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paintpollz 08-29-2012 03:51 PM

Quote:

Originally Posted by xero287 (Post 4047871)
Yes. But what if he doesn't have a costco membership? lol

ah yes. good point

Pako 08-29-2012 03:56 PM

I have been buying tools for 20 years. Granted, I don't have a lot but will say that a good set of Craftman tools will last until you loose them. Deep and shallow sockets, 3/8 and 1/2 are good. The set you picked out looks like a nice set with a nice tool box to go with it. You can, and you probably will, always add more to the toolbox until you need a bigger one. :)

I will say, I recently put in a 60 gallon, 3 HP air compressor and bought a Impact wrench that came with a 3/8 air ratchet. With it I picked up a metric set of deep impact sockets from sears. O-M-G, I wish I could have got them 20 years ago. I love my air tools and plan on expanding my air tool collection as soon as I can (once the bank account recovers). I even told my dad that the Father-Son talk we had when I moved out at 18 really just needed to be, "Son, what ever you do, buy yourself a good set of air tools, you will no regret it!" :) I realize that cost, noise, and storage may be an issue, but the air tools have been by far the best luxury tool item I have ever bought.

~Cheers~

SurlyOldManMN 08-29-2012 03:57 PM

I'm not interested in hearing about the micro-eco-concerns of someone driving an awd turbo import. kthxbye

Kingfish 08-29-2012 04:07 PM

Quote:

Originally Posted by Pako (Post 4047938)
I have been buying tools for 20 years. Granted, I don't have a lot but will say that a good set of Craftman tools will last until you loose them. Deep and shallow sockets, 3/8 and 1/2 are good. The set you picked out looks like a nice set with a nice tool box to go with it. You can, and you probably will, always add more to the toolbox until you need a bigger one. :)

^ This. Love my Craftman :wub:

Tehnation 08-29-2012 04:55 PM

Quote:

Originally Posted by xero287 (Post 4047674)
OP, rather than buying a full set like most of us did, I advise you to get separate sets. Here is what you should buy:

Start here: http://www.harborfreight.com/#

Buy these:

-Ratchets

http://www.harborfreight.com/hand-to...35338-568.html

-Offset Wrenches

http://www.harborfreight.com/hand-to...set-32042.html

-Ratcheting Wrenches

http://www.harborfreight.com/hand-to...set-68953.html

-Breaker Bar

http://www.harborfreight.com/hand-to...bar-67931.html

-The all important through sockets

http://www.harborfreight.com/21-piec...set-67974.html

Get a a decent torque wrench, not from harbor freight lol. This puts your total at $80. I can attest that though these tools are very cheap, they are reliable for their purposes. Don't try to break bolts with anything but the 6-point sockets in the ratcheting set. I've had all of these sets for many years now and through all of the tossing, hammering, and anger I've taken out on them they still function the same as when I got them. Granted, the socket set didn't function as well as other high-end craftsman sets simply due to the fact that they dont have as many teeth inside.

This set up is GREAT for a beginner, hell if I had the variation of tools here, my 4 hours jobs could have easily taken 1 hour. The things one does when he/she doesn't have offset wrenches with ratcheting wrenches.

I think I like this the best. I have a bunch of random sockets, and tools that have gotten me by so far. But I'm going to tackle the lower control arm bushings, rear wheel hub, sway bars & endlinks, struts, rotors/pads, valve cover gasket, turbo, injectors, fuel pump, up and downpipe in the near future.

I've been slowly stock piling parts, figured I should invest in the right tools to save myself the headaches while i'm at it. I have jack stands, jack, chocks, hydraulic press, rhino ramps and cans of liquid wrench, just need the proper sets of tools. The HF stuff has a warranty as well. And I like the added assortment as opposed to the standard set which I probably have half of in my box of random tools, nuts and screws.

Anyone have a recommendation on a tq wrench? And any other tools I may need to tackle those jobs listed above, like big sockets for wheel hub, or any other miscellaneous tools? My crank pulley used a 22mm or something, and I think the nut for wheel hub is fairly large as well, not sure what size.

xero287 08-29-2012 05:03 PM

Get a Craftsman Torque Wrench. The wheel bearings will require some specialty tools if its really mated to the hub. You can easily rent those at autozone or advanced.

Glad I could help =)

LosAngelesLGT 08-29-2012 06:21 PM

Quote:

Originally Posted by Tehnation (Post 4047496)
I'm looking to invest up to $100-$150 dollars for a new set of tools to work on my car. Anyone have any recommendations for something that has a lot of what I need to get a lot of work done on a 2005 lgt?

Quote:

Originally Posted by mazdaslo (Post 4047792)
so "buy garbage that you can take back" is a responsible attitude? what is the real economic impact of filling our landfills, exporting our pollution to developing countries, or maiming or killing workers in slave labor factories overseas?

