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Old November 11th, 2016, 12:24 PM
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I'd like to move up from some of my old craftsman tools to something a little better. I'm not looking to spend Matco or Snap-on $ since I want to stay married, so maybe something mid-grade. What kind to you use/recommend? Any place that has a mil discount would be neato too.
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Old November 11th, 2016, 12:37 PM
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Your old craftsman are middle of the road if not a little better than middle. If you're itching to buy more tools , look on eBay or Craigslist for used snap on tools.
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Old November 11th, 2016, 12:49 PM
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Old craftsman is very good. As is most kobalt when it was made by Williams. Finding a good new rachet for not crazy money is my only issue. I broke my old 1/2in drive Williams era kobalt.
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Old November 11th, 2016, 01:13 PM
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Old Craftsman is arguably better than new Craftsman. I've enjoyed a few Tekton tools recently. The price is very good and they're high quality with a good warranty.

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Old November 11th, 2016, 01:19 PM
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ive got craftsmans and im going to Proto soon
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Old November 11th, 2016, 01:23 PM
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when I break something I need a replacement immediately (often). The farm is 25 miles from the nearest city. Sears/Craftsman used to be a draw because of the hours kept and the replacement policy. The sears in that city was one of the hundreds that were closed. No longer buy craftsman.
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Old November 11th, 2016, 01:24 PM
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Don't forget pawn shops for tools

Pawn shops near dealerships/shops often have nice tools from quality brands.
I have found specialty tools that way. I also have found good deals on Craigslist as stated before.
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Old November 11th, 2016, 01:31 PM
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All great suggestions guys. Forgot about estate sales...good point.
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Old November 11th, 2016, 02:15 PM
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Old Craftsman is arguably better than new Craftsman. I've enjoyed a few Tekton tools recently. The price is very good and they're high quality with a good warranty.

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Went straight to Tekton for impact sockets. Hard to be the price and 1-day Amazon delivery. Yet to have one blow up.
https://www.amazon.com/s/ref=nb_sb_s...+impact+socket
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Old November 11th, 2016, 02:36 PM
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Went straight to Tekton for impact sockets. Hard to be the price and 1-day Amazon delivery. Yet to have one blow up.
https://www.amazon.com/s/ref=nb_sb_s...+impact+socket

I like their screwdrivers, though I was really hoping they would have a Posidrive set.
https://www.amazon.com/TEKTON-26757-...ds=tekton&th=1

I also love that all their amazon listings compare their products so you don't have to dig around looking to see if they make a set with exactly what you want.
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Old November 11th, 2016, 03:22 PM
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Blue Point are made by snap on. Good quality
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price range? marriage-ruining cost varies.
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Old November 11th, 2016, 04:52 PM
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Need to remind your SO that wrenching SAVES money. It is paying you ~ 175 pretax $s/hour vs. going to the shop. Besides, quality tools are heirlooms for the pending bambinos. Don't forget to work that angle too. All in making the case for long visit w/ your local Snap-On truck.
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Old November 11th, 2016, 04:55 PM
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Old November 11th, 2016, 05:54 PM
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Need to remind your SO that wrenching SAVES money. It is paying you ~ 175 pretax $s/hour vs. going to the shop. Besides, quality tools are heirlooms for the pending bambinos. Don't forget to work that angle too. All in making the case for long visit w/ your local Snap-On truck.
Damnit man...I like the way you think!
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Old November 11th, 2016, 07:00 PM
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Have a look at Facom tools. Most of mine are Britool.
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Old November 11th, 2016, 08:02 PM
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Craftsman is just as good as Mac or Matco. The plus side of Craftsman is that you can actually have broken tools replaced unlike Mac and Matco since most of their dealers are temporary.
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Old November 11th, 2016, 08:04 PM
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Hunt ebay and Craigslist for deals on Snap-On. You'll be way happier in the long run.
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Kobalt is the way to go, if you break one- any Lowes store will replace. With the Holidays coming we have some screaming deals on tool sets. In my cabinet I have Snap On, Match, and Kobalt. Now with the ratchets you can tell a difference the others not so much...
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Kobalt is the way to go, if you break one- any Lowes store will replace. With the Holidays coming we have some screaming deals on tool sets. In my cabinet I have Snap On, Match, and Kobalt. Now with the ratchets you can tell a difference the others not so much...
who makes Kobalt Jason ?
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