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PostPosted: March 27, 2012, 12:16 am 
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Stupid me- I went out to the wrecking yard (a favorite pastime of mine :lol: ), and I left behind some odd wrenches and sockets... now I can only work on anything that doesn't require a 10mm wrench or an 11/16 - 1/2" drive deep socket :roll:

Having said that- have you found a website/source for the random missing tools that you've lost over the years? I don't need new or even Matco or Snap On, I just need a few things without having to buy a whole set.. As you can imagine- as economical as possible is what I'm after..

btw- I don't go to swap meets very much anymore, but when I did I could always find one or two 'tool guys' that had used stuff super cheap..

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PostPosted: March 27, 2012, 8:42 am 
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Yo, CC-
The local Sears store in the mall here has individual sockets for sale, as well as extensions, ratchets, etc. They're not always the cheapest, but they're not junk either.

I don't know your location, is there a Sears near you? If you're currently thinking, "Komrad, vhat is this Sears?" then never mind, sorry... :oops:

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GonzoRacer wrote:
Yo, CC-
The local Sears store in the mall here has individual sockets for sale, as well as extensions, ratchets, etc. They're not always the cheapest, but they're not junk either.

I don't know your location, is there a Sears near you? If you're currently thinking, "Komrad, vhat is this Sears?" then never mind, sorry... :oops:


+1.
Just keep well away from the cheesy places with their $9 socket sets. Those are guaranteed to break knuckles.
After I was burgled a few years ago I decided that I would make the switch to Craftsman and haven't regretted it at all.
Of course Proto isn't available anymore so getting the same brand was out of the question. .. I'm quite happy with the performance and feel of Craftsman stuff.
So that's my recommendation based on personal experience.

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PostPosted: March 27, 2012, 1:30 pm 
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I have found the tools at the local Do It Best hardware store are decent quality. Maybe not very cheap, but definitely not junk.

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oldejack wrote:
Just keep well away from the cheesy places with their $9 socket sets. Those are guaranteed to break knuckles.


I dunno, everytime I use my 1/2" drive socket set that I got from Lowe's, I end up with an entirely new set. I think I'm on the 4th set now, all for $19 original purchase price?

That 17mm socket ALWAYS splits....

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PostPosted: April 1, 2012, 2:00 am 
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craftsman ratchets have always given me trouble. I can't count how many of the 3/8" ratchets I've stripped.

In IA we had a place called "Retool" it was like a Play-it-Again sports, but only tools.

If you don't have one of those we should start a 'tool-trader' forum. I have the odd spare socket & wrench I would happily trade for the stuff I'm missing (including an 8 & a 10mm Snap-on combo wrenches)


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PostPosted: April 1, 2012, 7:04 am 
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www.mcmaster.com

i buy most tools, materials and hardware there.


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IA599 wrote:
craftsman ratchets have always given me trouble. I can't count how many of the 3/8" ratchets I've stripped.

I've stripped (I think) four of them over the years. Three of them were replaced by Sears on the spot. The other one was an older style, and they handed me a kit with new internals from under the counter. As a hobbyist, I've been satisfied with Sears/Craftsman tools I've owned.

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