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help from the mechanical experts pls - mechanics tool set?

285 97 November 13, 2017 at 07:55 PM
Hello,
I've been itching for a deal on a decent tool set and really can't decide how to go about making the purchase. With black friday coming up, I really think I should be able to find something to start off with...

any tips on what the ideal way to make a purchase is? Unfortunately I have a variety of vehicles that need different things. Not really sure if I should buy one big set, or break it up into a large number of smaller items?

I have a ford cmax (car), a toyota prius V (car/wagon), a mazda cx-5 (suv), and 2 motorcycles (harley davidson street rod, and kawasaki vulcan S).

soo... I need metric, I need sae, and for the bikes I need the sockets that look like big hex bits... dunno what they're called.

opinions?

Leaning towards the 300 piece harbor freight set and/or the lowes version of a similar 300 piece set... but dunno if they'll cover "everything" I need and if I'm better served buying 4 or 5 smaller sets to cover "everything"

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Hello,
I've been itching for a deal on a decent tool set and really can't decide how to go about making the purchase. With black friday coming up, I really think I should be able to find something to start off with...

any tips on what the ideal way to make a purchase is? Unfortunately I have a variety of vehicles that need different things. Not really sure if I should buy one big set, or break it up into a large number of smaller items?

I have a ford cmax (car), a toyota prius V (car/wagon), a mazda cx-5 (suv), and 2 motorcycles (harley davidson street rod, and kawasaki vulcan S).

soo... I need metric, I need sae, and for the bikes I need the sockets that look like big hex bits... dunno what they're called.

opinions?

Leaning towards the 300 piece harbor freight set and/or the lowes version of a similar 300 piece set... but dunno if they'll cover "everything" I need and if I'm better served buying 4 or 5 smaller sets to cover "everything"
I bought a jumbo Craftsman set then supplemented with Sears/Lowes/HF tools when I needed something a bit more specific. The sockets that look like "big hex bits" are just that, large hex drive bits like this - https://www.harborfreight.com/8-p...67893.html - which you would probably be better off adding after the fact.
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I bought a jumbo Craftsman set then supplemented with Sears/Lowes/HF tools when I needed something a bit more specific. The sockets that look like "big hex bits" are just that, large hex drive bits like this - https://www.harborfreight.com/8-p...67893.html - which you would probably be better off adding after the fact.
Typically, you get a better deal with larger sets - for example, a 300pc set with metric, SAE, and screwdrivers is likely going to cost you less than buying separate 140pc metric, 140pc SAE, and 20pc screwdriver sets.

That said, there are going to likely be odds and ends you'll find that you need that aren't covered by the large sets - things like flarenut wrenches, crowsfoot wrenches, odd sizes of sockets, and so forth. How much you have to add really depends on what all you're doing. For basic maintenance of the vehicles listed, you'll probably be able to do most maintenance with just a big set.

One thing to look at in comparing sets is thickness of the sockets and wrenches. The lower quality tools make up for that by beefing up the parts - socket wall thickness and "meat" around the open end of the wrenches. That can be an issue getting into tighter places. The basis of my tools is 30+ year old Craftsman pieces, but even there I have some SnapOn pieces for specific tools and also see a difference between how the old Craftsman tools fit compared to the bulkier HF items.
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Thanks guys. I can't tell from many online descriptions, Craftsman or otherwise if they include the hex sockets I need (on and around 10mm). Do larger sets in the 200 to 300 piece range usually "always" cover this? They should cover most standard auto tools for sure.

Trying to base it just on pictures but really hard to tell. I can check it out in store but unfortunately im out of town and will have to pull the trigger at some point online without being able to visually confirm.

Also - any opinions on the Lowe's 199.99 set? It's priced about 40 bucks higher than comparable HF and seems to have better overall quality just based on online aesthetics and description lol.

Craftsman pricing seems to be on par with Lowe's but they use 72 tooth socket wrench things. Not sure if that's a huge deal?

Sorry for all the extra questions and lack of technical terminology lol.
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