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October 28th, 2014, 10:37 AM   #1
ikesale
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favorite tool brand?

Im looking into tools with lifetime warranty.
duralast at autozone seems nice but expensive
kobalt at lowes is cheaper, and seems better.

what tool brand do you prefer and where are they sold?
 
October 28th, 2014, 10:43 AM   #2
concealer404
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Carlyle, sold at Napa.

Tool truck (Snap-On, Matco, Mac, Cornwell) quality, cheaper than those brands by a little bit (lot of bit if you catch the good tools), and you can just head down to any Napa to buy/exchange/service them, instead of trying to get a truck driver to come to your house.


Otherwise, i'll buy Gearwrench at Advance Auto Parts.

Next down the line would be Kobalt, which is easier to get access to the full line at Lowes. Kobalt and Mastercraft at Menard's are roughly equivalent.

Though honestly...the Pittsburgh Pro line of tools at Harbor Freight is quite good, and almost all has lifetime warranty as well. Dirt cheap.
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October 28th, 2014, 10:48 AM   #3
directorgtr
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Depends on the tool. But I'm still fine with Craftsman at Sears or Ace Hardware. I've broken so many sockets, ratchets, screwdrivers and I've never had an issue. I know they're not as nice as Snap On but they're also not nearly as pricey either. Their new tactic though is selling the EVO craftsman which isn't lifetime warranty.

Also Performax 1/2" drive ratchet breaker bar sold at menards is surprisingly durable and extremely handy. Lifetime warranty on it.

I also have a set of SAE gearwrench wrenches that I got from amazon on black friday for like $30. They work very well but since the probe is metric, it limits it's usage for the time being. I believe they are also lifetime warranty but not positive.
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October 28th, 2014, 10:54 AM   #4
concealer404
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I find the idea is to count on not breaking your tools, instead of "well if i break this, they'll replace it."

Craftsman stuff (and bear in mind, this is merely an opinion) just isn't worth it anymore. I've lost count how much of their stuff has broken on it. I don't have time for broken tools. Sold it all to a local old guy that wouldn't stop preaching about "Made in Murica!" and put the money towards some quality tools that didn't break.
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October 28th, 2014, 11:42 AM   #5
MonoxideChild
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I agree that Craftsman has gone down hill. There not 'Made in the USA" any longer. And when you return a broken "Made in the USA" tool, they give you a cheap China made tool back. PASS!

Ive since swapped over to the Kobalt line at Lowe's. They have the same no questions asked warranty with no proof of sale needed. And the tools truly seem made better then even the old USA made Craftsman.
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October 28th, 2014, 12:01 PM   #6
concealer404
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I agree that Craftsman has gone down hill. There not 'Made in the USA" any longer. And when you return a broken "Made in the USA" tool, they give you a cheap China made tool back. PASS!

Ive since swapped over to the Kobalt line at Lowe's. They have the same no questions asked warranty with no proof of sale needed. And the tools truly seem made better then even the old USA made Craftsman.

The Kobalt line is entirely good. Lots of it made in Taiwan, which is a good thing. Many of the awesome tools are coming from there these days. (Much of the Matco line, more and more of the SnapOn line, Toptul, etc.)
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October 28th, 2014, 02:13 PM   #7
directorgtr
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I didn't know about the Kobalt line have the same warranty as craftsman. I might just have to transfer over from now on.
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October 28th, 2014, 03:50 PM   #8
ikesale
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I was lookin at a duralast metric socket set, had 14 pcs, all short socket for 30-40$. i checked out lowes kobalt, they had a metric socket set, 19 pcs, short and long sockets for same price.

also duralast had a 10 mm ratchet wrench with no swivle for 17$. kobalt had ratchet with swivle knuckle for a 2 dollars less.

kobalt seems a better value and selection, with good prices imo.
 
October 28th, 2014, 04:23 PM   #9
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Craftsman all the way. If you guys are breaking tools, you are not using the right tool. The only thing I ever break is the breaker bar. Because I just happen to buy TAWIAN breaker bars for some reason. And all of craftsman is American made, but not the green Evo crap. Cuz that stuff is crap.

