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Old 09-10-2014, 08:07 AM
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I need to upgrade my mix-n-match tools. I have some decent quality stuff and some crappy imports (mostly socket set), but I'd like to dump the whole lot and start over with one brand. So it has to be good quality, reasonably affordable (no Gedore), readily accessible (to quickly add to the set if needed). Mechanics tools - primarily metric. Opinions on brands are wanted.
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I've always liked Craftsman. Older stuff seems better but with the warranty, who cares? I always scan this site for deals: http://bensbargains.net/search/craftsman/?sr=1
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I'm leaning that way, just because they are readily available and priced well. But I've read recently about quality issues.
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Old 09-10-2014, 08:12 AM
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You pretty much described Craftsman tools.
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I'm leaning that way, just because they are readily available and priced well. But I've read recently about quality issues.
I have both old and new. In 25 years I have only had to exchange 1 3/8" ratchet and a few screwdrivers that I had to "make" into other tools for a job. I use them all of the time maintaing 2 old cars and lots of other equipment and they have served me well.
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One can not go wrong with SK, quality is good close to Snap-On with a fraction of the price. Shopping around online can land ya some great deals and their service sets cant be beat. Craftsman use to be good, now it is worthless overseas junk.
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Old 09-10-2014, 08:37 AM
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Gearwrench has a pretty decent 225pc set. I'd say a little upgrade from the Cman due to ratchet quality, but then again cman has the easy warranty.

http://www.tooltopia.com/kd-tools-80935.aspx
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Old 09-10-2014, 08:41 AM
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Northern Tool has pretty decent sets reasonably priced.
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Old 09-10-2014, 08:49 AM
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Originally Posted by Liquid Lunch View Post
One can not go wrong with SK, quality is good close to Snap-On with a fraction of the price. Shopping around online can land ya some great deals and their service sets cant be beat. Craftsman use to be good, now it is worthless overseas junk.
SK tools are excellent.
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Old 09-10-2014, 09:08 AM
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I have been impressed with the Husky tools at Home Depot I really like my ratcheting wrenches. Not ttalking sockets, but the actual wrenches that ratchet on the closed end. All their stuff seems good quality and they have a lifetime warranty, like Craftsman. I also think they will be around longer than Sears.
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Sockets are just that. Sockets. The diff in the ratchets weather a Craftsman- SK- Snap On- Matco/Bluepoint
is how far the stroke is to reset the gear in the head. Some have a shorter stroke which is nice when you get in tight area's. Other then that Craftsman is the best for the money.
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I have been impressed with the Husky tools at Home Depot I really like my ratcheting wrenches. Not ttalking sockets, but the actual wrenches that ratchet on the closed end. All their stuff seems good quality and they have a lifetime warranty, like Craftsman. I also think they will be around longer than Sears.
Husky tools are manuf. by
Stanley Black & Decker, Western Forge, Apex Tool Group, and Iron Bridge Tools.

Most hand tools that the back yard mechanic uses are made in China.
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Walk through the sears aisle and look for markdowns. I just bought a set with 1/4 through 1/2" drive sockets, screw bits with driver and wrenches all stored in a nice haeavy case for $155 regular $225. Does not have everything but a nice compact mobile set. I also have the full lineup in my tool chest.
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I've always pretty much been a Craftsman guy because of Sears and the conveyance of returning them if needed. I did get a two set of Kobalt ratchet wrenches from Lowes and I have issue with about 3 or 4 out of the 12 wrenches.
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Old 09-10-2014, 10:15 AM
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We have snap on and Matco at work, awesome stuff with great warranty as well. Of course you know its pricey.
If you can hold off wait until fathers day and go buy a big craftsman set. They have killer deals around that time. I've got a 400 something piece set at home that has served me well. Came with ratchet wrenches that are impressive quality. Think it was around $350 with a little flip top 3 drawer tool box.
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Old 09-10-2014, 10:24 AM
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I had a thread up some time ago kinda similar when Sandy put 4' of water in my garage. I saved a lot of the tools, but pretty much everything got replaced with Craftsman sets. Then while talking to my mechanic (the one that works for me on the cranes I sell) I mention I want to put a toolbox together for my RV and asked if he's tried the HF stuff... He uses a lot of their stuff, said he has never broke a wrench or socket. If he hasn't broken any, they gotta be pretty good!
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Old 09-10-2014, 10:34 AM
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Some HF stuff is pretty good. Some is junk. I have a couple swivel ratchets that are excellent. No problem with sockets. Combo wrenches are crap.

Husky combo wrenches are pretty good, with thin section. Craftsman too fat to get into tight spots, had to grind a few.

Snap on too expensive for marginal increase in quality. I need tools, not jewelry.

My mix and match kits have all kinds of brands. Break something or lose it, any brand can fill the gap. Can't see any point in trying to keep the kit one brand only.

Craftsman warranty not worth too much for me. Not worth the drive to mall for a busted tool.
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Another vote for Craftsman.

Not as good as Snap On but a fraction of the price. And yeah I don't think the new stuff is as good as old stuff quality wise but they certainly aren't cheap fall apart tools and if it does break walk into the store and grab a brand new one. Doesn't get much easier than that.
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Anything can be broken if abused! Doesn't matter the brand! If you are only using the tools a couple of times a month then.....Craftsmen, Husky, S-K, etc. will work perfectly for you! If you are making a living with them and using and abusing them every day then......a higher quality tool is more desireable!

I worked for Snap-On Tools for 10 years, both as a Dealer and a Regional Sales Manager. I can personally vouch for the quality of their hand tools! Have had the pleasure of touring several manufacturing facilities of theirs. Trust me when I say this.......there's more than good looks built into Snap-On, Mac and Matco tools!

Ultimately......it depends on how much money you want to invest and how often are you using them!
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Originally Posted by NO WAKE View Post
Trust me when I say this.......there's more than good looks built into Snap-On, Mac and Matco tools!

Ultimately......it depends on how much money you want to invest and how often are you using them!
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I worked as a diesel/heavy equipment mechanic for 10 years, the Snap-on stuff cannot be beat. Little things like socket offsets, fine tooth ratchets are a huge deal when you're turning wrenches everyday.

For a DIYer or a kit to keep on the boat I would just get a Craftsman set in a case so you can see all the tools and if one is missing. I have a small kit I put together from spare tools and also an electrics kit that contains a test light, spare wire, connectors, etc.

I do have a set of 1/4 SK metric sockets I keep in a dedicated MX toolbox. I've had those same sockets since 1997 and they've taken apart countless bikes. Still work like new.
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