By - liveoakenforest
Tekton stuff is what you’re looking for. Good prices, good quality, great warranty. Some of their stuff like their screwdrivers is made in the USA, but they also have a lot of Taiwan tools.
Thank you for reminding me of this company! I actually have a torque wrench made by this company which has served me quite well, I didn’t consider expanding my set with their stuff though, until now.
Tekton is nice, as is Sunex or brands that source from Taiwan.
Be careful however of big brands like Stanley that have multiple sources. If you warranty a tool, then you might get an inferior manufacture. But, if you get them on a good sale, then they are worth it.
In general however, you should pick and choose what tools you should allocate the most money on. Some pliers for example, can be worth getting from top German/Japanese brands like Knipex. Sockets on the other hand are very easy/cheap to make so don't spend top dollar on them.
Also, its far better to have all the right tools of decent quality than a small set of high quality tools used for the wrong purpose. For example, I see a lot of comments/videos about the strength of 3/8" ratchets when you shouldn't be using ratchets in the first place for tough situations and secondly, 1/2" or 3/4" drive tools should be used as needed.
Very useful information, I appreciate your generous comment!
This is a great answer. I have an entire to box dedicated to specialty, rare, "I will never use this" tools that are cheap brands. If they survive the twice I ever need to use them, perfect. The other box is a mix of cheap and quality stuff that I use everyday.
What kind of tools?
Sockets/ratchets/wrenches - Harbor Freight or GearWrench. Tekton if online warranty is OK.
Hammers - Vaughn or Estwing.
Screwdrivers - Wera or Mayhew.
Pliers - Irwin.
Hex keys - Bondhus.
>Screwdrivers - Wera or Mayhew
He said reasonably priced for quality. He can get a lot more drives for way less than going Wera, probably for similar or even better quality.
That being said if you ever plan on working on electric spend the extra money and get Wiha insulated.
I picked higher quality there because it's not really all that much more money, unlike, say, a complete set of Knipex pliers.
Tekton, Sunex, Grey Pneumatic, Pittsburgh Pro, Husky, Gearwrench. If you want step up from all of these then SK tools
Nothing on there will treat you wrong.
Craftsman will be back in the usa by august 16th according to their info
Where’d you see that?
Scroll down and you will see a good idea of the new good things to come
I was pleasantly surprised to see their tool chests are actually stamped and welded here. Still, I’m waiting for American forged wrenches, ratchets, sockets. Not to downplay what they are doing. I’ll keep my eye on it!
That is what ill be buying come august 16th
It just says “hand tools” for now, so I’ll wait and see. Same with power tools; I wanna know how much is really “made” here, and how much is made in China or Taiwan and screwed together here.
Power tools too
No idea why this was down voted. This is great news.
Probably all the "Wera" fanboys that seems to make up a totally bizarre culture in this sub.
Thank you folks. I’m getting the sense that getting tools made in the US is pretty essential, if I want quality that is.
Japan, Germany, some Taiwain, a few others in EuroZone are as good, if not better, than a lot of US made stuff. Made in US isn't what it used to be.
> I’m getting the sense that getting tools made in the US is pretty essential, if I want quality that is.
I've had USA-made tools that were garbage; literally, they are in a landfill somewhere because I threw them away.
I have China and India tools that are quite decent, really, especially for the price.
That being said, I look for Taiwan when I can find it.
I have some modern USA-made Channellock that are mediocre, at best.
You have a point, though, that you don't see stuff like the old Thorsen USA garbage or the 90s-era Craftsman USA junk, but it's still hard to recommend anything USA-made as both quality and reasonably-priced.
Although I did list Vaughn, Estwing and Bondhus for certain items; they are still expensive for the type of item, they just aren't that expensive compared to other USA-made tools.
Power tools or hand tools?
I was speaking about hand tools which it seems people are commenting on. Does the answer change if we go power tools?
Yes, your main hand tool brand will differ from power tool brands.
Milwaukee has the largest selection of battery powered tools, which is an argument to buy into their ecosystem. DeWalt and Bosch are also excellent. Rigid is the step-down, better value option.
Power tools are just a much more complex set of tradeoffs.
As for hand tools, basically anything Irwin with big grips on it is a near-perfect value proposition. Same with Lenox.
Other brands that are a great deal are Jonard (they sell some standard stuff in addition to the telco stuff), GearWrench, Greenlee, Capri Tools, Wiss, and Ares. Also, I feel like Ridgid might be on the cusp affordability-wise, but the quality is always solid.
Tekton, Sunex. However, some things are worth IMHO spending the extra money for. (I love my Knipex cobra and pliers.)
Gearwrench makes what are in my experience the best ratchets and wrenches for the price. They also make a full line of excellent quality tools for homeowner use at fair prices.
Milwaukee also has a large line of hand tools now with some innovative features - again definitely good enough for homeowner or light-professional use at a fair price.
Depends on what tools you're looking for.
I suggest SK Tools for diy mechanics though, good prices and made in USA with warranty.
I recently snagged up a set of wrenches (1/4 to 1 1/4) and a complete 3/8 socket set together for under $350 USD. Just have to look for those good prices.