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3/8 rachets best and best value for the buck
#1
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Who make the best? Who make the best value. I know a lot of people like Snap On but they are pricy. There are other brands. I like S&K but I know there are other brands like Mac and  Proto. Old Craftsmen's not bad until Sears sent it over to China to be made.


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#2
It is all personal preference.

Proto, MAC, Cornwell, Snap-On, Williams, S-K

Anything off a truck you are paying a premium for the credit line they will extend you. Some franchise holders will give a healthy discount for lump cash payment, others won’t.

Get what speaks to you.

Also, the fine tooth options are plenty strong. AVE did a destructive ratchet test on YouTube and found for the most part the fine tooth count ones were stronger oddly enough
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#3
I like Kobalt ratchets from Lowes...especially the new 90 tooth ones.  Craftsman is alright too but I do think their quality has dropped a little with the China crap but things are supposed to improve when Lowes starts selling craftsman later this year!  I am worried that they decide to drop Kobalt though!  I still like Kobalt a little better!

No tool truck tools for me!  I go mid-grade!  I have even been known to prowl around Harbor Freight once in a while!  I like their Pittsburgh PRO tools but some of the cheap tools are nice for one time use situations. 

It's all personal preference, I guess!

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#4
Good tools is 1/2 the work!

if there is one thing I recommend to have if you can find them is the equivalent of this Facom set.
Somehow, there are involved in 99% of what I do on my cars.
Too expensive for the young and broke fellow that I once was, I started with small set, and got a complement years later offered by a friend (after I repaired his v6)
Very precise, very strong, light and resistant to the most agressive use.
Their shape, length and especially this hexagonal body helped me loose the most inaccessible and locked bolt countless times.
After 30 years+ of use the most common sized ones lost their shine, not their precision and never have damaged a bolt head.

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I wish for a while now to extend the set, as they were offered in different sizes than metrics and also in 1/2 sizes increment but simply can't find them anymore.
I've contacted Facom, and they told me this particular set was no longer made...

Obviously not restoring old cars, Facom offers now days these in many variations. I have one of these sets too, its ok/quality but being smooth and round they've lost whats made the original set so many times more useful.
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I haven't really search very hard, but if anyone knows a quality brand offering a set with this particular shape. Please let me know.

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#5
I am really pleased with these (I bought the 3/8 & 1/2). I can't comment on how it would handle very aggressive jobs, or how long it would last in a professional shop environment. But I've had them for 3 years and have nothing but good things to say about them. Compact in height, the reverse mechanism works perfectly , and after using it it becomes second nature to reverse on the fly.



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My SK tools date back to the 70's when I managed an auto parts store and picked them up at wholesale prices. They have been a great set for a backyard mechanic for over 40 years. As I recall I've had to replace a couple of sockets, one ratchet, and a screwdriver under the lifetime guarantee, but no glaring faults. The last few years Sears has replaced the SK warranty items for me with Craftsman. I also have a large collection of Craftsman tools that have held up well.



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#7
I have a wide selection of brands in my tool box and worked as a professional mechanic for seven years before wising up. Here's my advice:

Buy the best you can find, as tools are a lifetime investment, especially ratchets. I have mostly Snap-On, with a handful of Mac and Craftsman thrown in. My favorite 3/8 is a bent handle flex head long ratchet made by Mac. I have broken *maybe* two Snap-On/Mac/Matco ratchet in twenty years. I can't count the number of even the older US made Craftsman I've broken. Yes, they are pricey, but you can pick them up at swap meets, Craigslist, pawn shops,eBay etc for less than half price. Warranty is lifetime, you just need to find a tool truck, or send it to their service center. SK is excellent also, as is Mac, Cornwall, Proto & Matco. Another to look at is Williams, which is the Snap On industrial brand and is quite a bit less money for like quality, since no tool truck markup is involved.


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#8
Husky from HD is not bad either. I also have Craftmans from the 90s that can take anything. I use sockets from both even with my impact driver with no issues so far.
I also have a set of black larger sockets from HF that can handle a beating.

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#9
I'd recommend swiping a nice set from RocketFoot's collection: good quality and it would be free! It would also annoy him to no end to find a missing tool, and he'd spend the next week 24/7 looking all over for it!

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#10
I do not know how your pawn shops are there. Here sometimes great tools show up but know your prices. Does not matter if you bought new the lifetime warranty still works. I got a Lincoln wire welder that had never been used for half what the weld shop wanted.
BTW I think they did some testing last year and ranked the tools but I do not have the link. I do remember that the cheap Harbor Freight was the next after Cornwell.
I believe a Stanley 3/8" short swivel ratchet is the one I use the most. Once you get the nut bolt broke loose it gets in lots of tight places.
No such thing as one tool being the best value in all situations. My friend that does restorations was over one day and saw the Harbor Freight Daytona floor jack sitting there. He tried it and could not believe how quick and smooth it was. He has a Snap On and said this one worked much better. He has a Bel Air, spelled wrong, roll around with probably tens of thousands of expensive Snap on tools in it. He also buys the cheap China ones and uses them.
Me I have a huge mixture. I have managed to break every brand out there, lol. When you work on rusty junk it happens. I have not found a Torx driver to remove seat belt bolts that will hold up. I broke 3 of the Kobalt ones on one bolt. BTW they would not replace.
If it doesn't come loose pretty easy get the hot wrench and save your tools. They were not meant to have 500 ft. lbs. put on them.
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