I love using tools that are relatively quiet, don't belch smoke, and don't need fixing in order to work--a mechanic I am not. Hand-powered tools just make sense to me. And it's been my experience that when I choose well, they last a long time. In fact, most of what I own in this category will outlast me, I'm sure.
Following is a photo listing of some of my favorites, in no particular order:
And although I don't have a photo of it, I also have a Corona wet corn grinder that looks a lot like the Atlas. I use the Corona to grind wet nixtamal, which is what I need when making my corn tortillas. You can read about it here: Making Homemade Corn Tortillas.
Well, there you have it. Some hand-powered tools I regularly use in and around the house. No electricity needed. Which pleases me no end.
I'd love to hear what tools you use. Maybe you've got a favorite that I haven't yet tried!
Blessings to you and yours,