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68 S-code GT
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From: Sayreville, NJ, US
Registered: Mar 2000

posted 12-31-2004 09:13 PM     Click Here to See the Profile for 68 S-code GT   Click Here to Email 68 S-code GT     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
Where can I get good quality tools from other than guys like Snap-on or Mac? I have a lot of Craftsman but I donít think the quality is as it was years ago. I know they have the lifetime warranty but I would rather not have to keep getting tools replaced.

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68 S-code FB GT 4spd(now C6)/3.25 PS PDB
68 J-code(now 289) Cp Sprint"B" C4/3L00-9" PDB PS AC
99 F150 XLT Ext/cab, 4X4, 5.4L, 3L55

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cpmaverick
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From: Santa Clarita, CA
Registered: Jan 2000

posted 12-31-2004 09:26 PM     Click Here to See the Profile for cpmaverick   Click Here to Email cpmaverick     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
Seems hit or miss to me! Some of the Kobalt, Blackhawk, or other American brands out there are good sometimes and crappy others. For example I like one brand's ratchets but thier wrenches are crappy, etc.

S-K is still one of the best in my opinion, but they are kinda hard to find.

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68 S-code GT
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From: Sayreville, NJ, US
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posted 01-03-2005 07:35 AM     Click Here to See the Profile for 68 S-code GT   Click Here to Email 68 S-code GT     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
Thatís kind of the problem I have with the Craftsmen tools. I have some sockets that are 20 years old but then again I have some that are 10 years and they have split. I just canít get my self to start paying top dollar for Snap-on or Mac tools again.

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Ed S.

68 S-code FB GT 4spd(now C6)/3.25 PS PDB
68 J-code(now 289) Cp Sprint"B" C4/3L00-9" PDB PS AC
99 F150 XLT Ext/cab, 4X4, 5.4L, 3L55

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Hemikiller
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From: Killingworth, CT
Registered: Feb 2002

posted 01-03-2005 09:25 AM     Click Here to See the Profile for Hemikiller   Click Here to Email Hemikiller     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
If you can stand the cost, buy ratchets and wrenches from Snap-on (my personal fav) or Mac / Matco. IMHO Snap-On makes the best ratchets and wrenches.

S/O sockets are excellent as well. I've broken only 1 S/O socket in ten years of ownership. I've actually just worn some of them right out. Can't count how many Craftsman sockets I've broken.

SK makes really good tools at fair prices, a nice compromise between pro (s/o, Matco, mac) and consumer (craftsman). I want to try some of the Kobalt tools, but it looks like Lowes is really paring that line down....

I have to weight the time lost replacing the broken ones vs cost of the tools. Generally, higher quality wins out, especially on tools I will use all the time.

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ZRX61
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From: LA County
Registered: Jan 2005

posted 01-03-2005 09:32 PM     Click Here to See the Profile for ZRX61   Click Here to Email ZRX61     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
My Matco 90deg die grinder crapped out today & the truck doesn't come until Thursday

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N266fords
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From: Spokane ,WA USA
Registered: Apr 2003

posted 01-03-2005 11:00 PM     Click Here to See the Profile for N266fords   Click Here to Email N266fords     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
If you call the guy he will tell you where he is going to be so you can go to him and exchange it..
bruce

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exlocal
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From: hacienda hts., CA, USA
Registered: Dec 2004

posted 01-03-2005 11:24 PM     Click Here to See the Profile for exlocal     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
I have some SK wrenches and sockets that are 30+ years old, but then on the other hand, I have a swap meet socket set that is over 20 years old too, that I bought for $2. They were so generic, there was no name on them.

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ZRX61
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From: LA County
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posted 01-04-2005 09:43 PM     Click Here to See the Profile for ZRX61   Click Here to Email ZRX61     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
Got the trucks mixed yup, Mac comes Thursday, Matco came today....
$116 for a new one & found out the old one (at least 6 years old) needs TWO parts which cost a tad over $60.00.. held off on ordering the parts for now..One year warranty on the new one, old one is WAY out of warranty....

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stc65coupe351w
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From: Riverside California
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posted 01-24-2005 10:07 PM     Click Here to See the Profile for stc65coupe351w   Click Here to Email stc65coupe351w     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote

It does seem they were built better years ago. I am still using these,
Williams, Proto, Cornwell, Mac, Craftsman, Easco.
My Grandfather bought them starting in the 30's and I still use them today.

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