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07-09-2019 01:14 PM

Topic tags/keywords: wrench

I’m looking for something that gives me all/nearly all sizes from 4-8 to 32-36mm, plus comparable SAE sizes.

-- Alex parera, Woodland Hills, california


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HokieKen

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#1 posted 07-09-2019 01:57 PM

Well, it depends largely on budget. The lines between “pro” and “consumer” are pretty blurry with the internet these days. We used to have the Snap-On and Mac guys stop by the shop with their stocked trucks once a month or so. Not anymore. You can buy the same tools online no matter whether the “good stuff” is available to you locally or not.

But, to answer in broad strokes, my main wrenches are Craftsman. But, not modern Chinese craftsman, 70’s era Craftsman. They are great but I can’t speak to the newer ones carried by Lowes (and Sears? not sure if they still sell them or not…). I also have a set of GearWrench ratcheting wrenches. They aren’t for heavy work but dang if they ain’t handy little buggers ;-) Snap-On or Blue Point are still reputed to make excellent mechanics tools. And finally, for more budget-conscience purchases, I’ve been buying Kobalt brand from Lowe’s for the past several years. No, they aren’t great tools but they are good tools. But, my main reason for buying them is the reason I used to only by Craftsman – when I break it or wear it out, I walk in the store and walk out with a new one with never a problem. I probably swap out a #2PH screwdriver 3-4 times per year because the tip rounds off. But, I’ve never had a problem with them replacing it either. I hate to buy Chinesium hand tools. But that hassle-free lifetime replacement guarantee at a local brick and mortar location is a big selling point for me.

Good luck in your search!

-- Kenny, SW VA, Go Hokies!!!

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GR8HUNTER

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#2 posted 07-09-2019 02:50 PM

just how many metric nuts over an inch do you plan on turning ? ? ? just as Keny said cant beat guarantee like that :<))))

-- Tony---- Reinholds,Pa.------ REMEMBER TO ALWAYS HAVE FUN

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#3 posted 07-09-2019 02:58 PM

For 32-36 I just use sockets. Wrenches are usually unwieldy for the application, like axles. I do have a few large wrenches directed towards tow/hitch type of use. Otherwise most of my wrenches are craftsman or snap on. But I also have some articulating ratcheting wrenches. I have never broken any brand name wrenches. I have broken several sockets, especially older craftsman thin-walled, but I prefer the thin wall for usage on motors. These ratcheting wrenches are great, and when you need the articulation, nothing else works as well: https://www.lowes.com/pd/CRAFTSMAN-7-Piece-12-point-Metric-Reversible-Ratchet-Wrench-Set/1000594159

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#4 posted 07-09-2019 03:28 PM

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#5 posted 07-09-2019 03:37 PM

I buy wrenches by how they feel in my hands. Some wrenches just feel right and others awful. I wish I could have bought Snap On but they were too expensive. I have older Craftsman that work well.

You might also look for used ones.

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#6 posted 07-09-2019 04:41 PM

Check around at your local pawn shops. Most have tons of old tools for pennies. You can find find deals if you sort through them.

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#7 posted 07-09-2019 04:48 PM



Check around at your local pawn shops. Most have tons of old tools for pennies. You can find find deals if you sort through them.

- MrRon

I find better deals at estate sales, garage sales, and antique stores. I recently bought a snap-on torque wrench for $10 and a couple combo wrenches for $3. The snap on tools were priced the same as the generic Pep Boys/autozone tools.

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#8 posted 07-09-2019 05:39 PM

Lifetime warrantee at Harbor freight on the wrenches and sockets they sell….including Impact tools. Plus, you get to handle all the tools before you buy….

-- A Planer? I'M the planer, this is what I use

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#9 posted 07-09-2019 06:26 PM

I have lots of socket and wrench sets from the Canadian retailer Canadian Tire. Their top in house brand has a lifetime warranty on them, “bring it in and replace it”, thats fine for me. I also have a number of sets that I purchased early on and have held up well.

My first set of wrenches, I purchased with my first tool box from a fellow who was getting out of the business. It is an ITC Industrial 3/8” to 1 1/4” set, I have had it for nearly 45 years. In metric I have a Westward set that is holding up well for almost as long.

For larger wrenches they are usually sold in sets of 5 or 6 or individually up to about 3” or 75mm.

The ITC Industrial set.

-- "There are no utopias, chaos theory reigns, anyone who says different is selling you something"

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mathguy1981

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#10 posted 07-09-2019 08:10 PM

If you can afford them, SK (S-K) wrenches are the absolute best, in my opinion. My uncle had nothing but SK tools in his shop and I never, ever saw one break. They are still around, Ideal owns them now.

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/SK_Hand_Tools

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Jackryan

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#11 posted 07-09-2019 08:36 PM

If you are just using them around home not breaking lose rusty nuts metrics fit standard (a little loose) but standards don’t fit metric. Gear wrenches are great.

-- Dave, Wi.

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#12 posted 07-09-2019 09:35 PM

I have a fairly full compliment of Craftsman wrenches, screwdrivers, Socket sets in 1/2”-3/8”-1/4” in a wide range of SAE and Metric. Lots of adapters, (step-downs mainly) extensions, universals, breaker bars, torque wrenches, wobble socket extensions and too much misc. to list. But, I was a gear-head for a while there on muscle cars and sports cars. All C’man from the 70’s and early ‘80’s and, of course many newer additions from various manufacturers . Some Snap-on and S-K in there too. I’ve only busted one Craftsman thin-wall socket trying to muscle the Rack and Pinion out of a 280Z front end. My bad using the wrong socket. Sears/C’man gave me a shiny new one. Have some Snap-on, great! S-K, very good! If you’re not in a rush, scour CL for a mechanic selling there tools.

-- Marty, Long Island, NY

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MSquared

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#13 posted 07-09-2019 10:55 PM

P.S.; The problem with having all these tools is you’re obligated to ‘Fix Stuff’!! No excuses. :(

BTW. Alex, I checked out your website. From what I see, why such an interest in what the LJ’ers say? I would assume that the majority of folks here have older, time-tested tools. Curious. The website displays ‘The Latest and Greatest’ offered out there. i.e.: I have a torque wrench that is 40 years old and works just fine and is accurate. What’s your angle on posting here? Again, just curious.

-- Marty, Long Island, NY

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MSquared

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#14 posted 07-09-2019 11:09 PM

-double post ( I’ll figure that out some day!)

-- Marty, Long Island, NY

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#15 posted 07-09-2019 11:14 PM



If you can afford them, SK (S-K) wrenches are the absolute best, in my opinion. My uncle had nothing but SK tools in his shop and I never, ever saw one break. They are still around, Ideal owns them now.

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/SK_Hand_Tools

- mathguy1981

The oldest hardware store in KC, or at least one of the oldest, Harry J. Epstein Co carries a ton of SK Tools. That was the first time I had heard about the brand. One of the coolest hardware stores I’ve ever been in but be warned you may spend more than intended.

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