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Posted by CruDSM, Oct 27, 2013

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  1. CruDSM

    CruDSM Probationary Member

    Joined Sep 19, 2013
    Cru Land, Maryland
    What tool brands are most used by mechanics? I have a mixture of snap on and craftsman and havent had any issues but i need a new torque wrench and figured id ask generally who makes the best?
  2. iugrad92turbo

    iugrad92turbo Proven Member

    Joined May 22, 2007
    Kalamazoo, Michigan
    Ive used a lot of tools the ones I like are the ones that never break, but even craftsman break that's why they have warranties so no preferences I get the ones with lifetime warranties.

    6K  4

    1992 Eagle Talon TSi
    awd · manual · 1G DSM
  3. Rsawd95dsm

    Rsawd95dsm Proven Member

    Joined Feb 21, 2008
    Zeeland, Michigan

    1K  0

    1995 Mitsubishi Eclipse GSX
    manual · 1G DSM
  4. ambush91

    ambush91 Supporting VIP

    Joined Nov 28, 2009
    Newport, New Hampshire
    Most of my tools are snap on from my days at the ford dealership, my torque wrench is an electric 1/2" with digital display, it beeps and vibrates when you hit the desired torque, downside is its very expensive, I believe I paid $612 or $614 for it. I had a harbor freight I picked up for like $30 and the FIRST time I tried to use it , it broke, the FIRST time, So lesson here is don't buy calibrated equipment from harbor freight, but their impact sockets are great :D

    1K  0

    1997 Mitsubishi Eclipse GSX
    13.100 @ 114.92 · 2G DSM
  5. YUPOK

    YUPOK Proven Member

    Joined Aug 13, 2013
    Riverdale, New Jersey
    I have been using a mix of Craftsman and Husky. Anything can and will break over time. The big difference I have found is the cheaper imported tools. They use an inferior metal that can't hold the torque and abuse we put on them. As far a s a torque wrench goes, it depends on your budget too. You can pick up a decent wrench at Lowes or go big with a digital one that beeps when you hit your target. Also you can look into Matco tools.

    Good luck and happy wrenching!!

    Street Build 1K  0

    1995 Eagle Talon TSi AWD
    manual · 2G DSM
  6. iugrad92turbo

    iugrad92turbo Proven Member

    Joined May 22, 2007
    Kalamazoo, Michigan
    Well I learned you get what you pay for escpecialy with tools to me they are a investment that will last years.

    6K  4

    1992 Eagle Talon TSi
    awd · manual · 1G DSM
  7. BurrowZ

    BurrowZ Proven Member

    Joined Nov 28, 2010
    Duluth, Minnesota
    My Snap-On torque wrench wasn't too spendy at the time and it came with calibration sheets to prove it's within .1% accuracy. Just make sure you take care of it and keep it unloaded when not in use.

    You can get decent tools from any of the bigger name brands however. I have Snap-On, Mac, Matco, TSi (Gearwrench, Craftsman) and many different inexpensive cheap tools from Harbor Freight. Can't beat a lifetime warranty.

    810  0

    1997 Mitsubishi Eclipse GSX
    13.810 @ 101.120 · 2G DSM
  8. ec17pse

    ec17pse Freelancer

    Joined Nov 1, 2008
    London, Europe
    I have this and got it on offer aswell, its a great bit of kit.

    On the original question, i use sealey and facom but most of mine are sealey as facom is super expensive, both have an exchange programme so its easy to get a swap if it breaks. Hell ive bought so.e stuff from sears before and it also has a swap programme and i asked if im in the uk and they said they will still replace it for me ;-)

    Road Race Build 9K  10  51

    1997 Mitsubishi Eclipse GST
    175 whp · 180.1 lb/ft · 2G DSM
  9. icekilla126

    icekilla126 Proven Member

    Joined Jun 20, 2008
    Turnersville, New Jersey
    Snap-on, Mac, Matco, Cornwell, SK. Are the only tools I buy. With any of the brands i listed it comes down to preference. Pick the tools that feels the most comfortable in your hand because your going to be the one using them for hours at a time. You don't have to spend top dollar to get good quality. For example I have bought a 3/8 drive GP duo socket set off an SK dealer. Only managed to break one socket but that was after a year of taking lugs on and off cars and it was replaced without an issue.

