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Old 10-02-2013, 05:42 AM
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I have decided to ask my wife for a new socket set for my upcoming birthday. What are your thoughts on the best all around value for less than 150 bucks? I want both 3/8 and 1/2 drive in the set.
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Old 10-02-2013, 05:53 AM
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Craftsmen get a lot of hate but you can't beat the warranty. If your asking this question you sound like the weekend mechanic(which I don't even qualify as) if a craftsman set can't do it I shouldn't be touching it is what I say.
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Old 10-02-2013, 05:55 AM
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I like cobalt from Lowes....I use to be a craftsman guy, but I'm not as certain about Sears future as I am about Lowes future.
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I'd buy Craftsmen.........I have a set of their sockets and open ended wrenches and they are pretty nice tools.

I have not had a great experience with Kobalt from Lowes........their tools can be oversized and just don't fit great. Not a huge deal on a non-rusted nut and bolt, but it is a big deal when it has not been taken apart in 50 years (cars).

Anyway, niether are Snap-On but I have been happy with the Craftsmen.
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I had the same thought but I think the craftsman brand will be around long after Sears.....
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Old 10-02-2013, 06:06 AM
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I'd go Craftsman as well. I was very impressed when the replaced without question my father's full set that was basically destroyed after his barn was struck by lightning. A rafter fell on the tool chest they were in, letting water. Between the heat and water to put it out they rusted/scaled immediately. All he did was file the rust off the part # and took them in. Not many companies left that will stand behind a warranty.
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Old 10-02-2013, 06:31 AM
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Buy a set that has a few screw drivers, pliers, adjustable wrench, allen wrenches, etc... that come in a case. Someone gave me a set like that and while I have a large tool box full of stuff 99% of the time I just grab the case of tools.
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Old 10-02-2013, 06:33 AM
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Craftsmen also has some great deals on their packaged sets especially around the holidays. A while back I bought a combination 3/8 and 1/4 " drive set including metric for something like $39 including a storage box.
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Not sure how many of you have actually tried to warranty out a Craftsman hand tool lately but its not what it used to be.

On the cheap with a good warranty, I'm going Kobalt from Lowes. My Kobalt tools that I leave at the bay (salt air) have been great. I have all Craftsman at home but wont buy them anymore.
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Craftsman's warranty has gone a bit down hill...sockets for the weekend user is a good choice... I'm not a huge kolbalt fan...they just don't feel good in my hand...but its personal prefrance....Not much diffrance..just get a set from northern tool...it'll do the same thing...
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My other thought is Gear Wrench they seem to have a good warranty and feel like decent quality....
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Old 10-02-2013, 06:52 AM
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Polished Craftsman. Hard to beat their value. Haven't tried Kobalt. Take a peak the next time I'm at HD or Lowes.

I have gone the Snap-on route(best tool out there I believe). But It stinks when you loose a socket or wrench while working in a boat, and loose sleep over the $50-$100 wrench you lost. Or worse yet, someone borrows one and it doesn't get returned.
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I like most of them as long as they are from a known name (except for China) probably 75% of mine are Craftsman

A little off topic... Moving into new digs, consolidating 3 homes into it.. Over the years I have accumulated a lot of socket sets and have about 5 sets between the houses... Hell, right now I have a 5 gallon spackling bucket full of them thanks to Sandy... Need to set up the new shop and want the ultimate organizer for my sockets.... This thread reminded me I wanted to get one going that I like. I've had a few. But this seems the like the best I have seen yet. Any comments or better suggestions... $55.00
Still need a good organizer for the torq and allen sockets tho
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Old 10-02-2013, 06:56 AM
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SIM you let somebody borrow your snapon?? I have craftsman stuff I loan, the big red box NO WAY. Somebody in my family still owes me a ratcheting screwdriver (snapon) that was borrowed w/o permission

Anyways OP look for the big set in a plastic case made by Crescent. Good bang for the buck. I would take it over Craftsmen. I keep these on my boats.

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I would also wait for the "Holiday Packs"

They usually have some stupid good deals around X-mas time.
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Craftsman. I did a warranty return a couple of years ago and it was fine, but I don't doubt that it isn't as good as in past years.

I solved the op's dilemma years ago by buying my own presents and letting the family wrap them and give them to me.
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I'd do Craftsman Sockets and a Snap On F80 handle (3/8) and a Snap On S80 (1/2") handle. Nothing beats the 80 tooth SO handles, oh and don't loan those out, they grow wings fast, lol...
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Originally Posted by freedbaby View Post
Not sure how many of you have actually tried to warranty out a Craftsman hand tool lately but its not what it used to be.

On the cheap with a good warranty, I'm going Kobalt from Lowes. My Kobalt tools that I leave at the bay (salt air) have been great. I have all Craftsman at home but wont buy them anymore.
I disagree. My Craftsman tools take a beating working on the cars at home and the track. I have had zero issues with walking into my Sears and handing a broken tool back and getting a replacement. Ratchets, screw drivers, sockets, wrenches.

Last year I found a Crafstman set at the marina, rusted out completely - replaced, no questions asked.

Snap on brand is great, but too many tools get lost at the track to justify them.
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Originally Posted by Jersus View Post
I disagree. My Craftsman tools take a beating working on the cars at home and the track. I have had zero issues with walking into my Sears and handing a broken tool back and getting a replacement. Ratchets, screw drivers, sockets, wrenches.
Busted a socket a month or two ago and went to Sears to replace it. In the past it was show them what you had and pick one up off of the shelf to replace it but most recently the manager insisted that it had to be mailed back and we would need to wait for a replacement. Fortunately the manager had to attend to another customer and the clerk quietly said they would take care of it and gave me the replacement. A policy change, I don't know just my experience.
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SIM you let somebody borrow your snapon?? I have craftsman stuff I loan, the big red box NO WAY. Somebody in my family still owes me a ratcheting screwdriver (snapon) that was borrowed w/o permission

Anyways OP look for the big set in a plastic case made by Crescent. Good bang for the buck. I would take it over Craftsmen. I keep these on my boats.

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I bought a snap on roller 25 years ago and filled it with nothing but snap on tools...I dont want to think of what I have invested in that box and tools...on the lower box theres a sticker that states...NO TOOLS LOANED...
I still hate to loan anybody anything...have neighbors who ask to borrow my pressure washer...I just cant do it...some folks just cant understand...dont run it dry.... when it comes to my tools ...If I ever do let someone use anything and have to ask for it back...thats it, dont ask me fer nuttn again....I dont borrow nothing..If i need it I buy it...
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