What hand tool brands are the best quality?
I'm speaking mostly about hand tools for home and auto repair. Although
power tools are somewhat included, I'm mostly speaking of non-power hand
When I buy hand tools I want something that is well made and will last.
I use my tools regularly and I dont want to buy "one time use" cheaply
made junk from some foreign country. I learned years ago that those
cheap tools are no bargain. Not only are they a waste of money, but they
can be dangerous. For example, if one of those tools break when I apply
pressure, my hand ends up getting smashed, or some other injury, or
damage to my project. On top of that it can delay completion of a job,
and cause a lot of frustraion, especially if it occurs on a weekend or
late at night, when there is no place to buy a replacement tool.
At the same time, I refuse to pay the price for some of the over-priced
tools that are good quality, but extremely expensive. For example, a lot
of auto service garages get SK Tools. I know they are good quality, but
they are VERY expensive, even if the company does come to the service
garage to deliver them.
My personal favorites have been Craftsman tools. I think their tools
were better some years ago, but they are still good, and they still have
their lifetime warranty. Another favorite is Diamond tools. They are
limited to metal shears and plyers, etc, but I've been pretty pleased
with their tools over the years. Rigid is another brand I consider good,
but that's mostly pipe wrenches and similar. Stanley is a well known
brand, and I have used plenty of their tools. I rate them lower than the
brands I mentioned above, but they still exceed the quality (or lack of)
found in the junk tools sold at Harbor Freight, or similar places. I
avoid all those H.F. tools, and there are even worse tools made....
If I buy a tool, I am willing to pay more, as long as it's a quality
tool. I'll pay double what they cost at H.F. as long as I get a decent
tool. I'll pay more, because I want to be using that tool 10 years frm
now, not toss it in the trash after one year or less. At the same time,
I am not willing to pay 5 times the price for some of those overpriced
brands, such as SK tools.
I thought this would be a good topic, since we are in the holiday
shopping season and all the stores will be selling those NO-NAME brand
junk tools. Maybe you can buy a large set of socket wrenches with driver
bits and drill bits and lots more. The set looks impressive and the
price is only $39.99. My suggestion is to take that $40 and either flush
it down the toilet, or buy a much smaller set of QUALITY tools. You cant
give me those junk tools for free. I dont care to bust my knuckles and
get all pissed off while doing auto or home repair, because the damn
tools are breaking, or are not the right size (sockets that dont fit
properly), drill bits that barely drill thru wood, and wont do anything
on steel, and so on....
What brands so you consider quality, yet still reasonably priced?