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#4526788 - 09/26/17 02:30 PM Needing decent tool set?
cknight49090 Offline


Registered: 01/25/14
Posts: 275
Loc: south haven mi
Looking for something to carry in car i have good tools but just want something decent to use in a pinch.I was looking at cresent but saw some stanley sets for 50 60 bucks that seem to fit what i need.Anyone have any recommendations?I have a shed full of high dollar tools but just need something to carry around and dont want to use my sk sets for that.That way if i lose one o well.

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#4526797 - 09/26/17 02:35 PM Re: Needing decent tool set? [Re: cknight49090]
28oz Offline


Registered: 04/20/17
Posts: 344
Loc: Utah, USA
I have a basic Stanley set in a plastic case that is my mobile stash that I keep in the Excursion or travel trailer. Think I paid about $30 and has always worked well for me. I just tossed in a few screwdrivers and pliers to round it out a bit so it has all the common "basic" tools I would need for most emergencies.
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#4526800 - 09/26/17 02:41 PM Re: Needing decent tool set? [Re: cknight49090]
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Registered: 01/04/06
Posts: 406
Loc: GA
This is what Harbor Freight tool sets were made for.

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#4526802 - 09/26/17 02:42 PM Re: Needing decent tool set? [Re: 28oz]
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Registered: 08/15/16
Posts: 651
Loc: New Jersey
+1 I have the same stanley tool box. I also keep a 30 inch breaker bar with my car with a 21mm deep socket in case I have to change a flat tire. Put extra adaptors in the tool box just in case I need to use the 1/2 in breaker bar with some 3/8 or 1/4 sockets in the tool kit.


Edited by THafeez (09/26/17 02:43 PM)
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#4526805 - 09/26/17 02:46 PM Re: Needing decent tool set? [Re: cknight49090]
cknight49090 Offline


Registered: 01/25/14
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Loc: south haven mi
I was looking at harbor freight someone said they have a pro line but i didnt see any in the flyer they sent.

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#4526807 - 09/26/17 02:48 PM Re: Needing decent tool set? [Re: drtyler]
fenixguy Offline


Registered: 02/08/17
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Loc: NC
Originally Posted By: drtyler
This is what Harbor Freight tool sets were made for.


+1 I keep a tool bag with about everything I'd need to do roadside repairs. A set of box wrenches, a cheap socket set, an interchangeable-tip screwdriver, various pliers, jumper cables, a tow strap, gloves, a knife, shop rags, and a flashlight. There's a lot of "filler" in those box store mechanic sets that you'll really never need.
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#4526808 - 09/26/17 02:51 PM Re: Needing decent tool set? [Re: cknight49090]
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Registered: 10/27/15
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Originally Posted By: cknight49090
I was looking at harbor freight someone said they have a pro line but i didnt see any in the flyer they sent.


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#4526825 - 09/26/17 03:09 PM Re: Needing decent tool set? [Re: cknight49090]
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Registered: 11/23/16
Posts: 1276
Loc: WI
Pittsburgh Professional would be my pick, but Cresent is good too, either likely better than current Craftsman stuff and fractions of the price.

I'd also look at Husky from Homedepot and Duralast from Autozone. Those are both good quality and have a nationwide warranty (Although HF is expanding)


Edited by HoosierJeeper (09/26/17 03:10 PM)
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#4526831 - 09/26/17 03:19 PM Re: Needing decent tool set? [Re: cknight49090]
goodtimes Offline


Registered: 12/08/10
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Loc: california
I did well at Lowes finding clearance sets, when I happened to go there, and their brand for the most part is made in Taiwan not mainland China. I really like what I bought from them and it was very inexpensive.

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#4526832 - 09/26/17 03:21 PM Re: Needing decent tool set? [Re: cknight49090]
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Registered: 03/02/13
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I'm a mechanic and I don't carry tools other than a tire pressure gauge, a bike pump, a tiny OBD II bluetooth scan tool and jumper cables.
I always check the tightness of the lug nuts, or wheels bolts in my case after buying a set of tires in case my wife has to change a flat tire which she's capable of.
If I'm far away from home and something like an ignition coil goes out, by conforming with the scan tool, I'll buy a 10MM wrench at the auto part store along with the coil.
There are too many variables.
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#4526844 - 09/26/17 03:34 PM Re: Needing decent tool set? [Re: cknight49090]
Chris142 Offline


Registered: 06/05/03
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Loc: Deplorable in apple valley, ca
Originally Posted By: cknight49090
I was looking at harbor freight someone said they have a pro line but i didnt see any in the flyer they sent.
The pro sockets and ratchets are very good. Stay away from HF wrenches. To to Lowes and get Kobalt wrenches.
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#4526872 - 09/26/17 04:27 PM Re: Needing decent tool set? [Re: drtyler]
Mr Nice Offline


Registered: 09/12/04
Posts: 21198
Loc: Orlando, FL
Originally Posted By: drtyler
This is what Harbor Freight tool sets were made for.


Yep.

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#4526907 - 09/26/17 05:29 PM Re: Needing decent tool set? [Re: cknight49090]
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Registered: 06/15/03
Posts: 32640
Loc: ME
I build mine from post Xmas/ Fathers day clearances. Stuff like this.

Basic wrenches, sockets, jumper cables, pliers. Duct tape, zip ties.

Imagine if you got in a fender bender and could make it home if only you could get 1/2 the bumper cover off, or support the 1/2 that's dragging. "Alternative lifestyle pliers" are good for plucking those darn plastic pop_rivets out. And you can cut away that fender liner that's rubbing your tire.

Assuming you're aware of the state of tune of your car, it's the surprises you want answers to. So, an OBDII reader, hand wipes, bathroom bucket, wiper blades are all very handy when you're down and out.

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#4526910 - 09/26/17 05:38 PM Re: Needing decent tool set? [Re: cknight49090]
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Registered: 10/05/05
Posts: 4296
Loc: Kansas
Hit your Menards store and buy a set of Masterforce tools. American-made, lifetime warranty. (Yea, I know. They all have a lifetime warranty) Once or twice a year they put them on a good sale. Probably not quite good enough for a professional mechanic, but then nobody will want to steal them either. The sets are sometimes missing an important size, like the 11/16 or an 18 mm, but they are cheap enough that you can buy that missing tool to fully complete your set.

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#4526922 - 09/26/17 05:45 PM Re: Needing decent tool set? [Re: cknight49090]
Panzerman Offline


Registered: 12/16/06
Posts: 4203
Loc: Port Orange, Florida
Harbor Freight sells a nice three drawer plastic chest of about everything you could imagine for less than $40.
That said the best tool kit would be the one you just throw together with tape, wire, most common wrench's, tools, vice grips and screw drivers and keep in your trunk in one of the canvas tool bags.


Edited by Panzerman (09/26/17 05:45 PM)
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