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cwilson546147
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Apr 26, 2017, 9:37 AM

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Hello guys, I have a quick question for you. I am setting up my garage to work on a 69 gmc truck. I want to get a good set of tools for the shop. I have been looking at mac tools and snapon. I also have been looking into harbor freight and kobalt. I don't mind spending a bit more but I am looking for the essential tools I will need. I also was wondering if I could use a mig 125 welder? Thanks


Hammer Time
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Apr 26, 2017, 9:47 AM

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There is absolutely no comparison from Mac and Snap-on to Harbor Freight

I'm not saying there isn't stuff at Harbor freight that is worth buying, it just has to be things that are only used occasionally as they will not hold up to daily use.

Mac and Snapon are top of the line but if you can't afford that, then consider Craftsman at Sears. They are very good "middle of the road" tools and most hand tools have lifetime guarantee.



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Discretesignals
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Apr 26, 2017, 11:49 AM

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If you just going to be working on a 69 GMC or tinkering with stuff once in a while, why buy top name brand tools? Check out garage and estate sales. I've got some Sunnex hardened sockets that I really impressed with that are less expensive. Kobalt stuff is fine for a DIY and easy to return when broken.

Are you planning on doing some welding? Do you know how to weld?





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Tom Greenleaf
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Apr 26, 2017, 12:09 PM

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Mostly the same but to add a bit: Watch out for sets, especially metric that do not include 16 or 18MM one or both.


Harbor Freight can be a real deal some things not too bad - dirt cheap as things go. No on cutting tools, drills sets watch out for the word "plated" with the metal of choice not the real thing.


Watch out again that where you get 'lifetime guarantee" also means the lifetime of the place and they don't always have what you broke or wore out fast! Sears - check news on who will take over the Craftsman name if anyone as I expect the Sears we know of to bust up as insolvent has lost more money than they can sustain under that at least as a stock = plain "S" on the NYSE if you look up who own what about them.


IDK - Seem no matter what you do you always need either doubles of same things and I find a pretty wild assortment both types and brands of flare nut tools can really help.


In a jam the "crow foot" Snap On set doesn't skip #s (sizes) can be handy for flare nut style still can use on regular hex nuts and bolts.


Other: When you want to wreck a tool or bend one use the Harbor Freight stuff - I can't be the only one that does or did that just with propane and or cut them with Oxy/Acet.


Whole game seems to never end to need one more thing,


Tom



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Apr 26, 2017, 12:13 PM

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I used to buy a whole lot of stuff here ........ TOOLTOPIA

They sell SK hand tools.



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(This post was edited by Hammer Time on Apr 26, 2017, 12:15 PM)






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