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Old 09-08-2012, 06:01 PM   #31
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we use wiha torx drivers at work, nice tool, holds up. however a quick web trip to amazon, click on a set of pliers, and at the bottom of the description is this "Made in Germany/Wiha Vietnam". i buy tools for my mill and lathe that are sometimes imports. see mostly good stuff from taiwan, thailand, china, the old ussr sattelites. some good stuff from india and pakistan too, tho i scrutinize those more closely, some of their stuff worse than marginal.
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Old 09-09-2012, 06:26 AM   #32
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The Wiha 500 series Screwdrivers with wrenchable shank and metal striking caps are of top quality and light years better than Craftsman. You'll notice that each and every time they are used.
http://www.wihatools.com/500seri/530serie.htm
The JH Williams (a division of Snap On) hard-handle and ratcheting screwdrivers are also excellent.
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Old 09-09-2012, 06:38 PM   #33
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The Wiha 500 series Screwdrivers with wrenchable shank and metal striking caps are of top quality and light years better than Craftsman. You'll notice that each and every time they are used.
http://www.wihatools.com/500seri/530serie.htm
i looked at those - does the soft finish melt from solvents? nothing worse than gummy screwdrivers....
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Old 09-09-2012, 07:41 PM   #34
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I'll give them a serious look. I'm usually okay with Craftsman but I also dislike Chinese made stuff. Looking at Goodyear hose reels now, and have taken a closer look at Reelcraft reels due to their manufacture in US.

Anyway, allen wrenches from Craftsman have recently seemed to fit less accurately in bolts I have. I'm no garage ninja, but I hate rounding out an allen bolt with a poor fitting tool.

Thanks for the tip.
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Old 09-10-2012, 02:03 PM   #35
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i looked at those - does the soft finish melt from solvents? nothing worse than gummy screwdrivers....
No issues with solvents or fluids softening anything up, Berrymans B12 Chemtool and Brake Fluid didn't cause any issues. Usually wipe them off in use/when they get put away.
Check out the JH Williams if you remember how good the old hard handle Snap On used to be.
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Old 09-10-2012, 10:17 PM   #36
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I used to work at an aerospace/flight parts machine shop. We ordered about 5 or 6 sets of Wiha mallets, 1", 2", and 3" faces. Best hammers I've ever used. Now, I've got some Wiha torx wrenches for changing inserts in milling cutters, they do eventually break, but they hold up pretty well considering we are some hammering, gorillaing, tearup stuff machinists working here. I would assume they make all kinds of stuff, but I haven't seen much more than mallets and torx wrenches.

Most of the Chinese Stuff is junk, same with Pakistan/India/Thailand/Phillipine/Indonesia stuff. Most, but not all, just to appease BMW/Mercedes/Audi guy (it has to be one of those, right?).
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Old 09-12-2012, 08:20 PM   #37
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I bought a set of Wiha screwdrivers last year, and love them: good handle shape, reasonable price, and they seem to fit screw heads better than others I've used.
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Old 09-14-2012, 07:38 AM   #38
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Thanks for the feedback.

The Wiha website is great and I can order anything that I want but..... Where did you get your Wiha tools? Are they sold at any retail outlets?

Sometimes you need to see and physically handle the tools to know if they will work for you.

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Old 09-17-2012, 10:37 AM   #39
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I have a Wiha Torque driver in inch pounds for doing delicate work both on M/C's and Guns. Excellent, accurate tool. Was sourced from Amazon.com
As far as Chinese tools, Plain and simple, not in my tool box.
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Old 09-17-2012, 12:35 PM   #40
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I'm not familiar with Wiha, but I'll put my plug in for S-K and Snap-On. SK is still a good USA made tool. I have many of their products since my local hardware store sells an incredibly huge selection of them. It's a real hardware store, not an ACE/HomeDepot/Lowes.

I believe if you goto Snap-On's website, they disclose country of origin for their products. Some made in USA, some Asia...

And since I'm from Pennsylvania, I gotta say Channellock is a great tool company. You pay for them, but they are great tools.

Love the Snap-on comfort grip stuff....oily hands can still grip them quite well...incredible...
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Old 09-17-2012, 12:43 PM   #41
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Menards runs sales occasionally on Channellock, Last week everything was 15% off I believe. Great lifetime tool.
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Old 09-17-2012, 03:56 PM   #42
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Wiha

Best screwdrivers I've ever owned.... Also have a couple of their wrenches - good quality, in the same league as knipex...
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Old 09-17-2012, 04:17 PM   #43
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here's my screwdriver drawer. Mostly Snap-on with a few others thrown in... got a set of insulated Wilha nut drivers somewhere. very nice quality.

nicest part about Snap-on screwdrivers is free replacement blades installed by Snap-on dealers. no need to baby em.. Snap-on offers more different types of screwdrivers than anyone that I'm aware of.

most anyone can offer basics of small, med and large. but when someone needs say a screwdriver 20in long to reach deep into bowls of engine compartment. this is why pro's pay outrageous prices for Snap-on.


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Old 09-17-2012, 05:00 PM   #44
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here's my screwdriver drawer. Mostly Snap-on with a few others thrown in... got a set of insulated Wilha nut drivers somewhere. very nice quality.

nicest part about Snap-on screwdrivers is free replacement blades installed by Snap-on dealers. no need to baby em.. Snap-on offers more different types of screwdrivers than anyone that I'm aware of.

most anyone can offer basics of small, med and large. but when someone needs say a screwdriver 20in long to reach deep into bowls of engine compartment. this is why pro's pay outrageous prices for Snap-on.

Oy!! Wholly heck, man. That's a nice screwdriver collection...and lots of snap-on. Mmmm....I love the fact you can get a wrench on the shank of a quality driver. Gotta admit I was not a fan of the old-skool-kool plastic snapon handles, though. Sold them....have the wife trained well, too. 2 years ago, she bought me the metric T-handle soft grips...

I'm jones-ing for a snap-on flex head 3/8" wratchet...the next 130 bucks I get that's "blow money" is probably headed to my local dealer.

Tool-porn....can you really have too much?
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Old 09-17-2012, 06:02 PM   #45
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I'm jones-ing for a snap-on flex head 3/8" wratchet...the next 130 bucks I get that's "blow money" is probably headed to my local dealer.
here's a few Snap-on 3/8 & 1/4 wratchet handles ... shows a few of the configurations available from Snap-on. one never knows what god awful position is needed taking apart a vehicle.

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