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Starter Tool Set

Discussion in 'Off-Topic Discussion' started by dtrujillo63, Feb 10, 2009.

  1. Feb 10, 2009 at 3:59 PM
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    dtrujillo63

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    So I'm looking to buy a starter tool set to wrench on the truck. My budget is about $200. Anyone have some good recommendations? I want to get most bang for my buck. I'm thinking of pinking up a craftsman set, but they have like 100000 different ones within my budget.

    I have my eye on this one:
    http://www.sears.com/shc/s/p_10153_...ols&cName=Tool+Sets&sName=Mechanics+Tool+Sets

    Seems to have a good range of socket sizes. Another thing, why is it that some small sets cost 3xs as much?
     
  2. Feb 10, 2009 at 4:19 PM
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    chris4x4

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    Thats a dam good set, and it will have most everything you need to work on a vehicle. :)
     
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    Hey denny try home depot i got a set bigger than the craftsman and with husky you still get a life time warranty plus it cost me $60 dollars around black friday time.
     
  4. Feb 10, 2009 at 4:30 PM
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    denny go to sears, i just got craftsman 180 pc for 50 bucks
     
  5. Feb 10, 2009 at 4:40 PM
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    Nice.
     
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    that looks like a sweet set. might have to get one myself.

    where can i get a good torque wrench?
     
  7. Feb 10, 2009 at 5:07 PM
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    I'm looking for a set that has a wide rage of sockets. I'm always in need of a bigger socket then the standard tool sets include. I actually had a 204 piece craftsman that I returned. 50% of the 204 pieces are screwdriver bits, allen wrenches, i already have all that stuff. They make it sound nice: "204 Piece Tool Set". But in reality, only half the tools in the set are valuable.

    Steve, I was just looking at home depots website, they have some nice husky tool sets for sure!

    Right now its between these two: Which one do you guys think is better quality? Any other sets that I should be looking for that offer about the same amount of sockets?

    Husky 149 Piece Tool Set: $149
    http://www.homedepot.com/webapp/wcs...3&productId=100615096&N=10000003+90048+502847

    Craftsman 187 Piece Tool Set: $180
    http://www.sears.com/shc/s/p_10153_...ols&cName=Tool+Sets&sName=Mechanics+Tool+Sets
     
  8. Feb 10, 2009 at 5:33 PM
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    well..just compare the two, and which ever has the most sockets, go with it.

    I started out with a 280 piece set, and it has probably doubled in size since i started wrenching for a living. Just get the basics, and buy as you need.

    also, check out ebay. Ive got a ton of specialty stuff from there, in awesome condition.
     
  9. Feb 15, 2009 at 11:51 AM
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    Hey denny you need to check out sears this week awesome deals on craftsman tools a 260 piece for $199 damn good price man and a 348 piece for for $274. Makes me wanna go get tools. And another kit 192 piece for $149
     
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    I know I always end up wrenching on my inlaws' domestics so it's always good to have SAE on hand. :D Especially on the vehicles that seem to randomly switch between SAE and metric. Or you don't have the right size SAE, but can get by with a slightly larger metric. Or vice versa. :thumbsup:
     
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    Still good deals at sears
     
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    Craftsman are $$$EXPENSIVE$$$. I buy at HD and Lowes now - you can get a lot more tool for the money there.
     
  13. Feb 17, 2009 at 7:33 AM
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    I prefer the Kobalt stuff at Lowe's. I do have a nice Husky set though.

    I've been kind of disappointed with Craftsman lately. My dad and I both have had problems with stuff breaking, and as far as the "Lifetime" guarantee is concerned, it's only if you have a receipt.
     
  14. Feb 18, 2009 at 1:07 PM
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    Yeah, we got my Dad a craftsman power washer as a gift last year. The first time he went to use it, the place where the hose attaches broke off. He took it back, and they wouldn't replace it without a receipt. Wouldn't even offer to fix it. Dad isn't rough on his tools either. Maybe it's just the local Sears being a bunch of asshats too.
     
  15. Feb 19, 2009 at 3:11 PM
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    For a starter set the Craftsman will work fine. That is what I bought for my very first set. I still have most of that set! That was in the 80's.. Ratchets still work fine and they've been well used. Mine came with a toolbox (metal). You can never have enough tools.. :cool:
     
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