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Vyse 
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What do you guys keep in your tool box? Any favorite or recommended brands for everyday or specialty tools? I have a small collection of sockets and drivers comprised of Stanley and Craftsman, mostly my dads old tools and Black And Decker reciprocating and jigsaws and 18 Volt cordless drill. Want to buy a brand new set of sockets and drivers, just can't make up my mind on what to get.
menace2sobriety 
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craftsman for hand tools can't beat liftime warranty, snap-on,proto,blackhawk, are more expensive liftime tools. i go to pawn shops and buy evercraft which is a napa tool and has a life time warranty. you can usally get them for 50 cents a piece. power tools craftsman is okay they are made by black&decker/dewalt. but i perfer hitachi or porter cable.
jayx27 
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Snap on, Matco, and Craftsman dominate my box. Throw in some Companion Kobalt and Husky stuff here and there.
speedwayaudio1 
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I have alot of snap on tools, but really not worth the high cost. Craftsman are good, and not bad on price.  I also have some Leisle tools I might be spelling it wrong. They are not to bad. I get them at discount auto parts when I need something in a hurry and can't get to Sears. In Florida there is a DAP about every 3 blocks. Well there not DAP anymore there Advance Discount Auto Parts. Advance Auto parts merged with DAP a few years back now they suck.
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I absolutely use at least two of these (particularly the one on the far right) Matco plastic tools every day. The newer dashes found on cars are incredibly soft and these plastic tools do not mar like the metal ones do. Matco.

Favorite Tools -- posted image. 

Also, my Snap On pick tool is a favorite of mine. Pick tool

kreativesailor 
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Besides the typical tools I use long Zip Ties. Believe it or not they are good for running wires in places where the mechanical arm can't. The Zip Ties are thin and very flexible. Just perfect for those very tight places.

You can try and fail but dont fail to try...
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I agree with the long zip tie.  I keep a couple 36" ones in my box.  I cut the locking end off and then drill a few holes at one end of the zip tie so you can weave wire in and then tape it.  Once my modifications are done I then refer to it as a 'wire insertion tool.'  Best thing ever.

Also, of course I love my Mikita right angle drill and my skewdriver, a deadlly combination for tight spots.  And I seem to use my signal generator a lot for finding speakers/testing amps.

As far as hand tools go I have almost exclusively Craftsman.  When I was installing at Circuit City there was always a Sears within 2 minutes (I worked at several stores in Ohio).  I did once buy a grommet poker from the Snap On man!  Thats a great tool, too.

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menace2sobriety 
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oh yeah another favorite tool of mine, the metal blade edge out of a wiper blade, great  for snaking wires in to tight spots!!!! and my fordom it,s like a dremel but 4 times stronger and cost arond $250 new. it can do anything a dremel can do and much more!!!!!!!!!!    and like jayx27 said kobolt & husky   but go husky b4 kobolt only kobolt in a pinch. and be prepared to be disappointed.

bhurlebaus 
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I must say my fovorite tool is my Mac em710 multimeter. Other wise it would be my skill 3.6 volt cordless screwdriver. It works great for dash boards. The rest of my tools are are Mac and Matco with a little bit of Snap-on and Craftsman. I think you can never have to many tools. The more tools you have the easier it makes your life and the more things you can do.
speedwayaudio1 
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bhurlebaus wrote:
I must say my fovorite tool is my Mac em710 multimeter. Other wise it would be my skill 3.6 volt cordless screwdriver. It works great for dash boards. The rest of my tools are are Mac and Matco with a little bit of Snap-on and Craftsman. I think you can never have to many tools. The more tools you have the easier it makes your life and the more things you can do.
tools are a wonderful thingFavorite Tools -- posted image.
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