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  1. Biggershaft96

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    I ended up just ordering the single wrench off amazon

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    The SAE swivels came in today 77531C20-E8C7-41CC-82AB-4447A58A2CA5.jpeg
    Amazon is saying July 26th for the Metrics

    Also that matco mag light is impractical as hell but its sitting beside the bed now just in case haha.
     
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    19mm and 3/4" are interchangeable.
     
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    Never knew that. Thanks for the tip
     
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    Yeah, I know this thread stretches back to the beginning of time, but here's some juicy tidbits dug up from the grave:

    ^^^ Winner. In addition to what you mention, "seeing my own blood" became a part of my tool-buying regimen. If a tool broke, I got it warrantied. If a tool broke, and I saw my own blood, I got it warrantied, sold it or donated it to someone, and bought a real tool to replace it.

    That's exactly why I QUIT buying Crapsman. I got sick of warranties and just wanted tools that worked and didn't piss me off.

    When the Kobalt brand name was being launched, the tools were made by Williams--a Snap-On Industrial company. The tools were top-notch, genuine Professional grade.

    Wasn't so long after the name got "established" that Lowes's quit dealing with Williams and went to Danaher instead. Now the tools were Craftsman USA equivalent. Professional-grade, as long as you remember that an apprentice is technically a professional, but at the beginning of his career.

    Danaher switched to Asian crap, Kobalt went straight to hell. So Lowe's decides to pull a fast one, contracts with Stanley Black and Decker for a different brand of Asian junk. (Crapsman)

    The local Menards has a display of Crapsman, every bit of it Communist Chinese.

    Proto is a well-respected name.


    I suppose it's too late now, but Snappy offers MASSIVE discounts to automotive "students". You could buy real tools for cheap instead of Asian junk.

    For the record, when I worked professionally, I bought USA Craftsman in my early years, then Snap-On, some Mac, and a little Matco, once I learned the real cost of cheap tools. Now that I'm fixing stuff for "fun", I tend to buy SK if they have what I'm looking for, used-but-good-condition Snap-On if SK doesn't have what I need, and new Snap-On* if I have to. SK is much less expensive than the Tool Truck brands, just as good in most cases. Wright, Proto, Williams are other top-quality brands that tend to cost less than Tool Truck stuff. Mac and Proto are sister companies just like Snappy and Williams. When buying Proto and Williams, be careful to get the USA-made product not the Asian product.

    As has been said, Matco doesn't make anything except some tool boxes, which is what they made for Mac when they were known as Mac Allied Tool COmpany.

    *Keeping with the spirit of this thread, my latest "new" Snap-On purchase was an impact wrench. This is the MG3255L, the "3/8" compact-body impact with a 1/2" drive extended anvil, in a kit with three double-ended lug nut sockets. My Snappy dealer was hot to sell, I think it had gone stale on the truck. I bet it's several years old, leftover stock. The price was "right" and it went home with me.

    I did some research on old Snap-On air impact wrenches. Their first one, the IM5 and IM5B, had 200-ish ft/lbs of torque. Pathetic by today's standards, my 3/8 impact has FAR more power. The IM5B was still listed in the '83 catalog, but I think they started with them in the late '60s.
     
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    The gantry crane hard at work with... my bbq! So easy to load!
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    Picked up a few more things. Should be able to put the front end back together properly now. No more crescent wrenches if I can help it.

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    Nah, not too late. The school doesn't require a massive tool selection and I've been busy with work so I haven't had time to really research class options.
    I've been picking up stuff here and there, mainly Gearwrench ratchets and Milwaukee power tools. I'm fairly impressed with the GW, the ratchets seem pretty well made and can take a beating, and the Craftsman sockets are still like new while the ratchets have gotten sloppy even though I haven't used them much. I got some Craftsman wrenches that were NOS off of Ebay with "Made in the USA" decaled on the box last Christmas so they're staying.

    I've been eying a lot of second hand Snap-On tools on FB Marketplace, mainly big toolboxes for my own personal use.
     
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    If your truck is 4x4 your gonna wanna trade that 34mm for a 36mm
     
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    It's 2wd. The 34mm is for my pitman arm. Thanks though.
     
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    Metrics came today! DFD7584D-3131-4BDC-B739-DF42DE403948.jpeg
     

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