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Old 05-26-2011, 09:09 PM
doyouquaxu doyouquaxu is offline
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Default Re: Beginner in Need of Help Buying Tools

i have a basic set of metric/sae sockets and a set of combo wrenches that roll up into their own pouch. i got them from harbor freight for about $20, and keep them in my truck for those just in case moments. i've also got a harbor freight 3klbs aluminum jack. bought it on sale, with an additional 20% off upon (popular science, or any automotive magazine has them in the back), with a warranty for $70.

i have a ton of craftsman tools. bought some from sears at a store closing sale, a LOT on craigslist. i have a 19.2 volt impact and drill, they're great when out in the dirt.

what i bring to the junk yard: 18" breaker bar, knife, and then a 3 drawer tool box of different size craftsman sockets and wrenches.
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Old 05-27-2011, 04:26 AM
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Duct tape and bailing wire!!!!!!!

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Old 06-04-2011, 08:55 PM
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All great advice, I use cheep harbor freight tools and end up buying replacement tools once every year or two, and I will keep doing this till all my kids grow up and move out. My last outing to the tool department at Rual King I saw a nice organized tool box set with pull out drawers, I would have picked one up but the wife would have shot me for buying more tools this year...

No one mentioned Vice Grips, That is one of my favorite tools for what ever the job. And I know someone already said it, but you always need to use jack stands and chocks, as an X-Ray Tech, I have seen the results of a bad work shop.
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Old 06-04-2011, 09:50 PM
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I can't believe no one has mentioned...

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Old 07-24-2011, 10:41 AM
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Dont forget a Hack Saw . A heavy duty Chisel , a Hammer , Pry bar , adjustable wrenches , punches , tin snips , clip removers , drill and bits, Fuck the dremmel you dont need it . Vice grips , Flat bar (spoon) . Gloves , welding goggles , Heavy duty multi puller , Circuit tester or multi meter , Torq wrench , A subscription to ALL DATA , 5 yr apprenticeship in automotive repair , A flash light or trouble light , picks , micro wrenches , Torches , welder , hole saw , measuring tape , youll want to get a good socket set , make sure theres , quarter inch deep and shallow, 3/4 deep and shallow Metrics and SAE, 1/2 inch deep and shallow Impacts metrics . I dont need SAE impacts. But I have em . I also have 1 inch sockets but I doubt youll need em unless you plan on fixing Trucks or Trains . Some tie down straps , Chains , Porta Power Ram , theres more lots more you need to get , these guys fall short . But most of all dont buy no air tools from Japan like Chicago or Bluepoint there crap there not made in the US any more . Get Ingersal Rand , snap on , mac . Good luck !
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Old 07-25-2011, 10:03 PM
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Metric, Standard, everything... Torx bits too, you want small stuff and large stuff... Box end and open end wrenches, I find ratchet wrenches to be handy too...
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Old 07-26-2011, 03:50 AM
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Well everyone has tools covered pretty good.

The only other thing I could suggest for going to the JY is a cheap blue tarp to sit or lie on if pulling parts from underneath the vehicle. Most of the JY's around here are pretty much all mud.

In the past I have had the JY guy move or lift a vehicle but it is rare to get on site help at a pick a part place.
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Old 11-12-2011, 09:13 PM
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Default Re: Beginner in Need of Help Buying Tools

Originally Posted by mickblock View Post
Wheel chocks, jack stands a floor jack and a repair manual.

A set of flare nut wrenches from harbor freight. So usually you'll end up with Pittsburgh brand. Which is fine. You won't need them often I agree but when you do need to work on a line fitting there is no substitute.
I recommend Stanly over Craftsman. Craftsman ratchets get tore up to easy. Shoot just get everything from Harbor Freight if you've got one near.

For pick n pull get leather gloves a huge hammer and a sawzall.
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Old 11-28-2011, 05:33 PM
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Check out pawn shops for deals on tools. Whenever I modify a tool I usually hit a a pawn shop to get the donor tool. If wind up cutting up a Snap on or Mac for a couple of bucks. If I was starting out that is what I would do for my base set. I currently have 90% C-Man and the rest Snap-on, Grey Pneumatic, and a couple of Toptul items.

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Old 12-02-2011, 11:39 PM
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Back in the early 90's when I started racing karts and Jr. Dragsters my first tool kit was one like this:
I still have it and use it for most of my basic stuff like oil changes, brakes, and other small jobs.
Like most of the guys I have a mix of snap on, craftsman, stanley, kobalt tools. Shop around. Places are always running deals around the holidays on tools. That kit there is only 50 bucks.
Once you get more into turning wrenches, you can plan ahead of time on what you are going to accomplish and what tools you need to buy to complete the job. A good rechargable impact is also a life saver at pick a part shops and a good breaker bar.
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Old 04-18-2012, 04:27 PM
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Duralast are good and have lifetime full replacement at any autozone. I'v found they are the most convenient cheaper tool to replace since your most likely to find a autozone nearby vs. Sears. But craftsman are good tools too. If I were a rich man I would have all mac or snap on but im not so i use what is warrantied for life and is a good price. I prefer the feel of mac and snap on but duralast is very close. You can get a decent 175pc duralast set for 99$ comes with a wide assortment of 1/4 3/8 and 1/2 drive sockets
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Old 05-05-2012, 03:42 PM
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Theres a pawn shop where I live that sells sockets/adapters by the pound.
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Old 05-28-2012, 10:22 AM
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Dont forget a torque wrench
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Old 05-28-2012, 09:09 PM
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Kobalt ratchet sets also come with a lifetime warranty. (lowes brand)
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Old 05-29-2012, 12:32 AM
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Any tool(s) with a lifetime warranty. Go look for them in pawn shops, yard sales, etc. Remember fi they're broke they have a warranty, and can be replaced.
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