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Old 11-16-2014, 01:20 PM   #1
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what are your tool supply stores you go to?

I have a few but I wasn't to hear what everyone else has to say first
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Old 11-16-2014, 01:36 PM   #2
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Harbor freight - General tools, Specialized stock permitting, Electric tools (Rad hose Hook is awesome!, Long reach hose pliers, Helping Hand for soldering) Cheap prices, Great warranty on hand tools at least.

Autozone/ Advanced auto - General and some specialized tools. (Advanced was the only local place that had a single 12 point 17mm 1/2" drive socket)

Internet - Specialized tools for cheap (Crank pulley holder, Valve Adjustment tool, H22 Valve tool, 25-200 ftlb click style torque wrench, 100ft sewer tape 1/3 the price of anything local) Die grinder mandrels for sanding rolls, anything really weight permitting
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Old 11-16-2014, 01:42 PM   #3
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Yeah man harbor freight is pretty good. I never really realized how good harbor freight is with their tools honestly till now. I was a bit skeptical about it but they do have some very useful things in there.
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Old 11-16-2014, 02:08 PM   #4
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The majority of my hand tools are from Sears. I figure at least until the store goes out of business they have a great return policy and they're all over the place for returns.

I use Harbor Freight for my "single" use tools or for items I don't necessarily plan on "heavy duty" use. My air tool setup is from HF as when I compared their items to Craftsman, the reviews for the entry level materials were approximately the same. I mean, sure I could spend 4x as much for IR, but I'm not using my setup daily, it's maybe a 3-4x/year situation.

I don't purchase my electric/powered tools from either store. I will typically research and seek out the more high end stuff, at least the the name brand makers. I like Dremel for a multi-tool compared to say a Craftsman knockoff. My drill/driver set is Ryobi, which isn't such a bad unit, although I'm finding the batteries to be on their last legs. I will upgrade to Milwaukee for my next set. I burned out the clutch in a Makita drill at work, so I'm not terribly impressed with them. My Sawzall (again Milwaukee) has seen a ton of use and is still kicking.
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Old 11-16-2014, 02:11 PM   #5
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I got a rypbi impact electric gun1/2 inch the batteries don't last as long since I was doing a lot of changes on the fly. But from what I've hear the milwaukie has those hardcore ones. I think when my ryobi goes out imma get that next and maybe a transmission jack. Just incase
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Old 11-16-2014, 02:20 PM   #6
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The other listed plus amazon.com
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Old 11-16-2014, 03:17 PM   #7
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For long-term tools, I always go to Sears for Craftsman. With a lifetime warranty, I don't see the point in spending money on the more expensive brands. I've never had a problem exchanging broken tools at Sears.

If I'm in the middle of a job and need something quick and cheap: Harbor Freight. Their hand tools have free exchanges as well, so as long as they last at least a couple jobs it's worth the cash.
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Old 11-16-2014, 03:47 PM   #8
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Sears, Lowes, Harbor Freight, Northern Tool.
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Old 11-16-2014, 03:50 PM   #9
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Harbor freight, sears, Home Depot. Sometimes autozone or advanced auto.
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Old 11-16-2014, 04:14 PM   #10
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Sears: hand tools (wrenches and sockets)
HFT: non-powered tools (hydraulic is fine) and consumable supplies (sandpaper, gloves)
Lowes/HD: battery-powered tools
Pawn shop: power tools
Northern: bigger specialized stuff
Amazon: smaller specialized stuff
Autozone: fluids, sprays and cleaners
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Old 11-16-2014, 06:49 PM   #11
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Yep, HF for manual tools (Hammers, Sockets, etc.)

Yard sales, pawn shops, eBay, CL for rare or power tools
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Old 11-16-2014, 07:43 PM   #12
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Sears, Harbor Freight, Advance.
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Old 11-16-2014, 08:08 PM   #13
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Im a mechanic so of course theres snap-on. Truck stops by every friday. Have the best ratchets, universal joints & sockets. Most diy'ers dont see or step on a truck often but when i use my tools on a daily basis, cheap doesnt cut it. I need the best because thats how i make money. Granted i am in need of a bigger toolbox now to hold them all & have room for more but i refuse to pay $15000+ on something to hold them. I currently use a harbor freight us general box thats beyond full.

I do have a mix of any & all tools though from various places. If i need something to modify for a job ill cut/bend/weld something together. Walmart sockets mostly but have sears/craftsman too.

Pawn shops, ebay, yard sales in the summer, etc for random stuff. Craigslist if i find deals. Harbor freight too but the closest store for me is almost 2 hours away. Occasionally go there for sales & stuff.
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Old 11-16-2014, 09:56 PM   #14
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Harbor freight has a lot. Not all of their stuff are cheap as far as quality but everything I had that was missing my toolbox just been put into place and organized.

I mean voltage tester,battery tester etc new work bench a dolly a couple flashlights I'm like I'm in heaven.
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Old 11-17-2014, 01:39 PM   #15
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Other than the ones already mentioned, I like JB Tool Sales

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Old 11-17-2014, 03:13 PM   #16
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Snapon is great and all. But most of their stuff could easily be compared to craftsman at half the price. Plus you don't have some douche snapon guy saying you used your screw driver as a chisel so he's not replacing it.

Get in good with your truck guy and you're in business though. Our guy let me buy whatever I wanted no cash down. $20 a week at least in payment and he's happy.
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Old 11-17-2014, 05:17 PM   #17
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Princess auto (Canada's HF equivalent) -any sort of tool that doesnt move, hammers, punches, brushes, pry bars, ect, or tools I know won't get used often.

Canadian Tire - boxed wrenches, sockets, pliers, lifetime warranty!

Snap-On - ratchets, gear wrenches, other precision tools

G2S - (Local tool supply outfit) specialty automotive items

E-Bay - Snap-on items because I can't afford the truck retail prices!
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