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Dawg is right.  The pasak and torneleos, (nails and screws),  here are downright criminal.   An uncle of mine passed on a few years back.   He was one of the last Mom -n- Pop hardware stores.  We bought up all of his stock of nails, screws, bolts, nuts, etc for pennies on the dollar.  Shipped 3 bboxes full of them.

Another point to consider.  Anything non stainless is going to rust to pieces.  I lost an antique carpenters square the I inherited from my grandfather that way.

There is a running rust battle over tools now.  I force folks to clean everything after every use.  I keep containers of waste motor oil and rags around so we wipe everything metal down before we put it away.


Interested in hearing what the forum customs experts say.  I asked the same question a few years back. 

As a sideline the one implement that I would give my left n_t for is a flail mower.  Bush-hogs will chop the invasive saw grass down.  But leaves it whole in win-rows that are a pain to deal with.   I was thinking a flail mower would mulch the cut matter much finer.

Getting here and back and getting items here and back / Re: What Should I Bring??
« Last post by FastWalk on August 18, 2018, 11:47:53 PM »
can I tag in on this topic?

Any opinions about air tools (all types not just ratchets) or 24 horsepower 4x4 kubota with implements (tax exempt due to travel status). 

Philippines News / Re: Popeye's Chicken Coming to Philippines
« Last post by BudM on August 18, 2018, 08:04:31 PM »
Not that it matters to me since I am strickly a beef guy but I wonder just how long before they get in operation.  There are a couple of or maybe few Tim Hortons have been in operation up in Taguig and I think Makati and maybe if others, up in that area of Metro Manila.  They have been open for a while.  Now, they are finally getting down in south Metro area.  I have seen one being built since before Christmas at Festival Mall and one over here down by BF Robinsons.  They both just seem to sit there with no activity except the security guard at the building and the big red paper on the windows.  And you can't find out anything about them.  I guess maybe if I call their corperate HQ someone might know.  I'm not though.  I hope something happens soon though.  I can not deal with that StarBucks crap sludge plus I don't like how they operate so I frequent the JC Doughnuts and a couple other smaller ones.  I am anxious to frequent Tim Hortons though.
Getting here and back and getting items here and back / Re: What Should I Bring??
« Last post by Dawg on August 18, 2018, 12:34:58 PM »
Great advice from Lost in Somoa...

When we made the jump we sent 26 Balakbyan boxes to ourselves and timed it so they started arriving about a month after we did. Everything made it fine with no issues at customs or shipping and only 1 glass figurine was broken. (my fault as I didn't wrap it properly)

I brought all my Dewalt cordless power drills/saws/equipment with multiple replacement blades and bits. Also, we brought several power converters as all my stuff was 110. When we were settling in I bought a 3000 watt step down converter here as a Miter saw drew a lot more than the little converters would allow.

Also, my favorite hand tools took up 2 BBs with tool boxes aplenty.

Televisions are expensive here so we put 2 BBs together and bubble wrapped 2 32" and a 52" flat screen. Again, these were 110 so the converters we brought were a must. Along with those we brought 3 DVD blue ray players, on sale at Wal-Mart.

I brought all my kitchen gadgets, food processors, blenders, coffee makers etc. You guessed it, all 110.

I took some good advice from the Forum and wrapped red electrical tape around the plug of anything that was 110 to give me a visual before I plugged it in without a converter. Good idea but I still fried about 20% of my far!

If I were to do it again I would ship the cordless power tools and of course all my hand tools but I'd garage sale everything else and buy it makers, kitchen appliances and plug in machinery. I've purchased some good tools here at descent prices. Lotus is a brand I've had good luck with.

Tapcons!!! Load up on these. I have found them here but super expensive and you'll need these for attaching anything to concrete.
Drill bits!!! they are not very good quality here, stock up.
Assorted screws for wood & metal! Also poor quality here.
As LIS said, saw blades, hack saws and hand saws

Here's a good one...coolers! Coolers are super expensive here and not much variety. Every time we visit the States I buy a couple of coolers on sale and load it with stuff we are bringing back. These will each be one of our checked luggage so know the size and weights.

Sugar free anything. If you're watching your sugar load up before moving, they haven't figured this out in the Philippines yet.

Most everything else you can buy here. Good luck and jump early if you can. You'd be surprised at what you can live without!
basic tools for fixing stuff

Here is my two cents on the portion of your question that I have some experience with.  How much you wanna fix?  I see in one of your earlier posts that you are considering hobby farming. 

