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Old 06-15-2010, 02:51 PM
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what kind of tool sets do you think i should get being im going to a school for diesel technology. i just want a nice socket set. i was thinking about getting this husky one from homedepot. i like how its black so it stands out

149-Pc. Black Chrome Mechanics Tools Set with Ratcheting Wrenches - 69027 at The Home Depot
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I have a set of 92 husky sockets that I keep in my truck, I havent had any problems with breaking sockets or anything like that, they arent a bad quality compared to some other stuff Ive used
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I don't know much about the price of Husky, but I buy Craftsman. Sears will have a sale occasionally and you can really cleanup! You can pay more for Snap-on, but I am not sure how much more you getting other than the doorstep delivery.
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I was in the shop for 20 years, International Dealer, And would not have anything other then Snap On. Quality is so much better if you use them every day. I still have mine and they still work fine. Besides they are there every week if you have a problem.
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I don't know much about the price of Husky, but I buy Craftsman. Sears will have a sale occasionally and you can really cleanup! You can pay more for Snap-on, but I am not sure how much more you getting other than the doorstep delivery.
SEARS WILL NOT WARRANTY ANY TOOLS USED FOR A CAREER it is for the backyard mechanic also if you want the craftsman quality just go get a set of napa same thing. And if your going to be doing this for a living you might as well get to know the snap on matco and mac dealers cause you will be buying a new tool every week but those are decent and i have a set of stanley i keep in the truck that are pretty nice
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Sears will no longer give you new ratchets off the shelf as a replacement. They have rebuilts under the counter. You have no idea who rebuilt them and if they were put back to new specs. The kid at the counter on his down time seems to be the one puting in the rebuild kits. I no longer trust my knuckles to Craftsman !! I even had it out with a couple of managers at different stores. This is now the company policy.
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Last time I was at Sears, I was able to get them to just give me a rebuild kit for my 1/2" ratchet. Rather easy to rebuild if you have a set of snap-ring pliers. If you don't need a set right NOW, keep an eye on Sears, last week I got a 154 piece set for $68 (half price plus $10 in online coupons), normal price is $150
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I would ask your instructor at your school if they have a list of tools for a beginner set. I went through a diesel tech school 4 years ago and was able to get 50% off of sets of tools from various brank names. I ended up spending over $6000 on a large set of snap-on tools, no regrets. I was even able to add tools to the list from school and get the discount. If you can get tool through school on discount buy as much as you can afford you will need them. on the other hand I bought the CSPS stainless tool box from costco for about $750. and it has been a great box for me compared to $6000+ for a box from any brand name. just my .02
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I was in the shop for 20 years, International Dealer, And would not have anything other then Snap On. Quality is so much better if you use them every day. I still have mine and they still work fine. Besides they are there every week if you have a problem.
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SEARS WILL NOT WARRANTY ANY TOOLS USED FOR A CAREER it is for the backyard mechanic also if you want the craftsman quality just go get a set of napa same thing. And if your going to be doing this for a living you might as well get to know the snap on matco and mac dealers cause you will be buying a new tool every week but those are decent and i have a set of stanley i keep in the truck that are pretty nice
I am guessing he is on a budget being a student, so I would gear him towards a less expensive line of tools till he gets estabished. Nothing wrong with Craftsman, and they do have a better selection than Husky or Kobalt. I've yet to break a Craftsman ratchet, but I broke 3 Snap-on torx bits. that weren't cheap.
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don't do it save your money and buy snap-on i am fighting that battle i had a bunch of craftsman tools when i went into school since i have been out i have replaced all my tools with snap-on. from my experience the diesel field is extremely hard on tools the matco guy and mac guy dont even try to sell me tools being as though i am very rough on tools bottom line is you get what you pay for. my suggestion to you is if you are not currently working in the field don't focus to hard on buying tools save your money so you don't waste your money tools you will not need. also another piece of advice get in the field school will teach you about 20% of what you need to know you need experience and a seasoned tech to help you learn as well this will also help you find out what you need. most tech schools are recognized by snap-on and matco's votech programs this offers you tools at near half price. i put in 2 years at my dealer while in school and that is how i bought most of my tools. i'm not trying to say those other tools are no good this is my 2 cent and even though i replaced them at work they work great at home. but if you plan on turning wrenches the rest of your life you will be constantly buying tools so buy the best! just wondering were are you going to school?
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