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Pittsburgh Pro tools vs Craftsman?

Want to preface this by saying that I am in no way a pro mechanic, just someone who's looking to start doing work on their own car. First step are some tools. I've been looking up all kinds of different brands. Top of the line brands like Snap On are out of my price range and honestly are probably more tool than I'll ever need, at least for now. I've read some positive things about the Pittsburgh Pro line from Harbor Freight, and from what I've seen Craftsman seem like a safe bet, especially given the lifetime guarantee. I'd like your opinions. What do you think of these different tool brands? What would you recommend for someone who's looking to start a tool collection, with a focus on auto work? Thank you all for your time! Thank you for your answer, Hank. I actually am reasonably close to a few Harbor Freight stores, if that changes anything.

Asked By: edwnc - 4/13/2013
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Answered By: Hank Scorpio - 4/13/2013
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I've been a mechanic for many decades. My box is filled with mostly Snap-on and Mac. I have been buying Pittsburgh and they are a LOT better than Craftsman. I bought a 1/4" ratchet and I like it better than my Snap-on. Harbor Freights volt meters aren't very good, but what do you expect for under $5 (mine broke, but I... More
Answered By: Ray - 4/13/2013
 
Let's face it, Snap on is about the best you can buy! Mac, they are very good but I have heard issues about that company screwing people over. The tools Craftsman made back the early days up until the 80's had been just as good as Snap on, but now, in my opinion, they are a lower quality than Pittsburgh Tools (the... More
Answered By: Harold Smith - 3/9/2014
 
Fortunately for me, I bought Craftsman in the early 80's. Now some of what I have is broken, but cannot be replaced because Sears/K-Mart/Ace does not have these items. Seems, according to one sales person, that they made a list of the most likely tools to be replaced under warranty... and eliminated them. One... More
Answered By: Ben Richardson - 3/20/2014
 
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