Re: %&($$*&*$*$ cheap tools OT
There are lots of sets of tools for the home shop.
Craftsman is probably the best known, and one of the more reliable names.
Husky, S-K tools make a good product, Matco, Proto and may others will work just fine.
I turned wrenches every day for several years, and still pick up tools almost daily now.
My professional OPINION (don't need to get flamed about it)
Sears is always in the same place, and doesn't avoid you when you have a box full of warranties like the Snap-On truck and some of the others will...
Pay the extra money for Top quality tools when they are in critical situations.
I use Snap-On wobble extensions, for example.
If you are familiar with a wobble extension, you know that they undercut the shank to let the socket move at angles, so if they don't use top quality material to start with, it's going to fail...
Same with allen wrenches, like CJ Dave said, and screw driver tips, ect...
Drive size adaptors are another good example of where best quality must be used.
If you are using a 1/2" breaker bar on a 3/8" socket, that drive adaptor had better be a real quality piece, or it's going to fail before the socket will.
All measuring tools, like torque wrenches, micrometers, ect. MUST BE THE VERY BEST QUALITY.
Buy the testing tools for them, and learn how to use them.
For example, Standards (short piece of steel rod ground to a precise diameter or length) are about $5 to $10, and most Muffler & Brake and "rebuild" shops don't have them, or the little wrenches to adjust the micrometers...
I've seen reputable shops that when you talk to the guys, they say it's been a year sense their torque wrenches were tested!!
Pretty sad state of affairs...
(Everybody thinks that just knowing how to bolt things together makes them a 'Mechanic'....)
I personally have a box full of Craftsman tools.
I have acquired several sets of Snap-On, Mac, and others down through the years, but I like my Craftsman best.
I don't know if it's because I started out with them and got used to them, or they just fit my hands better...?...
Sears has never given me a minute of problem when something broke, and I always know where the Sears store is going to be.
When something gets lost or stolen, I know Sears is going to have it, FOR A REASONABLE PRICE...
I get Micrometers and the like from Starrett, Mitutoyo, ect., people that know how to make and maintain precision equipment...
WORD OF CAUTION:
If you can find some of the Craftsman tools that say, "Made In USA" get them.
Sears tried the cheap Taiwan tools a few years back, and they were a disaster.
Steer clear of them if at all possible.
Something has to be said for tool use SAFETY here...
I still scratch hide once in a while, but I NEVER BREAK FINGERS!!
You were pushing instead of pulling, and you trusted the tool completely.
I guess you know to never do that NOW!!!
(Learned the hard way... Most of us did, too...)
ALWAYS PULL, If you can't pull it, you have the wrong tool in most cases.
ALWAYS LOOK FOR SHARPS BEFORE, cover them with a fender cover or rags, or add extensions so you are above them.
DON'T BE A DILBERT, Every single mechanical thing on the planet is going to fail, even your tools. Be ready for things to fail.
NEVER GET UNDER ANYTHING UNLESS YOU ARE USING JACK STANDS!! No exceptions.
USE SAFETY GLASSES AT ALL TIMES! Ever seen a blind Jeeper or mechanic?
Ever had anything get into your eye while working on something? We all have!!
That could have permanently damaged the eye just as easy as not...
I don't know about you guys, but I intend on eye balling hard bodied women until I die!!!
You won't catch me with out safety glasses!!
Usually there is a solution for getting valuable body parts out of harms way... DO IT!
Extensions, long handle ratchets or breaker bars, push instead of pull, all pretty common stuff, but for some reason, people don't do it.
"I Have The Body Of A God... Buddha"