Hand Tool Recommendations
I have been tooling up lately, mostly to upgrade or replace old tools that I have. Most of us wrench on our rigs so I figured I would start a thread here where we can make recommendation to each other.
I am an avid DIYer, mostly because I find the work satisfying, but I mostly buy my tools when I see them on sale.
For instance I picked up a Husky 230 piece mechanic tool set at Home Depot on sale for $75 right after Christmas. For this price, this make an excellent trail box set for anyone. If you lost a socket or wrench I am out about 30 cents.
(I get lucky with the 10% veterans/military discount I can stack on top of any price at HD or Lowes. Sears offers 20% on tools, although Sears will not let you stack the discount on top of a sales price, only full price.Just show a Military ID or VA ID.
I try to buy quality tools when I can, but sometimes Craftsman, Husky or Kobalt have sales that cannot be ignored, and if a decent quality tool for DIY use can be found for a steep discount, then its going home with me.
Husky and Kobalt used to have great quality, but is has deteriorated in the past few years due to M&A activity in the tool industry and tools being made in other countries. I have never had trouble getting Husky to honor warranty though, walk into HD leave your broken tool at the Customer Service desk, go grab an equivalent of the shelf, check out at customer service and done. Same with Craftsman, although their quality has tanked as well.
I own about every mid tier brand you can think of, craftsman, husky, kobalt, Channel Lock, Crescent, Dewalt, GM goodwrench and a few upper tier, Snap On, Klein, Mac. I figured we combine our collective knowledge and give each other tips on what to buy.
I am no expert in tool manufacturers but I think a good example would be Stanly Black and Decker, who owns multiple brands, and manufactures tools for others. A certain model Stanly Ratchet might look identical to a Porto Ratchet, and near identical to a Mac ratchet with the expectation of a rubber grip. When compared, all three ratchets are the same length, same internals, teeth, reversing mechanism etc. The Stanley Ratchet is $30, the Proto $60 and the Mac is $80. Which would you buy?
My next purchase is going to be 6 point combination wrenches. I am looking at Craftsman and KD, and if I feel like splurging Proto but I would like to hear your thoughts. I need a metric set up to the 22-24 MM range and a Standard Set up to the 1 1/8 - 1/4 range.
Anyway, lets have a little fun with this.