    274  0

    1996 Mitsubishi Eclipse GST
    manual · 2G DSM
  10. gusu

    gusu Proven Member

    Joined Sep 9, 2009
    Keizer, Oregon
    If you can afford them Cornwell is by far the best as far as quality and durability. This is why the military uses them as their official supplier of tools.

    I hear a lot of guy's like Husky and Snap On tools because of their handles plus they have a good warranty just like pretty much any other real tool company.

    My friend has a 728 dollar Cornwell master socket set that is amazing and works out great for him but personally I own Wal-Mart sockets and a couple ancient Craftsman wrenches. I've only split once socket and that was breaking loose a suspension bolt that was rusted on, but still managed to break it loose.

    What exactly are your needs?
  11. BogusSVO

    BogusSVO Proven Member

    Joined Jul 1, 2009
    Pensacola, Florida
    I buy tools all the time.

    I hate to even think how much I have spent on hand tools.

    I still pick up name brand tools at yard sales and flee markets when they are in the cheap, it seems I just never have enough 10,12,13 mm deep sockets.

    The cheapo tools get thrown in a 5 gallon bucket to be "loaners" or cut and mod for a specific one time task.

    For torque wrenches, read this thread.
  12. estoyaqui30

    estoyaqui30 Proven Member

    Joined May 26, 2003
    Somerset, New Jersey
    I would say that you can get away with all kinds of tools as far as brands, but when it comes to torque wrenches....this needs to be a very accurate. If you don't know that it is correct, then it defeats the point. That is the one place to not go cheap and when you get a really good one, you need to handle it and care for it correctly. You NEED to release the tension on the spring when your done using it, other wise it will become stretched and......inaccurate.
  13. NHerron

    NHerron Proven Member

    Joined Nov 5, 2011
    Missoula, Montana
    I haven't gotten a nice name brand yet because my current Kobalt 1/2" is still accurate. I check it on the Snap on truck every few months. There must be a spot on the gear that is damaged because it seems to skip from time to time. Luckily I haven't put any real pressure on the handle therefore no broken hand yet.

    For professional/frequent use, check out CDI wrenches, they're SnapOn industrial.

    Also, for tires check in to using torque sticks, they will save your back. Even the cheap brands are spot on.

    1K  0

    1997 Mitsubishi Eclipse GSX
    11.230 @ 127.000 · 2G DSM
  14. koafallenangel

    koafallenangel Proven Member

    Joined Oct 2, 2013
    Honolulu, Hawaii
    I use Stanley havent had problems yet LOL Torque wrench I use aint anything fancy but I got it from checker/oreillys its cheap and gets the job done.

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    1995 Mitsubishi Eclipse GST
    · 2G DSM
  15. gar187er

    gar187er Probationary Member

    Joined Sep 29, 2013
    felton, Delaware
    Craftsman, pre-china kobalt, hell I dont even have issue with using some harbor freight tools. I bought a 1/4 and 3/8 combo ratchet with variable extension, LOVE IT!!!!!
  16. griffin81

    griffin81 Probationary Member

    Joined Jun 14, 2006
    Definace, Ohio
    I used snap on when I was in military, and schooling for automotive diesel training. I have liked feel of snap on tools. I am not big fan of tools with hard or sharp edges.
  17. dsmspick

    dsmspick Supporting Member

    Joined Apr 7, 2011
    Overland Park, Kansas
    I only buy craftsman tools simply because you can catch them on sale, so price is great on my college budget and they have a lifetime warranty. It also depends on the tool on which brand to buy. Like I only buy vice grip brand for vice grips simply because they last and last and last. As far a torque wrenches go. I use craftsman and always set it to zero when not in use. I use my dad's snap-on torques if I need Newton meters or very small ft lbs.

