Originally Posted by Jdege
I can't speak to what everybody else does, but I always buy the cheapest tools I can find, with the expectation that any tool I regularly use will break, eventually.
The ones I break I replace with better quality. The ones that don't are either better-made than I would have expected from the price
, or are simply tools that I don't use often enough to justify the higher price
of quality tools.
Absolutely this. I have some very good tools, but they are mixed in with a lot of cheap
HF junk. As an example a few years ago I bought a 500ish set of drill bits from HF for $50 including the storage
box. These days about 1/2 of the bits have never been used, another 25% have been used once or twice and then put back, and maybe 25% that have been replaced with high end carbide bits of the same size.
It's that last 25% that makes up the vast majority of what I reach for, and at least I have a 33/64 drill bit if I ever need one as unlikely as that will ever be.
But there are some tools you just have to buy right the first time. HF vice grips are junk, the teeth simply won't bite SS well enough to break free a galled nut. Crimpers must be precision tools, and cheap knock offs simply won't cut it so you have to buy right the first time.