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Old June 25th, 2014, 12:59 PM
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Old January 12th, 2015, 08:37 AM
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The Mother Load of Tools for $550

Let's just say that I'm all set for tool acquisitions for a little while!
My local Sears was going out of business (store closing and not re-opening) and they have been marking down everything in the store for the past two months in an effort to clear out any existing inventory before a liquidator goes in this week. I went out on Sunday morning to find a 9mmx1.0 tap for a project I was working on and ended up coming home with thousands of dollars in craftsman tools. Not just random tools that nobody wants , but the good stuff.....and lots of it.


There's a whole back story to this (you may be asking why none of these tools are in packages and have been used), but knowing you guys you could care less how I came to buy this and you just want the pictures!


So, I will follow up after with the back story for anyone who is interested. For now.....
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Old January 12th, 2015, 09:05 AM
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Thats is an awesome find.
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Old January 12th, 2015, 09:38 AM
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There's a whole back story to this (you may be asking why none of these tools are in packages and have been used)
Pictures 4, 7, and 8 just gave me anxiety. haha
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Old January 12th, 2015, 09:46 AM
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Pictures 4, 7, and 8 just gave me anxiety. haha




Josh, you sound like me! I could not go inside from the garage until I had done an inventory and organized the sockets and wrenches at least. It drove me crazy looking at that mess.
I only got through about half of the tools and it was midnight by the time I quit, but it was also the half of the tools that were the most tedious to organize.


There were a few items that by themselves justified the purchase for me:
  1. Complete metric tap & die set (in case looks unused)
  2. Complete standard tap & die set (in case)
  3. Two complete sets of metric thread reconditioning kits (in case never used)
  4. Wagner heat gun
  5. Ramset gun
  6. Set of metric nut drivers (don't know if its complete yet)
  7. Extensive drill index
  8. Extensive hole-saw assortment with tons of extra madrels
  9. A very eclectic assortment of useful screwdrivers (not the useless shit you get in kits) I have needed to upgrade my screwdriver inventory for a long time and was waiting to purchase a really good Snap-On set, but this will do just fine.
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Old January 12th, 2015, 09:51 AM
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You wouldn't think this would be a problem, but who needs triplicates and quadruples of sockets. They will only get in the way and make finding the right one more complicated. For example, I now have 8 different varieties of 8mm sockets in the 1/4-drive type (shallow, deep, 6pt/12pt).




The first thing I need to do is get some more spring racks for them, organize them into complete sets and maybe get rid of some sets.
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Old January 13th, 2015, 12:45 AM
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I can empathize with you; I would be up all night arranging, categorizing, grouping, and thinking, 'what did I do?'
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Old January 15th, 2015, 10:16 PM
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Ok check this one out. I just happened into a Sears I've never gone into and found this in the closeout section for tools: 75 piece tap and die, sae and metric. Regularly $220, got it for $66.

Perfect for this weekend repair I have to do.
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Old January 15th, 2015, 10:42 PM
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Ok check this one out. I just happened into a Sears I've never gone into and found this in the closeout section for tools: 75 piece tap and die, sae and metric. Regularly $220, got it for $66. Perfect for this weekend repair I have to do.
Be careful with the newer Sears/craftsmen taps. I've recently broken 4 of them. The steel is pretty brittle on the new ones. Def not the same as the older ones.
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Old January 15th, 2015, 10:52 PM
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Thanks Paul, I'll be vigilant. I have some old sets passed to me from my father in law. Those are awesome, just not complete.
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Old January 20th, 2015, 11:44 PM
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So, after purging some extras, I finally have justified the purvhase of some Snap-on ratchets.
Specifically looking at 3/8 drive standard ratches as I have multiples of flex-head and other drive series.
I want an older vintage Snap-On with slightly smaller/thinner head profile and with coarser tooth.
Don't know what p/n I should be looking for or what to expect to pay here.

Also want a newer 80 or 100 tooth comfort drive Snap-On
FH936a
FH80
What's the major differences between the two newer models?
I'd like to get one with length between 10-12"

Any of you pros out there with advice? I know a lot is personal preference, but if you could only have one ratchet in your toolbox, what would it be?

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Thanks Paul, I'll be vigilant. I have some old sets passed to me from my father in law. Those are awesome, just not complete.

Paul is correct.
I just used that exact set last weekend. Brand new (part of the big toolbox deal I got)
The tap handle (the one in the center of the box in your picture) was broken with 5-minutes and I wasnt abusing it either. The clamp mechanism that holds the tap was chipped.
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Old January 21st, 2015, 11:01 AM
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Millermatic 35 - $400
I look through CL occassionally for a MIG welder. Specifically for a Hobart Handler 190 or some of the Miller models 180+.

