TOOLS- What kind of basic tools should I start buying?

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scott-blanchard
July 30th, 2013 1:37am
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Hey guys, like i stated in my last topic, i am new to this field of work, about to graduate college in a few months. My question is tools, what kind of basic tools should i start buying? craftsman a bad brand for the money or is kobalt better? I know snapon is the best but those tools are out of my price range for right now. Every little bit of knowledge helps guys, thanks again

lee-garrett
July 30th, 2013 9:42am
I know you always hear the saying "you get what you pay for", well it is true for tools too. I still have most of my Snap-on tools I got when I first started 22 years ago. Now with that said, I also have several Craftsman tools that are fine and get the job done. Kobalt also are pretty great and have a good warranty. Some of the Craftsman wrenches will spread when you get something really tight. If you can afford it, get the Craftsman Professional line. The main thing is you are just starting out and get what you can afford to get the job done and move up to better tools and keep some of your first tools for spares. Remember that you usually have to have two of every wrench to get most things apart. I see that you posted this in Forestry so something else you will need is jumbo wrenches for doing hydraulic work. These you can just get from say Harbor Freight, Northern Tool, etc and will hold up because they are so big. Good luck!
mrbigwrench
August 4th, 2013 3:23pm


Scott Blanchard wrote:

Hey guys, like i stated in my last topic, i am new to this field of work, about to graduate college in a few months. My question is tools, what kind of basic tools should i start buying? craftsman a bad brand for the money or is kobalt better? I know snapon is the best but those tools are out of my price range for right now. Every little bit of knowledge helps guys, thanks again


Sears is the best place to start. When you start to get into Mac and Snap-on the Craftsman stuff will nicely fill your home box.
mrbigwrench
August 14th, 2013 6:22pm


Peter Stone wrote:

In my opinion when it comes to forestry nothing beats Caterpillar. I’ve used many types of tools before but Caterpillar seem to be the best. Here check some of them out yourself: http://bit.ly/15vTfsV


Gotta assume the guy's talking hand tools, the link you gave is for machine attachments.

Cat hand tools, made by Proto and Snap-on, are good, but who can afford to start by buying a Cadillac when a Pinto will do?
david-ellingwood
August 15th, 2013 1:10am
So that's why at every base I've been at we needed to keep buying tools for the boxes. We didn't by any attachments! We could have saved soooo much money!





Seriously though, he's talking tool box tools. :lol: Some of the other articles you attach have been informative to read.
david-b-stevens
August 15th, 2013 1:24am
If you a professional heavy equipment field mechanic as I have been for thirty plus years

only the best tools make any sense. Snap-On is the best investment you can make. I have Snap-on tools I bought back in the sixties that are going strong. Mac, Matco, Proto and various German brands are also good. Even very large wrenches will fail in this trade if they are not high quality. Cheap tools are a false economy that will leave you up the creek at 4:00 AM when you are racing to get a big machine ready for a 6:00 AM start time.
mrbigwrench
August 15th, 2013 5:11pm


David B. Stevens wrote:

If you a professional heavy equipment field mechanic as I have been for thirty plus years

only the best tools make any sense. Snap-On is the best investment you can make. I have Snap-on tools I bought back in the sixties that are going strong. Mac, Matco, Proto and various German brands are also good. Even very large wrenches will fail in this trade if they are not high quality. Cheap tools are a false economy that will leave you up the creek at 4:00 AM when you are racing to get a big machine ready for a 6:00 AM start time.


Being a field guy myself, I couldn't agree more. There's no room for Fisher-Price tools when driving/flying 10 hours to a job site. However, when you're just getting out of school, it's different.

If money is no object, go for the good stuff. If you're like me and struggled to put food on the table after school, Snap-on is worlds away from reality. Sure, you can get an account from Snap-on financial and pay 20-30% interest on your balance, but when you go to buy a house or a car, you'll see your tools might get in the way of your dreams. Is it worth it for a new student? I'm not so sure.
ben
August 16th, 2013 4:47pm
When you can only afford Fisher Price then you buy Fisher Price, Every one started with the budget brand tool and moved up when they could afford to, I only spent 200-400 at a time on tools on a Snap-on/Mac truck account paid it off then bought more and at times it took forever to pay that off but ya gotta have patience, yea some guys buy the big tool box and all the cool tools but if ya listen to them at lunch ya hear how broke they are then you have the guys who cant afford to pay the tool guy and they hide out when he shows up.. Buy what you can afford when you can afford it.
mrbigwrench
August 16th, 2013 6:58pm


Tim wrote:

When you can only afford Fisher Price then you buy Fisher Price, Every one started with the budget brand tool and moved up when they could afford to, I only spent 200-400 at a time on tools on a Snap-on/Mac truck account paid it off then bought more and at times it took forever to pay that off but ya gotta have patience, yea some guys buy the big tool box and all the cool tools but if ya listen to them at lunch ya hear how broke they are then you have the guys who cant afford to pay the tool guy and they hide out when he shows up.. Buy what you can afford when you can afford it.


Cheers!!
david-b-stevens
August 16th, 2013 11:43pm
Ebay is a great source for quality tools and usually at great prices. Just down the road from me a guy is having a garage sale and lists a large quantity of Snap-On tools and shop tools. Look around and find the deals, don't buy junk that will let you down and need to be replaced very quickly. I have hundreds of Snap-On tools that I bought in the sixties and are just fine. Buy Snap-On industrial black tools and save bucks.
daniel-figueiredo
August 10th, 2014 9:34pm
Since you are starting out buy what you can afford and what you really need. Snap-on and Mac are great. Slowly start upgrading for better quality. I myself started buying lower quality tools because it was wallet friendly. But I started to notice that I was replacing those tools every couple of weeks.

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