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Old 01-13-2019, 06:23 PM
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Quality, affordable tools

In working on the MINI I found that I was digging through my interchangeable screwdriver bit box to find Torx bits for fasteners. This also necessitated changing from my battery powered impact driver to my battery powered drill. I needed a Torx set for 1/4" and 3/8" drive so I could just change them out like a socket. I found a set I like from OEM Tools (the brand.) Today at the Pull-A-Part I detonated another Craftsman 3/8" drive ratchet, probably the third Craftsman ratchet in the last year I have destroyed. I decided to run to my local cheap tool place "We Sell Tools" and pick up an OEM Tools brand 3/8 ratchet along with the Torx bit set I have been wanting. The ratchet will join my "Junkyard Toolbox" which is a set of tools that live in a toolbox that goes with me on those fun trips to the yard and are the tools I loan out.

The OEM 3/8 drive long reach flex head ratchet isn't anything special but I have had good luck with all the other OEM Tool brand tools I have. I don't want to spend a fortune for tools that I know I might loose and have no compunction about using as a hammer if the need arises. I do want them to be fairly reliable.I paid about $20 for the OEM ratchet and that isn't bad but there are others out there at the same price point and for just $8 or $10 more I can get something with some extra features like quick release or greater number of teeth for a smaller swing. I don't know if it is me but I have destroyed almost every high tooth count ratchet I own (Kobalt, Craftsman) except for my GearWrench ratchets (and I'm not taking those or my Snap-On's to the junkyard.)

I'm not a strong guy so I know I'm not putting 500 ft-lbs on the things, hell, the first thing I look for at the junkyard is a wheelbarrow to haul my tools around because they make my arms tired. So, are there any inexpensive hand tools (especially ratchets) out there that can withstand a fair amount of abuse without falling to pieces? I'm not talking bottom of the barrel (harbor freight, although if they have gotten better over the years I'd give them a try) or no-name crap. Just good honest tools.
 
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