Tool quality question

Discussion in 'The Garage' started by jtatknox, Mar 2, 2013.

  1. kantuckid

    kantuckid Long timer

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    Mine Apex hex bits from the 1960's are still like new-Torx bits are another story as they wear out constantly & usually give in to that one tough situation. e.g. , I was pulling the front fender on a late model Audi & went through 3 on one small fastener!
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  2. The Shifty Jesus

    The Shifty Jesus Adventurer

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    I realized years ago that the Mac box full of Snap-On tools could put two other motorbikes in my garage. No question to that equation.

    I replaced most of everything with Craftsman and have never looked back. Anything that sees a ton of use, or starts wearing in a way I am not happy with gets switched out with something of much higher quality.

    Kept all the original air tools because their quality is more than twice that of those half their price.

    The things I never skimp out on though is screwdrivers and allen head wrenches. The line between great and garbage with these is very thin.
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  3. Scott_PDX

    Scott_PDX Leisure Engineer

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    In general "Made in America" is what I look for when it comes to hand tools. If you can afford them, they are better quality.

    I wish I could buy Snap on or Mac someplace retail. The trucks are hard to deal with if you aren't in the industry.
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  4. bwringer

    bwringer Gimpy, Yet Alacritous

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    Most of the "Masterforce" tools at Menard's (including wrenches, sockets, and bits) are made in the US. They're very high quality and reasonably priced (the 3 to 8mm hex bit set is only $27). They're not very pretty in some cases, but I much prefer an honest bead-blasted finish rather than thick layers of shiny chrome.

    Make sure you pay attention, though -- Masterforce pliers, for example, are made in China. Not bad, honestly, but the Channellock pliers nearby are a far better choice for something you're going to use more than once.
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  5. ttpete

    ttpete Rectum Non Bustibus

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    Both are available online. I've bought Snap-On that way.
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  6. OaklandStrom

    OaklandStrom Long timer

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    This is another option.
    http://www.amazon.com/Neiko-10075A-Pro-Grade-Wrench-13-Piece/dp/B000GYLCHK/ref=pd_cp_hi_1

    I have a set from this company, and have had no problems with it. I've even run a few of them in an impact gun, for removing, not tightening.

    I'd buy SnapOn if I was made of money, but I have to be more careful than that.

    Somebody mentioned Kobalt from Lowe's. I have yet to get a straight answer from anybody at Lowes (I've tried different stores) stating exactly what it takes to return a tool. Some say I need a receipt, others have told me I need to mail them to Kobalt and others say I just need to bring it back. Until the warranty is as easy as Sears, I won't bother buying them. I'm really happy that I bought a lot of hand tools earlier in life, before Sears turned to crap.
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  7. kantuckid

    kantuckid Long timer

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    I bought a used set on ebay & one was broken-took it to the store & walked away with a new tool. Whole set in fact!
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