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Old 12-26-2002, 08:58 AM   #1
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Default $50 to spend at Craftsman, what would you get?

the thread says it all - basically i've got a gift card.

The only thing I can think of that my tool collection is missing would be an assortment of extensions, a torque wrench, and a POWERFUL air impact wrench...

any insight?
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Old 12-26-2002, 09:37 AM   #2
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Torque Wrench..definitely...I need to buy one now.
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Old 12-26-2002, 09:38 AM   #3
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Talking Happy Wrenches!

Get the metric set of Happy Wrenches!
even if you have to pony up and pay a bit more.
Torque good too!
But wrench spinning hasn't been the same..
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Old 12-26-2002, 10:13 AM   #4
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Get the metric set of Happy Wrenches!
even if you have to pony up and pay a bit more.
Torque good too!
But wrench spinning hasn't been the same..
I already have that one :-) i've got 10,12,13,14,15,16,17,19

Right now, sears has a special on a 350ftlb impact wrench - i think i'll get that unless anybody has any bright ideas!
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Old 12-26-2002, 10:27 AM   #5
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Impact wrench sounds good..but I dont buy any air tools..My Dad has everything known plus a compressor taller than me.
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Old 12-26-2002, 02:59 PM   #6
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Happy Wrenches!

Did you start calling them that after my visit down there?
Its so damn funny because as soon as you say "happy wrench" everyone knows what you are talking about.
Nick came over to my house once, saw the happy wrenches, next time he came over he brought his own set

Nick - the impact gun would be good. You saw the power of the 250lb one doing to springs. But a good torque wrench would be more useful. You can undo bigass bolts with a breaker bar, but you can't substitute for a good torque wrench.

And speaking of shopping sprees, I get my $200 harbor freight/northern tool shopping spree courtesy of cathy, what to buy, what to buy!!!!

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Old 12-26-2002, 05:45 PM   #7
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Like tom said I would probably go with a torque wrench.

Since were on the subject, this what I got

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Old 12-26-2002, 07:55 PM   #8
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Burnout - holy crap!
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Old 12-26-2002, 08:29 PM   #9
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Yowzah that's a nice tool set!! I have $50 to spend as well. A high power impact wrench would be nice, but already have breaker bars, etc.

I feel like an idiot for asking, but what are "happy wrenches"? I don't watch much TV and work with mostly old-school tools, so I'm having a little trouble figuring out what everyone's referring to? Guess I will be own3d or welcomed to last week for this.
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Old 12-26-2002, 10:24 PM   #10
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Add me to that list... what are you talkign about???

Also what is the price on a good Torque wrench????



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Old 12-26-2002, 10:32 PM   #11
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happy wrenches


Go to Sears.com for tool prices and just to look at tools (I do it all the time)
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Old 12-26-2002, 11:08 PM   #12
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So these things really work??? I have seen them and was pretty skeptical about their durability. Has anyone demolished a set of these yet? Now i'm curious. Just got complete standard and metric sets of combination wrenches too!!
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Old 12-26-2002, 11:41 PM   #13
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Their craftsman..thats all you need..Ive only broke one craftsman wrench in quite a few years..they work pretty good..Im more of a socket man myself.
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Old 12-27-2002, 12:10 AM   #14
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BZZZZZZZZZZT WRONG.

Those are nowhere NEAR happy wrenches. Those are a cheap imitation and those things aspire to be happy wrenches but fall way short.

THIS is a happy wrench!
They are the same size as the regular wrenches but ratcheting, the big ones don't fit anywhere and they break.

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Old 12-27-2002, 12:22 AM   #15
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BZZZZZZZZZZT WRONG.

Those are nowhere NEAR happy wrenches. Those are a cheap imitation and those things aspire to be happy wrenches but fall way short.

THIS is a happy wrench!
They are the same size as the regular wrenches but ratcheting, the big ones don't fit anywhere and they break.

-Tom

I got the wrenches in the pics the Burnout posted above for Christmas. I picked them out for my self. $35 for 5 wrenches, but 10- sizes(each end is a different size). The pic above whether it be happy wrench or not, is a nice wrench, but insanely expensive. I wanted them, but $120 for 7 wrenches( in store) is ridiculous. That's snap-on territory. Teh rathcheting box end wrenches will work fine in most cases. I'd recommend them especially with on $50 to spend.

