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Posted by shredwin, Mar 7, 2009

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  1. shredwin

    shredwin Proven Member

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    Just picked up my tools and the only things im missing is my cutters, 2 wrenches, and an adaptor that is broken:banghead:
     

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  2. Lofty

    Lofty Moderator

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    I LOL'd

    :p
     

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  3. nate379

    nate379 Proven Member

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    I don't lend out tools unless it's to a person that would do the same for their tools if I needed something.

    I have more or less that same box as that Matco one but Snap On along with a top chest and side cabinet, plus 2 smaller roll-arounds, one Snap On the other I forget.

    I had to add it all up for insurance a while back and cost to replace everything was right around $40,000. Toolboxes alone were $15000 and then figure some of the more expensive equipment like the welder, torch, plasma cutter, air compressor, parts washer, etc.
     
  4. shredwin

    shredwin Proven Member

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    Damm that's a lot of money right there.... I don't have thousands and thousands in tools but have all the ones needed to take a DSM apart. I got them mostly from Auto Zone and its better than them crappy ones at walmart made in china. I wish I had top brand tools like matco or snap on though, maybe someday when im older:)...
     

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  5. ->PrOjEcTGS<-

    ->PrOjEcTGS<- Proven Member

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    No Sears close to you? Craftsman makes great tools and are relatively affordable. Plus, lifetime warranty FTW!!
     
  6. shredwin

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    Yeah there is one here but its really small, I have never really checked it out before but should:p. There is a nice sears about 45 mins from where I live, I always check out the tools when im up there craftsman does make great tools too.
     

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  7. Defiant

    Defiant DSM Wiseman

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    I'd not know much about being too nice, although I have read several books which mention this.
     

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    1995 Eagle Talon TSi AWD
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  8. SpawnedX

    SpawnedX Proven Member

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    I buy a whole bunch of Harbor Freight crap, breaks all the time, but Lifetime Warranty is Lifetime Warranty. Why spend 250.00 for a ratcheting box end wrench set and possibly never see it break with it's Lifetime Warranty, when you can buy a 21.99 set at Harbor Freight, break it 3 times a month and just go in and keep getting a new one. Heck saved me a lot of money.
     

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  9. BacknBlack92ESi

    BacknBlack92ESi Proven Member

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    So you do not have to run back and forth several times a month to return it. Simple. Spend the money to get a quality product.

    People who spend the money, like myself. Use them on a everyday use. As a career, job etc...

    So they need something that will last a lifetime. Not a lifetime of replacing it.

    Most people on here use simple, cheaper tools just to work on their everyday vehicles on the weekends. And some who do it for a job/career.

    Another way to look at it.
     
  10. gorf

    gorf Proven Member

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    I am the kind of person that if I borrow anything, I return it quickly and in better shape than I borrowed it in.

    However, most people do not do the same so I do not like loaning tools. They either never come back or it takes forever. I loaned a ladder once, my buddy used it and laid it on his front lawn. His buddy, who was a contractor, needed a ladder and loaded it on his truck. Three months later I asked about the ladder and my buddy had no idea where it was, he was going to buy me a new one when the original re-appeared.

    Think it was Benjamin Franklin that said:
    "Neither a borrower or a lender be"
     
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  11. gorf

    gorf Proven Member

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    You are right, you may never use the warranty, but it is nice to have. I had an old breaker bar that was my fathers, used it to break an axle nut on my donor and it broke along with a socket I was using. Took them both back to sears and no questions asked, got new tools.

    BUT the biggest advantage - those Harbor Freight tools DO break, usually when your knuckles are most vulnerable. Ya band aids are cheap too, but I would rather not have to use them!
     
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  12. ->PrOjEcTGS<-

    ->PrOjEcTGS<- Proven Member

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    That reminds me. I have a couple ratchets I need to take back and get replaced. They locked up on me. :(
     
  13. dazzellerr

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    i agree. i get all of my tools from either Matco or Mac, if it breaks, they come by and replace it, i do not have to drive anywhere. besdides the fact that you get tools on a payment plan and pay 20 a week on whatever you get. i have about 5k in tools and another 1k in just the box (rollaway cart lime green, dont ask) and i lend my tools to people that return them, the minute i have to go get my borrowed tool back, they are on the list.
    i have a mechanic next door, he has about 40k in tools, and about that in boxes as well. i get to borrow whatever i need, why? because i return it after i use it, i wipe it down to cleaner than when i recieved it, and if i break it, i let him know so he can get it warrantied.
    i am one of the few that he lets use his tools, it is all about respect.
    "to some, that is more important."
    ROFL
     
  14. shredwin

    shredwin Proven Member

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    ROFLSame here, I broke like 3 rachets already but auto zone gave me new ones cause of the lifetime warranty;)
     

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  15. Defiant

    Defiant DSM Wiseman

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    You'll learn how much force to use, and what direction to push. It's part of being a mechanic. Kind of like learning that a Crescent wrench is actually only useful as a beating bar.
     

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  16. Locke

    Locke N/T DSM Wiseman

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    Most of mine don't adjust anymore. :)
     

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  17. nate379

    nate379 Proven Member

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    I've been buying tools since I was 12 or 13. It adds up over the years. I have most everything I need and when I work on something and I need a tool I just buy it.

     

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