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Old 08-09-2013, 10:52 AM
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Agreed! Most of craftsmans tools are terrible these days. The replacements are just as bad. I primarily use a speedhandle for 90% of bikes chores, minus torquing or breaking torque. Its 5 x faster. Not really a fan on snap on either, used them for over 20 years at work. Expensive and I have shattered sockets, cracked, broken ratchets and bent extentions from normal use.

Thanks for the tip Dogger. Looks like I will be replacing what ratchets I do use.
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Old 08-09-2013, 12:48 PM
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Quality tools are certainly an investment, I used to have almost
all Snap-On but it is really tough to invest in an expensive tool
you may rarely use. Many of the Craftsman tools I purchased
were good tools (in specific an older model pro series 3/8 ratchet),
many were not. Any more I may even buy something from Harbor
Freight like an exhaust pipe expander or bearing puller that I may
seldom use, or cut-off blades that I often do.

One of my Snap-On favorite tools is also the one that I most often
have warranteed but it fares much better now after I figured out
what really over stressed it-I often use extended length 6mm allen
sockets, when breaking a tight bolt loose the allen will twist and
"store energy" like a compressed spring. So when the bolt breaks
loose, it snaps against the internal ratchet and stop mechanism.
I use an extension and short allen now with MUCH improved results.
Heres the ratchet though, the 3/8 version:
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Old 08-09-2013, 01:20 PM
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I've had Craftsman tools for 15 or so years now and rarely have an issue. Sure I've broken a few screwdriver tips off using them for other than their intended purpose, but the only other issue I've had is with their 1/4" drive ratchets. I think I'm on my 5th one now? They stop ratcheting after some time... it's never been a huge bother to me, I just go back to Sears and use the same line every time- "I'll make you a deal you can't pass up today. I will trade you this broken ratchet for that brand new one right there."
All mine are just the standard chrome Craftsman run of the mill tools, nothing fancy.
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