---------- Post added at 07:23 PM ---------- Previous post was at 07:21 PM ----------

For Hand tools here. Electric Dewalt......
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October 28th, 2014, 07:15 PM   #10
MonoxideChild
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Wrong. Take a look at the tools next trip to Sears. They dont have the big "Made in USA" cast into them like they used to. And havent in a few years. Believe me, the vast majority of there tools are made by Apex tool in China now and that info can be found on a basic google search.
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October 28th, 2014, 07:29 PM   #11
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^ wrong
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October 28th, 2014, 07:31 PM   #12
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Professional use, I prefer Snap On hand tools. Yes, lots and lots of $$$$$, but in my experience their ratchets, chrome sockets and end wrenches really are the best in terms of strength, and ability to fit them in tighter places.

Not overly fond of their impact sockets, love their universal impact stuff, not fond of their air tools or pliers.

I like Mac for pliers and lots of other specialty tools.

Impact sockets, Napa, cheap and available.

Of course some old Stanley stuff I bought at Wal-Mart over ten years ago is still rocking it hard. I've got a 1/2' ratchet that just won't die. Even when I've tried to kill it.

GearWrenches. Love, couldn't live without Gear Wrenches. Just stick with the GearWrench brand, can't say the Snap On/Tool Truck stuff is better enough to justify the extra cost. I've got a 12mm Gear Wrench that also just won't die.
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October 28th, 2014, 07:37 PM   #13
yellowrob
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Picked these up just the other day. The socket is a12 point for head bolts.







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October 28th, 2014, 10:03 PM   #14
dillinr
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October 29th, 2014, 06:07 AM   #15
yellowrob
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Hahahaha that's RIGHT! And monoxide you are right, it may not be all the tools but I just looked at this other set I also got that was on sale. And I guess that's why it was on sale cuz it don't say made in merica on those ones.
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October 29th, 2014, 06:15 AM   #16
concealer404
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Craftsman all the way. If you guys are breaking tools, you are not using the right tool. The only thing I ever break is the breaker bar. Because I just happen to buy TAWIAN breaker bars for some reason. And all of craftsman is American made, but not the green Evo crap. Cuz that stuff is crap.

---------- Post added at 07:23 PM ---------- Previous post was at 07:21 PM ----------

For Hand tools here. Electric Dewalt......
No, it's not.

Well-documented. Most of the raised panel line moved to China at least a couple years ago. It was crap well before they moved, though.

Right tool or not, a scrawny little bastard like me shouldn't be able to repeatedly sheer a 3/8" ratchet by hand with no cheater bar.

GarageJournal tested a bunch of common ratchets and the Craftsman stuff was consistently at the bottom. Not just in feel, but in strength.

You buy what you want/like, though. Beating up someone else for their choice in tools is silly. If you like the Craftsman stuff and it works for you, then that's awesome. For my needs, i just couldn't deal with it anymore.
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October 29th, 2014, 07:10 AM   #17
yellowrob
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No one is beating up on anybody here! No one is really offended, its all in fun. No one here seriously cares about what tools the next guy buys.
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October 29th, 2014, 08:10 AM   #18
probe,man
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No one is beating up on anybody here! No one is really offended, its all in fun. No one here seriously cares about what tools the next guy buys.
we are all probe owners who have something in common. It don't matter what tools you buy, as long as it gets the job done and done right
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October 29th, 2014, 09:24 AM   #19
concealer404
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No one is beating up on anybody here! No one is really offended, its all in fun. No one here seriously cares about what tools the next guy buys.


Sorry i re-read what i posted and it sounded like i may have been mad.

Apologies, i meant that to mean that i wasn't trying to beat you up over your tools haha.
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October 29th, 2014, 09:27 AM   #20
directorgtr
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You guys are all tools
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94 PGT mtx - KLZE straight neck, rebuilt heads with de components, headers, test pipe, full CAI, RR-Racing engine mount inserts front and back, Extremethings modded ecu, Stage 1 clutch
 
October 29th, 2014, 09:52 AM   #21
yellowrob
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You guys are all tools
Nice! Remember that song " I gotta 3 inch tool"
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October 29th, 2014, 10:04 AM   #22
directorgtr
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No but that would be a sad day for anyone...
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94 PGT mtx - KLZE straight neck, rebuilt heads with de components, headers, test pipe, full CAI, RR-Racing engine mount inserts front and back, Extremethings modded ecu, Stage 1 clutch
 
October 29th, 2014, 10:12 AM   #23
yellowrob
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October 29th, 2014, 12:55 PM   #24
probe,man
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hahaha lmao
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October 29th, 2014, 05:23 PM   #25
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Nice! Remember that song " I gotta 3 inch tool"
Yup ! My theme song!
Oh an I use any tool that fits the budget and gets the job done...............but I always check the warranty. No warranty, bye bye

 

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