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Craftsman, SnapOn, MAC hand Tools which are better

Discussion in 'Off-Topic Discussion' started by kcaustin66, May 15, 2018.

  1. May 15, 2018 at 4:50 PM
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    kcaustin66

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    Craftsman, SnapOn, MAC hand Tools which are better. Food for thought
     
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  2. May 15, 2018 at 4:52 PM
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    Husky, lifetime replacement warranty, I have been in the product testing lab and have seen them go up against the others.
     
  3. May 15, 2018 at 4:54 PM
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    Snap on hands down but if your not a mechanic it’s not worth it.

    I use gearwrench and I like them over craftsman. Very high quality.
     
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  4. May 15, 2018 at 5:12 PM
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    4x4_Angel Perfectly Imperfect Tomboy....

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    I second this....

    I used to only have craftsman..... until i broke a couple of tools
     
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  5. May 15, 2018 at 5:19 PM
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    Craftsman or husky unless your a mechanic then snap on
     
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    SnapOn Mac Craftsman they all have lifetime warranty.
     
  7. May 15, 2018 at 5:38 PM
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    Craftsman was good many years ago. No longer being made in the usa. Same stuff as harbor freight now.
     
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    I've broken a lot of newer Craftsman tools, currently use mostly husky and I've been pleased with it.
     
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  9. May 15, 2018 at 5:59 PM
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    Grey Wolf

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    We use use Snap On and MAC at work. Some Proto and some older USA Craftsman stuff. We get a lot of Husky and Kobalt torque wrenches and Torque screwdrivers in for calibration... Consensus with all the techs.............Junk...
     
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  10. May 15, 2018 at 6:01 PM
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    Hey Matt, what do you recommend for a diy torque wrench? I don't want to get garbage but don't want to spend snap on kind. I need a small 1/4" drive and a 1/2" that can do wheels and suspension components.
     
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  11. May 15, 2018 at 6:04 PM
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    Grey Wolf ELITE Grey Wolf Crew

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    CDI or Tekton will.........................[​IMG]
     
  12. May 15, 2018 at 6:20 PM
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    landphil What's the difference between Forrest and a Ford?

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    I have a lot of Snap-on tools in my box at work, and for the most part, I have no doubt that they are the best. However, the pricing is ridiculous, and getting worse. The biggest advantage to me is the service, and not having to spend my hours off chasing down warranty on tools (Snap-on truck comes to the shop weekly). I justify these investments more easily since I put food on the table and gas in the Tundra with them. Snap-on or CDI are the only real choices in torque wrenches, and if you have never used a Snap-on "Dual 80" ratchet, you don't know what you are missing.

    Mac tools are OK, but a lot of Mac are rebranded Dewalt, OTC, Ingersoll, Aircat... with a hefty markup. That said, their multi-meters are great, at good pricing.

    I still have some older Craftsman sockets and have used them for years, but the warranty on them is now useless, since Sears Canada folded.

    I recently bought a set of JH Williams (Snap-on industrial brand) 1/4 drive sockets for a great price and I am very happy with them so far. I plan to buy more of their tools in the future.
     
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    I found a lot of my older, made in USA, Craftsman tools at swap meets, garage sales and pawn shops. I have been to Sears looking at the new chinese crapsman tools and the fit and finish is no better than harbor freight. After seeing that i have not set foot in sears for any reason. Breaks my heart as Craftsman tools were great DIY tools with a great warranty. It is no wonder Sears is on the brink of going out of business. We used to go to Sears all the time when we were first married, me to look at tools the wife to look at what ever women look at. Almost never left without buying some tool I couldn't live without, and the wife buying a new coffee pot or something. Now if I need something I will look at Kobalt or Husky. If it is a one time use tool, Harbor Freight here I come.
     
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    I have a mish mash of Craftsman, Husky and GearWrench at home. Some old Craftsman and some newer. I have to be careful with the Craftsman stuff now as our local Sears closed its doors and the next closest is 30+ miles away and word on the street is that they're closing too. I typically buy Husky now for home use.
     
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  15. May 15, 2018 at 7:15 PM
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    Mastercraft Maximum is my go to for budget hand tools. Canadians will understand...
     
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  16. May 15, 2018 at 7:15 PM
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    The hell you need tools for other than changing the oil? You own a Toyota. Put gas in it and go. :D
     
  17. May 15, 2018 at 7:30 PM
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    nk1794 Always torque to spec

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  18. May 15, 2018 at 7:37 PM
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    nk1794 Always torque to spec

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    Most of my recently bought hand tools are either Husky or Tekton. I have 1/4", 3/8" and 1/2" Husky torque wrenches. They are adequate for DIY. IMHO.
     
  19. May 15, 2018 at 8:02 PM
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    I know a vendor here who is making ratchet parts right now for Mac,Snap-on and Craftsman they are all the same wrench only the imprinting of the names are different !I worked for Superwinch for 5 years 3 as either assistant painter or painter the difference between a Sears winch or Grainger etc. This was back in 2007
    I was at Lowe’s yesterday and they started selling Craftman tools
     
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    Danimal86 What's a Dickfir?

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    What torque wrench do I need for the oil drain bolts and the like?

    All my sockets and wrenches are old craftsman. .. kobalt husky allied
     
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    nk1794 Always torque to spec

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    I think this does fit here.

    [​IMG]
     
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    rons23 Get The Led Out!!!

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    This^
    I wish I could afford Snap On. :eek:
     
  26. May 16, 2018 at 2:00 AM
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    rons23 Get The Led Out!!!

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    Phil, should say STRAP ON:eek:
     
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    Snap-On if you are a pro. And Craftsman if you have to heat a wrench up to bend to shape for a one time job.
     
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    I have a box full of junk. Husky, cobalt, craftsman, some cheap Chinese knockoff snerp-on or Mic. It all does just fine for what I do.

    My FIL was a mechanic for years at Peterbuilt and then Cummins. He has a box full of snap-on. Probably 100k worth of stuff. So if I need something fancy I just go to his house and he can supervise me using his stuff.
     
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    A lot of torque wrenches have interchangeable parts that are made from various vendors. Some good...some crap. We have to use OEM parts for repairs. Otherwise we would have some ticked off customers. Most calipers we calibrate are digital. Most torque wrenches that we do are non digital and we do thousands in a year. By far the #1 torque wrench that customer's from all types of industries send in is Snap On. By FAR. Airline, mining, energy, manufacturing, you name it. A great thing working in the calibration field is that you see a lot good stuff and a lot of crap. Even with DIY accuracy and repeatability can be extremely important. Know your specification and buy accordingly. Like buying a welder. Harbor Freight or Lincoln? Cheap torque wrenches will have cheap springs and head parts. Decent torque wrenches will have quality parts. We see this on a daily basis. Not all precision hand tools are the same.
     
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  30. May 16, 2018 at 4:13 AM
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    The majority of by hand tools are Craftsman from the 80's and early 90's. In fact I have been going through my rolling boxes the last couple of weeks and consolidating into a new Milwaukee Box. I have some snap on screwdrivers and perhaps a stray wrench or two from swap meets or garage sales. Also have some Husky sockets. The new Craftsman stuff is still made in Asia. Stanley owns Craftsman now and the plan is to bring manufacturing back to the U.S. and get Craftsman back where it once was.
     

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