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Old 03-21-2013, 08:58 PM   #1
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Tools?

Not sure if this is in the right section, but was wondering if anyone had any brand of tools that they swear by. Usually just use my dad's tools that I found around the house but since I'm hardly home now, I need to leave my own set at my girl's place. Was wondering if there was any brands people swear by, prices, quality, life time warranty etc. My cousin mentioned craftsman from Sears but was just wondering on other's inputs. Right now just looking for a screwdriver and a socket set.
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For starters, i'd recommend one of the many tool sets has at sears for craftsman.

Snap on is great but uber $$$, if you want to you can find a lot of good snap on tools at yard/garage sales.

Besides my sockets, i'd say every other tool i own is a snap on or craftsman I've picked up at yard sales for like 2 dollars.


Also if anyone is a high school student i do believe snap on offers HUGE discounts to high school students, but i think your school has to be a snap on buyer and so forth. I learned this the week after i graduated, fun. They do it that because people who buy snap on ONLY buy snap on.


You live in Brooklyn so i'm sure you can find a guy who knows a guy who knows this other guys brother who has a CLEAN NOT STOLEN set of snap on tools for sale.
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I have Snap-On, Matco, Blue Point, and Craftsmen. My Snap-On Hand tool set (Metric and SAE for all my Snap On: Sockets: 1/4 and 1/8 and wrenches, and bunch of other crap. They said MSRP was about 5-7 Grand) were "Free*", but it was just a graduation gift from NADC. My Matco setup is mostly power and air tools. Blue Point (Snap-On) makes decent impact sockets, and My Craftsmen are my backups in the rare case my handtools break.
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All my tools are craftsman. Not only are they reasonably priced they also have a great warranty. If u bring in a defective tool they will give u a brand new on the spot.
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Yea my cousin mentioned that if something happens to the tools, you can bring it in and they'll replace them, lifetime warranty. That sounds like the biggest selling point for me.
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Craftsman here. If you keep an eye out and are patient the sets can go for over 50% at times. I know my set of 300+ sockets and wrenches is usually like 275-350 and I got it for $145.

And yes the warranty is sick.
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Snap On, Matco, IR, Craftsman, and some random german specially tool brands

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Yea my cousin mentioned that if something happens to the tools, you can bring it in and they'll replace them, lifetime warranty. That sounds like the biggest selling point for me.
I've only had to use the warranty once and that's cause of my own stupidity. I feel that any company that offers lifetime warranty aren't making crappy products and offers the warranty because they are confident in their product.

Idk how true this is but besides the warranty, craftsman use to advertise "made in USA" which is always a plus in my book.
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craftsman is fine but get their professional ratchets
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Seeing as how I have done all my own work on the floor of my crappy little garage I think I can say with certainty that Craftsman is the way to go for a starter set of tools. I have this set: http://www.craftsman.com/craftsman-2...2&blockType=G2 and still use it almost exclusively to work on my FRS. Snap-on is overpriced and does exactly the same thing Craftsman does...they make nice tools but the only way I would use them over the tried and true Craftsman tools is if they were the same price or free. Craftsman's replacement program is second to none and its lifetime. Also you can bring them to any Sears.

Some other sets you might want is a nice T handle hex set, a 1/2" breaker bar, some good needle nose pliers and a couple of Vice grips. A dead blow hammer is also extremely useful when dealing with tough to break bolts/nuts.
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If you keep an eye out and are patient the sets can go for over 50% at times.
And yes the warranty is sick.
Check Sears for periodic discounts on toolsets with a box to keep them in.
Go metric. A set of T handle Allen wrenches is nice to have as well.
When you can afford it, torque wrenches.
A large one for lug nuts and crank bolts(ft/lb) and a smaller one for small bolts (inch/lb).
You can't get one that does everything.
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Snap-on is overpriced and does exactly the same thing Craftsman does...they make nice tools but the only way I would use them over the tried and true Craftsman tools is if they were the same price or free.
Couldn't agree more. I don't do this professionally to justify owning snap on. Craftsman gets the job done and if a tool breaks during a install, sears is only 15 min away for me. I can go get it exchanged and run home and finish the job. I don't think u can do that with snap on. Probably have to call it in and get a rga and send it in. Which can probably take weeks before getting it back.


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When you can afford it, torque wrenches.
A large one for lug nuts and crank bolts(ft/lb) and a smaller one for small bolts (inch/lb).
You can't get one that does everything.
Torque wrenches are pretty cheap now. I think I saw a digital craftsman 1/2 and 3/8 for 99.99 2 weeks ago at sears.
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