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 Are Husky Tools any good?
Barney_Calhoun  [Team Member]
10/7/2010 8:07:20 PM EST
I don't make a living turning wrenches so Snap-On and Mac are out of the question due to price. Craftsman seems like they have taken a nose dive in quality, so what about Husky, how do they compare?
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_DR  [Team Member]
10/7/2010 8:17:00 PM EST


Kobalt are better than Husky imo.
leadnbrass  [Team Member]
10/7/2010 10:33:13 PM EST
A lot of Husky and Kobalt stuff...wrenches, socket, screwdrivers etc are now made in China.

I went to buy my dad a small 3/8" drive set for Fathers day and was hard pressed to find a decent USA set.

If I'm going Chinese I'd just hit Harbor Freight...they offer a lifetime warranty on most hand tools.

Also if you have estate auctions in your area give them a try.

I scored a ton of MAC, Snap On, Proto and Plomb stuff for $60 last week.

Check out the Garage Journal tool forum.

Also the Harbor Freight pass/fail thread on the same forum.
Dave_A  [Team Member]
10/7/2010 10:36:06 PM EST
Husky is just the Home Depot store brand...

Kobalt is Lowes store brand...

Some of H-F's more expensive stuff is in the same price-range, and better...

Everything other than the Wright/Snap-On/MAC stuff that costs $300 for a socket-set is going to be made in China anyhow.
LoneToySoldier  [Member]
10/8/2010 5:23:39 AM EST
I make my living with Snap On but only because that's what Uncle Sam buys. I was all Craftsman when I worked at a dealership. At home I have a mix of Proto Mac Stanley Craftsmen Harbor Freight Husky SK and who knows what all. My experience has been that the Harbor Freight stuff holds up just as good as anything else as far as sockets/wrenches/basic hand tools. Not big on they're ratchets. The only thing I steer clear of from them is electrical or pneumatic tools. I bought a 4.5" grinder from them once, fired it up, and the head flew out of the body. No screws in it. I have a Husky generator that's 3 or 4 years old that has kept my house going in the winter when the power goes out and have had 0 trouble out of it
stretch415  [Team Member]
10/8/2010 5:28:34 AM EST
I use some of their stuff as I like the design more than other brands(for instance their pro line of screwdrivers).

Im not to loyal to anyone but typically its craftsman wrenches/sockets(some husky stuff too) and then everything else filled in. I guess I dont have any Kobalt though as I dont frequent lowes much.
Barney_Calhoun  [Team Member]
10/8/2010 8:42:32 AM EST
Originally Posted By leadnbrass:
Check out the Garage Journal tool forum.

Also the Harbor Freight pass/fail thread on the same forum.


Cool website.


Thanks guys!

RangemasterP226  [Team Member]
10/8/2010 8:52:07 AM EST
Have been all Craftsman for handtools for years, but I'm tired of driving all the way to another city for a Sears. I recently started buying Kobalt tools at Lowes and I've been satisfied so far. Its important to me to be able to drive a short way and simply exchange a tool for a new one for life, if needed. Sears is great for that, I hope Lowes is too.....

DeWalt on 18V cordless stuff is the bomb, love that sawzall!
goodoleboy  [Member]
10/8/2010 8:56:00 AM EST
Husky is Made by Stanley which is a good set..Ive got a husky set 302 piece set 10 years ago nothing has gone wrong with anything. I recently bought a Husky new 60 piece black chrome laser etched set and it seems to be even better than the 10 year old set as far quality. Its also made by Stanley tools,, same Stanley that makes tape measures and Hammers
TheRealSundance  [Team Member]
10/8/2010 4:42:56 PM EST
Originally Posted By Dave_A:


Everything other than the Wright/Snap-On/MAC stuff that costs $300 for a socket-set is going to be made in China anyhow.



