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#1 JohnDeere110 OFFLINE  

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Posted December 21, 2016 - 08:35 PM

Mac, Snap-On, Craftsman, Pittsburgh, SK, etc. What's your favorite brand and why?

 

This is something I've been interested in lately so I figured why not ask everyone here.

 

 


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Posted December 21, 2016 - 08:42 PM

Snap on.  When it comes to hand tools, wrenches, ratchets, screwdrivers, etc, to me theres no comparison.


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Posted December 21, 2016 - 09:04 PM

I turn wrenches for a living and I have a wide variety. Not all top of the line not all cheapo. For the most part ratchets, breaker bars and the such I like good name brand. Mostly Cornwell. For the price and reliability, sockets and combination wrenches honestly Pittsburgh is a quality product. Power tools.. You get what you pay for IMHO. I store all of it in a Craftsman box.. Just my 2¢.
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Posted December 21, 2016 - 09:30 PM

I turn wrenches for a living and I have a wide variety. Not all top of the line not all cheapo. For the most part ratchets, breaker bars and the such I like good name brand. Mostly Cornwell. For the price and reliability, sockets and combination wrenches honestly Pittsburgh is a quality product. Power tools.. You get what you pay for IMHO. I store all of it in a Craftsman box.. Just my 2¢.


I am the same way, I have taken a liking to Harbor freight tools, but I have Craftsman, SK, among others.
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Posted December 21, 2016 - 09:34 PM

I prefer Snap-on. But for the tinkering that I do, Craftsman is sufficient.
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Posted December 21, 2016 - 09:35 PM

Most of my tools are older than me I got Snap on and SK tools from the 60s and I use them for a living but I also started buying gearwrench they are holding up pretty good.


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Posted December 21, 2016 - 10:46 PM

I have a mix of a little of everything. If I used tools for a living, I would buy Snap-On. But I don't use tools for a living so I buy Craftsman handtools. They are good enough for home use and you can always find a Sears if you have a problem. Snap-On men can be hard to track down. I have a set of New Britain sockets I bought in high school when I sold car parts at the NAPA store in town. 35+ years later they are still going strong.

I've busted cheapo ratchets by hand but the only time I've busted name brand ratchets was when I had a cheater bar on them. I finally bought a set of breaker bars and don't use cheaters anymore.

I won't buy anything that uses electricity--corded or battery--from Sears ever again. I learned that lesson long ago. My cordless tools are all Dewalt(at the same voltage so I always have extra batteries). My corded tools are a mix of Dewalt, Porter-Cable and Makita.

I buy from Harbor Freight, but I watch what I purchase--no power tools from there. I do use the free coupons when I go to HF and get their screwdrivers. They become sacrificial for me and get abused as chisels, scrapers, paint can openers, you name it. When they bugger up, they go in the trash.
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Posted December 21, 2016 - 11:21 PM

The snap on that my dad bought in 1960 and Craftsman that he also had , klein makes very good pliers

AND lets not forget all the heavy duty Williams sockets and such that I SWIPED FROM WORK when we were told the plant was closing and moving to Mexico  


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Posted December 21, 2016 - 11:32 PM

I will buy nothing less than the best that the Pawn Shop has.  :thumbs:


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Posted December 22, 2016 - 12:19 AM

the ones that don't break

and if they do break, you can exchange them for a new one.

i have Proto, Craftsman, SK ,Menards, plus some others (old ones  form my dad and grandfather)

I broke a Menards wrench (from a set), had to take the set of wrenches back and they replaced the whole set.

I also broke a Craftsman ratchets and they replaced it.

not bad for using tools for over 45 years


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Posted December 22, 2016 - 02:20 AM

I started with Huskys and SK Waynes in the 60s. I still have them and they still work. I've acquired some of all other brands since. My loaner tools are cheap stuff that were mixed in with good tools when I bought full tool boxes. My 1" drive set is HF and I've had it for 28 years. I only need it for the dozer and I tend to be gentle with it. I have a box full of "junk" wrenches and another of "junk" sockets. These I use for the time when I have to modify a wrench for a particular use. Its is painless compared to modifying a good tool. Good Luck, Rick


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Posted December 22, 2016 - 05:49 AM

SK


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Posted December 22, 2016 - 07:36 AM

A couple of years ago, I had some money and bought a big set of Olsen sockets. No, they're not my favorites! Two of the rachets have had to be replaced, so far, because they fell apart. Also, the rachets feel like they have rocks inside and the sockets are hard to get off. Life time guarantee? Di8d I tell you Menards switched to Olsen's alternate brand that doesn't have the guarantee?


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Posted December 22, 2016 - 08:40 AM

Older American made.


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Posted December 22, 2016 - 09:00 AM

Started with Monkey Wards and SK Waynes. I still have some of them after fifty years of use. Most of my tools now are either Craftsman or Snap-on with a few Harbor Freight thrown in when I find a good bargain.


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