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Old 02-24-2013, 11:24 PM
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what is your favorite brand of tools??

im a die hard matco supporter. 90% of my tools are matco brand are matco with the rest being craftsman. i stuck with craftsman for my chrome sockets because i saw no advantage in buying matco sockets. everything else though has been more than worth it. especially their screw drivers.

this is my latest purchase.
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i own a whole two snap on tools as i needed them on a day the snapoff truck was at the shop. i refuse to give them my money, often times it almost seemed like they didnt want my money

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Old 02-24-2013, 11:29 PM
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Craftsman as long as it says "made in the USA" on the tool. Other than that, anything I can get a deal on. I have MAC, Matco, SK, but no snap on. As well as some Hazet. I really want to go all Hazet, but that might cost me a lot. I prefer their non chrome finish.

I might buy a snap on FL dual 80 ratchet just to have. I do need to get more sockets. I'm still working off of my starter kit I to from craftsman years ago. I need more 6 point sockets This week I'm heading to Harbor Freight to get their 44" box. It's very well built. I did have my eye on an extreme green snap on classic 78 I found at a pawn shop but I'd rather save my money for now.

I'm getting a set of metric socket holders from here soon

http://westlingmachine.com/ToolHolders.html


I'd like to have all Snap On tools, but I'm not a professional. So my hodge pudge of Mac,CM, SK, Hazet, Harbor Freight, and matco works nicely.

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Old 02-25-2013, 12:23 AM
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Most of my hand tools are Craftsman. I'm good with them.

Have a few MAC wood-handled screwdrivers I really like - from working at the Honda MC shop in the early '70s that I still have.

I lost a basic set of ratchet SKs 25 years ago - left them on the bumper lip of my Lincoln when I drove away from home after working on it. Went looking for them alongside the Interstate entrance ramp, and found a $20 bill that I used to buy a new replacement set.
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Old 02-25-2013, 12:44 AM
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Craftsman partly buy default. When I was 11 years old My Father bought Me one of those sets of Tools that came with the Tool Box.
That was 95% sufficient through My Fuel Injections Shop work. The next place I worked supplied the Tools.

After that working as a Mechanic at various places still at least 80% Craftsman Tools.
I had a brief Job with a School District and they supplied Craftsman Tools.

So in the Past the US made Craftsman Tools have been extremely adequate.

I had some of the Craftsman Tools taken out of My Garage and mostly replaced them with less expensive tools.
Note; as the years have passed the quality of Hand Tools (with no moving parts) has risen to the Point were they are adequate; especially for the Home Mechanic.

However, the good Tools use better Steel and better heat treating and the Wrench Heads and Socket are often thinner and fit easier into places.

Some cheap tools like Allen Wrenches can only increase your problems.
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Old 02-25-2013, 12:45 AM
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Armstrong.

I only own a few tools from them but they are my absolute favorites. I've given Armstrong tools as gifts and regretted not keeping every single gift for myself. (I have a habit of buying people I like better things than I'd buy for myself).

So my brother in law has some awesome stuff from Armstrong.


They've also stayed in the States unlike Mac and SnapOn.
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Old 02-25-2013, 02:10 AM
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I have everything from Harbor Freight to Snap On. When I'm buying tools it depends on how often I expect to use them. Stuff I'll only use once in a while I go Harbor Freight. Thing's I'll use more often I'll generally get Craftsman. I only bought Snap On and Matco when I was turning wrenches for money on a daily basis.
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Old 02-25-2013, 03:43 AM
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Mostly craftsman but the newer ones don't impress much. I have a really mixed bag, some from here and there and some from my dad's tools. I need a way to organize my tools better. I spend too much time looking for the right socket etc.
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Old 02-25-2013, 07:52 AM
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Whatever is given to me followed by whatever I find at tag/garage/CL sales. "Made in..." is the only thing I look for with a couple dissuaders.
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Old 02-25-2013, 08:07 AM
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SK, Proto, Williams, MAC

I have a mixture of stuff: SK for 1/4 to 1/2" drive, Proto for the big stuff (700 ft lb Torque Wrench, etc) Williams for the big sockets (1 1/8 to 3") and MAC for most of the rest, Craftsman for the "loan out" tools. I don't waste money on junk so no chinese brand wrenches (they warp out too easily). Some Hazlet from my Volvo and MB days.
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Old 02-25-2013, 08:26 AM
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My favorite brand is "Free".

I like their beer too.
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Old 02-25-2013, 08:33 AM
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My favorite brand is "Free".

I like their beer too.
Free. Cold. My father's favorite in that order.
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Old 02-25-2013, 09:04 AM
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my dad started working for a stude dealer after WWII then went to the pontiac/caddy/olds dealer.started his own shop in 66 and retired in 86.so most of my tools got handed down and are 80 % snap-on.my tool box he bought new in 66 a snap-on and i have some cool old snap-on tools the local snap-on dealer has never seen or heard of.but 1 thing i learned the hard way.snap-on has a lifetime guaretee even if the chrome flakes off.well some of my dads old long wrenches the chrome flaked off so i turned em in for new ones.BIG mistake.i swear they make the new ones out of cheap potmetal.i never rounded as many bolts as i have with these new wrenches.
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Old 02-25-2013, 09:06 AM
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I cruise garage sales for old(ish) tools. Most of the made in USA stuff can be had for pennies.
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Old 02-25-2013, 10:03 AM
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Except for a few specialty items, I generally use Pawnshop tools.
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Old 02-25-2013, 10:05 AM
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All SO and Craftsman. HF for non-breakable tools. Kobalt toolbox.

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