Episode 6 Buying Tools

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Happy Friday everyone.Humble Mechanic Tool Box

Today on the Automotive Podcast, we are talking about tools. It is a subject we have talked about on the blog before, but is always fun to revisit. Today’s view comes from all the years and dollars that I have spent on buying mechanic’s tools, as well as tools for the house.

Today we look at:

  • Tool Brands, Snap-on Tools, Matco Tools, Craftsman tools, Harbor Freight, Makita, and more
  • When to spend the big bucks on Mechanic’s Tools
  • When to save some money on Mechanic’s Tools
  • The tools that are my favorite both in the shop and at home.
  • Questions to ask yourself when trying to decide on which tool to buy
  • Toolbox advice

Thanks for watching. As always, post your comments below. If you have an idea for a shop topic, please post them in the comment section as well. Or you can use the contact me form.

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7 replies
  1. VAG_Tech
    VAG_Tech says:

    Great video but you didn’t mention MAC Tools !!! Only my personal favorite since being in the trade since 1992. Quality of Snap-on but at a Craftsman price. MAC FTW!!

    • Charles
      Charles says:

      The messed up part is, I have that one my outline. LOL

      Mac is tough for me. We have not had a Mac rep in 6 or so years.

      I have a few Mac tools. Their box wrenches are okay, but I think SO Flank Drives are way better.

      I did buy a Mac Impact. There was a strange issue with it, and the Mac rep set it to be inspected. They declined a warranty repair. When they sent it back, it was completely disassembled. WTH?!? That Mac rep was awesome, and he got me a brand new gun. Very awesome.

      • VAG_Tech
        VAG_Tech says:

        Too bad. I have always had great experiences with MAC Tools from their Macsimizer Tool Box which I own to all of their hand tools. Their reps are always awesome too. Never any issues with warranty. I guess MAC Canada and MAC USA might be different in their practices.
        One Video podcast I would like to see would be a Automotive Oscilloscope / Labscope shootout. I have a Snap-on Vantage which I had purchased way back in 2001 which I love and still use but I will be in the market for a new one soon and I was looking at the Snap-on Verus Pro amongst other hand held units. We only have one DSO in our shop and it would be handy to pull out my own unit to do quick network checks. What do you think?

  2. Pat ~ The Muscle Car Guy
    Pat ~ The Muscle Car Guy says:

    As I was digging through my toolbox, I was reminded that really cheap extensions (Harbor Freight/Northern Tool level of quality) are ones that I would avoid. I had one that I twisted and broke. Granted, it was a 3 foot long one and I was trying to take an exhaust manifold bolt off.


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