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Postposted on Sat Mar 24, 2012 6:58 pm

So I'm in the market for hand tools. I don't mind if they're used or not and I don't need top shelf stuff like Snap-On, but I can't stand what I have now. As a college student, cost is kind of important here.
My current toolset was a graduation gift and comes from Newegg. It's Rosewill brand and complete crap. I've managed to mangle the needle-nose pliers and diagonal cutters with some simple bike repairs, but don't want to get tools specific for my bike just because while I use them mainly for working on my bike I still need to be able to use them for anything else.
Mainly seeking a ratchet set as I like my screwdrivers and my Irwin vice-grips.

Anyone have any brand ideas or links to places to find good used equipment/cheap, nice new stuff?
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Re: Tools

Postposted on Sat Mar 24, 2012 7:06 pm

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If you want super-cheap, you can check out Harbor Freight. However, the cheap Chinese junk that you'll find there won't hold up to moderate use, in my experience.
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Re: Tools

Postposted on Sat Mar 24, 2012 7:19 pm

SpotTheCat seems to focus more on power tools. I have no storage space for power tools and no real use for them (for the next 4 years, if not a bit more). I'll try to get a decent drill for my birthday, but I guess I'm currently most interested in wrenches/ratchets.
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Re: Tools

Postposted on Sat Mar 24, 2012 7:47 pm

Craftsman, guaranteed for life.
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Re: Tools

Postposted on Sat Mar 24, 2012 8:48 pm

ill +1 craftsman...if u have an OSH (Orchard Supply Hardware) near u, u can sometimes find bundle deals on craftsman hand tools...since they carry craftsman, if u ever need to swap it, u can still do it at Sears
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Re: Tools

Postposted on Sat Mar 24, 2012 11:07 pm

Try to look for garage sales and estate sales in your area, then show up and see what there is to see. Sometimes you'll encounter some battered, but good-quality and still serviceable, tools. Maybe some random jars of unsorted screws and washers and such as well, which are always handy to have around.

If there is a flea market nearby, also try that. If there is a county fairgrounds that hosts regular weekend events, watch for any sort of club activity or expo that might produce tool sales and swaps as a side effect. You can also try pawn shops but you might need to do some serious haggling and tread carefully, since everything will usually be either (a) beat-to-crap contractor sets that were dumped for beer money, and (b) more than a few things stolen from garages and jobsites.

Note that you can track down some of the above by scouring Craigslist.

There's also eBay if you're looking for bike-specific kits, like a set of cone wrenches.
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Re: Tools

Postposted on Sun Mar 25, 2012 9:04 am

I thought this thread was going to be about obnoxious people
YOU CAN RUPTURE SOMEONE'S SPLEEN WITH A WATER BALLOON!!!!
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Re: Tools

Postposted on Sun Mar 25, 2012 9:26 am

idchafee wrote:I thought this thread was going to be about obnoxious people


no....those r t00ls.....gotta use the zeros to differentiate...
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Re: Tools

Postposted on Mon Mar 26, 2012 4:39 am

Craigslist, you can often find the top brands used for the same that you'd buy new craftsman tools for, you get the same quality and lifetime warranty, you're just not paying 3x as much for it.
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Re: Tools

Postposted on Mon Mar 26, 2012 6:09 am

I have some Snap-on and really like them, but unless you personally know the Snap-on guy and have access to him and his truck, it's not a very practical choice for a home diy'er. It's hard to beat Craftsman, Husky, or Kobalt for "value". Excellent tool at a reasonable price. Watch for sales, especially around Fathers Day.
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Re: Tools

Postposted on Mon Mar 26, 2012 6:32 am

idchafee wrote:I thought this thread was going to be about obnoxious people


I came here to reply just because I thought I was being called :)
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Re: Tools

Postposted on Mon Mar 26, 2012 6:44 am

I've been very impressed with GearWrench products. I used them professionally as a motorcycle tech. Excellent ratchets and ratcheting wrenches. Screw drivers, torx bits, etc. all were great and durable. The price is not so premium and they offer lifetime warranties.

http://www.gearwrench.com/


I've also used a lot of Sunex sockets, great tools for the money.

http://www.sunextools.com/
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Re: Tools

Postposted on Mon Mar 26, 2012 2:48 pm

Gearwrench is a sister company to Matco, I've found myself buying a lot of their stuff lately, the quality is definitely above craftsman and the home improvement store brands, and not that far below the tool truck brands.
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Re: Tools

Postposted on Tue Mar 27, 2012 9:29 am

jss21382 wrote:Gearwrench is a sister company to Matco, I've found myself buying a lot of their stuff lately, the quality is definitely above craftsman and the home improvement store brands, and not that far below the tool truck brands.

I'd argue that GearWrench (and Matco) quality is better than Snap-On and MAC. I've had Crap-On ratchets break under moderate use, chrome flake off sockets, sockets holes cut off-center, and phillips screw driver heads mis-cut. The tools were replaced under warranty, but why the premium price for sub-premium quality control? My MAC kiwi pliers become sloppy after moderate use. Not one GearWrench tool has failed me. I've broken some T30 torx bits, but that happens to any brand I've used.
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Re: Tools

Postposted on Tue Mar 27, 2012 11:02 am

idchafee wrote:I thought this thread was going to be about obnoxious people
Who says it isn't? :D
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Re: Tools

Postposted on Tue Mar 27, 2012 4:51 pm

Thanks all, this is exactly what I was looking for. Gearbox tools will probably be going on my birthday list now. As for actual bike tools, I've been getting a lot of stuff from Park Tools and it seems like really high quality stuff. Guess we'll find out this weekend when I have the time/parts to work on my bike.
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Re: Tools

Postposted on Tue Mar 27, 2012 8:28 pm

As far as bike stuff goes, Park tool is pretty good stuff.
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Re: Tools

Postposted on Thu Mar 29, 2012 1:37 pm

Vrock wrote:
idchafee wrote:I thought this thread was going to be about obnoxious people
Who says it isn't? :D

You rang?
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Re: Tools

Postposted on Thu Mar 29, 2012 2:52 pm

I bought a 260pc craftsman mechanics set a few years ago when I dabbled in auto mechanics at community college. i've been happy with it. the one thing that made me go with craftsman, even though their quality has arguably declined in the recent years, was the ability to take a tool or individual socket directly to the local sears and swap it for a new one if something happens to it.
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Re: Tools

Postposted on Fri Mar 30, 2012 6:12 am

gigafinger wrote:I've been very impressed with GearWrench products. I used them professionally as a motorcycle tech. Excellent ratchets and ratcheting wrenches. Screw drivers, torx bits, etc. all were great and durable. The price is not so premium and they offer lifetime warranties.

http://www.gearwrench.com/


I've also used a lot of Sunex sockets, great tools for the money.

http://www.sunextools.com/


I use SP Tools, not sure if they sell them there in America but i use my tools for trade and around the home usage and I can't fault them.

GearWrench products are excellent too, but fairly expensive here in Australia, I've used their metric ratchet spanners, good tool those!
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