What Are The Best Tools On The Market?

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ben
July 2nd, 2009 3:26pm
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Lets just say you had $20,000 towards a new, full set of "top of the line" tools (like any of us has $20K set aside for a set of tools, lol), what kind would you buy and why?? All of your feedback is appreciated.



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john-whelan-2
July 2nd, 2009 11:25pm
For look and feel I would without a doubt choose Snap-On. The quality is still there and I always see new specialty tools they have developed to make life easier for Mechanics. :)
kenneth
July 3rd, 2009 1:05pm
A writer once said to a photojournalist “I'd like to get into photojournalism. What kind of camera do you use?” The photojournalist replied “I'd like to get into writing. What kind of typewriter do you use?” The point being it's not the wrench but who's holding it. Tools are a HIGHLY personal item. Pick a brand and I'll find you 50 guys who swear that brand is the tops AND 50 guys who swear that brand is made out of recycled beer cans. As long as you're talking quality brands the only opinion that matters is yours. That said most of my common tools are Craftsman. Myself I couldn't spend X3 on a wrench that did the same job. Stay basic on air tools. Don't go cheap and don't go for the high tech flavor of the month. Make sure whoever sold it to you will sell you a rebuild kit. Hard to go wrong with IR. Some tool truck brands force you into letting them do a highly over priced rebuild. That said it's important to keep a relationship with your tool truck guy as it's hard to go to Craftsman and say “I'll pay you next Tuesday.”
ben
July 3rd, 2009 2:27pm
Thanks for your feedback so far guys, I guess its got to be a healthy balance of personal preference and quality (ones not made of recycled beer cans, hehe)
will-tilley
July 7th, 2009 9:53pm
I am not sure what is the best tools are,but as a mobile technician it sure is a lot harder to cut off or grind down a Snap-on wrench as opposed to a Craftsman or Canadian Tire tool.I find that is not much good to purchase an expensive tool for the abuse that it has to endure when out in the field because the job HAS to get done when your kilometers from a garage.
ryan-conner
July 8th, 2009 5:23am
I always found when cutting or grinding down a tool to make it work, that company tools don't scream like mine when chopped hahaha.
ron-mellor
July 9th, 2009 3:09am
I started out with a tool box full of grey tools. Good quality, cheaper than Mac or snap on. Nice triple chrome finish on most. Now I buy Snap on or Mac depends on what I need.
david-kellner
March 14th, 2010 1:56am
Well I would have to say snap-on makes the best tools.

Their torx bits are the toughest and I find that their chrome sockets are tougher than the others. But they seem to be the most expensive and I agree that their cost may not always be justifiable.

I don't find a big difference with impact sockets though they all tend to wear out fairly quickly no matter what brand.

I also think that Ingersoll Rand air tools are good value for their money.
david-kellner
March 14th, 2010 1:56am
Well I would have to say snap-on makes the best tools.

Their torx bits are the toughest and I find that their chrome sockets are tougher than the others. But they seem to be the most expensive and I agree that their cost may not always be justifiable.

I don't find a big difference with impact sockets though they all tend to wear out fairly quickly no matter what brand.

I also think that Ingersoll Rand air tools are good value for their money.
greg-hodder-2
March 15th, 2010 2:22am
I own over $23,000 in tools and almost everything I own is Snap-On including both my boxes. I wouldn't compromise on quality, so I say Snap-on all the way.
christian-weber
March 15th, 2010 9:29pm
All my equipment is Snap-On, and my air tools are Ingersoll Rand. I like the warranty, the fit, and the hard use the tools take.

I work with a guy that has the German made Haszet?? tools, and they are said to be the best, even better than Snap-On
geoff-bennetto
August 29th, 2010 10:53am




need i say more
geoff-bennetto
August 29th, 2010 10:54am
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=gpSJMZ715G0





look at the video.



Need I say more???
josh-lyon
September 7th, 2010 6:36am
Every tool company has it's quality and garbage. As a field mechanic who commonly has to modify I like to have two sets at a minimum of the most used, craftsman is cheap and half decent, mastercraft max. has some nice wrenches for a Great price and for a shop tool box (haven't got this far yet) I plan to have some snap-on, MAC, Gray and yes even some Proto and more... Hopefully the tools won't fight each other for my attention ha ha, seriously though if one tool company produced the best of everything {At a COMPETITIVE price} I'd buy it but I haven't seen that yet Tools need to be as versatile as the jobs I come across, but to each his own...
tim-ubels
September 8th, 2010 2:00am
I have both Snap-On and Mac, as well as, some cheap stuff to butcher as well. They all work equally well, if you know what you are doing.

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