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Who makes the best hand tools?
Jokes, Polls & Anything Else / 1:36 PM - Thursday January 14, 2010

Who makes the best hand tools?

I have heard that Kobalt is a respectable brand, but I don't know if they are one of the best, or just okay.

If you know anything about simple hand tools and who makes quality tools that should last a lifetime, which ones are the best?

- Asked by 20something, A Mr. Married Guy, Male, 29-35, Consulting

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Snap On and Craftsman are pretty good tools. I don't know much about Dewalt or Stanly but my Grandfather, my mechanic, my s/o all use a combo of Craftsman and Snap On. (Craftsman a bit cheaper and easier to find than Snap On).

- Response by thottienc, A Career Woman, Female, 36-45, Who Cares?

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It's Craftsman...for life!

- Response by zerotohero2, An Intellectual Guy, Male, 36-45, Los Angeles, Who Cares?

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Craftsman sucks. Its a cheapy brand. hate them.
Klein is amazing.
dewalt always produces great drills/etc.
Snapon is great.
Depends on what your going to do.

- Response by hockeykid666, A Guy Critical, Male, 26-28, Toronto, Student

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Stanly tools have been making quality US made tools for over a century. I never heard of Kobalt until a couple years ago. I don't know what country they are from.

It used to be that Sears Craftsman brand wrenches were among the best, according to metalurgical research done by Boeing in the 1960s. But I don't know if they still are. Snap-on is also good.

- Response by greenwind, An Intellectual Guy, Male, 56-65, Construction

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I have had trouble with Kobalt brand. I have a lot of Craftsman tools that always get the job done.

- Response by bobboy, A Life of the Party, Male, 66 or older, Retired

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- Response by barbb, An Alternative Girl, Female, Who Cares?, Other Profession

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depends on what they're for. mechanic (auto) work, koblat is great from what i've heard. electric work, Klein has a great line of tools and that's what i use. carpentry... well for that it doesn't matter too much, becuase that kind of work really beats the heck out of tools so none will last forever.

- Response by guy5432, A Mr. Married Guy, Male, 36-45, New York, Who Cares?

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Us serious techs use Snap On, Matco, or Mac. Craftsman, Kobalt are both good companies.

- Response by beemerdoc, A Mr. Nice Guy, Male, 56-65, Celebrity

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- Response by rexy67, A Sweet Sarah, Female, 46-55, Who Cares?

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You want a tool with a life time guarantee like Craftsman or Snappon!

They will replace without question any of their tools that are damaged for any reason.

Take a screw driver, cut it in half with a hacksaw and bring it, they will replace it no questions asked!

- Response by rafiki910, A Mr. Nice Guy, Male, Who Cares?, Boston, Body Work

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I myself like crafstman....if they ever break or just take them back and they replace them....funny thing is I haven't had to take too many back....

- Response by lab01, A Father Figure, Male, 46-55, St.Louis, Other Profession

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Craftsman or Stanley are supposed to be tops. Craftsman is now available at KMart. Same stuff just 1/2 the price of Sears.

Who knows? I am sure everything sucks today and is designed to fall apart after a few years.

- Response by boggob, A Guy Critical, Male, 29-35, Political / Government

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I have a Craftsman set that I've had for at least 12 years. They've lasted me through three cars, a motorcycle, and moving in and out of about 7-8 apartments...

- Response by rokitman, A Creative, Male, 36-45, Artist / Musician / Writer

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I know my husband has a set of Dewalt hand tools. The set was about $1,200.00 but he loves them. Of course Snap-On are probably the best although they would cost 5x this much.

- Response by kdtxchic30, A Thinker, Female, 36-45, Who Cares?

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For my money, you can't beat Craftsman.

- Response by poolfish2, A Career Man, Male, 66 or older, Who Cares?

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Craftsman--lifetime warranty :)

- Response by lioness21, A Player, Female, 29-35, Consulting

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Different brands are good at different things. If you are talking about power hand tools, Ace Hardware and Stanley is good. De Walt power tools is owned by Black and Decker now so they are not as good as they used to be.

- Response by acehardware, A Career Man, Male, 29-35, New York, Technical

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As a true technician that will fix anytrhing from autos to tractors, personal computers to PLC's, industrial to commercial and a park bench, Snap On tools are all I will ever own again. If I am not using Snap On, it is a product Snap On doesn't produce. I have broken the other brands and physically hurt myself. Never again. Trust the quality of Snap On. A busted knuckle will remind you.

- Response by esedge, An Intellectual Guy, Male, 29-35

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Craftsman USED to sell great value -- good quality tools for a competitive price. In the last 20 years or so, Sears has been extracting value from the reputation they established in earlier decades. In other words, the stuff they sell now is crap at a price a bit higher than is justified for the crap quality. If you're looking for well made tools, that fit fasteners well and will last... I'd go with a different brand. If you have lots of money to spend, go SnapOn... if you're looking for value (good quality for the price), go with Kobalt; they've exceeded the quality of Crapsman at essentially the same price.

- Response by An Engaged Guy, Male, 66 or older

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