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Old 05-28-2015, 12:58 PM   #1
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Mechanics Tool Set

I'm looking to buy a mechanics tool set and i've narrowed it down to these two sets:

Craftsman 230-Piece Mechanics Tool Set, #35230 - - Amazon.com

http://www.amazon.com/GearWrench-809.../dp/B005MVB7HM

Any thoughts on which is better. I'm leaning towards the grearwrench set because it looks to have less filler, but the craftsman might be slightly better quality (still made in US?).

Thoughts?
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Old 05-28-2015, 01:44 PM   #2
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I would personally recommend putting together your own. But the 230 piece mechanic set isn't too bad for a generic set
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Power tools will also make the job go a lot faster. I picked up a Ryobi 5 piece kit last year that I've been abusing the hell out of during the demo phase of my build. At the very least, drill, driver and job tool with a right angle impact driver head, and an angle grinder for cutting stubborn bolt heads off.
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Power tools for sure. I dont have electricity available where i will be converting the bus. I considered buying a set of battery powered tools, but i think for the extra money/reduced lifespan, i'm better off getting a cheap generator and sticking with my corded tools. I'm going to need power anyway to run the shop-vac, compressor, etc

I have an angle grinder, drill, impact wrench, sawzall, skillsaw, compressor, air chisel. Just looking to add a set of manual tools ( i lost a smaller set in the move a few years back).
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i was gifted a set like the craftsman one.

my complaint about it is its very redundant.
you might have 3 or 4 sockets of each common size in there. 1 - 3/8 dvrive socket 6 point, one 3/8" socket 12 point, one 1/2" socket, 6 point, and a 1/4" socket..... all for the same size nut.

honestly, i'd buy a 20 piece set, and fill in with sockets that are outside of the range you got.

the craftmans set would be good for filliing in a lot of holes of common sized sockets. as starter set... its overkill.


here is a link for a basic set without all the stuff you don't need. this set is on the small side..... personally the use of 1/4" sockets never happens here. i'd look for a similar set with 3/8" and 1/2" ratchets.

http://www.amazon.com/dp/B00GLELF3U?psc=1

i would be much better if the sizes didnt stop under3/4"
the big ones i dont have are the ones i want.
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Old 05-28-2015, 03:03 PM   #6
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Thanks, that makes sense to me. I found this one, but dont know much about this brand (kind of pricey). I may just do as calmingcrow suggested and piece one together.

Klutch Impact Socket Set - 59-Pc., 3/8- and 1/2-Drive, SAE/Metric - Power Impact Wrenches - Amazon.com

edit: Just realized that all the SAE sockets on this set are deep well and all the metric are short.
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I had a 200 piece Craftsman case set like the one above... If it hadn't been a present for Father's Day, I would not have bought it.

As mentioned, it's a pretty redundant set, with 6 point and 12 point sockets in short and deep well. But, my biggest complaint was the molded case. You could not pick it up without sockets falling to the bottom.
And a major point deduction is all those allen wrenches and black nut driver sockets. those little 5 cent pieces sure add up to make the number of pieces look bigger than is usable. I didn't look at the specs, but I'd bet 40 pieces are hex keys and nut driver sockets.
I'd rather have several hex keys sets in metric and standard. And a 1/4, 1/2 and 3/4 inch socket doohickey for my drill.

And omg, don't even get me started on cordless drill batteries! it's a TOTAL RACKET!!! lot of youtube videos to show how to repair "dead" batteries.

Love my Makita 18 volt, but I had an electrician bypass the sensor that tells the battery charger to not take a charge. I use it several times weekly for home repair and maintenance on a friend's rent house (13 houses)

My dewalt hammer drill doesn't get used as much, but it's sure handy when needed.... it seems I've loaned it out more than I've used it, and the higher speed works great for wire cup wheels, buffing wheel, sanding disks, and such.
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The Technology Center that I substitute teach at receives Kobalt donations for their automotive class, and give students large tool sets & tool carts as awards... If I search for tools that I need, they'll be the first ones I look for simply because of that.

Also, I like the more ergonomic feel of their ratchets
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the clutch tools look real heavy duty, built for an impact wrench. but yeah..... you're on the right track.
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Between the first two sets I would go with the gearwrench set over the craftsman
because the craftsman set has so much fill and only six end wrenches. As to the
impact sockets you will find that they have a thicker wall on the socket making it
hard to get onto some bolts or nuts in tight places. Neither set has a set of screw
drivers except the Sears set but those are only drivers and not something you can
use as a chisel or a pry bar. You might check craigslist or garage sales for used
tools. If they are name brand i.e. Snap-On, Mac, Matco, Cornwell, Sears, Kobalt.
The hand tools have a lifetime guarantee so you can take broken or worn out
items to the nearest dealer and get them replaced. I've taken broken craftsman
screw drivers from a garage sale to sears and gotten new replacement. Kmart also
carries craftsman.
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