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G6 at Snook, TX
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PostPosted: Fri Mar 15, 2013 4:12 pm    Post subject: OT-Impact Sockets Reply to specific post Reply with quote

Who makes a good USA made impact socket? Craftsman is now Chinese made. 1/2 inch. Has anyone used the Harbor Freight brand? It gets good reviews--on its website.

What about the 1/2 inch impact wrench? USA made? Or how about the "earthquake" wrench from Harbor Freight?

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PostPosted: Fri Mar 15, 2013 4:38 pm    Post subject: Re: OT-Impact Sockets Reply to specific post Reply with quote

i have a set of 3/8 and 1/2" drive HF impack sockets with the black phosphate finish.

i'll tell you. I've never broke a hf ratchet, breaker bar, socket or air gun.

when I'm grabbing for a socket to do soemthing.. if my hand don't fall on an impact socket fast.. it grabs one of the plain chrome ones.

i've had my 3/4" and 1" gun blazing away on thos eplain chrome sockets taking big stuff loose.. cuz i only have the plain chrome in the 3/4 and 1" size.

like I said. ain't never broke one.. me doing pull ups on a 6' pipe onthe end of a big breaker bar.. Smile
 
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PostPosted: Fri Mar 15, 2013 4:53 pm    Post subject: Re: OT-Impact Sockets Reply to specific post Reply with quote

I have a set of Harbor Freight"s impack sockets for 15 years.
Use them all the time.
Never broke one yet.
 
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PostPosted: Fri Mar 15, 2013 6:04 pm    Post subject: Re: OT-Impact Sockets Reply to specific post Reply with quote

Snap On
 
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PostPosted: Fri Mar 15, 2013 6:12 pm    Post subject: Re: OT-Impact Sockets Reply to specific post Reply with quote

I have 2 Ingersol Rand sets, 1 standard and 1 metric. They've done the job when I've needed them. I doubt that their US made, though.

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PostPosted: Fri Mar 15, 2013 6:34 pm    Post subject: Re: OT-Impact Sockets Reply to specific post Reply with quote

G6 at Snook, TX wrote:
(quoted from post at 04:12:42 03/16/13) Who makes a good USA made impact socket? Craftsman is now Chinese made. 1/2 inch. Has anyone used the Harbor Freight brand? It gets good reviews--on its website.

What about the 1/2 inch impact wrench? USA made? Or how about the "earthquake" wrench from Harbor Freight?

Thanks.


I get to play with all the good chit at my day job every day ... Snap-on, Mac, Matco, Cornwell, SK... The best bang for the buck is Sunex are GP...

http://www.sunextools.com/

http://www.gpsocket.com/

I don't doubt that those that play a little will have luck with the cheap HF chit (They don't know any different),,, if their day job did depend on their tools HF chit would not get'er done......
 
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PostPosted: Fri Mar 15, 2013 7:44 pm    Post subject: Re: OT-Impact Sockets Reply to specific post Reply with quote

I have a craftsman set I bought a few years ago. And it has served me fine for my occasional use. It was made in the USA, but alas not anymore. My brother is buying a 60 gallon ingersol tomorrow from TSC. He needs the tools to go with it, so I ask.
 
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PostPosted: Fri Mar 15, 2013 7:51 pm    Post subject: Re: OT-Impact Sockets Reply to specific post Reply with quote

I've got a snap on set . had them over 35 years.
 
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PostPosted: Sat Mar 16, 2013 2:12 am    Post subject: Re: OT-Impact Sockets Reply to specific post Reply with quote

I have the Earthquake impact wrench from HF. It's heavy, but very strong. Have had no problems with it at all. I have had it for 5 or 6 years and use pretty much every weekend. I recommend it.
 
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PostPosted: Sat Mar 16, 2013 3:32 am    Post subject: Re: OT-Impact Sockets Reply to specific post Reply with quote

I've had the 1/2 EarthQuake impact wrench for several years - It easily out torques my 30 year old Chicago Pneumatic - Even when it was brand new.

I HAVE NEVER PUT IT ON A FASTENER THAT IT DIDN'T BREAK LOOSE OR WRING OFF.

As my good friend Hobo alluded, I don't use them to feed my family and the longevity of the EarthQuake remains to be seen. So far, I've been well pleased with the gun. But, like a lot of stuff made offshore - It does what you need but you just aren't proud of it.
 
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PostPosted: Sat Mar 16, 2013 1:40 pm    Post subject: Re: OT-Impact Sockets Reply to specific post Reply with quote

i happen to know a construction co in central florida that, for the time being, is having the bulk of their maint and repairs done by them 'chitty' tools by someone who don't know better. ;)

working out go so far.

economy is so bad we can't go out and buy 17000$ of new tools to keep the operation running.. so a few hundred of HF had been doing good. ;)

I like the warranty ont he hand tools as well. same as craftsman.. no question asked... though i havn't had to use that warranty yet. :)

I'm actually glad I'm not a real mechanic. I'd be broke. I've seen what the matco and snapon delaers used to charge our mechanic before he moved. scarry prices. Smile I have a healthy respect for real mechanics.
 
