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July 4th, 2015 06:46 PM
69fastback You can routinely find Dewalt on sale at many places. I'd wait for that.
July 4th, 2015 06:34 PM
Royal96 I've been considering kobalt, but are they even made in America any more?
July 4th, 2015 05:23 PM
Alente Kobalt is normally my go to brand, then again I used to get an employee discount. Have yet to have a drill or saw shit on me.
July 4th, 2015 05:21 PM
dr.gonzo!
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Originally Posted by ShiftinGT View Post
The ridgid looks solid may pick it up. Do you guys think I would be able to drill through my cars frame for the panhard bar installation with it?
Yup. Do not use drill bits with the impact though. Unless you want broken drill bits.

Get some high quality bits and use a drop of oil where you are drilling.


July 4th, 2015 04:47 PM
AR Stang
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When did the whole K mart thing go down? I bought my kit in 2012 and I've NEVER broken a socket. I abuse the fuck out of them too. Hammer on them, use a 3 foot cheater bar, the works
I wanna say they merged in the early to mid 2000s but I never had an issue with hand tools from them until about two years ago.
July 4th, 2015 04:40 PM
Towelie When did the whole K mart thing go down? I bought my kit in 2012 and I've NEVER broken a socket. I abuse the fuck out of them too. Hammer on them, use a 3 foot cheater bar, the works
July 4th, 2015 04:36 PM
AR Stang
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To be fair I haven't bought any new craftsman tools since the whole kmart thing. Has their quality actually gone down or is everyone just assuming they're Chinese junk now?
They really are that bad. I have broken multiple sockets from them that they were purchased in the past year. My dad's old set he left before he died is still going strong though. I have had better luck with duralast stuff than craftsman now and the duralast stuff sucks too.

I should add my friend bought a 1/2" drive ratchet and it broke first use. He exchanged it and in less than a week it broke too. The stuff is just not worth the effort unless you have a sears within a couple minute drive.
July 4th, 2015 02:51 PM
ShiftinGT The ridgid looks solid may pick it up. Do you guys think I would be able to drill through my cars frame for the panhard bar installation with it?
July 4th, 2015 01:15 PM
nkausch My craftsman tools have never let me down. I use them every weekend and my "chrome impact sockets" have never let me down either. Hell I've broken less craftsman tools (1) than a friend of mine who only uses snapon.
July 4th, 2015 01:03 PM
Towelie my craftsman ratchet set is still going strong after several years of abuse. but that's really all the tools I personally own.

We have nothing but Snap-on tools at work and I trust them very well
July 4th, 2015 12:59 PM
Royal96 To be fair I haven't bought any new craftsman tools since the whole kmart thing. Has their quality actually gone down or is everyone just assuming they're Chinese junk now?
July 4th, 2015 12:01 PM
SlowSix My tools are mostly a mix of craftman and harbor freight.
The harbor freight stuff typically isn't any worse than craftsman and if you break it, there is a lifetime warranty.

For power tools I wouldn't buy harbor freight though. The impact I use is air, but it is an Ingersol-Rand. Nice piece.
Maybe look into makita or hitachi for battery impact/drill?
July 4th, 2015 12:06 AM
Mattdbal Milwaukee is a good power tool company..not just sayin' it because i'm from nearby

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Originally Posted by 69fastback View Post
Don't buy craftsman Chinese junk, especially the electronics, like the impact you're talking about.

---------- Post added at 08:00 PM ---------- Previous post was at 07:59 PM ----------

Oh, and I have a toolbox full of craftsman stuff....real craftsman, and not the junk they sell since K mart bought them and outsourced them to China.
This. I can't fucking stand craftsman. It is such a joke. My dad has a few old craftsman tools but it would be nice if he didn't loose 95% of the good old ones. I use their 256 or something piece tool set and hate every minute of it. I don't mind the sockets, but I have like 4 broken ones from the set and had to buy a different ratchet because I can't stand how those shitty ones are. Had to warranty a less than 1 yr old torque wrench too..oh and broke their snap ring pliers..


That said, I wouldn't buy anything electric from them.



oh and fuck their tool boxes..More flimsy than 69 looking at LS stuffed engine bays.
July 3rd, 2015 11:41 PM
oooo2stang I have a rigid 18v li-ion impact/ drill combo that I bought for that exact purpose. Light/medium carpentry stuff around the house. Less than $200 bucks and comes with the drill, impact, charger, and 2 batteries. All with a lifetime warranty. Including the batteries. It's a 1/4" impact so it's small and I put a 3/8ths adapter on it and was able break all but 3 of my lugs loose on my wheels and it wasnt a 100% fresh battery. Those 3 were most likely over tightened as my torque wrench was sent back to the manufacturer. It doesn't have the power that a 1/2" snap on gun or Milwaukee gun will have, but it gets the job done.
July 3rd, 2015 11:31 PM
Weather Man Harbor freight is tough to beat for tools that see only occasional use. Make sure to get a 20% off coupon available from multiple sources.
July 3rd, 2015 11:12 PM
Silver GT For cordless tools, Milwaukee and DeWalt are top notch.

This would be a great kit in the $150 range.
DEWALT 20-Volt Max Lithium-Ion Cordless Combo Kit (2-Tool)-DCK240C2 - The Home Depot
July 3rd, 2015 10:47 PM
dr.gonzo! Rigid seems pretty solid.
July 3rd, 2015 10:31 PM
ShiftinGT
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Originally Posted by 69fastback View Post
Don't buy craftsman Chinese junk, especially the electronics, like the impact you're talking about.

---------- Post added at 08:00 PM ---------- Previous post was at 07:59 PM ----------

Oh, and I have a toolbox full of craftsman stuff....real craftsman, and not the junk they sell since K mart bought them and outsourced them to China.
Are there any budget power tools that you would recommend then?
July 3rd, 2015 10:00 PM
69fastback Don't buy craftsman Chinese junk, especially the electronics, like the impact you're talking about.

---------- Post added at 08:00 PM ---------- Previous post was at 07:59 PM ----------

Oh, and I have a toolbox full of craftsman stuff....real craftsman, and not the junk they sell since K mart bought them and outsourced them to China.
July 3rd, 2015 09:30 PM
ShiftinGT
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I use Craftsman and will continue to until they go out of business or snap on brings their prices into this universe.

I feel like that deal is pretty good though OP because I was at sears the other day and I'm pretty sure I saw that impact driver alone for 100 bucks.
Yeah I was looking at a hammer drill that was 120$ then looked online and saw this. Don't have any power tools at the moment and don't have money or room for air tools.
Anyone else have an opinion?
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