Well lots of things break on a farm.  More importantly lots of parts/materials that you take for granted are not available, of really poor quality, or named under some obscure dialect nick-name and are not locatable unless you manage to decipher the super secret moose and squirrel slang.

Ordering work stuff off-island and shipping it in is playing Russian roulette with Customs.  Really expensive, and usually has a long shipping delay.

Then there is the electricity differences as it applies to your tools.  Transformers readily available in the province are not going to cut it.

All of that being said,

I shipped in an older ShopSmith.  What folks in that sub culture call a "Greenie".  All metal construction.  Designed to be locally serviced.  For the most part uses standard tool implements.  Most importantly it is a multi function platform that allowed me to bring in 7 bench power tools in one small system.

I can machine wood / plastics / soft metals with acceptable accuracy.  But it does have a large learning curve.

I also shipped in an arc welder / generator.  But I see a lot of them here now, so you may skip that part.

The tools we use the most here are ....

Pliers, Channel locks,  Vice grips, all manner of clamps, A brace and set of bits, Draw Knife,  Chisels,  Files, Augers and Awls,  A good T square and set of levels.  A good plum bob.

Hand saws of all kinds.  Especially hack saws with LOTS of replacement blades.  They are preferred for cutting bamboo as they do not cause splintering.  The hack saw blades you get in the provinces are made from recycled steel and don't last very long. 

We have a couple of long two man cross cut saws and they are everyone's favorites.  We actually process wood faster manually than with a chain saw.  Taking in account fueling, oiling, and getting the damn engine to run. Bring in a set of saw tooth setters and sharpening files.

Bring in a lot of quality screw drivers.  The local ones are cast from pig iron like materials and last about a month.  And folks here use them for every purpose under the sun.  They break or grow legs at an alarming rate.

A really solid set of hammers / sledges with synthetic handles.  The wood ones died within a year.

A manual cable winch and a 2 ton jack.

I did bring in a complete set of DeWalt battery tools.  But the heat killed the batteries.  I have since switched to wall current, or rice and fish powered tools.

Another point to consider.  Most members in my family, and neck of the woods,  had no clue on how to use tools.  As a result stuff broke and folks got hurt.  That is not a disparagement just an objective observation.  Folks don't know.

If your gonna run a farm shop and your circle will be involved,  a large part of your time will be teaching.   I have a full set of the WoodWright videos and routinely make people learn how to mano-mano drill a hole and finish with ten fingers still attached.

Hope this helps.
Getting here and back and getting items here and back / What Should I Bring??
« Last post by MadDog on August 18, 2018, 07:25:48 AM »
OK, I have a few years before I can retire. I understand that the Philippines will let you bring some household good if you are going to live there. What kinds of things would a person want to bring that would benifit? I was thinking basic tools for fixing stuff and may be some kitchen stuff. What would be the best advice for stuff? Thank you all.
Education in the Philippines / Re: 2017/2018 Further Education Costs in Baguio
« Last post by MadDog on August 18, 2018, 07:07:58 AM »
Hello Peter, this is very helpful for my long term plans. Gives me a good idea about education costs. My concern is what about the Job finding help? I see they have OJT and this would be how a person would prove themselves, but what is the placement percentage? Is this college one of the best for getting a job? Also I see you must live in Baguio and I was wondering if you have any advice for Hotels. I have never been there, but I have plans of wanting to live there in the future. Thank you.
Real Estate Information / Re: Securing a loan to girlfriend
« Last post by Gray Wolf on August 18, 2018, 03:54:10 AM »
Iíve been with her for 3 years and she has always been great on the money side (very frugal and in many cases refused money Iíve offered, so the length of relationship and character of the girl is not my concern - which is why I didnít answer). My concern is simply that even if she was Joan of Arc how do I protect my investment.

It was never my intention to insult or make you feel uncomfortable. I've been associated with Living in the Philippines groups for over 15 years and have read too many heart rending stories about guys loosing everything, including their life, over a pretty face.

Now that we've established that you have a serious relationship with what seems to be a good woman, the problem still remains. How do you secure the loan? Probably the best suggestion would be to find a good attorney, one that you can establish a business relationship with to help you through the pitfalls of money lending. I would never trust any real estate agent. Sad stories abound about those sharks. Bottom line is can you trust her? Seems as though you feel you can. Just realize that you could very easily lose your money regardless of how good she is. Filipinos prey on Filipinos as much as anyone. She could be taken for a ride and lose it all.
Negative, I know, but it's the ugly truth. Good luck
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