|Forum topic by ajw1978||posted 07-19-2014 07:59 AM||656 views||0 times favorited||7 replies|
07-19-2014 07:59 AM
While not trying to sound like a broken record, I’m going to start this post by refreshing you fine, talented folks on where I’m coming from: First of all, I’m a mid-30s guy who rents and is just starting to get into the hobby. That said, I’m starting to build up a nice tool collection, including some bigger-ticket items (miter saw, router, drill, driver, circular, reciprocating, etc, etc, etc).
So far, I’ve developed a bit of a “loyalty” to Craftsman. It didn’t hurt than when I first started my “collection,” my roommate at the time was a Sears manager. Discounts, my friends, trump brand loyalty. That said, now that I’ve got the “fancy toys,” I find I need to round out my collection of hand tools and I’m kind of at a bit of a crossroads.
Most of what I have came out of a Stanely homeowner’s kit I picked up on clearance from Target back in my college days. Nothing fancy: hammer, screwdriver set, a monkey wrench … basics. I realize I’m in need of wrenches, screwdrivers, pliers … you name it, I have a need.
But … I’m curious: it seems like everybody and their brother has some sort of “lifetime warranty” on their basic hand tools, so is there a tangible difference between Craftsman, Kobalt, HDX, Husky, and so on and so forth? I’ll confess, I’ve made more than one trip to Harbor Freight, too, in the last few weeks when there’s something I need right that minute and only for about 15 minutes. But to be honest, snooping around the store, their basic wrenches don’t seem much different than what I see in Sears, HD, Menards, etc. Everything is made in China now anyway so, getting to the crux of my argument … is there any point in breaking the bank now, while I’m still learning how everything works as opposed to just getting an inexpensive kit now?
A goofy question and I know personal preference/comfort/finances play a big role, but just curious where you fellas sit on this fence.
First time caller, long time listener, I’ll hang up and listen.
-- May the good Lord help me if I ever actually have a shop, garage or basement.