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 I wasn't arguiing the fact that he should buy snap-on or mac. If u actually read ...
04-11-2009, 10:20 PM #41
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04-12-2009, 12:12 PM #43
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- 2002 FORMULA
Let face it. Working on the car you might use 3 sizes of sockets, most of the will never be used. Also allen set,not used, I didnt see a torque(star) fitting on that. If it was it will not fit the seats. Multi meter to check voltage. Snap on is alright, they will take it out of your check or you can buy on time. They come to the shop and they are not mechanics, they are salesman.
04-12-2009, 02:19 PM #44
where i work now we are provided with tools,and we use armstrong hand tools. i can say from experience i have been using armstrong tools for the last 4 years every work day their 1/4 and 3/8 ratchets SUCK BALLS no problems with sockets though.we had armstrong ratchet wrenchs too and they were so weak they had to replaced with craftsman ratchet wrenches.all tools are not created equal.
04-12-2009, 02:23 PM #45
I have all Craftsman... only busted two tools in 2o yrs!
Sears/Kmart replaced both for free.
04-12-2009, 05:18 PM #46
04-13-2009, 09:14 AM #47
harbor freight fans?? anywhere
04-13-2009, 10:01 AM #48
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04-13-2009, 12:06 PM #49
harbor freight is a good place to get a deal on tools,but i have bought some things there that wasn't worth a crap,a set of picks to be specific they broke quickly and i replaced with snap-on,problem fixed.if you are a do it yourselfer harbor freight is great,not so much for pro techs.
04-13-2009, 01:23 PM #50
No "Great Neck" or Anything that says "CHINA" on it.
They strip shit like no other.00 Z28 M6 T-tops
00 SS A4 T-tops (Sold)
99 Corvette M6 (Sold)
98 Z28 A4 Coupe (Sold)
98 Z28 A4 T-tops (Sold)
04-13-2009, 05:37 PM #51
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the way i look at it is as long as the job gets done, who cares what kind of tools you use.
04-13-2009, 05:47 PM #52
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My tools consist of Kobalt, GM Goodwrench, Craftsman and Black & Decker. I like all of those brands. I don't like using cheaper brand tools anymore, I got tired of sockets stripping crap and ratchets that couldn't get the job done. I have a Husky and Proto torque wrench, I like both of them as well. Its been suggested several times already, but buying tools in a bulk 200 piece set or whatever the amount is a good way to get your tools built up in an economical way while still getting good quality.
04-13-2009, 07:16 PM #53
Well I now have mostly Matco, of course. IMO if the tools are not being used day in and day out, craftsman is perfect for the hobbie mechanic. They just don't seem to hold up as well as the Matco, Snap On brands in the professional use application.
04-14-2009, 12:57 PM #54
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04-14-2009, 09:25 PM #56
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04-14-2009, 09:39 PM #57
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04-15-2009, 06:04 AM #58
Buy a decent set. But there is certainly no reason to spend $150 on a set of five snap-on wrenchs. If you buy craftsman and brake one you can just go to sears to get it replaced for free. Snap-on youll have to find a time when your local dealer can meet with you to replace it, and thats a hassel unless you work at a garage and he comes in every tuesday morning anyway.
04-17-2009, 08:24 AM #59
If your just doing basic maintence a simple set from sears will do the trick and when they break you just take them back in for a return.
Just a tid bit, Snap-on, Stanley, Craftsman, all made by the same company, The only difference is theres a cool guy that drives a cool truck that says snap-on and comes to your place of business.
All have the same quality, if you use your tools like there suppose to be used they will last a good long while, Ie a screw driver to remove screws and not used as a pry bar..
Iv been working on cars and trucks for years, even in combat, iv got tools from every company you can imagine and they all perform about The same.
Just my 02
J2001 SS, Its not the car its the Driver that matters....
04-17-2009, 06:01 PM #60
i know mac and stanley are made by the same company(saw some stanley tools on the mac truck one day and asked wtf)but not all guys on the truck are "cool" when i lived in florida the mac man would only show up on payday...the 10th and 25th of every month.
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