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  1. #1
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    Confused Which socket wrench do you have ?

    I need a socket wrench, the budget it's around $40, so far i've been at the orange square the craftmans low profile seem nice but heavy and kind of big.
    I am wondering which socket wrench do you guys have in your Veto ?

  2. #2
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    I don't have any in my veto.... why would I? if I need one I'll walk back to my truck and get one. I like those stanley black chrome one. I have a mastercraft mechanic set that sit in my truck most of the time.
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  3. #3
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    I don't carry ratchets and sockets with me on a regular basis, but most everything I have is Craftsman.

    These are the ones that go in my Veto LC for every day use. 5/16" up to 3/4"

    "There is no greater inequality than the equal treatment of unequals."

    -Thomas Jefferson

  4. #4
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    I have a set of ratchet wrenches in my tool bag. Man they're handy.

  5. #5
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    I carry a 1/4" Craftsman set in my Veto MB. Mostly for use with the impact driver, but I also have a 6" extension and a Craftsman teardrop ratchet.

    Not an everyday thing, but the weight isn't that bad.

    I've got the matching 3/8" and 1/2" ratchets in the truck if needed.

  6. #6
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    Like most of these guys, I don't keep a full ratchet and socket set in my bag. I keep a little 1/4" set in my bag (in a molded case) and a set of GearWrench ratchet wrenches, 1/4"-3/4" in the toolbag. The full 3/8" and 1/2" drive set is in my truck when needed. The 3/4" drive set stays in a special box at the shop for chiller and large boiler work.

  7. #7
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    Craftsman ratching wrenches in the tool bucket. Craftsman socket set in the truck
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  8. #8
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    Got an adaptor to use with the impact drill and brought the regular socket set back home.

  9. #9
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    I wouldnt be able to lift my tool bag if I had to have a ratchet set in it. I only do resi so I only use my set for comp changes an motor changes

  10. #10
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    Does anyone have the Klein set ? I do residential too and my rachet broke last week so i need a new one but i dont want pay big buck for snap on or other top brands

  11. #11
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    I keep a selection in the van. had been wanting to find a 1/4" set in compact box. found one in little metal box, about 1" x 8" x 2 1/2". switched out the china rachet for c-m,added some metric to it to get a s/m selection.

    some of my 1/2" drive are craftsman, a nice teardrop 1/2" ratchet from northern tool, some 1/2" stuff I got at an estate sale for $2, american made from some defunct co.

    crasftman hex wrenches for elec work as well.




    has anyone noticed craftsman has turned communist (made in china)? check on their fan site, one thread 98 pages long about it. I say that because I traded in an allen wrench set sat and when got home, my usa part was traded for a china set. called back and I'll be getting my old set back, I'll just replace the bad hex wrenchs in the old set somewhere else.
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  12. #12
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    Quote Originally Posted by billygoat22 View Post
    ...has anyone noticed craftsman has turned communist (made in china)? check on their fan site, one thread 98 pages long about it. I say that because I traded in an allen wrench set sat and when got home, my usa part was traded for a china set. called back and I'll be getting my old set back, I'll just replace the bad hex wrenchs in the old set somewhere else...
    Most of the Craftsman stuff I see is made in USA, although every once in a while I catch something made in Taiwan or China. I was shopping for 1/2" swivel adapter for my impact and I saw two of them of two different designs. One design was made in USA and appeared more heavy-duty than the Taiwan one. I bought the USA one, and it was galled and bound up within a few months. I returned it and got a new identical replacement with no questions asked. This one will probably fail the same way, because the metal is clearly too soft for impact duty. As long as they keep replacing them, I'll stick with them. It's a heck of a lot easier to exchange Craftsman tools than it is to exchange Snap-On or MAC or Matco or S-K or any of those other primo brands... Unless you spend $$$$ with those guys, they all cop an attitude when you bring them a broken tool.

    I've stopped buying imported goods whenever possible. Even if it's a high-end import like Knipex, Mitutoyo, or Wiha, it's not an option for me anymore. I'm also making a concerted effort to apply this logic to groceries and household items, but that can be a little more difficult at times.
    "There is no greater inequality than the equal treatment of unequals."

    -Thomas Jefferson

  13. #13
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    As a former employee of AutoZone, I used to get discounts on tools. The DuraLast brand tools have a ratcheting wrench set, containing only 2 wrenches, with 4 sizes per wrench (5/16", 3/8", 7/16", 1/2" on one wrench, and 9/16", 5/8", 3/4", and 13/16" on the big one). This is very convenient to keep in my tool bag because it weighs very little and can do a lot. I use the small one frequently and have never had it break. This set used to be $20 but I think now its $30.

    In the truck I keep the AutoZone Duralast 3/8" ratchet socket wrench set that has metric & standard, normal & deep sockets. It was more that $40 though, I think maybe $75? It is a very nice set with lifetime warranty, very nice molded plastic case. Never had it break (though I don't use it that much.)

    I also have a 1/4" socket wrench set in the truck - a Kobalt set that was given to me. It has a nice blue case. However the ratchet direction switch tends to not stay put and will cause the thing to slip as it pops out of place. Pretty lame.

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