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Old 10-14-2005, 01:07 PM   #1
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Default Trying to decide on a good socket wrench

Something I can use to handle all my socket needs.. Does it need to be a torque wrench, or a plain old socket wrench?

Can I get away with just a torque wrench or do I need both? In short, what DO I need?


I was considering these:

http://cgi.ebay.com/ebaymotors/MAC-T...spagenameZWDVW

http://cgi.ebay.com/Brand-NEW-SNAP-O...QQcmdZViewItem


http://cgi.ebay.com/ebaymotors/SNAP-...82008860QQrdZ1


What do you guys think?
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Peaking at 100ft/lbs is barely cutting it. Ideally, a 0-150 tq wrench would suit your needs. That socket set looks good if it'* metric.

You would also benefit from a swivel-head ratchet (3/ with a longer handle. Very handy at times.
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I'm watching the set. Its metric. Those tools look like they'll take a good beating which is what I'm looking for. I suppose ultimately I need a good strong torque wrench anyway though. No?
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go with snap-on

there much better quality tools
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I've owned Snap-On, Mac, Craftsman, and Stanley ratchets. None of them are any better or worse than the other in my opinion, and in fact, the Snap-On gets a low rating. Simply because they're too smooth, no grip when you have greasy hands. Craftsman gets the nod in this regard with good grip.
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Aaron..That socket set looks good.

Problem with Snappy/Mac stuff is while the quality is usually great. You need to be a mechanic or know one to get tool replacement.

Craftsman is usually local to everyone.

You might want to hold off on major purchases until you come up. I've got a pretty good assortment for you to try out. And the crew will have a bunch of projects for you to use them on.

Some advice for all: Regular wrenches vs polished. Always spend a little extra for the polished. They clean 100 times better and easier.
Sockets: buy 6 point only if possible. 12 point have no advantages unless you are taking driveshafts out of a ford.
Ratcheting wrenches... the best invention ever!
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Aaron..That socket set looks good.

Problem with Snappy/Mac stuff is while the quality is usually great. You need to be a mechanic or know one to get tool replacement.

Craftsman is usually local to everyone.

You might want to hold off on major purchases until you come up. I've got a pretty good assortment for you to try out. And the crew will have a bunch of projects for you to use them on.

Some advice for all: Regular wrenches vs polished. Always spend a little extra for the polished. They clean 100 times better and easier.
Sockets: buy 6 point only if possible. 12 point have no advantages unless you are taking driveshafts out of a ford.
Ratcheting wrenches... the best invention ever!
I've never had problems getting replacement tools from my mac dealer (and I'm a poli sci student, no mechanic :P). Just have to have his contact information and make arrangments to meet him.

Agree with you on the rest
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i own all craftsman / husky / kobalt
sears lowes and home depo

stores all over the us and all have life time warranty
but ive heard that craftsmans warranty will not be sticking around much longer since kmart bought them out. but it might be b-* just something i heard
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matcos have the best grip, the damn things are like gripping a cheese grater, they also have a good obvious snap, i havent used craftsman, but im comparing to snap-on and mac
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