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Old 03-29-2007, 05:04 PM   #1
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I want my own tools...

Now that I experienced the joy of removing bits of important stuff, rearranging it, and sticking it back on my Jeep (in good working order too, must not forget that), I want my own set of tools. Let's hear favorite brands.....

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So many good answers to this question...... But in the name of good taste, I'll refrane. I predict this thread will head in bad directions.











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For the average home guy I think that Snap-On is toooooooooo damn expensive. However I have to admit with all of the work on stuff that I've done at Joe's I've never broken a Snap-On tool.

I use Craftsman stuff at home for all of my hand tools. They are more expensive than other brands with lifetime warranties, but they are also way better quality.
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I have no idea what unlimited is talking about, but I am slow that way...

For a shadetree or budget minded mechanic, Craftsman is great. For the proffessional, Snap-On or Mac. If you are on a really tight budget, I suppose Husky are ok.

Most of my tools are Craftsman, but I have a few Snap-On. A few weeks ago I worked on my Jeep at a local body shop using their tools which were all Snap-On and Mac. They really are a joy to use, they feel so much nicer but the price hurts pretty bad.
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Want a great deal on hand tools?

If you are just starting out on tools look into this set...

It is a great starter set for 199.99 and they are Craftsman.

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Old 03-29-2007, 05:43 PM   #8
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Greg,

Great link bro. That is the exact set that I take on the trail with me. (I know it might be overkill, but better to have 20 extra lbs than stay in the desert overnight. )

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If you are just starting out on tools look into this set...

It is a great starter set for 199.99 and they are Craftsman.

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Harbor Freight.
Yup, I have a mix of Craftsman and Harbor Freight. The Craftsman is left over from my machining days and the Harbor Freight is since we had kids.
Good luck and have fun acquiring your tools, Tiny.
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i got the cheapest thing that advance auto had

i think its called "popular mechanics"...they've worked fine for me so far.
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Old 03-29-2007, 08:28 PM   #13
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Problem with cheap tools though is they break. I broke sockets yesterday putting on the lift. At home that's not such a big deal, but I assume out on the trail it would tend to piss one off.

I want a good set that will last and that I can add to when I need to.

Oh and MrC... I have the tools you suggested, however, I'm not sure they would have done me a lot of good yesterday. I'd have probably cut something off. Something that I needed.
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Old 03-29-2007, 08:40 PM   #14
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I have tons of tools. Every brand you can think of. Craftsman is pretty good. Snap-On is not my favorite because they cost too much and I have broken quite a few tools from them. I have broken the other brands too, but the Craftsman can always be swapped for a new tool.
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only reason we have snap on is bc dad is an aircraft mechanic. the guy comes to the airport once a week. dad gets good deals. i dont know taht i've ever broken anything snap on. dad said he's broken very few in almost 40 yrs. we also use alot of craftsman. very good quality and lifetime guarenteed. i keep a set of "popular mechanics" stuff in the jeep bc if it gets stolen i aint out much money. i dont really like it. that cheap stuff breaks alot.
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For the money, you can't beat Craftsman tools. Life time warranty and they aren't that expensive. Stanley tools are a little cheaper than craftsman, they also have a lifetime warranty, but you have to send them the tool. Craftsman tools and be turned in at any Sears that sells them for a replacement.
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For the money, you can't beat Craftsman tools. Life time warranty and they aren't that expensive. Stanley tools are a little cheaper than craftsman, they also have a lifetime warranty, but you have to send them the tool. Craftsman tools and be turned in at any Sears that sells them for a replacement.
not o mention the fact that stanley tools are crap
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not o mention the fact that stanley tools are crap
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my cheap tools have helf up fine so far...and i've got two socket sets so if one breaks i've got another and it was cheap too
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my cheap tools have helf up fine so far...and i've got two socket sets so if one breaks i've got another and it was cheap too
I have some cheaper tools that I like to use. I use Popular Mechanics all the time. I won't use their ratchets, they break too easy.

I have collected so many tools over the years, that I probably could go the rest of my life without getting another one. What fun is that though? I'm gonna get some more wrenches tomorrow...
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Sears is saposed to be having a sale on some Craftsman tools over the weekend or next weekend. A lot of the new stuff is coming out so the older ones will be discounted.

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I have collected so many tools over the years, that I probably could go the rest of my life without getting another one.

Me too, now if I could just find one when I need it!!!!!
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Of course Craftsman and Snap-on are fine! I have had trouble with Popular Mechanics (broke so many I threw them away) I have had good luck with Husky. But, the cheaper tools have gotten better in the last few years... Go to Harbour Freight and handle a few, see what you think...you are a craftsman, (craftsperson) your hands will probably tell you what is good quality! Plus, it's hard to beat getting 12 prybars for 7 bucks!
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I'm in the market for tools also and found this thread very helpful. Do you have any recommendations for a good floor jack and what size jack stands should I buy?
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As far as either go, I really don't feel it's necessary to got and buy a $150 craftsman floor jack. Mine is from sears though.
Here are examples from Harbor Freight.

Here is a reasonable 3 ton (clicky for link):



For jack stands these 3 ton are fine for stock heights:



These 6 ton are good for lifted:



You don't need to go to HF to get similar jacks and stands at similar prices.
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I like the Craftsman set I posted, not only because they hold up.

But; becuse at a glance you can tell when you are missing a tool.

I've never broken a Scoket excpet for when I'm using it to pound out a broken axel part duck taped to the end of the a breaker bar.

But I have killed a lot of Ratchets in my time. All you do is walk into SEARS and say "This one died; Can you get me another one?"

The tool Box is soooooooo cool because it fits almost anywhere you would want to keep it on your Jeep.
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I have those goodies too!

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As far as either go, I really don't feel it's necessary to got and buy a $150 craftsman floor jack. Mine is from sears though.
Here are examples from Harbor Freight.

Here is a reasonable 3 ton (clicky for link):



For jack stands these 3 ton are fine for stock heights:



These 6 ton are good for lifted:



You don't need to go to HF to get similar jacks and stands at similar prices.
Over the years I have collected a lot of tools.

I'm a firm beliver in quality hand tools but for things like a Floor Jack or Jack Stands I shop at Nothern Tool they are closer to my office than Harbor Freight is.
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I like the Craftsman set I posted, not only because they hold up.

But; becuse at a glance you can tell when you are missing a tool.

I've never broken a Scoket excpet for when I'm using it to pound out a broken axel part duck taped to the end of the a breaker bar.

But I have killed a lot of Ratchets in my time. All you do is walk into SEARS and say "This one died; Can you get me another one?"

The tool Box is soooooooo cool because it fits almost anywhere you would want to keep it on your Jeep.

This set is on sale for $189 this weekend (in So Cal, not sure about the rest of the nation)
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It's already on sale actually. I guess they decided to start it early.

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