I'm a little apprehensive about spending more than a few hunded on a used welder because I have no idea if it was used beyond its capabilities and/or there's a bad circuit board etc. There's really no way to know unless you run it for a few hours.

I came across this Millermatic 35. It's older and too industrial for my needs (both space and power demands), but figured I'd share it in case anyone in CT was looking:
http://newlondon.craigslist.org/tls/4499990788.html
Seems like a lot of welder for $400, especially if it comes with a 200' extension cord (that must be one burly extension cord if it's properly gauged, given that run)

I'll probably end up getting a new HH 190 from Northern Tool for $800 with an aluminum spool gun, but until my tool/toy budget coffers get replenished, I keep checking CL for any really good deals.
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For what its worth, all the welding a small shop or home owner will ever do this can handle. I had an older Handler 120 it was a great unit. Keep an eye on CL you can find them with a bottle for 350-400$.. I have a Lincoln 140c love it... for a small welder it's highly recommended.

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Old January 21st, 2015, 12:13 PM
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For what its worth, all the welding a small shop or home owner will ever do this can handle. I had an older Handler 120 it was a great unit. Keep an eye on CL you can find them with a bottle for 350-400$.. I have a Lincoln 140c love it... for a small welder it's highly recommended.

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Ended up buying a Hobart 190 w/aluminum spool gun when Northern Tool was running a sale on October. $799 free shipping. I wanted the ability to weld aluminum even though I think TIG is the way to go for that.


Price is still $799, but I don't think they are selling the combo package w/ spool gun any more and you have to pay shipping.
Had to buy a gas bottle, but I've used it several times and it lays down some nice bead and is easy to use.
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I have a 110v Hobart and it is fine. I don't weld much but it is nice to take it wherever I need it and be able to plug it in. I am slow so I never ran it enough for it to tax its duty cycle. I use flux core wire too.
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Old January 21st, 2015, 02:16 PM
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I have a 110v Hobart and it is fine. I don't weld much but it is nice to take it wherever I need it and be able to plug it in. I am slow so I never ran it enough for it to tax its duty cycle. I use flux core wire too.
Ron, you're right on there. The 220v is a drawback, but you really can't have the capacity for aluminum with 110. I'd love mine to be more portable and run on 110 like the "MVP" line, but I can always borrow a 130/140 unit because most people seem to have those.

I have a 10k mobile generator that I can plug it into if need be. Cumbersome, but doable
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Old January 23rd, 2015, 12:01 PM
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Nice SO Ratchets


For $160 as an “Offer” on eBay. They were asking $199.

Snap on Ratchet Set 3/8 Drive FHX80 , FHL80 w/3pc extenders fu8a, fxk3, fxI

I know not everyone is a fan of the Snappy "rubber snot" comfort handle, but I don't plan on destroying the handles with my amount of use.


I still want to the FHD80/FHLD80(orange handle), but I thought this was a deal.




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Old January 23rd, 2015, 10:49 PM
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Okay Jackie, I thought I would add to this thread, as it might apply to the subject and has some humor.

I received the Harbor Freight mailer today... With all the advertised mechanic's tools was a wrist blood pressure monitor. What great advertising!!! My blood pressure always goes up when I begin working on my vehicles.

I found humor in this and thought others might as well. (Sorry for the hijack).
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Old January 23rd, 2015, 11:52 PM
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No worries Jason, this thread is a "soup" of different things so you're not hijacking anything.
HF has interesting way of prying money out of your wallet....an NT as well.
Both catalogues are a managerie of fun industrial stuff, though I will say that at least Northern Tool had too deals on welders.
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I want this but I just can't justify it.
http://www.northerntool.com/shop/too...ct_47864_47864

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that really is a nice welder and at a great price. it says it's got an alum wire feed system built in too, but the reviews say that people are buying the spool gun anyway. i guess i'd do the same.

i guess i'm procrastinating here. i'm off to do some shoveling.

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Ended up buying a Hobart 190 w/aluminum spool gun when Northern Tool was running a sale on October. $799 free shipping. I wanted the ability to weld aluminum even though I think TIG is the way to go for that.


Price is still $799, but I don't think they are selling the combo package w/ spool gun any more and you have to pay shipping.
Had to buy a gas bottle, but I've used it several times and it lays down some nice bead and is easy to use.
have you given the 190 a good run through welding aluminum? how is it?
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