Great method to blowing out your shoulder

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I came across a stubborn control arm bolt on Thursday (took advantage of the warm weather) and my tools didn't seem to want to work that day. I broke 2 ratchets, and a breaker bar. Craftsman quality right there. I didn't even have a cheater bar on this.





The shock sent me back almost 3 feet and today my shoulder and back are feeling it. Anyone ever get hit by a charging rhino? I just want something to compare this to.
 

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Holy fucking shit man. You must of put allot of pressure on it a way that it broke like that. Al least craftsman has lifetime warranty.
 

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What kind of breaker bar did you break, was it a Craftsman too? I have an old S&K 1/2 drive 2ft handle breaker bar that has survived everything I have thrown at it, including using a 4ft cheater pipe with the weight of me and my friend (~400lbs total) on the end of it.
 
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yeah, breaker was craftsman too. 1/2 inch drive piece of crap.

I have an awesome 1 inch drive ratchet (yes, 1 inch) that I use for crank pulleys and junk. I put it on there, and whack it with an aluminum bat, and they break free. That's a tough ass ratchet, but being that it's so big, you would expect it.



My foot is a size 12, just to put it in perspective.
 

elliott678

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I quit buying Craftsman when they started caring more about the quality of the chrome and less about the heat treating of their tools. They may look good, but they are brittle and will shatter. A friend of mine always says, the mark of a good chrome tool is flaking chrome, if the tool can flex enough to flake the chrome and not break its a good tool.

My S&K's aren't chrome, they have some kind of coating, but I'm not sure what it is. I have yet to break one despite using them in an impact gun. I have some Husky Professional tools that I got through my Mom's job dirt cheap (338 piece set for $100) and haven't had a single problem. I have heard that most of the Husky Pro tools are made in the old Craftsman plant, not sure if it is true, but they are the same quality as my older Craftsman tools. My choice is S&K, but they are damn expensive, I inherited my set. I have some Proto tools that are awesome along with one of their sister companies Blackhawk, but again they can be damn expensive too.
 
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My weapon of choice when I am at work is Snap-on. They are a little pricey, but they make great tools, especially their flank drive sockets and wrenches. I'll only use them for some things though. Not all their shit is worth the money. Some no-name brand tools work just as good, if not better.

338 pieces for 100 bucks eh? That's a helluva deal. You should hook a brotha up. :) Is she like the president of Home Depot or something?
 

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i broke a craftsmen 1/2 drive rachet a while ago, i use SK for all my 1/2 drive work now, same socket set for over 3 years now with no failures. i <3 my SK tools. plus the green box looks so cool:raiseeyeb

i have also used my SK sockets with an impact gun on a number of occasions.
 

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338 pieces for 100 bucks eh? That's a helluva deal. You should hook a brotha up. :) Is she like the president of Home Depot or something?
Nope, she works at a Stanley distribution center, it turns out Stanley owns a lot of the better companies like MAC, Proto, Blackhawk, and a couple more.

I just got a couple 13 piece sets of Blackhawk reversible ratcheting wrenches for $10, too bad they are metric. Last year I picked up a "Jesse James" 210 piece MAC tool set with a nice box for $180, they seem to be pretty decent, but the nice black coating scratches easily. Right now there is a silent auction going on for some big slightly damaged (scratched and dinged, nothing that wouldn't happen during normal use) Proto tool boxes that retail for over $2k, that I don't expect to go over $700, if I had the room I would get them. I am a firm believer in the fact that you can never have too many tools, but space is a serious issue, there is only so much you can stuff into a 10x12 shed and expect to be able to move around.