    2K  0

    1995 Mitsubishi Eclipse GSX
    manual · 2G DSM
  18. lons99gsx

    lons99gsx Probationary Member

    Joined Oct 16, 2013
    hanover, Pennsylvania
    I've been a mechanic by trade for over 20yrs now. Snap on for any tool I need to use often or need to rely on. A torque wrench definitely fits that description. You need to have confidence that it is correct everytime you use it. If you need a tool that is used seldomly and not that important then by all means save a few bucks and get it from harbour freight.
  19. FalleN4ng31

    FalleN4ng31 Proven Member

    Joined Sep 12, 2007
    Clearwater, Florida
    Snap-On, Matco, and Craftsman for anything I'm going to keep or requires any sort of precision.

    Harbor Freight for disposable tools.

    968  0

    1998 Mitsubishi Eclipse GST
    manual · 2G DSM
  20. RamenPride

    RamenPride Proven Member

    Joined Aug 18, 2002
    Virginia Beach, Virginia
    I have a Craftsman socket and wrench set, and other than that it's a combination of things from Northern Tool, Harbor Freight, Lowes, HD etc. I'm not a professional by any means, so there's no reason for me to have a set of tools costing thousands of dollars. For something that I need to use just once or very infrequently, it's usually something from Harbor Freight. Ironically, my dad would never buy any cheap tools and has a bunch of Snap-On and Craftsman. I figured if I ever broke something I would just one of his.

    2K  12

    1997 Mitsubishi Eclipse GST
    fwd · manual · 2G DSM
  21. b18cek

    b18cek Proven Member

    Joined Aug 13, 2009
    MI, Michigan
    I've always used craftsman. Lifetime warranty and only a few miles from my house incase a tool breaks. Also pretty inexpensive.
  22. Blurred Talon

    Blurred Talon Proven Member

    Joined Jan 2, 2004
    Paradise, NL, Canada
    I use Mastercraft, which is Canadian Tire's house brand (similar to Sears). I don't make my living with these tools so I cheap out a bit. They have a life time warranty.

    The tools I use at work are much higher quality, I just replaced all my cheaper Mastercraft and Channel Lock stuff with Klien Tools.

    Street Build 1K  0

    1996 Eagle Talon TSi AWD
    manual · 2G DSM
  23. AwD4g63TsI

    AwD4g63TsI Proven Member

    Joined Jul 2, 2009
    Fort Campbell, Kentucky
    Incorrect statement at the very least.

    I work as a helicopter mechanic in the Army. Every unit I have been a part of has exclusively had 100% Snap-On tools and boxes.

    Of the civilians I work side by side with, I would venture to say about 75% of them own Craftsman tools and boxes. The rest are just a cluster of other name brands for the specialty Items they need. There's usually 3 or 4 in a group of 25 guys with Snap-On stuff.

    Bottom line is get what you want. If you get past the marketing hype of high priced tools you will ultimately have a much fatter wallet and you'll still get your task accomplished.

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    1999 Mitsubishi Eclipse GSX
    16.140 @ 88.050 · 2G DSM
  24. eDeclpse92

    eDeclpse92 Proven Member

    Joined Sep 6, 2008
    Belleville, Illinois
    I also use craftsman for the reason mentioned above. I also like to keep a matching set of my tools. They are good quality and pretty cheap for what you get. And the warranty is awesome. It always feels good to take a tool back that is broken and get one new/ fixed in return without a receipt. More companies are starting to do that now however. I have two craftsman torque wrenches, inlbs and ftlbs. I would wait for them to go on sale though. They were $80 a wrench for me when I bought them.
  25. LovinBoost

    LovinBoost Proven Member

    Joined Feb 18, 2005
    Appleton, Wisconsin
    I use a Craftsman torque wrench and Matco and Craftsman mix for tooling.

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