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What brand of tools do you use? (disclaimer: rant)

Discussion in 'Garage / Workshop' started by Toyota Tacoma, Dec 30, 2011.

  1. Dec 30, 2011 at 1:04 PM
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    Toyota Tacoma

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    For as long as I can remember my Dad and I have used Craftsman tools, and they have held up great. Then recently I bought I new set to replace the older, warn/lost sockets etc.

    They were great up until about 3 months later. Broke a couple small things (no biggy) then my 3/4'' drive ratchet broke. Brought it back, had to wait 3 weeks for a new one. After that, broke it again... other 3 weeks.. broke it again..(not being hard on them) went to the tools dept. and the guy told me Sears is having supplier issues but not to worry.. should be able to get me my ratchet in 6 months... I said forget it, just refund me for the ratchet so I can buy a different one. They wouldn't do that either.

    Sears used to be great. I am disappointed they are letting this happen.

    ANYWAYS, went to Canadian Tire and picked up their best ratchet set on sale (70% off) and so far it has been my favorite. The numbers are easy to read. Ratchets are great, tons of goodies came with the kit, even the case feels better quality, and the best part.. they always have the tools in stock if need be and its a painless exchange.

    Don't get me wrong, I still use and love LOTS of craftsman tools but it just seems their quality of the new is getting worse and master-crafts is getting better.

    So, what experiences have you had? and what brand(s) did you end up with?
     
  2. Dec 30, 2011 at 1:09 PM
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    johneman

    johneman Life is good!!

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    I generally use Snap on, MAC and Craftsman...depends on what I need and which vender sees me first unless I'm at Sears then I will get craftsmen...Snap on has a larger selection of specialty tools than the others...Ken
     
  3. Dec 30, 2011 at 1:11 PM
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    Twistedfreedom

    Twistedfreedom welcome to the incredibuild

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    modded the F*ck out
    Snap-on or nothing.
     
  4. Dec 30, 2011 at 1:12 PM
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    wildjerseyfirefighter

    wildjerseyfirefighter I sell fishing and fishing accessories

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    stock, for now
    My toolbox has all kinds..craftsman quality has really gone downhill
     
  5. Dec 30, 2011 at 1:13 PM
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    WhatThePho?

    WhatThePho? Greg Graffin 2016

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    The things required to pull bitches
    snap on/mac/proto at the shop, Crapsman at home.
     
  6. Dec 30, 2011 at 1:14 PM
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    Aw9d

    Aw9d That one guy

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    I use whatever tool works to get the job done.
     
  7. Dec 30, 2011 at 1:16 PM
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    Norton

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    I've used Craftsman for years, but have seen a similar decline in both quality and service. Would love to migrate to Snap-on or MAC, but have trouble justifying the cost... :(
     
  8. Dec 30, 2011 at 1:18 PM
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    WhatThePho?

    WhatThePho? Greg Graffin 2016

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    The things required to pull bitches
    the snap ons we have at my shop are about 25+ years old.
     
  9. Dec 30, 2011 at 1:18 PM
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    MountainEarth

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    That's what happens when American companies outsource to factories in China and start pinching pennies. Good brands go to shit. It's really too bad, too. Because Craftsman and Kenmore are about all Sears has going for it now. Lose that customer base, and Sears (which already is in huge trouble) is screwed.
     
  10. Dec 30, 2011 at 1:29 PM
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    Ohbrian

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    Normally I've just had craftsmen tools but after watching a show on TV last night I think I'm going to start rotating into Cornwell. I like the idea of handmade tools made in America with American steel.
     
  11. Dec 30, 2011 at 1:31 PM
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    chris4x4

    chris4x4 With sufficient thrust, pigs fly just fine. Moderator

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    Craftsman, Husky, Stanley (For hand tools)
    Bosch, Ryobi, Ridgid (Power tools)
     
  12. Dec 30, 2011 at 1:34 PM
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    malander

    malander That's some tight butthole

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    I wanted the 154 piece craftsman mechanics tool set for Christmas but got the 140 piece set from Stanley. Not a bad tool set but not the best either. Maybe I'll migrate to some real high quality stuff down the road but what I have works for what I do
     
  13. Dec 30, 2011 at 1:39 PM
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    yeah I pretty much reach for the search tool first, especially when I have a tough job, like diverting people from a pointless thread to one on the exact same topic (started by me) that includes a poll...it is unfourtuante that the mods didnt include an anti asshole attachment or offer it as an option...

    just joking OP
     
  16. Dec 30, 2011 at 2:05 PM
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    Jonyd182

    Jonyd182 What do you mean I can't go up there...Watch this!

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    Milwaukee m18 for power tools. Battery powered impact wrench is just awesome for convenience and portability.
     
  17. Dec 30, 2011 at 2:05 PM
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    Mastercraft, for how easy it is to exchange a broken tool. That being said I've only ever broken my 3/8 ratchet, twice.
     
  18. Dec 30, 2011 at 2:41 PM
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    Toyota Tacoma

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  19. Dec 30, 2011 at 2:43 PM
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    hard2kill

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    ive used craftsman but really like Kobalt toold for the price and warrenty but if i had the money snapons the way too go...my brother buys snap on ...i love using his shop :)
     
  20. Dec 30, 2011 at 2:46 PM
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    wildjerseyfirefighter

    wildjerseyfirefighter I sell fishing and fishing accessories

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    If I had the money, it would be nothing but snap on. For the same warrenty, ill buy craftsman for alot cheaper.
     
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