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Just wondering what tools everyone uses/has.

I need a drill for around the house stuff and started looking at craftsman tools and saw a combo for an impact driver and drill for 150$.
I don't expect much for the impact driver but would be nice to speed up working on my car.
I will need a drill for my panhard bar install and was wondering if this combo is worth my money.

Here is what i'm considering.
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For a drill and impact I have snapon. I love them. But it also retails over a grand. (It was a combo) I have alot of crapsmen stuff. Thiers hand tools rarely let me down, and the silver sockets put up with so much abuse I'm surprised I haven't broken more then 2. (They have withstood being used on my snap on air impact at full blast) but I can't speak to well for their electric stuff. But I do know their air chucks that have a gauge built in, suck cock. I've had 2 brake out the box and I got one use out of the 3rd before I bit the bullet and bought a blue point (snapon made in china) digital air Chuck.
 

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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.
 

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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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Don't buy craftsman Chinese junk, especially the electronics, like the impact you're talking about.

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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.
 

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Don't buy craftsman Chinese junk, especially the electronics, like the impact you're talking about.

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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?
 

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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.
 

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Milwaukee is a good power tool company..not just sayin' it because i'm from nearby :shiftyeyes

Don't buy craftsman Chinese junk, especially the electronics, like the impact you're talking about.

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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 ****ing 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 **** their tool boxes..More flimsy than 69 looking at LS stuffed engine bays.
 

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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?
 

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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.
 

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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?
 

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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.
 

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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 **** 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.
 

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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.


 
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