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Old 06-05-2012, 07:44 AM   #21

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That prybar is the best tool I've ever found for the driverside axle. Sure you can get it out most of the time with stuff you have, literally the axle jumps out of the transmission when you touch it with that bar and the proper indexing.

How about the spring clamp tool? Sears can keep you from ever having a blood blister again from using channel locks on any of the hose clamps on our cars.

Husky/Stanley makes a perfect junkyarding ratchet. 65507 appears to the number. It has large teeth, but doing plugs above the radaitor support is awesome for keeping your knuckles blood free.
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The Gear Wrench stuff is awesome. I have quite a few of their tools. I love the reversible ratcheting set.
As for other stuff, my toolbox is mostly Craftsman, some Kobalt, and even some Stanley.
My specialty tools are a mash of assorted brands.
I've only broken a few Craftsman items. Honestly, its nice to be able to easily get a replacement at the nearest Sears than try and track down a truck. A good friend of mine is a professional mechanic, and agrees with me. At work, he has the top dollar tools, but for anything else, you can buy 2-3 Craftsman for 1 of the others. Yes, the top dollar tools are less likely to break, but if you only have a certain amount of money to spend, its cheaper to buy something like Craftsman, and have spares. Especially if you aren't doing this for a living, and have regular access to their tool trucks.
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