Talk to me about hand tools (non-electric)

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  1. Jade Falcon

    Jade Falcon Rational

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    So I'm looking hard right now at a 102-piece $99 tool kit from Craftsman for homeowners:

    https://www.amazon.com/dp/B07RN2RMH...ref_=pd_luc_rh_ci_mcx_mr_huc_d_01_02_t_img_lh

    I think that's about as much as I'll ever need. I don't need some 900 piece $1,000 mechanic's set.

    What do you use, and is there another kit that I should consider? I'm looking for quality, but I've never bought a tool kit before, so I am open to suggestions on brands and types.

    Thanks!
     
  2. WABOOM

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    You should take a look at Tekton. That's all I buy now. Great products. Lifetime "email a photo" warranty.
    I love them.
     
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  3. Kawabuggy

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    I use Snap-On, & Matco exclusively... Because those are the trucks that visit my shop each week... Sorry.. I can't help you with "budget" tools. I buy once, and cry once... with typically a Lifetime Warranty...

    On the budget realm.. Look into Gray Pneumatic.. They seem to provide tools equal to quality of Snap On, but at about half the price. Heck, even Home Depot is selling tools for the non-professional for really good prices with a lifetime warranty.

    What do you think you will be working on? That's the bigger, and MOST important question... Seems working on modern cars requires special tools for every job we see... I've over $50K in tools, and that's considered "entry-level" for my profession... When the boxes you store your tools in cost more than $10K... that's a sign of what's to come.
     
  4. ReaPer105

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    Not a bad deal. I checked Kobalt and they cost more for about the same thing.
    And I hate to break it to you, that won't be the end of tool buying if you are a homeowner. lol But it's not a bad start at all.
     
  5. dartor

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    Nothing wrong with that set for an average homeowner and you can build on as needed.
     
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    jame I don't even know....what I'm doing here....

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    The set you posted will be a good start. Make sure to look over the reviews, and look at some of the other recommendations.

    otherwise, you look gtg.
     
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    Oh wow....yeah, nothing even close to that. I MIGHT get into some sort of construction/maintenance career down the road, but right now this is just for around the home. I don't even work on my own car, sad as that is.

    No, this is just for around the house. I'm a sticker on two things: quality, and the "better to have it and not need it" philosophy.
     
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    Snap On, Mac and Matco tool owner here, sorry cant help you. I always avoided Craftsman tools.
     
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    jame I don't even know....what I'm doing here....

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    I forgot to mention that you’ll really appreciate a decent cordless drill if you don’t have one.

    Look at Dewalt, Milwaukee, and Makita.
     
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    Thanks, I'm updating another thread about that soon; one I made yesterday (IIRC) about power tools. I decided on DeWalt.
     
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    Check craigslist or other listing sites for some used tools, but in good condition.
     
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    jame I don't even know....what I'm doing here....

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    I’ve been involved with building and facilities maintenance for the last 20 years, and while mechanics might desire the Snapon/Matco path, but building maintenance is a different deal, and if you get into that kind of thing, there will be plenty of other opportunities for high dollar investments.

    Just go with that set for now. You’ll soon realize the strengths and weaknesses, and you can make adjustments from there.
     
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    Thanks!
     
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    nikerret Mr. Awesome

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    Bang-for-buck, that’s not a bad start. I say go for it.

    It’s not what I would choose, but you’re not wanting to spend the budget I would choose.
     
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    Now I'm curious.....what would you choose?
     
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    If you're going to be twisting nuts and bolts, you're probably also going to need some wrenches. Box end and open end. For a professional, go with the brands others have recommended.

    Otherwise go to Harbor Freight and buy some off the shelf items. Metric or SAE? Now days lots of things come in both. Just depends on what you'e working on.

    You can sink a fortune in good quality hand tools. But for once every few months or years use, just go with Wal Mart or Harbor Freight.
     
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    This. I've never needed a chalk-line rebuilding an engine, or a torque-wrench when hanging cabinets. HH
     
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    DaleGribble FullClip CANT BREATHE!!!!!

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    Honestly, I'd pass on that and try China Freight first. With coupons, you could assemble that "kit" yourself cheaper than that.

    But if for some reason you're a latent homosexual and you don't get excited at the thought of going through a hardware store, then that kit is not a bad deal either. :D
     
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    pittpa What did I come in here for?

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    Hit up some garage sales.


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