Whats so hard to understand about a low frequency of use not generally breaking cheap tools? Next time be forum savvy and give advice that is actually what the OP asked for.;)
Tools barely used will last generations too btw.:lol:

Quote:

Originally Posted by mazdaslo (Post 4047792)
I buy quality because it is the responsible thing to do

Maybe you should make a thread is about why you buy tools and are a responsible? Be sure to put it in the political subforum since apparently this is a political issue for you. :cool:

Max Capacity 08-29-2012 06:35 PM

I have been using Sears for most of my tools for the past 40 years or so. Other then the 32mm or 1 1/4" socket for the axle nut the biggest socket you'll need is a 21 for the crankshaft bolt.

That sears set your looking at is a good starter kit. If you don't need the tool box right away, I think they have a 254 piece kit for a good price too.

Look in the Sears ad in the weekend paper.

Or stop by the store.

I do have the shorty box end ratchet combo wrench set from HF. A few of my impact socket sets came from there too.

For those with air compressors, I love my 3/8 butterfly ratchet from Big Lots for $24.00, should have bought it years ago.

mazdaslo 08-29-2012 06:45 PM

sorry, you associated me with a BMW owner, that set my blood to boil :redface:

in the grand scheme of things, i am totally silly about my tools, but buy yourself at least a nice ratchet, you will never regret it :wub:

LosAngelesLGT 08-29-2012 07:05 PM

I dont think you belong with the BMW crowd. I think elitism does.

I think it can be hurtful to someone young to say that they are making a bad decision for buying what is in their budget instead of overspending for the future that may never happen. If someone doesn't know what they want, I certainly think they should go cheap and replace what they break with good stuff since they will apparently use it. Just seems fiscally sound. Hopefully by the time its broke, a couple years have gone by and more money is available.

boxkita 08-29-2012 07:45 PM

^^^ Well said.

Max Capacity 08-30-2012 06:07 AM

Quote:

Originally Posted by LosAngelesLGT (Post 4048199)
I dont think you belong with the BMW crowd. I think elitism does.

I think it can be hurtful to someone young to say that they are making a bad decision for buying what is in their budget instead of overspending for the future that may never happen. If someone doesn't know what they want, I certainly think they should go cheap and replace what they break with good stuff since they will apparently use it. Just seems fiscally sound. Hopefully by the time its broke, a couple years have gone by and more money is available.

The only problem with that mind set and hand tools is, the fact that they may break at the wrong time. That can cause you personal injury.

How much is a busted knockle worth to you. There are a lot of newer names out there now, when I started out 40 years ago Craftsman was what was recommended and still is. As long as there is a Sears store around you, its easy to get a replacement for free.

I'm not saying only buy Craftsman, there are other great hand tools made too. It's just about convinence of getting a replacement.

I guess the HF tools have a replacement plan also ? I just never checked into it. I have some of those type tools, but they are not my "go to" first choice.

RedDawg 08-30-2012 06:34 AM

i picked up this set when it was on sale for $100 before

http://www.lowes.com/pd_338518-22328...RL=&facetInfo=

has everything ive needed so far expect for a knuckle adapter set i picked up for cheap. even if it was at full price i'd still grab it, the case is nice and durable also.

xero287 08-30-2012 08:33 AM

Guys, I won. This thread may now be closed =)

meier motor sports 08-30-2012 08:58 AM

Quote:

Originally Posted by xero287 (Post 4047674)
OP, rather than buying a full set like most of us did, I advise you to get separate sets. Here is what you should buy:

Start here: http://www.harborfreight.com/#

Buy these:

-Ratchets

http://www.harborfreight.com/hand-to...35338-568.html

-Offset Wrenches

http://www.harborfreight.com/hand-to...set-32042.html

-Ratcheting Wrenches

http://www.harborfreight.com/hand-to...set-68953.html

-Breaker Bar

http://www.harborfreight.com/hand-to...bar-67931.html

-The all important through sockets

http://www.harborfreight.com/21-piec...set-67974.html

Get a a decent torque wrench, not from harbor freight lol. This puts your total at $80. I can attest that though these tools are very cheap, they are reliable for their purposes. Don't try to break bolts with anything but the 6-point sockets in the ratcheting set. I've had all of these sets for many years now and through all of the tossing, hammering, and anger I've taken out on them they still function the same as when I got them. Granted, the socket set didn't function as well as other high-end craftsman sets simply due to the fact that they dont have as many teeth inside.

This set up is GREAT for a beginner, hell if I had the variation of tools here, my 4 hours jobs could have easily taken 1 hour. The things one does when he/she doesn't have offset wrenches with ratcheting wrenches.


plus 1 but keep in mind cheep quality comes with the cheep price;)


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