I know this topic comes up pretty regularly. Tools. But, I've been on a bit of a buying binge lately so it's on my mind. I'm building up as my custom will be here within weeks. That has taken awhile. I've always done a certain amount of my own maintenance but have gotten by with mostly lower end stuff. To that end I want to say that cheap tools are not worth it. They really aren't. It is my opinion that the shade-tree guy actually needs better tools than the professional. The pro can make most anything work. The shade-tree guy needs all the help he can get. So, my latest purchases and my opinions of the tools are:
Zog 13, 14, 15 wrenches (x2) - totally hot stuff. These cone wrenches look and feel great. Nice, long handles too
Park SR-2 chainwhip - a total class product. long, heavy and the chain is easily swapped out. I changed mine over to 1/8 and threw the 3/32 chains in my tool box. Easy. The Izumi 1/8 chain I used was a sickening pain in the ass to get the rollers out of.
Pedro crank puller - does its' job. I pulled a crank off one of my kids bikes to give the tool a go and it worked well. No muss, no fuss. The yellow stands out. That could matter.