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Good Sources for Tools, Etc.

Discussion in 'Channel Zero' started by KaBar2, Jan 9, 2004.

  1. KaBar2

    KaBar2 Senior Member

    Joined: Jun 27, 2003 Messages: 2,128 Likes Received: 66
    I started collecting tools when I was in high school. I still have my original Sears toolbox-with-tray, but it's in shit shape now, 38 years later.
    I started out buying Craftsman tools exclusively, mainly because Sears would replace a busted or damaged Craftsman tool immediately, no questions asked. I bought the tool box first, then started filling it up with wrenches, socket set, screwdrivers, pliers, Vice-Grips, etc. I needed tools to work on the car I was planning on buying.

    Part of my problem was that my parents got divorced, and my Dad left, so I had nobody to teach me about mechanics. I had to read books and try to figure out how to do it myself. That's a poor way to learn mechanics. We had an auto-shop class at school, but it was always packed--very hard class to get into.

    Anyway, after owning a whole series of shitty cars and trucks (that constantly broke down,) I finally started earning enough money to afford to buy a decent used pick-up and afford to have somebody else work on it. The auto manufacturers have ruined it anyway, with all these computers and pollution-control devices. You have to have $20,000 worth of diagnosistic equipment to work on modern cars. Sucks. The old '53 International pick-up I owned could be completely re-built with about $100 worth of tools.

    Craftsman www.craftsman.com
    Harbor Freight www.harborfreight.com
    Grizzly Industrial www.grizzly.com
    Northern Tool & Equipment www.northerntool.com
    Snap-On www.snapon.com
    Stanley tools, including Proto Tools, Matco Tools, Goldblatt tools, etc.
  2. gfreshsushi

    gfreshsushi Senior Member

    Joined: Sep 21, 2003 Messages: 2,244 Likes Received: 1
    um, i like tools. i own a bunch of them.

    what's the point of this thread? bitching about new cars?
  3. Pistol

    Pistol Dirty Dozen Crew

    Joined: Jul 12, 2001 Messages: 19,363 Likes Received: 299
    yeah, i look through the tool catalogs and look at all the stuff i want when i have my own garage. there's something about having the tools you need at your house when something breaks or needs to be built. instead of having to be pussy and borrowing shit from your neighbors. theres definately some pride in knowing you did it, plus if you know what your doing you can do a helluva better job than some dude that will never see you again.

    and if i really had bank i would get all kinds of destructive type tools and just fuck shit up for a while as 'practice' until i eventually felt like learning the new stuff.

    dewalt and makita make some good tools too.
  4. KaBar2

    KaBar2 Senior Member

    Joined: Jun 27, 2003 Messages: 2,128 Likes Received: 66
    Cool Tool Czar

    The guy that owns Grizzly Industrial is a guitar/music freak. And he owns this gigantic tool empire that buys tools from Taiwan. So he started selling guitar parts and tuners and kits and all manner of cool do-it-yourself musical instrument stuff along with the planers and lathes and bandsaws and so on and so forth. Too cool! It's like "Okay, I'm a rich guy now, so I can go back to what I really love--fucking around building guitars." Shots of his guitars are in the Grizzly Industrial catalog to show what is possible if you're a millionaire who owns a tool company, LOL.
  5. Telo

    Telo Elite Member

    Joined: Jun 3, 2003 Messages: 4,164 Likes Received: 37
    ehh i dont know about dewalt, i have never had any luck with their crap, but makita makes a hell of a good cordless and a hell of a chop saw...

    best bet in my eyes?? milwaukee all the way..

    BUCK FUSH Member

    Joined: Apr 10, 2003 Messages: 699 Likes Received: 0
    i hate using ebay, but id have to say that ebay can get you great deals especially on larger stuff. im not much of a mechanic but industrial art supplies such as welders(mig tig stick) and all other welding supplies are usually online for ridiculously low prices.
  7. nomadawhat

    nomadawhat Veteran Member

    Joined: Aug 24, 2001 Messages: 5,001 Likes Received: 2
    i remember when my dad got me a craftsman toolbox full of tools for christmas way back when.... and i was pretty dissappointed. but now i wish he would get me some more because there are too many tools and they are too expensive, well at least the cool ones with motors and shit.
  8. ClueTwo

    ClueTwo Veteran Member

    Joined: Nov 30, 2001 Messages: 9,030 Likes Received: 122
    I'll take one of these...


    One of these..


    Some of these...

  9. gfreshsushi

    gfreshsushi Senior Member

    Joined: Sep 21, 2003 Messages: 2,244 Likes Received: 1
    ah, so it's a talking about tools thread.

    dewalt makes good hand tools, but their cordless drill, skilsaw, etc. all kinda suck. i've had a makita 12v cordless for three years and i beat the shit out of it and it still works like a dream.

    i have to say, tools and cars are the only thing i've ever been able to truly say "you get what you pay for."
  10. Dick Quickwood

    Dick Quickwood 12oz Loyalist

    Joined: Aug 25, 2002 Messages: 14,783 Likes Received: 14
    pawn shops seem to always have a good amount of tools

    my favorite in my collection is an eight inch boltcutter, it fits in my pocket. a little wirecutter that a bum once gave me is runner up, i use it for just about everything but cutting wires.
  11. mr.yuck

    mr.yuck Veteran Member

    Joined: May 12, 2000 Messages: 6,952 Likes Received: 6
    I went out and bought some new tools today. I saw this mitar saw that had a laser built into the blade so it would shine your line onto the wood for precision cuts. Thats the bitch ass way of doing things but at the same time i thought it was pretty cool.
  12. Vanity

    Vanity Veteran Member

    Joined: Apr 11, 2000 Messages: 7,673 Likes Received: 6
    garage sales are the best place... guyts get tools, use em for one job, never again, sell em after one use 3 years later.
  13. KaBar2

    KaBar2 Senior Member

    Joined: Jun 27, 2003 Messages: 2,128 Likes Received: 66
    eBay is pretty cool

    In the last week, I bought a draw knife (it's a woodworking tool), a batch of three spoke shaves and a backsaw-and-mitre-box combination. Certain tools get the price run up pretty bad on eBay. The tool collectors annoy me. They buy shit, and never intend to use it. They hang it on their wall, or put it in a display case. Numbnuts collectors.
  14. «DÉFL£PPÄRD»

    «DÉFL£PPÄRD» Member

    Joined: Aug 6, 2003 Messages: 331 Likes Received: 0
    i just started working at circuit city doing car audio installation. i love the job... and finally its given me a chance to buy my own tools and also write them off at the end of the year as tax deductables. also my manager has a deal with the people over at snap-on and we get some decent discounts. although snap-on makes a damn nice tool of almost anysort... they still are rather expensive even with the discount that im getting. needless to say... i am slowly starting a collection of snap on tools.
  15. When

    When 12oz Loyalist

    Joined: May 4, 2000 Messages: 10,294 Likes Received: 3
    ill try to not get so worked up that my panties get wet talking about tools

    anyway, i practically live at harbor freight

    and ive spent more money in the snap-on truck in the past few years than ive spent on the vehicles the tools worked on

    80 bucks for a 21mm open ended wrench
    fuck yeah i bought it

    milwaukee sawzall
    miller welder
    and plasma

    i have a great deal of money in my tool collection to say the least