom. These window units are small enough to run them on a portable generator, but you’ll need something with more muscle than an entry-level 2000-watt model in most cases.

A 6000-BTU unit will take care of a single room up to 250 square feet while drawing around 1750 watts from your generator. 5000-BTU units start in the $130 range and this model runs $179. When I hit day 6 without power this seemed like a pretty good investment!

Kubota Loader/Landscaper Series Tractor

The Kubota L47LTB offers a front end loader bucket for pushing and clearing debris while the backhoe can help clear or create drainage ditches to let the water out. In the city, it’s all about getting the fallen trees out of the road so utility workers can get in and get to work faster. Out in the country, there’s the same problem, but you also have a lot more property to clean up and drain. And if you have animals, there’s sure to be fence repair that needs to happen quickly. One per neighborhood should do the trick!

So when it comes to storm preparation, there are definitely some tools we wish we had after Hurricane Irma. These would have helped us get our properties and our neighbor’s properties back up to par more quickly. The bottom line always comes down to safety. Since each of us at Pro Tool Reviews, our families, and our neighbors escaped injury, it’s a win. But you can bet we’ll have a few more tools ready to go before the next one hits!

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Mike Murphy
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It’s not tools that are needed it’s Lumber.

Bob Hunter
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Great idea, Clint DeBoer and Kenny Koehler! So stock up for the next one…