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best tools/worst tools

I just wanted to ask you guys which tools you like to work with and which ones suck. I am planning on learning how to be handy with my truck and I dont want to end up buying a tool that will not last long or will break. All input will be appreciated. Feel free to coment on any type of tools.
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you get what you pay for....

i was given a cheap ratchet set as a door prize at a car show....within a few days i broke at least 3 of the sockets
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I broke my craftsman rachet from chucking it at the garage floor. I got a 72 tooth harbor freight rachet that is really nice, I like it a lot. Never had a problem with my craftsman sockets or my harbor freight wrenches. I don't use mine everyday though so I don't need professional quality.
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I picked up a 154pc craftsman set with all kinds of sockets and wrenches and stuff in it for $100 and I love it. It fits perfectly behind the passenger seat.
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I like S&K, and craftzman.....
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its all opinion if you ask me... i personally love craftsman and own 90% craftsman. i have craftsman wrenches as well as some china wrenches and the china ones dont fit as snug on the bolts as the craftsmans do
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I work as a mechanic....80% of my tools are Snap On(about 15% of those are Blue Point, which is made by Snap On), The best tools ever made, Yes they are expensive, yet great quality, lifetime warranty. The other 20% of my tools are Matco, which is decent, SK, These are nice, CornWell, Another nice tool, Craftsman, Im not a fan they don't like to honor thier warranty.
For pnuematic tools stick with Ingersoll Rand, They are the best.

My personal suggestion, and this is coming from some one who uses there tools for a living...If you plan on really getting into cars/trucks/mechanics buy Snap On, Cornwell, SK, Matco.....
If you plan on just modding you truck fixing it here and there...SK, Craftsman will be just fine. But buy an Ingersoll Rand Impact wrench
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^^I'm with him. The craftsman tools were a great deal before I started a career out of it. I'd head to Sears during a sale and get the best 200pc set or whatever. Check Napa out, their tools are made by the same folks as Matco, if you have a good connection you can get them at a good price.
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My dad told me this that his instructor in college said-
"when you get out of school and become a mechanic you will buy yourself a set of tools. But if you are a good mechanic you will have all snap-on tools."
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My dad told me this that his instructor in college said-
"when you get out of school and become a mechanic you will buy yourself a set of tools. But if you are a good mechanic you will have all snap-on tools."
(((instructor sold him those snap on tools)))
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^^that's what I'm thinking. Our teacher told us to buy Craftsman or napa so If you're on a call out in the middle of nowhere you can more then likley find a Napa or sears within an hour and get your tool fixed. And what does it matter if you waste all your money on Snappys? Granted I have a lot of Snappy stuff, but I bought it from a retiring guy...I really got my moneys' worth on him.
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i use kobalt from lowes and some cheap wrench set from pepboys. neither american made (i know, i support terrorism or something) i don't know if it's american pride or something else, but every tool i buy that's made outside the US/Canadia isn't worth a crap.
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Crapsman professional grade at home in the garage, Matco/Strap On/Mac at work, and standard cheap crapsman in the service truck.

I've broken something from each. I keep the crapsman in the service truck since loosing one on the side of the road is no biggie.
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I use craftsman, sk, snap-on and matco. havent tried any others yet
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This thread seems pretty helpful, as I have to start buying tools for college this fall. I've heard great things about snap-on.. I'll have to check them out.. I use alot of craftsman tools though, and have a Kobalt impact wrench. Craftsman have worked great for me so far, although I've broke a few socket extensions..
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i got mastergrip and husky ... laugh all you want
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Ive always been a Craftsman guy, then again i have an uncle that has worked at Sears for like 30 years, and I even worked at Sears for a while after high school.

the coolest new tools ive gotten though is this set of an impact driver and drill set from Makita. Lithium batteries rock. Charge in like 15 minutes and last a long time. i love em.

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Anything with a lifetime warantee and a store within a half hour is a good tool for me.

Store Brands, Cobalt, Craftsman, Harbor freight

The best example is my $20 generic store brand (Tool Shop from Menards) angle grinder. I bought it because it was cheap and i only planned on doing it twice. I ended up beating the crap out of it and it still worked. I dropped it a couple times too. One day the disk shattered and the grider jerk out of my hand and fell to the ground and didnt start again. Took it in to the store 30 minutes later I was back at home with my brand new grinder working away.
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Ive always been a Craftsman guy, then again i have an uncle that has worked at Sears for like 30 years, and I even worked at Sears for a while after high school.

the coolest new tools ive gotten though is this set of an impact driver and drill set from Makita. Lithium batteries rock. Charge in like 15 minutes and last a long time. i love em.

we have a drill like that at work and i love it. i rock craftsman and some stanley for stuff i dont care about or what i needed in a pinch. only snap on ill buy is specality stuff.
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Craftsman, snap on, and blue point only.

As far as air tools, IR all day baby.
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I agree with most, I have noticed a better fit with Snap-On than Craftsman though. At work we have a Makita impact like Sixt9 posted and I love it for the smaller stuff. I have mostly Craftsman and it does the job, but I prefer Snap-On..
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Like I said earlier and this is coming from some one who uses there tools for a living...If you plan on really getting into cars/trucks/mechanics buy Snap On(Bluepoint-made by Snap On), Cornwell, SK, Matco.....
If you plan on just modding you truck fixing it here and there...SK, Craftsman will be just fine. But buy an Ingersoll Rand Impact wrench
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i have that drill set....X2 for awesomness
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best tool in my arsenal is a 2" pipe 2ft long. Not having leverage used to be the thing that slowed me down the most. Not anymore.
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i prefer craftsman or allen. I like them both, but i am just a hobbyist at home.
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