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Old 01-09-2002, 06:13 PM   #1
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Default What brand of tools do you guys and gals buy?

Which brand of tools do you buy and why? I've been buying Kobalt (division of Snap-on) torque wrenches lately. They seem to be of a very high quality.

Edit: Snap-on tools look nice, but damn ae they expensive...
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Old 01-09-2002, 06:19 PM   #2
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My toolboxes only have Craftsman tools (that includes screwdrivers).
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Old 01-09-2002, 07:02 PM   #3
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Mostly Craftsman.

Run out and buy yourself a set of GearWrenches while they're still on sale at Sears. Those things might as well be made out of gold they're so good.
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Old 01-09-2002, 07:59 PM   #4
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Craftsman. They're high-quality, not all that expensive, have a great warranty, and you can find Sears stores everywhere.
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Old 01-09-2002, 10:23 PM   #5
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Mostly Craftsman--Sears is too convenient.

I have a Facom ratchet, though, and I'll be getting more. Makes the Craftsman ratchets look like crude toys.
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Old 01-10-2002, 11:55 AM   #6
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One more vote for craftsman. They make fine hand tools, but watch out if you have to plug anything of theirs in- that's when they get crappy. Car tools-good, wood tools- bad.
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Old 01-10-2002, 12:58 PM   #7
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Craftsman and Snap-On. I got a couple of Snap-On torque wrenches, and they are awesome.

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Old 01-10-2002, 02:01 PM   #8
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Craftsman. Wish I could afford Snap-On. A friend of mine finally set up his compressor and he SAYS he's gonna go with Snap-On air tools . . . hehe, problem solved

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Old 01-10-2002, 02:16 PM   #9
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Some Crafty,Matco Mostly Snappy as I was a Maintence Professional. Now I r an Instructor.
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Old 01-10-2002, 07:24 PM   #10
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I've got mostly Craftsman. Costco has Crescent (brand) racheting box-ends. I don't think they're as shiny as the ones Sears is selling (bought a set for dad).
I've also got (through inheritance) a Craftsman radial arm saw (took grandpa's fingers off), belt sander, pad sander... I bought a table saw (small one), Craftsman Industrial 3/8" drill (monster, works GREAT), Skill Saw circular saw (I went cheap, $40).

I haven't had any problems with a single tool, except rounding off screwdrivers doing stuff I shouldn't.
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Old 01-10-2002, 08:49 PM   #11
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Lemmie see... most of my tools are still Crafstman (from my early days)... as I broke (or lost) them, they were replaced with Snap-On (I still warrentied the broken stuff, it just went to my box here at home). All my air tools are Ingersol and cordless stuff is Mikita. Even so, I try to stay away from Snap-On because they are so damn expensive and our Snap-On guy is a no-deals-giving weasel. We don't have a Mac tool guys, Matco isn't much better with customer service, and our indie guy went out of business.
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Old 01-10-2002, 10:39 PM   #12
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So what exactly is so much better about Snap On? I can understand how certain wratchets would feel better, but what's so great besdies that?

Stronger (harder) material to deter bolts rounding off? Lighter material?
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Old 01-11-2002, 08:11 AM   #13
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craftsman, snap on, NAPA New Britan, hand tools

Ingersoll Rand air tools
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Old 01-11-2002, 08:26 AM   #14
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Craftsman all the way!!!

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Old 01-11-2002, 04:48 PM   #15
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craftsman hand tools. (but their jacks arent very good)
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Old 01-12-2002, 01:24 AM   #16
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started w/ craftsman and slowly changing over to snap on. my kids should have a great set in 10 yrs.
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Old 01-12-2002, 08:14 PM   #17
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craftsman....and some snap-on...really expensive though!
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Old 01-13-2002, 10:50 AM   #18
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one more vote for craftsman with some snap-on scattered here and there. can't beat the warranty, but it's better if they don't break in the first place. It really sucks when you're stuck with your car in pieces and you can't get out to replace a socket.
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Old 01-13-2002, 07:49 PM   #19
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Default snapon has some advantages

Snapon is more expensive than Craftsman, but given they both have
very good warranties, not a lot of difference.

The one place snapon shines is their flank drive wrenches and sockets for the
smaller size nuts and bolts. They also sell the same tools
under the name Kobalt at Lowes hardware stores.

The flank drive sockets and wrenches are life savers when you have a
really screwed up nut or bolt to take off.
They will turn bolts that other wrenches just pop off of or tear up what remains of the bolt.

They are the only wrenches I will use on nuts and bolts smaller than 14 mm that are
all screwed up, or badly rusted.
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Snap On tools are really nice but i despise they guys that come to our dealership and try to shove a $200 tool in my face. That kinda ruined all snap on stuff for me except a flashlight. I got mostly Cornwell tools, i know they are in bed with Snap On but they are half the price and just as good as Snap On. When i went to the Global Rally Cross race here in Charlotte all of the Subaru Techs had Snap On wonder if they have a deal? I also have allot of harbor freight tools. The best thing i have ever bought is the 20 gallon under lift oil drain bucket that is pressurized so i can hook it up to a air line.
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aaaarrrrrrrgggggghhhh
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Old 01-07-2014, 02:33 AM   #22
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****....just realized the bloody n0000000000000b did a real good necrobump on this one
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Old 01-07-2014, 06:59 AM   #23
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Snap On tools are really nice but i despise they guys that come to our dealership and try to shove a $200 tool in my face. That kinda ruined all snap on stuff for me except a flashlight. I got mostly Cornwell tools, i know they are in bed with Snap On but they are half the price and just as good as Snap On. When i went to the Global Rally Cross race here in Charlotte all of the Subaru Techs had Snap On wonder if they have a deal? I also have allot of harbor freight tools. The best thing i have ever bought is the 20 gallon under lift oil drain bucket that is pressurized so i can hook it up to a air line.
You do realize when they come around shoving tools in your face you don't have to buy them right? They are salesmen. You can also tell them I don't have time to listen to you today. Me personally and most the guys in our shop have a great relationship with the snap on guy. We usually take that time to bust his balls for a half our or so and see what kind of deals he has. More times then not there are actually some really good deals. Honestly you're not going to find the quality and consistency snap on has with their tools. Some other tools do some things well and can be good as well but consistency is what makes me spend the money. Plus when I break something there is no questions asked and he comes to me. I don't have to waste time stopping in a crappy Sears store to exchange tools and hope they have what I need.

Btw why did you bump a thread over a decade old? What's wrong with you?
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