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Old 11-20-2011, 08:41 AM   #43
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Old 11-20-2011, 09:24 AM   #44
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The brand that really cracks me up is Tool Shop from Menards. It's all chinese made and total junk. I will admit to having a set of flare nut wrenches from Tool Shop that have held up well. The thing is when I'm working on brake lines and bleeders if it doesn't break loose with little effort, it hasn't soaked in PB Blaster for long enough.

The amount of force I put on a tool is directly proportional to the known quality.
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Old 11-20-2011, 10:11 AM   #45
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I bought a huge bage of cable ties from HF... Bad mistake... all the one I used last year are brittle and breaking off... they are plastic, not nylon.

The ones from Home Depot and Lowe's are just about the same.
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Old 11-20-2011, 10:15 AM   #46
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2) I don't follow NASCAR. So no affiliations or alienations for me. Given a choice I prefer NHRA. But I understand your point and would probably respond the same way.

I was watching Drag Racing the other day....seemed like Toyota has bought their way into that too !

Maybe it's time for the people of the United States of America to take our country Back.!
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Sorry for the rant but I just had to say that. I guess that's what we get for wanting it cheap.

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Maybe it's time for the people of the United States of America to take our country Back.!
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Old 11-20-2011, 11:03 AM   #48
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Google Kobalt, Craftsman, and yes even some Snap-On tools, to find place of manufacturer. You may be surprised.

Back when I worked for a living, I purchased quality tools, regardless of thier origin. Quality usually costs more, but the quality remains long after the cost of product is forgotten. Or as some of you may remember, old time racer Mickey Thompson's slogan was, "I have no qualms with those who sell for less, after all, they know what thier product is worth.

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Old 11-20-2011, 12:20 PM   #49
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Years ago I performed a Pre-Award Survey on Snap-On tools for the F-16 tool contract. During a break I asked their District Manager why were the regular tools for the everyday mechanic so much more expensive then craftsman. His answer was that although both tools are guaranteed for life, if you are ever injured due to a Snap-On tool failure your medical bills are covered by Snap-On.

When I was a younger Marine I was told while attending Supply School that the Military Supply System was based on Sears Robuck's Supply/Purchasing System of Contracting to the lowest responsible bidder. It appears today that most contracts are not awarded to the most responsible bidder, but rather to the lowest.
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Old 11-20-2011, 01:24 PM   #50
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A mechanic is only as good as his/her tools!

Not always the case. I just had to let a tech go (fired) that would ONLY buy Snap-on, Mac, or Matco tools. He just kept getting sloppier, & sloppier in his work, and I just can't stand 'come-backs' (bad for me, bad for customer).

Matco Tools has their wrenches made at the same factory (here in USA) that Craftsman has their Pro-Line sets made, to the same standards as Matco. (I was a Matco dealer).

I've wrenched on autos and airplanes and industrial machinery for nearly all my life, and my toolbox is filled with all sorts of brands. I believe like someone else said....a good mechanic can tell if a tool will be any good, ...but I will ad....for the intended use, and how often.

ie: I was standing 6ft away when a 2 1/2" Snap-on socket shattered, using breaker bar. The pieces went flying, hit the man in the forehead, (blood everywhere), knocked him to the floor, and nearly unconscious.

We used impact sockets on the bigger sizes from then on building B1-B's, even with hand tools.
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I wanted to buy a Hydrometer, and couldn't find one made in the US, Where did you get yours?


Brady 10" Precision Battery Hydrometer

Also look at Snap-on
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Also I finally found a set of those female torx wrenches at HFT and bought it. It only came with 4 sizes of the females. Do you remember what size I need to remove the solenoid on my starter?
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It's a female, E-6 torx set bit (deep socket) you need for the starter solenoid removal/replacement on the Chevy 8.1.
I just did a search for the E-6 deep socket bit set. I can't find it. You can use this set if you can grind the socket down on a bench grinder to a taper.
Put an extension on the socket and "grind her down".
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I buy some tools from them...they have a life time guarantee...if I'm not going to use them all the time for heavy work. The only problem I have had with HF is their 18v drill/light combo...won't hold a charge over night, either battery.
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Also I finally found a set of those female torx wrenches at HFT and bought it. It only came with 4 sizes of the females. Do you remember what size I need to remove the solenoid on my starter?
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It's a female, E-6 torx set bit (deep socket) you need for the starter solenoid removal/replacement on the Chevy 8.1.
I just did a search for the E-6 deep socket bit set. I can't find it. You can use this set if you can grind the socket down on a bench grinder to a taper.
Put an extension on the socket and "grind her down".
Thanks Max,
I guess I bought the wrong one with this. 19 Piece 3/8" Drive E-Socket Set
I'll go back and add to the collection with this one http://www.harborfreight.com/16-piec...html?hftref=cj , at least they're cheap at HFT
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This is the set you need--It was on the side bar of the 1/4" set you pointed out-
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I went to my HF store today and got a 30A to 15A dogbone, $7 with 20% off.
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