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Plus one on Craftsman for these reasons:

You can find a Sears (or K-mart, now) almost anywhere in the US.

Their no-questions-asked replacement warranty on hand tools is outstanding. I once left a 1/4" drive 7/16" socket laying in the yard after reinstalling the carb on my minibike and hit it with the mower. Sears replaced it, didn't even bat an eye.

Their prices are very good, much better than the premium brands. If you're a line mechanic you probably want something better. For anything you'll do casually, the tools will outlive you.

They often put tools on sale and you can get some great deals.

Their chests are often on sale and are good quality for the price. If you're rolling them in and out of trucks you probably want something better, but if it's just a stack in your garage that gets moved only to retrieve the o-ring that rolled under it, no problemo.

I also have a tri-fold box of Crescent tools I bought at Costco to toss in the trunk. That is fine for emergency repairs so long as you have the oddball stuff with you (my car has many of the E-torx fasteners, so that's in the trunk, too).
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Whichever ones you can get in Scotland, spend a bit more and get ball bearing drawers. You will appreciate the decision in the end. The are smoother, last longer, hold more weight [more tools] and will not bind up if you push the drawer in from the side.

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Whichever ones you can get in Scotland, spend a bit more and get ball bearing drawers. You will appreciate the decision in the end. The are smoother, last longer, hold more weight [more tools] and will not bind up if you push the drawer in from the side.
LOL, I just noticed he's in Tam-land. Are there Sears stores there?

Perhaps G-AMG can just send him a list of all the Hazet stuff to order, it'll make Snap-On look affordable.
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LOL, I just noticed he's in Tam-land. Are there Sears stores there?

Perhaps G-AMG can just send him a list of all the Hazet stuff to order, it'll make Snap-On look affordable.
Ha, that's hilarious...I was thinking the exact same thing after reading Bear's post
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Over there you may have a better shot with finding Hazlet. I hear very good things about them but I don't own any.

I have always been a Craftsman guy because I do not make a living with my tools. To that end Husky tools at the Home Depot have been treating me well.

I have one of there 50 pc socket sets and I have yet to bust a socket or strip a nut. That was even with removing the Steering wheel on the E320 to tighten the turn signal Stalk.

Granted that was not a socket but I used the 3" ext. and the ratchet handle with an 18" cheater bar to bust the loctite.

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