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post #1 of 4 (permalink) Old 12-18-2018, 11:28 AM Thread Starter
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Aside from the obvious big name or brand name sites, where do you guys do your online tool shopping?

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post #2 of 4 (permalink) Old 12-18-2018, 12:24 PM
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Depends upon the application. I started life with Craftsman tools. Because back then they where made in America in CT by New Britain Tool and Die they where a quality tool that has lasted me a fife time. That said they do not last long in commercial use. They wear very quickly and you can not replace them now with a similar quality tool (they offer rebuild kits for older tools rather than replacement).

Because of this I relied upon Snap-On because the salesman came to my garage. It is also the only source for many specialty tools required to rebuild transmissions and motors. They are all available on line.

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post #3 of 4 (permalink) Old 12-20-2018, 05:22 PM
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Aside from the obvious big name or brand name sites, where do you guys do your online tool shopping?
I too, much like BigDave, was mostly a Craftsman guy with the occasional Snapon back then. But, Sears is going bye-bye, they don't do the lifetime swaps anymore like they used to (at least not in my area), and the quality of the replacements you get is pure junk.

Nowadays, I used a big mix or Snapon and Husky. So far so good. Still have my legacy Craftsman but I do not buy new Craftsman. Select tools, special purpose or otherwise, get purchased from anywhere (Lowes hardware, Harbor Freight, etc.).

I dont mind the cheaper stuff for light duty or regular work but I do fall back on my old Craftsman or Snapon for jobs that 'need the right tool'.

Anymore everything is available online. All that said I have had decent luck so far with my Husky and Pittsburgh ratchets, etc.
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post #4 of 4 (permalink) Old 12-22-2018, 08:28 AM
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I'm similar to marsmann. My dad gave me a craftsman ratchet and wrench set for my 12th birthday when I use to work on bicycles. I love using those tools because they remind me of my dad and how he taught me to use them. They continue to come through for me all year long. I only work on my own car so I don't need anything special when I buy a new tool. All tools for home mechanics nowadays are made in china so I don't have any real allegiance to a certain brand or store. I would rank Lowe's at #1 then Home Depot and Harbor Freight in terms of quality.
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