*sigh* Why do people by crappy tools?

Discussion in 'Gen 2 Prius Main Forum' started by kornkob, Jan 30, 2012.

  1. swi66

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    Have a large deep Husky socket, an old one with a crack.
    Tried taking it back to Home Depot, that sells Husky.
    Yopu have to call a toll free number.

    Turns out, that size is no longer sold at Home Depot, so no warranty.

    Snap on has re-built several ratchets for me over the years.
    Good Warranty.
    I have even bought damaged tools at swap meets and exchanged for new!
     
  2. Mendel Leisk

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    Anyone remember those old folding rulers, with the large diamEter brass hinges. I might have one kicking around, was my dad's, maybe from his dad.

    We've got a potato pealer that says 1940 something, maybe '43, it's a little obscured: all metal, nothing to break. It's going to last forever, keeps getting sharper. That would never cut it nowadays.

    D.O. for the HP calculators: the older ones were a little sluggish, but they were pretty dependable. The new ones are POS, either the buttons failed (rumoured by design), or as in the case of mine: it just has a nervous breakdown. Mine's flashing "CLEARING MEMORY" or words to that effect. I can take the batteries out for months, pop them back in, and it's still "CLEARING MEMORY".
     
  3. kornkob

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    My father retired today (30+ years) from his job as a Mechanician at the UW Mechanical Engineering school. He has a 30s era mill in his basement metal working shop.

    It's dead level, within tens of thousandths.

    We zeroed my smartphone's 'level' application on it. My dad declared this application a damn fine level for anything you might want to be approximately more level than what you could determine by eye, plus or minus.
     
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    I have exchanged a few Craftsman tools, unfortunately the replacement is often a little cheesier than the original. Their warranty is still easy to use though. Last Craftsman ratchet wrench I exchanged was replaced by a rebuilt wrench (works like new), my old slipping one will probably get rebuilt too.
     
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    I thought that the nice PINK set I saw on one of those female HGTV shows! Cute little pink hammer, screwdriver, pink plastidipped pliers. All in a stunning pink tool belt! :eek:
     
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    Tools are like shoes. Buy good ones and the ones you'll really use/wear and you'll be happy. Craftsman on sale will work for most and somewhat reasonable. Harbor Freight is fun to look around in but they typically don't last long.
     
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    I still have one of the folding wooden rulers. Used it a lot while doing electrical construction work. Electricity and metal rulers do not like each other :)
     
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