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So I need to buy my first tool set......

This is a discussion on So I need to buy my first tool set...... within the Tools forums, part of the LSx Technical Help Section category; Originally Posted by korndawg Oh, your right, they are spendy as hell and if anyone just needs to buy a ...

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    Quote Originally Posted by korndawg View Post
    Oh, your right, they are spendy as hell and if anyone just needs to buy a basic set is dumb to spend that much. Mac/Snap-On are for pro's, not for beginners/hobbyists. But to say they aren't better and that a 'wrench is a wrench', is pretty far out there. Quality costs money.
    True that I work on bus and broke craftsmen rachets all the time 1/4 and 3/8 mostly 1/4 inch I own snap on rachets and love them older craftsmen rachets where better in my opinion

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    craftsman FTMFW, railcar mechanic/fabricator here, i find for things like clamps, pry bars, and measuring tools there really is no need to go with the top brands, but for everything else if you are going to use the tools all the time and are serious about your work then go craftsman etc.

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    Walmart has a badass toolkit ive been using to take to junkyards/ fix stranded cars/work on all my junk at home for a long time.

    its like 30 bucks and has all kinds of random crap.

    Ive used the impact too with some of it hoping to see shit explode but its tough. I cannot see spending a fuckton of money on tools unless their craftsman(warranty) Now there is problably 200k worth of tools in our shop from Mac, Snap-on, craftsman, blackhawk and the other good companies but I cannot justify why you would buy something expensive like that when they WILL break, get screwed up and dirty.

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    The only tool i'd buy at walmart is a hammer. I got some cheap-ass sockets from them and stripped em out putting my tv stand together. Thats quality, let me tell ya

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    Quote Originally Posted by korndawg View Post
    The only tool i'd buy at walmart is a hammer. I got some cheap-ass sockets from them and stripped em out putting my tv stand together. Thats quality, let me tell ya
    Absolutely true! I shattered a socket while loosening the lugnuts on a buddies truck a while back. Either the tools are crap or I'm related to the Hulk

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    Definitely check out Kmart's Craftsman section. I work their part time and am always picking through the tool section and right now my stores got a ton of crap on clearance.

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    Personally, I like using Snap on since that is what I was able to use as a kid (father's tools). Now that I am buying them for myself they are just to pricey for me especially since I do not make my living with my tools.

    Most of what I buy I just go to Pep boys and buy there cheapy stuff, especially for things like sockets. You still get a lifetime warranty and they are much cheaper than buying the more popular brands.

    There are a few things that I will buy that is more name brand like my screwdrivers (because they do get used as prys and I will break them) and I prefer the higher end wrenches since they have better bite and don't tend to slip and strip out bolts. Of course for most of what I do the cheap stuff I have works just fine. I also don't skimp around on my torque wrenches either since I want those to be accurate, I have a couple that are made from Proto since I have used them before and I liked them (got them cheap off of ebay and plan on just getting them recalibrated once I need them for something other than lugnuts).

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    I buy Craftsman by the large cardboard box. Never hurts to have doubles either and you can never have enough tools! LOL That way I dont have to stop in the middle of a job to return a broken tool. I save up my broken Craftsmens in a seperate spot in my tool chests. Then (If I think about it) return them all at once. However I'm not real happy with the lazer embossed sockets from Craftsman. I had a set that was loosing the chrome from just rolling around in the tool chest. Now I try to stick to the sets that have the sizes stamped into the socket. I'd have to look but I think my largest metric socket sets goes to 36 or 38mm. And to 3 in. on the sae sets. The better tools do come from those other companies (snap-on, mac) but I do pretty good with craftsman tools. I've busted tools from just about every company though. They ALL can leave ya swearin' and a bleedin' LOL
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    If the chrome is peeling u can return it chrome can cut the crap out of you I just return my 9/16 socket and 7/16 wrench from snap on because of that reason and if I pay high dollar for the tools it better stay on there

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    Flea market.....you can get just about any brand cheap fom people cleaning out thier garages.

    I've got Snap-On, Matco, SK-Wayne, Proto, Jap shit, you name it

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    If you want to get a great set of tools for working on the car the 145 piece set is the best. It has a wider range of sockets than any other set. Obviously, not including the 300-400 piece sets. You don't get all the bullshit little pieces that make filler. The 145 piece set is all sockets and wrenches.

    It's not on sale very much, but when it is, it's a great deal.

    http://www.sears.com/shc/s/p_10153_1...nics+Tool+Sets

    Oh, and I used to work at Sears. Trust me, this is the best set for the price.

    Here's another 145 peice set with a little bit better price.

    http://www.sears.com/shc/s/p_10153_1...nics+Tool+Sets
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    Craftsman. Not the best, but when you can break it and get a new one no problem they are the best FOR ME. Snap On, Matco and SK make amazing tools but I'm not rich.

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    Im all for buying the cheap set. I will never turn a wrench enough to break one.

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    Do it yourselfers dont need mac and snap on tools unless they wanna spend the money. But anybody that tells me that a craftsman open end wrench is as good as the premium brands has never had to do alignments before on tie rod nuts that are tight as fuck or a multitude of other things. Craftsman wrenches last and have a good warranty but they also strip and round shit off too. For professional auto techs theres reason to buy the premium shit.

    But for murder, go to either sears or www.harborfreight.com

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    i will go as far as to say that craftsman ratchets fuckin suck though. They are imprecise as hell and the teeth inside arent fine enough and they break. A week and the seal for ratchet head is leaking. Fuck craftsman ratchets. I love my snap on ratchets. my 3/8 snap on ratchet is over 25 yrs old and works like its brand new. I've gone through at least 5 or 6 craftsman 3/8s in 7 yrs

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    Quote Originally Posted by korndawg View Post
    Oh, your right, they are spendy as hell and if anyone just needs to buy a basic set is dumb to spend that much. Mac/Snap-On are for pro's, not for beginners/hobbyists. But to say they aren't better and that a 'wrench is a wrench', is pretty far out there. Quality costs money.
    As the original poster stated he is looking for his "First tool set"............
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    Wow thanks for all the responses guys, you all have been helpful

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    Quote Originally Posted by clg82 View Post
    As the original poster stated he is looking for his "First tool set"............
    I wasn't arguiing the fact that he should buy snap-on or mac. If u actually read the post's your have read that I was arguing the statement that "a wrench is a wrench" and "a chrome socket is a chrome socket"............

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    also check out local pawn shops,used tools but you never know what you will find for dirt cheap. craftsman tools are great,but i wouldn't trade my 3/8 snap on long ratchet for anything craftsman,but i used it a hell of a lot more when i worked for ford.as far a sockets go,if you use impact sockets often,spend the money and buy premium,i bought some impact sockets from home depot,huskey i think,they broke in half 3 months after purchase.sucks to have your fingers cut by a impact socket,bought some from mac,never broke again.

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