Wrench, rachet and socket set

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  1. Genesis98

    Genesis98 New Member

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    Somebody wanna recomend a good complete set with a good warrenty that doesn't cost major coin?
     
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    Craftsman
     
  3. Snafu

    Snafu more than meets the eye

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    Power Fist.
     
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    only time ive ever used a warranty is when i found an old craftsman screwdriver, took it to the store and walked out with a brand new one free of charge.
     
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    pathOFdisaster Resident Ford Troll OT Supporter

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    If you want some decent quality stuff, Blue Point makes a big set of sockets and ratchets for about 350$...and If you want to buy wrenches, I suggest ratchet wrenches. A good set of those will toss ya another 200$. Know anybody that has a Snap-On account?
     
  8. deusexaethera

    deusexaethera OT Supporter

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    My tools are mostly Crescent, with a Craftsman linear torque wrench, a Seber-Tech self-adjusting visegrip, a ratchet wrench with a swiveling handle so it can be used like a screwdriver (the brand escapes me), and a Ridgid Robohammer. Oh, and a couple of big, no-name C-clamps from Autozone.

    I have yet to break any of them, though I did replace my Crescent needlenose pliers because I didn't like the quality of the casting.
     
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    Is this for stuff you will use daily, or just fuck around on the weekend?
     
  10. Genesis98

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    Fuck around with on the week-end of course, my bad for not specifying ... If I was buying them for work I would not fuck around and just drop coin.
     
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    channel lok...strong and cheap
     
  12. Bugalu

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    craftsman then.


    if your going to use it every day snap on>*
     
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    Craftsman for the occasional garage on the weekends. Snap-On for professional stuff.

    You can pretty much return craftsman stuff without any hassle at any Sears for a brand new item.

    Keep in mind that craftsman basic hand tools only have the lifetime warranty and things such as, torque wrenches, power tools, and other moving objects are usually only covered under one year.

    I say buy a big craftsman socket and wrench set, and buy the other specialty tools through snap on.
     
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    I like Craftsmen as well. An easy way to get started with them is to go to Sears and buy one of their tool sets, for about $200 you can get a decent starter set with SAE and metric wrenches, sockets, ratchets, and then add on separate tools/sizes as you need them. Warranty is unbeatable, walk into Sears with broken tool and walk out with new one. Not long ago I got a replacement for an 70 year old screwdriver of theirs that finally broke, out of all the tools I have, I've only broke that screwdriver and one socket, but was exceeding both of their abilities :big grin:
     
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    Yep, that's what I was getting at. One thing you will find though, a high end tool like snap on will fit better in all regards. Box wrenches, sockets etc. I've found that most of the craftsman stuff has a loose fit.

    But yea, specialty stuff, get through a local snap on dealer or buy on ebay. You can price out the stuff new on snap ons website and use that as a guide buying used. I will say that the prices are about 75-80 of what new costs in some cases. While craftsman I've seen go dirt cheap.
     
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    I use mostly Craftsman as a professional, with a little Snap-On & Mac thrown in.

    I bought a few Husky tools a while back, and have been pleasantly surprised with their durability. Mainly the 3/8" and 1/2" long-handled flex-head ratchets.

    I work on heavy trucks, and beat the shit out of my tools.
     
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    snap on (or bluepoint now)
     
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    Yes, quite well actually. The only Craftsman tools I won't use at work are ratchets...theirs are weak. The wrenches are pretty stout though.

    Before I got my special driveline sockets, I used Craftsman wrenches to prep a truck for towing. Imagine, removing driveshaft bolts with a 12mm wrench with a 2-ft pipe on it, or being smacked with a Snap-On deadblow hammer.

    Yea, they take it. :cool:
     
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    Mugatu Ask me about market research. OT Supporter

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    We use a lot of Craftsman tools here to work on semiconductor manufacturing equipment - never really had a problem and I beat the shit out of them too.
     
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    at work(car audio/video installer) and home i have a mix of tools... matco, mac, snap-on, blue-point, craftsman, gm goodwrench, archer, etc... only tools i've had break was a 15mm socket from craftsman, and t49 socket from gm goodwrench... now i've worn stuff out, but those are the only 2 breaks.
     
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    :werd: i have broke craftsman tools before, same with those cheapass amco or whatever they are

    never broke a snapon tool, and the only problem i have had is my 1/4 rachet has a broken gear and skips sometimes
     
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    1 have 2 snap-on 1/4 ratchets(4 if you count the knucklers.)... one 5 years old, and one 62 years old... the 62 year old one needed new guts a year ago.
     
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    craftsman. wait until they have a sale though.

    i break on average 3 craftsman products a month.... and i just go get new free ones.
     
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    :werd:

    Hell, I've even returned shit that I've heated & bent or cut to make a "special tool".

    Always exchanged, no hassle. Try that with Snap-On or Mac, lol. :x:
     
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    craftsman ratchets have weak gears. Sears just rebuilds them versus trying to make a better product. Either way, they are very easy to exchange and pretty durable in most regards.
     

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