I'd also recommend the retractable extension cord

Pretty handy and you don't have to worry about picking it up when your done,


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Old 12-27-2002, 12:25 AM   #16
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Get a magnetic pan if you dont have one..to put your bolts/screws in. I love mine,when I can find it.
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Old 12-27-2002, 12:26 AM   #17
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METRIC!!!!!

hehe...those happy wrenches are made by Gear Wrench. I have to say they make things that much better. But, if you don't already have a torque wrench buy one...the click kind!!
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Old 12-27-2002, 12:32 AM   #18
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METRIC!!!!!

hehe...those happy wrenches are made by Gear Wrench. I have to say they make things that much better. But, if you don't already have a torque wrench buy one...the click kind!!
Thats really sad if they are made by gearwrench. Sears also sells gearwrench, and the original gearwrench set is $50/set. Whereas the craftsmen are $120. Theya re different, but not that different. Plus they are both warranteed for life,

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Well the "craftsman" gear wrenches are the EXACT same thing, but just twice the price. I asked in the store and was told that craftsman does this to a lot of other products. For example all craftsman cordless drills are black and decker drills, but the case is remade for craftsman.

I have the gearwrench ones. It cost me $50 for 10,12,13,14,15,18 and then another $10 for a 17. I guess I might spend another $10 and buy a 19 to have a full set. You can get them at ACE hw for that price or pick them up off the internet. ACE has a lifetime warranty on theirs and gearwrench does as well so if one doesnt back it, the other will.

I have BEAT on my 17mm with a sledge for a few bolts and havent had a problem with it. When I do I will take it to any ACE hw and get a new one.

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Quote:
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BZZZZZZZZZZT WRONG.

Those are nowhere NEAR happy wrenches. Those are a cheap imitation and those things aspire to be happy wrenches but fall way short.

THIS is a happy wrench!
They are the same size as the regular wrenches but ratcheting, the big ones don't fit anywhere and they break.

-Tom
Yeah I got a set of those for Christmas!!! I have used them many times before and I love them. They make installs much easier and faster.
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Old 12-27-2002, 10:24 AM   #21
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Magnetic Pan though is a great idea, I just saw that. So Im making a list.

1) Magnetic Pan
2) Extendable Magnet to replace my broken one
3) Set of 6 Vice Grip wrenches
4) Set of 12 screwdrivers
5) Set of 6 pliers
6) One of those 1/2 ton presses
7) 19mm happy wrench

hmmm, I can't think of anything else that I don't already have
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Well the "craftsman" gear wrenches are the EXACT same thing, but just twice the price.-Tom

The gearwrenches I saw were not the exact same thing. To change direction you had to flip the wrench over. With the craftsmen, you flip a switch. The Gearwrenches box end was flat, whereas the craftsmen was offset.

BTw when I was looking st the gearwrenches, the craftsmen were $120 for a set of 7 in store. When I came home and looked on the sears web site. They had all 14 wrenches(standard & Metric) for $150. It was a web special. I'd say! You save $90 from the store cost. So look around,


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Old 12-27-2002, 11:31 AM   #23
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The gearwrenches I saw were not the exact same thing. To change direction you had to flip the wrench over. With the craftsmen, you flip a switch. The Gearwrenches box end was flat, whereas the craftsmen was offset.
You can also buy the gearwrenches that are just like that. Sears just doesnt sell them so they can say that "their" wrenches are better

Check THIS site out. I *almost* jizzed my pants.
http://www.autotoolexpress.com/metgearset.html
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Old 12-28-2002, 12:13 AM   #24
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So Nick what did you get? Anything yet?
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Old 12-28-2002, 12:17 PM   #25
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i got a 350ftlb impact wrench. My reasoning is that i was looking for things that make working on cars more effortless and enjoyable. A nice strong impact wrench that can easily remove any bolt/nut I encounter was just the ticket. I'm through with struggling with my cheap Campbell Hausfield 250peak impact wrench.

Think I ought to take the 350 back and get the 425?
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