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Do any decent tool companies make a fully loaded toolbox with all the usual tools? All I can find are cheap overseas crap.
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Pretty much any "toolbox" you buy is going to have some junk in it. Best is to build your own buying the tools you will need and use vs the 5000 variations of screwdriver bits. You want quality you will have to go with Mac, Proto, and even Snap On
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"All the usual tools" is subjected to what someone actually does.

Sears has a Craftsman 540 piece on "sale" for $1100, then buy the chest that's fits your "workstyle" to hold it all. Easy-peasy!

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Get a tool box then head down to the local pawn shops and load up. They usually have pretty good stuff for pretty good prices.
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Originally Posted by TorFed View Post
Do any decent tool companies make a fully loaded toolbox with all the usual tools? All I can find are cheap overseas crap.
How big a toolbox do you want??

I've been pretty happy with the Lowes Kobalt stuff over the last 5 years, a few hundred dollars will get you one of everything you need. I gave up on craftsman, local stores never have what I want in stock and have gotten weird about replacements.
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Originally Posted by Jus Teasin View Post
"All the usual tools" is subjected to what someone actually does.

Sears has a Craftsman 540 piece on "sale" for $1100, then buy the chest that's fits your "workstyle" to hold it all. Easy-peasy!

Agreed. Get what you need at Sears then shop for a nice box. I have a two cabinet from the depot and love it. All in all tools (hand and power) and the box probably cost $1k

My base set is the 300 piece then I have a bunch of stuff I have added, many from craftsman and kobalt. A few harbor freight stuff. I like the craftsman because it's lifetime warranty. I left a few pieces on the boat when I was out of town and the sockets started to pit in the salty environment. One trip to the store and they're all new. No questions asked.

My box looks like this but I have a 4 drawer base with two huge sliders where I keep the power tools

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Agreed. Get what you need at Sears then shop for a nice box. I have a two cabinet from the depot and love it. All in all tools (hand and power) and the box probably cost $1k

My base set is the 300 piece then I have a bunch of stuff I have added, many from craftsman and kobalt. A few harbor freight stuff. I like the craftsman because it's lifetime warranty. I left a few pieces on the boat when I was out of town and the sockets started to pit in the salty environment. One trip to the store and they're all new. No questions asked.

My box looks like this but I have a 4 drawer base with two huge sliders where I keep the power tools

Kobalt has lifetime warranty on their hand tools also, that is why I switched.
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Kobalt has lifetime warranty on their hand tools also, that is why I switched.
My screw drivers and pliers, cutters other similar tools are all kobalt. My only issue is I drive by 5 home depots and 2 sears before I get to my closest Lowes
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I have a good bit of Kobalt stuff but their screwdrivers are garbage in the larger phillips head sizes. I have broken/bent a few recently.
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I like the Viper boxes from sears. Picked up a 26" top and roller bottom for less than $300. Way better than the craftsman stuff. Lifetime warranty. If I didn't get those, I would have bought the red Harbor Freight boxes. They are excellent for the money.

Tools - mechanics tools I went with DeWalt. Made in Taiwan and have 5 degree arc. Got the 204 piece set for $100. Lifetime warranty on those. No questions asked. I am pretty sure DeWalt will be around longer than Sears.

Screwdrivers and other hand tools are Kobalt since Lowe's is real close by and they seem like good quality. Got DeWalt impact driver and drill since I got a great deal on the 20V. Any more cordless will be DeWalt since I already have batteries. Corded, like router and table saw, is Bosch.
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Do any decent tool companies make a fully loaded toolbox with all the usual tools? All I can find are cheap overseas crap.

Define "loaded".

The loaded toolbox for my sons quarter midgets is vastly different from the "loaded" toolbox for my legends team, which is vastly different from the "loaded" toolbox for my 270 micro sprint team.
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Define "loaded".

The loaded toolbox for my sons quarter midgets is vastly different from the "loaded" toolbox for my legends team, which is vastly different from the "loaded" toolbox for my 270 micro sprint team.
Good point. Something for the usual household repairs, oil changes, small furniture buillds etc... Probably around 100 pc-200pc. Nothing that would necessitate a cabinet style on rollers.
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Originally Posted by TorFed View Post
Do any decent tool companies make a fully loaded toolbox with all the usual tools? All I can find are cheap overseas crap.
If you move to where it is manufactured, it magically becomes quality locally made stuff.
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Don't know exactly what you mean by "tool box" but this is the most bang for the buck I have found on the market today in the garage type tool chest category. Fully equal to the heft and quality of the boxes from Snap-On, Proto, Mac and the like and dirt cheap comparatively. The big name boxes are thousands of $$$$.00.
We had a Kobalt chest on our work trailer and it lasted about a year. Also the same with the Husky from HD and don't even mention the name Homak around my guys.
The box in the link below is STOUT!! It's a super value at $600

http://www.costco.com/Kirkland-Signa...100148149.html
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Get a tool box then head down to the local pawn shops and load up. They usually have pretty good stuff for pretty good prices.

This. If you have some decent pawn shops in your area I would certainly hit them up. I have more and better tools than I could ever afford if I was buying them new/retail. I can't afford to spend 250 for a 15 piece socket set from Snap-On, but at the pawn shop you'll find them below half price. At least here they are. They basically give the Craftsman tools away at my local pawn shops.
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I have been a auto tech for almost 30 years recently I became a tester for dewalt I am more than impressed with the quality of the mechanics tool line. I carry the 204 piece set with me in my truck. I have yet to need anything else to get out of some jams
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Originally Posted by TorFed View Post
Good point. Something for the usual household repairs, oil changes, small furniture buillds etc... Probably around 100 pc-200pc. Nothing that would necessitate a cabinet style on rollers.
That's what we all say until it starts to spill out of the closest

I used to hate projects because I never had the right tool. My collection is finally decent enough that it's a very rare occasion that I don't have the right tool for the job. I mainly lack big tools. Wrenches over 1-1/4, sockets of the same size ect. I didn't think I'd need it until I did recently
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I have been a auto tech for almost 30 years recently I became a tester for dewalt I am more than impressed with the quality of the mechanics tool line. I carry the 204 piece set with me in my truck. I have yet to need anything else to get out of some jams
If you ever get hand me downs or extras let me know. My inlaws live close to you so I'm up there a few times a year.
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