I have a large workshop in the backyard, it's bloody well stocked with anything I'm likely to ever need . Ive got Sidchrome, Stahlwillie, Snap-on, Kinchrome, Dufor, Geodore, Henry Boker and Metwrench hand tools in sets and specialized tools. From watching Bathurst races as a kid I confess a passion for Aussy made Sidchrome, but my most practical tools are the Metwrench. What do you use and find works well?
My favourites are without doubt Stahlwille - take it as a vote for ease of handling working on tight areas on airplanes. This is followed by Snap-On which are good but OTT on price.
Power tools? I must admit I've bought a lot of Dewalt lately (maybe it's NASCAR and Matt Kenseth rubbing off on me) and have a few Bosch as well.
Buy quality once is my motto!
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YOU would never believe this if your a Stahlwillie lover but there was a bloke who lived around the corner who had at one time been big on the raceing sceen, he happened to know Jack Brabham and as it happened bought off Jack his Mazerati formula one car, this same car Jack had bought off Fangio. Well the car came with a set of Stahlwillie 3/8th drive a set of 1/2 inch and a set of combo spanners. When my neighbour passed away the widow asked me to help sell up the workshop side of the estate and I was only too happy. She said I could have anything in hte shed for doing it, well there were welders, generators,mowers, a warren and brown valve seat recuting kit and lots morer but I said the 1/2 inch stahlwilli was fine(totaly boxed set with about 40 pieces) I spent some three weeks going over there every day priceing everything and getting all the items to work, and on the thursday before the saterday of the sale I dropped in to say I had placed the add in the newspaper. She said "Oh you wont have to worry much some nice men were repairing my washers and I asked them if they would like a look at some tools I had to sell and they bought everything, I let them have them very cheap as they were so nice.....the set I had been promised had been dug out of a cubbard and sold for $40.00 the entire spanner set 6-32 went for $50, honestly I was physically ill. Imagine Fangio's and Jack's tool fixing toilets aaaaaagh
Whether it be tools, car parts, T.V's, electrical gear i always like to buy the quality stuff, you spend the extra bit first and save in the long run in terms of quality.
Tools like sydchrome last a lifetime if looked after, while dewalt and makita make the grouse power tools that i've used. Some of the brands that used to be ok such as ryobi and the like are pretty tacky these days
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