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Old 06-22-22, 09:05 PM
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Originally Posted by t2p View Post
there is a saying ...

buy a good tool - and cry once when you pay for it and then smile every time you use it

- or -

buy a cheap tool - and smile when you buy it and then cry every time you use it

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YAWN! That just isn't true all the time. I know of a couple of full-time mechanics and they get their tools from Harbor Freight, they buy the top of the line model which I can't recall, and they don't have any more issues than the guys that are up to their eyeballs in debt to SnapOn. Auto mechanics is a lot more demanding of tools than bike mechanics are, so you're wasting money to buy SnapOn quality for a bike, unless of course you don't mind wasting money, or you are professional bike mechanic.
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Old 06-22-22, 09:36 PM
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Originally Posted by whipnet View Post
Yes the Made in USA Craftsman are great tools. I am a huge fan of the professional and industrial screwdrivers. Here's all of them. (Took me over 2 years to acquire all of them on eBay.)


yepper - that's them

the professional orange handle models are also high quality (and possibly more of a challenge to obtain)
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Old 06-22-22, 09:46 PM
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Originally Posted by rekmeyata View Post
YAWN! That just isn't true all the time. I know of a couple of full-time mechanics and they get their tools from Harbor Freight, they buy the top of the line model which I can't recall, and they don't have any more issues than the guys that are up to their eyeballs in debt to SnapOn. Auto mechanics is a lot more demanding of tools than bike mechanics are, so you're wasting money to buy SnapOn quality for a bike, unless of course you don't mind wasting money, or you are professional bike mechanic.
not a big fan of harbor freight - but their large tool boxes look good

I have a limited number of snap on tools ; I don't make a living with tools so the investment is not warranted (used snap on tools are still expensive at flea markets and garage sales)
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Old 06-23-22, 12:05 AM
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Originally Posted by smd4 View Post
Spoken as someone who has never used Snap On toolsÖ.or maybe good tools in general.
Humor alert!
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Old 06-23-22, 12:07 AM
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Originally Posted by prj71 View Post
What hasn't been discussed here is the Snap On Tools pin up girls. Maybe Park Tool needs some pin-up girls!!!


The Park tool calendar girl would look something like this

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Old 06-23-22, 09:33 AM
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Craftsman since was sold off by Sears, is making a comeback, for a long while they were junk as Sears tried to make the product cheaper to make more profit.

However, tools found in home improvement places, I would have to say that Dewalt makes the best now, problem with Dewalt is customer service, but, if you take the hand tool back to the home improvement place, they will exchange it no questions asked.

Another company that is making a comeback, is Stanley, for a long time Stanley had junk stuff, and you can still get the junk stuff at Walmart, but if you into a home improvement place you will get the higher quality tools. Some reports are that Stanley is better than DeWalt or Craftsman.

I don't own any of those hand tools I mentioned, I bought my stuff as needed, and then stuck with Challenger, Proto, and SK because they were cheaper than SnapOn and the sort, and better than Craftsman and others like them. SK went bankrupt and some other company took them over, so I'm not sure how good or how bad they are now; but they used to be the most popular tool used worldwide by mechanics. I think Proto bought out Challenger since they're known as Challenger by Proto, and Proto is owned by Stanley, but Proto is now the professional end of Stanley while Stanley is the mid-level brand, this was done because Proto had the reputation of being a professional tool maker, and a lot of mechanics used Proto worldwide.

Keep in mind that tools you find at home improvement places are considered entry to midlevel tools, which if fine for wrenching on a bike, in fact I would say entry level tools would be fine for wrenching on a bike as long as they have a lifetime warranty against anything, and a local home improvement place sells it. That is why a lot of new pro mechanics are turning to Harbor Freight and getting Quinn tools, Harbor Freight asks no questions, and need no receipt when you bring one in for replacement. When a new pro is looking at spending around $30,000 for tools from Snap On and the like, plus adding to the collection every year, and falling deeper and deeper into debt with Snap-On, Matco, and the likes, it doesn't take a genius to figure out ways to circumvent that growing expense. Plus, Snap On in particular, not sure about Matco but I wouldn't doubt it, but at least Snap On is the mafia of mechanic tools. One of my mechanic friends had been using Harbor Freight tools since he got into the business about 15 years ago, he won't touch a Snap On tool unless Snap On is the only company that sells a particular tool and that tool can't be found anywhere else for less; and he's not in debt unlike others that work around him, he too bought a Harbor Freight tool chest years ago and loves it. He claims he hasn't had much issue with broken tools, but sometimes they do, he just goes down to Harbor Freight that same day and they replace it with no problem, and he doesn't have to wait for the Snap On truck to make its rounds.
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Speaking of Stanley, they used to make some great Made in USA tools. One of my favorites from the 1930's-40's is the Yankee screwdriver. Originally made by North Bros out of Philly and Stanley acquired them in the 40's.
Here are a few North Bros and Stanley Yankee screwdrivers. They all work perfectly.


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I need to repair my bike repair stand.

Does anyone know where I can get a good bike repair stand repair stand?

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Old 06-23-22, 02:57 PM
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Originally Posted by mr_bill View Post
I need to repair my bike repair stand.

Does anyone know where I can get a good bike repair stand repair stand?

-mr. bill
Park. Itíll hold another stand easily.
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Originally Posted by cyccommute View Post
Park. Itíll hold another stand easily.
That was going to be my comment as well. 👍
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Old 06-23-22, 03:29 PM
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Originally Posted by cyccommute View Post
Park. Itíll hold another stand easily.
Originally Posted by whipnet View Post
That was going to be my comment as well. 👍

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Old 06-23-22, 04:32 PM
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I got my stand from Aldi when they had it. Pretty sure this is the same one. https://www.amazon.com/Yaheetech-Adj...s%2C198&sr=8-3

Before that I had a trainer I put the bike in for repairs. Worked great unless the repair required removing the rear wheel.
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Old 06-24-22, 01:05 AM
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Originally Posted by Camilo View Post
Are Snap-on tools less likely to be put down and "lost" for 5-10 minutes?
At work I lose tools more often (by far) than I break them or wear them out. And the tools that do wear out and are expensive to replace (power tools) arenít covered by the warranty anyway.

I like our Snap-On guy, but I definitely tease him. ďSo if I spend $1,000 on $500 worth of tools youíll throw in a $10 hat or $5 pair of socks?Ē
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