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PostPosted: Sat Mar 16, 2013 3:06 pm    Post subject: Re: OT-Impact Sockets Reply to specific post Reply with quote

soundguy wrote:
(quoted from post at 01:40:50 03/17/13) i happen to know a construction co in central florida that, for the time being, is having the bulk of their maint and repairs done by them 'chitty' tools by someone who don't know better. Wink

working out go so far.

economy is so bad we can't go out and buy 17000$ of new tools to keep the operation running.. so a few hundred of HF had been doing good. Wink

I like the warranty ont he hand tools as well. same as craftsman.. no question asked... though i havn't had to use that warranty yet. Smile

I'm actually glad I'm not a real mechanic. I'd be broke. I've seen what the matco and snapon delaers used to charge our mechanic before he moved. scarry prices. Smile I have a healthy respect for real mechanics.


Those HF chitty tools have came a long way from 30 years ago they are better I will admit that... The reason the good chit will fetch top dollar is a real wrench works on production... To beat the clock it takes the best... If you are getting paid by the hour who cares how long it takes are what you fudge up with those HF tools...
 
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PostPosted: Sat Mar 16, 2013 4:32 pm    Post subject: Re: OT-Impact Sockets Reply to specific post Reply with quote

you got that right!

I remember some of the pakistani tools from the 80's and some of the early chinese junk with junky plastics..a nd bad alloy metals in ratchets that stripped .. rounded off.. cheap drop forged wrenches that could be bent by hand.

I agree 100%. last 15 years has seen a huge jump in quality from offshore hand tools. and in the last 5, the power tools have really stepped up...

it wasn't too far back when you only had 2 choices.. expensive and good.. or cheap and junk.

only recently could a production mechanic actually get by with economy tools like this.

no way a real shop could have worked on stuff using that pakistan type 500 piece ( all the half milimeter pieces ) set you used to be able to buy in the flat then metal try.. chrome plating already flaking off and rusting when you bought them..

fo sho agree...
 
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PostPosted: Sat Mar 16, 2013 5:38 pm    Post subject: Re: OT-Impact Sockets Reply to specific post Reply with quote

I've never been much of a fan of Harbor Freight.
Perhaps I'm a bit old fashioned but to me it seems that nice tools can be an end in themselves.
Folks collect tools just like they collect art or guns or antiques. And one advantage to collecting tools is you can use them to get your tractor running or build a deck on your house or a piece of furniture.
I think your tools say a lot about who you are.
Some folks when they take vacation will jump on a plane so they can get there quickly.
I would rather take Amtrack where the ride is half the fun.
Or like using my old scythe. I know that a gas powered string trimmer will do more work faster than my scythe will. But I do get a bit of satisfaction from cleaning up the weeds around buildings and trees with it.
And I've never had anyone stop and ask about a string trimmer. But I've had a couple people stop as they drove by and talk about my scythe - how their grand dad used one or even ask to try it themselves.
I know this is getting a bit off topic but getting good tools is a worthy endeavor and using cheap tools just to get the job done isn't so great. They sure don't give you any pride of ownership. That much I know.


 
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PostPosted: Sat Mar 16, 2013 6:15 pm    Post subject: Re: OT-Impact Sockets Reply to specific post Reply with quote

soundguy wrote:
(quoted from post at 01:40:50 03/17/13) i happen to know a construction co in central florida that, for the time being, is having the bulk of their maint and repairs done by them 'chitty' tools by someone who don't know better. Wink

working out go so far.

economy is so bad we can't go out and buy 17000$ of new tools to keep the operation running.. so a few hundred of HF had been doing good. Wink

I like the warranty ont he hand tools as well. same as craftsman.. no question asked... though i havn't had to use that warranty yet. Smile

I'm actually glad I'm not a real mechanic. I'd be broke. I've seen what the matco and snapon delaers used to charge our mechanic before he moved. scarry prices. Smile I have a healthy respect for real mechanics.


The guy that has been with me now for 2 years uses metric sockets on about every thing he works on ( even uses the metric on standard chit but theirs not much standard chit anymore)... He now has Mac and snap-on semi-deep sets all chrome he rarely uses a impact socket... He uses a 1/2 to 3/8 adapter on a 1/2 air-cat gun... He's the worst abuser of tools I have ever ran across but those Mac and snapper sockets hold up and I am shocked I would never abuse my tools like he does warranty are no warranty...

My Thoughts.... On the standard chit buy cheap most cheap chit now is acceptable... On the metric buy the good chit its hear to stay... I have found Sunex and GP to hold their own again the overpriced Tool truck brands in the socket line... In the wrench line (boxed and open end) the tool truck brands can not be beat BAR NONE no matter how proud you are of them....

Gearwrench has expanded to offer sockets and wrenches that would serve the DIY'er well...

I am a 1/4" drive guy others tell me they never seen a man use 1/4" in so many places... If they offer it in 1/4" I have it my 1/4" chit hangs in front of all the rest.... The best thang that has ever come about is those locking gismos that lock a socket to a extension... I work in a environment were if you drop it you may never find it those lockers have saved me a bunch...




http://www.thetoolwarehouse.net/p-5778-sk-hand-tool-4941.aspx
 
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