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post #1 of 12 (permalink) Old 08-18-2007, 01:25 AM Thread Starter
 
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as of now I've got nothing of my own and my dad can't keep anything organized so I can never find what I'm looking for. I'd like to get a set of tools of my own and I'm wondering how this would fair as a starter or even a standard set. I'd like to start wrenching on my own bike, how would these work? I'm not as mechanically inept as this post makes me out to be, but all the work I've done on cars was in my friend's garage with his tools. So what's good and works for what I've never had to look into very much
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post #2 of 12 (permalink) Old 08-18-2007, 01:59 AM
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I have a hard time believing those are REAL Stanly tools for that price. But to get you started off it is a good selection of useable sizes. I am VERY leary of the quality. I would recomend Craftsman for afordable quality tools. Always remember you get what you pay for.

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My first socket set was a Stanley similar to that with a few less pieces. (Or a cheap ass knock-off w/ the same name)

It obviously worked, but my largest complaint with it was the dial directional setting for the ratchets. They were flimsy and often it was too easy to knock it out of the setting and it got to be a real pain in the ass re-turning it to lock it back into direction.

After losing some pieces and wearing out some sockets (my own fault) and getting honked enough over the ratchet dial (and snapping the 1/4 yellow screwdriver {it seemed rather brittle}) I broke down and got a 76 piece Craftsman set and never looked back.

For a bike, you're only going to use a few pieces over and over and you'll still want to supplement w/ a T handle alan set, and a decent torque wrench (for example), possibly a rubber mallet, etc.

I should have saved the $20-30 at the time and just gotten the Craftsmen first, but that was a few moons ago

If you're on a budget, obviously stick within it, and it will get the job done.. but if you can afford a bit more, get better quality and make sure what you need is in it and you're not just spending a lot of money on pieces you will not use.

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I though that Stanley was Craftsman or at least used to be.

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I though that Stanley was Craftsman or at least used to be.
Up until about 1994...

http://bracketmasters.com/Tool%20Facts.htm

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not that much more for a 100 piece craftsman.

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ebay is good for tools, (watch shipping costs!)

This would be a good starter set.....

Metric / Standard Hex Keys (AKA Allen Wrenches)
Bit Driver with bits
Extensions
Spark plugs socket
bunch of sockets
and a case

Great if the price stays reasonable.

http://cgi.ebay.com/ebaymotors/Craft...spagenameZWDVW

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I actually bought one of these off of woot last night. I have some crappy, Walmart brand socket set right now and am missing half of the pieces for it. It's a good deal for the price.

I have some Craftsman stuff mainly because I couldn't find a 27 or 22 mm socket anywhere else. I think they are overrated though personally if you are just a weekend garage mechanic or for small tasks around the house.
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if i were you i would just go to sears and get a craftsman set. myself, i like to blow the big money on the Matco and Snap-on tools

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Buying a mixed set is a waste of money and space for working on bikes.
Bikes are metric.

Ebay has everything... but if you want to shop and see it first, go to Walmart, Target, Home Depot, Lowe's, or any auto parts store and get yourself the following:

Metric Socket sets, short and deep well.
Most bikes need 8mm to about 22mm.
Add to that the special sizes that you need for front and rear axle nuts. (Craftsman sells by the piece)
Get breaker bars (3/8" drive and 1/2" drive)
Ratchets (3/8" drive and 1/2" drive)
3/8" and 1/2" extensions
Metric Hex key set (up to 8mm)
Some various pliers/channellocks
Screwdrivers (standard and phillips)
Oil filter wrench
Tool box with a tray

that should cover about 95% of all bike repairs that you might ever do on your own.

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if i were you i would just go to sears and get a craftsman set. myself, i like to blow the big money on the Matco and Snap-on tools
http://www.sears.com/sr/javasr/produ...seBVCookie=Yes

http://www.sears.com/sr/javasr/produ...seBVCookie=Yes

I know the more expensive one doesn't come with a metric hex key set but I can get a Craftsman one for $8. Or would it just be overkill and the 53 pc is good. This isn't just about working on bikes, I'm going to be trekking out on my own and need to get some tools regardless so would the bigger set be better because it's more versitile?
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