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It's about time for me to actually get a tool set because I think my 14 piece set that I used for my computer won't cut it.

I've been looking at some Craftsman stuff. Which set is good enough to work on my tC ? Something under $50 would be great. What's a good amount of pieces to have when working on any car ?

I also wanna get a jack and some stands are the 2 1/4 ton ones any good, would they be able to hold up the tC ?
 

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Cheap is not the way to go with jackstands or tools. You'll end up spending a lot more money in the long run. Craftsman is OK, but you'll find you have to thin the walls on their sockets from time to time so you can fit into tight spots. The really cheap Chinese stuff is so thick walled it will hardly work in many places unless the nut or bolt is fully exposed.

FWIW, cheap jackstands can kill you. Save up a couple of bucks and get four of the 6 ton stands. They're taller and give you more room, plus any one of them can hold the entire car up. You'll be way ahead with that. I bought mine 15 years ago, and they still work just fine. All you need is to drop the car on your head once and you'll understand the meaning of you get what you pay for (if you are lucky enough to live).
 

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alright, the thing about the jack is I don't know if it will be a good investment since i don't have a clue with working with cars.




ps - did you get my PM about LEDs ?
 

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Check your PMs.
 

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I'm probably going to get a Craftmen 95 Piece set, it was good price and I'll probably end up giving it to my dad since he got all his tools stolen.
 

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Dont go cheap with tools. There all lifetime warranties but do you want to run to sears every week your craftsman ratchet needs its bearings replaced? Spend the extra money and buy something you'll use with no worries for the rest of your life. I recommend Snap-On, Matco, or Mac. Snap-On has the better prices and dealers.
 

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Craftsmen is what i buy for most of my tools, but i also have some kobalt and some snap on. Craftsmen is ok for day to day stuff, but in the end it is all comes down to how much you abuse the stuff. You can buy whatever you want, but it will break, eventually, so make sure you have something with a warranty.
 

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All the stuff we use on this particular Air Force base is snap on. It's good stuff.
 

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They started doing that right about the time I ended my aircraft maintenance period of my career. Somebody at GSA figured out it was cheaper to use tools that tend not to break and actually fit in tight applications instead of the cheesy stuff they used to buy.

If you make your living with your tools, it's hard to go with anything less than SnapOn or MAC or Proto. I have a lot of Craftsman stuff, but as it breaks I make a decision to either replace it with SnapOn or exchange it for new. If it's a socket I had to grind down to fit a tight spot, there's no decision to make, I'll buy SnapOn.
 

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Snap on is the best tool that we have in My tool box that i drag out on to the flight line every day by far Lo Bux is right snap on is the best and thats is why the Air Force is buying them. when i get enought money to buy all the tools that i want it is goin to be Snap on for sure but till then ill use the Auto Hobby shops snap on tools hehe.
 
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