plumber, I agree ... Grainger isn't the place to get a good deal. But they do have very good tools & equipment. When I need something quick, that no one else has (in stock), Grainger almost always has it. I'm an hours drive away, so 2-1/2 hrs., I'm back in business.
years back I was a maintenance tech in a steal wire plant a big place, pickling, aniling,draw, and straight and cut. Worked alot of black pipe hard to weld likes to crack, brazing worked best when had to ty in.Have to keep the heat down you know!but that old ridgid threader was a good friend. snap on truck came once a week they costed a lot only bought what i couldnt find elsewear even sometimes had proublems with a broken tool exchange I gave him alot of money and got fed up over a broke impact socket he didnt wana replace, told him I,m going back to craftsman he was nice ever since but lost my respect never had a proublem at sears!
Be safe out there folks.
Bob, I had a problem with a Snap-On dealer. The guy was a jerk. I had a 3/8" rachet, I had worn out. He wouldn't replace it, because I didn't buy it from him. We argued and he agreed to rebuild the rachet. He had it for 2 weeks. When I got it back, it was still loose & worn. I went to another dealer. Told him the story, he gave me a new rachet and told me to keep the old one. He told me that other guys were complaining about that dealer. A few months later, he went out of business. There's a bad apple in every barrel.
Best tools- For the Remodelor
Milwaukee and Bosch for all power,speed and durability. For value for the dollar Craftsman Professional Line when sears has a close out. Most of the time they are made by DeWalt. Another value leader is Hitachi.
For sockets and tools...SSK (Kobolt is SSK) and Craftsman for value...If you need it now Snap-On and MAC guys are always available. Hey I can't forget Klein for being durable and cheap in the long run! I notice the higher value tool is better if it does not walk off the job! :D [img]tongue.gif[/img]
[ 02-11-2005, 11:35 AM: Message edited by: paul v. ]
You guys really like your blue Boschs. I never used one. It took me years before I bought a yellow. Who knows maybe a blue is in my future!
I keep all of my tools on a short leash.
Paul, I thought Kobalt was made by Snap-On. At least that what Lowes told me. SSK makes Craftsman and a few others. From what my Dad has Told me there's only 4 companys that actually make ratchets, sockets, and wrenches. Then they just stamp another name on them. I havent tried Bosch either, my first "yellow" cordless burned up, and i do mean smoked, my second was gray (Porter Cable), and it broke. Now I orange (Ridgid) and couldnt be happier. Guess I got lucky and got a kit that is flawless.
MMM, not sure about the sockets...I have been told different stories....All of them listed are a good value...
Yes I like Bosch. If it does not walk off the job they last a long time. Every brand mentioned I think is good, even plain old Craftsman for the dollar value. Though Milwaukee in my opinion makes the best tools period. Though I make a living with my tools I think some of the cheaper brands have improved quality dramatically. I have seen more professionals switch to Ryobi for value and durability. lets not forget the batteries are $40 for 18volts.
As far as hand tools go, Stanley,Mac and Husky are all made in the same plants for the most part. All have lifetime warrantys and are pretty good tools. I have used Mac, Husky, Craftsman, And Some Proto tools. And really haven't seen much difference in any of the four. a good tool is a good tool but the warranty is what usually pushes me into a sale. So It's hard to go wrong with any of the good hand tool brands (for the most part) they all have lifetime replacement.
I've had a few cheap tools break on me when using them. 1 was a craftsman box wrench. It was defective. When I tried to get it exchanged at sears it took about 45 minutes of clerks and managers running around like dying chickens to figure out how to handle it. Finally, the store manager told the clerk to just exchange it. NOT worth my time.
I've had various things go bad on me after the warranty expired, good companies took care of me in spite of the expired warranties. If you go with the company that treats you well you wont be dissapointed. Sears didn't treat me well with tools. However, with appliance issues they did.