But even if the el-cheapos fail 5 x as often as Flukes, the Flukes are
more expensive on a yearly basis because they cost way more than 5x an
el-cheapo. My HF el-cheapos have held up just fine, and I don't have
to worry when I use them aboutmishandling them and seeing $$$ go down
When I was a motorcycle mechanic in The Dalles OR, the closest Sears
was 180 miles away, round trip. A lifetime replacement warranty was
worse than useless, it was an added expense. Having already broken a
Craftsment open end wrench and one socket, even before I went
professional, I didn't have a single Craftsman tool in my box.
OTOH, once worked for a start-up high tech company. Twenty plus
electro and mechanical technicians, all sharing the same tools out of
one seriosly abused Craftman 2-deck roll away. I worked for that
company for almost 2 yrs and saw that box get its drawers open and
slammed shut at least a 1000 times per day. It never missed a beat.
I bought one jes like it. Their screwdrivers are OK, too.
Jes like Snap-On, most tools are rebranded. Some tools in a brand
line are great, others crap. Snap-On tapes are rebranded Lufkins,
which I consider junk. The best pair of adj pliers I've ever owned
were Wizard, a $4 cheapo house brand from a long gone auto parts
chain. I'd kill for another pair.
Good and bad tools are where you find them. You can't really judge a
whole brand line by a couple tools. Nor can you go by price. I'll
buy some things from HF. I once bought a 2-1/2 ton Chinese floor jack
for $50. It was better made than an alleged USA made jack for $180.
Like the old saw, "You jes gotta be smarter than the tool." ;)
If you mean using them as pry-bars, well yeah.
I don't know about lately. I haven't bought a Craftsman anything in
years. That rollaway I bought wuz 25 yrs ago and it's still going
strong. I recall liking those old Craftsman screwdriver sets cuz they
had good handles, the tips never rounded, and the larger flat-blades
had square shafts, handy for putting a wrench on, when necessary. I
still have one. They may be junk, now.
Also, a home DIY is not a professional, where time is money. I caved
about 10 yrs ago and bought some Craftsman deep sockets that were on
deep sale, too cheap to pass up. But I'm retired, so rarely use/abuse
tools like I used to. They're good enough for home use.
Nope, just loosening tight/rusted screws. The tips on the flat blade
screwdrivers tend to twist when subjected to high torque, and the
Phillips ones just tend to get munged up.
QC ain't great either; I bought a set of Torx drivers a couple years ago
and the handle on one twisted off on the first or second screw I used it
on (not that tight either, I was disassembling a Carter carburetor.)
replace "roosters" with "cox" to reply.
It's unfortunate the quality of Craftsman tools keeps degrading. Like
I said, the large flat blade I have has a square shaft and I sometimes
put an open end wrench on it to increase the torque. Never had a
problem, but this one is probably 20 yrs old. Thanks for the
feedback. I was considering buying a new set. Nevermind. ;)
eh, they're still the best deal going. I trade 'em in every couple years :)
sometimes they'll be out of the one that I had and I'll get a free
"upgrade" to a nicer one :) got a polished 1/2" drive ratchet that way
replace "roosters" with "cox" to reply.
You don't have to be measuring a thousand volts. Measuring in a power
panel with a low quality can result in you wearing the meter. For
instance, measuring the bus voltage on ohms.
There is a "category" rating for meters based on the energy available at
different parts of the supply circuit. Meters for panels have, among
other things, fuses with high enough interrupt ratings to provide
protection, and leads that are not likely to get you into trouble.
The fuses in a Fluke meter are far better than you are likely to find in
a HF meter.
Most Fluke meters have category ratings. If you are in the service panel
a cat rated meter is a real good idea. If you are an employee and in a
service panel OSHA might have opinions on what is an adequate meter.
Some industrial settings might be subject to transients that are over
the meter rating and cause the meter to arc over with resulting arc flash.
If you are working on something like audio equipment it doesn't much
They are great for gifts and stocking stuffers. Then when someone has a
problem you can talk them through how to use it and help them fix there
problem. I can't count how many times I have told someone to look for the
up side down U to test for continuity.
Inspiration can be found in a pile of junk.
Sometimes, you can put it together with a good imagination and invent
something - Thomas Edison
I have about 15 of them. About 5 years ago I prepared a presentation
for "Enrichment Day" for my son's 4th grade class on Ohm's law. I
built twelve platforms each with ten resistors in series, and two AA
cells, very unkludgily constructed, and they had to measure
resistance, voltage, and current and compare the measured value,
labeled value, and calculated value (V/I) of each resistor.
Everything worked fine with the twelve Harbor Freight DMMs (on sale
for $1.99 each) until some of the kids had them set to DC current and
touched them to the + and - of the two batteries. That blew the
internal 500mA GMA fuse, and the current measurement function no
longer worked. I finally replaced all the blown fuses <http://
but had I bought fuses locally I would have paid about $1 per fuse.
I wanted to donate the whole set-up to the school, after all, they
paid for it all, but they weren't interested. So I have the whole
thing in a bin in the shed waiting for someone that wants it.
For basic household use those meters are just fine, you don't need
super high accuracy for most tasks.
I have a Fluke 83. Used it on aircradft for 15 years. No problems. I'm now
using it in buses and trolleys, 700 volts. It will probably outlive me. I've
had other meters, all gone, junk. Fluke is top notch. Can't be beat
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