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Old 12-14-06, 02:57 AM
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Hmm, I'm not seeing the claimed thousand odd threads....


Anyway - I'm a marine trade assisant and I'm jack-tired of dealing with the bosses' tools and Christmas seemed like a good excuse to spoil myself.

Anyone got any swell advice on particular brands/designs for particular tools? (I'm more inclined to pick up the 30 tools I might actually use instead of a 200 piece Sidcrome monstrosity.)

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Old 12-14-06, 05:41 AM
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The 1,000's of posts are here. If when you're on the main forum screen, scroll down to where it says "Display Options". It is defaulted at probably "last day". If you choose like "last year" and click "show threads" they will pop up for you.

On to the subject. Are you looking for hand tools or power tools. Hand tools I use are Crafstman, SK, Snap-On, Cresent, Klien on and on. I opt to go with American or reputable brand name tools. The cheapies like at Harbor Freight are ok for the homeowner but for trade work you have to go for the good stuff.
 
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When you earn your living with tools, it makes sense to spend more to get the best ones you can.
 
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On to the subject. Are you looking for hand tools or power tools.
Should of specified - Hand tools.

Just off the top of my head - I'd probably need
Linesman Pliers (Ideally with everything that opens and shuts so I can make do without seperate crimpers or side cutters)
Longnose Pliers.
Hacksaw.
Vice Grips (I'm guessing the brand to go with here is the original - Vice Grip -_-)
#1,2,3 Phillips (The standard screwhead in Australia)
Metric Hex set
Metric ring spanners (probably Imperial too)
Decent retractable knife.

Just a quick list there - given the marine environment, everything needs to be able to withstand being dropped in the occasional bucket (or ocean) of salt water.

I opt to go with American or reputable brand name tools.
I'm an Aussie :P, No particular reason for me to choose American over equally well designed Japanese or European tools.


Finally - The company I work for sells and promotes Bahco tools (Which turn out to now be owned by Snap-on)
whilst I'm perfectly willing to sell Bahco to people, I don't have much experience with it personally - Does anyone use (and love) their Bahco kits?
 
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not sure whats availible to you but for

pliers and screwdrivers look at Klein

buy the real thing VICE grips
 
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Old 12-14-06, 02:09 PM
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That's why I added "or reputable brand name tools". I realize there are lots of tools from abroad that equal great quality. I don't think Snap-On would own Bahco if they didn't manufacture a quality tool.
 
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