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found some cheap tools

i went to a store this weekend to see what they had in the tool department. i didnt think they had anything worth buying, but i was in the area and had some time to kill. i found the tool/hardware aisle, and started to look for metric ratcheting wrenches. much to my surprise, they had a couple sets. get this: 5 wrenches (2 sizes per wrench, so 10 total) for $10! after a little more browsing, i saw they had a couple deep socket sets, in metric and standard. i needed some small diameter deep sockets, which these sets had. one set of these sockets has 10 sockets, a 3" extension and a ratchet. one set: $8! i ended up buying the ratcheting wrenches and a standard and metric set of deep sockets for under $30. the store: super target. just a little fyi.

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I've seen cheap tools like that before.

Usually they're cheaply made too. Lots of them are made in China and wear out and/or break rather quickly.
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just a little fyi.
cállete, pendejo long time no talky, dude.

blackbird, they are some cheap brand. i havent used them yet. it says lifetime warranty on the cases.

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ain't nothin wrong with cheap tools, ya break it or lose it, so what, go buy another.
Not everyone can afford Snap-on and Craftsman.

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i have a$ 20 socket set i take to the junkyard with me, for just such reason, i lost a 50 buck pair of snap on side cutters , that was enough for me

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ain't nothin wrong with cheap tools, ya break it or lose it, so what, go buy another.
Not everyone can afford Snap-on and Craftsman.
i live by this standard....

some smaller tool that don't see a lot of force don't even break even the cheapy one.

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ain't nothin wrong with cheap tools, ya break it or lose it, so what, go buy another.
Not everyone can afford Snap-on and Craftsman.
Being that I live in a dorm, tools tend to walk away. 9 times out of 10, they return. I'd be less p!ssed at losing a $2 wal-mart special wrench than a $20 craftsman.

and to reiterate . . . ain't nothin wrong with cheap tools

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oh yeah, harbor freight is a great store, dont get me wrong. i went there to look for metric ratcheting wrenches, and they didnt have any. same thing with the smaller deep sockets. by small, i mean 5/32 and 5mm. i wasnt expecting to find them at target, not to mention that cheap.

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I got a pretty decent set of sockets/ratchets from hf a little more than a year ago. i have since gotten new ratchets, since the ones from hf were not the 'best' quality... 2 craftsman ratchets is what they got replaced with. the sockets seem to be pretty dencet though.

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I have a lot of cheap end wrenches and some cheap sockets, but there are real disadvantages to buying some cheap tools.

I have broken numerous cheap ratchets, some because, yes, I put a 3' cheater on them, but others were just with my own muscles which I assure you, are not gargantuan.

I don't like screw drivers whose tips dull long before the screw head strips out. Also, I have a habit of prying with screw drivers and the cheap ones always bend way easier.

Sockets. You'd be amazed at how totally badly some cheap sockets are made. Not just materials wise, just being totally off from the size printed on them. It seems especially bad when you get down to the smaller ones (like 6 or 7mm and smaller).

While I understand the logic behind buying disposable tools, I find it completely enraging to have a ratchet snap or a socket be totally the wrong size when I'm in the middle of a job. There's nothing like having to get out of your coveralls and drive all the way to the store to buy another tool, praying that the store is still open and lamenting that you've got more hours ahead on the concrete that's not getting any warmer

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I still have a decent set of tools though.
The brand is task force. It sounds cheap but check it out.
Home Depot had a brand called Work Force. It was a 338 piece set for $338 bucks. Not bad, each tool is pretty much 1 dollar. I was gonna get it, until I thought to myself, "What if there's a better price somwhere else?"
So I went over to Lowes. They had thier set of "Task Force" tools. Same set, same quantity, and same quality as far as I could tell. But the kicker, they were only $160 a set. Needless to say, I bought 3 of them, kept one, and sold the other 2 to my brother, and brother in law.
They are a great set of tools, along with my cheepo tools.

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I went to a garage sale once, and some lady was selling her husbands tool box. It was locked (craftsman tool box) and she wanted to sell it. I gave her 20 bucks for the box, got it open, and low and behold about 300 tools in it. Instantly worth 20 bucks. =P

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I went to a garage sale once, and some lady was selling her husbands tool box. It was locked (craftsman tool box) and she wanted to sell it. I gave her 20 bucks for the box, got it open, and low and behold about 300 tools in it. Instantly worth 20 bucks. =P
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