Not true as my company uses US made hand tools that cost much less than that per set.

killingmachine123  [Member]
10/8/2010 7:25:22 PM EST
You can find SK stuff on the net for cheaper than Craftsman. It's a better quality product IMO. I do own a lot of craftsman though.

The real values are at auctions...
ColtRifle  [Member]
10/9/2010 2:22:17 AM EST
Originally Posted By killingmachine123:
You can find SK stuff on the net for cheaper than Craftsman. It's a better quality product IMO. I do own a lot of craftsman though.

The real values are at auctions...




Where would you find SK cheaper than Craftsman?? I LOVE SK tools and think that they are better quality than even SnapOn and similar but they certainly aren't cheaper. SK are the most expensive out there that I have seen.
BolivianAK  [Member]
10/9/2010 10:46:52 AM EST
Husky is fine for do it yourself / home work.

I used Husky ratcheting combo wrenches on a daily basis for a year. One of them screwed up on me, took it to Home Depot, they replaced it for free w/o a receipt and no hassle. YMMV.
Barney_Calhoun  [Team Member]
10/9/2010 6:20:21 PM EST
I read online that SK tools went bankrupt.

http://www.chicagobusiness.com/article/20100823/NEWS05/100829965/sk-hand-tool-assets-sold-to-ideal-industries

Ideal Industries will decide within 30 days after the closing if it will manufacture SK Hand Tool products at one of Ideal's existing plants or build a new facility, the company said in a statement.

The purchase of SK Hand Tool's assets did not include any employees, plants or real estate, an Ideal Industries spokesman said.


Sounds like Ideal Industries won't even be using the original manufacturing equipment and the only thing Ideal will keep is the name.
A_G  [Team Member]
10/9/2010 11:14:00 PM EST
Estate sales, swap meets, pawn shops, and internet are the best places to find older, AMERICAN made hand tools at great prices.

Husky is fine for home use, but most of their stuff is made in China now anyway.

Frankly, if I can't find good US made tools at a good price from the above places (and they'll be used but that's fine) then I will either go to Harbor Freight, or Sears.

Why pay extra for a tool with a "more respected" name, when it too is made in China just like the Harbor Freight stuff? To hell with that.

I'll go to Sears for Craftsman if I want a better tool since it will be easy to replace. This is a critical factor for me, ease of replacement.

I have some Snap-On tools in my small tool box, but I bought those because I don't abuse them and expect them to last a couple of life times. The stuff I use/abuse/don't care about is HF or sometimes Craftsman. Pretty sad that it's getting more and more difficult to find a decent, American made hand tool these days.
goodoleboy  [Member]
10/10/2010 4:51:33 AM EST
Originally Posted By ColtRifle:
Originally Posted By killingmachine123:
You can find SK stuff on the net for cheaper than Craftsman. It's a better quality product IMO. I do own a lot of craftsman though.

The real values are at auctions...




Where would you find SK cheaper than Craftsman?? I LOVE SK tools and think that they are better quality than even SnapOn and similar but they certainly aren't cheaper. SK are the most expensive out there that I have seen.


I feel he means if you piecemeal a set together from individual sockets/wrenches, ect.
goodoleboy  [Member]
10/10/2010 4:56:38 AM EST
Originally Posted By A_G:
Estate sales, swap meets, pawn shops, and internet are the best places to find older, AMERICAN made hand tools at great prices.

Husky is fine for home use, but most of their stuff is made in China now anyway.

Frankly, if I can't find good US made tools at a good price from the above places (and they'll be used but that's fine) then I will either go to Harbor Freight, or Sears.

Why pay extra for a tool with a "more respected" name, when it too is made in China just like the Harbor Freight stuff? To hell with that.

I'll go to Sears for Craftsman if I want a better tool since it will be easy to replace. This is a critical factor for me, ease of replacement.

I have some Snap-On tools in my small tool box, but I bought those because I don't abuse them and expect them to last a couple of life times. The stuff I use/abuse/don't care about is HF or sometimes Craftsman. Pretty sad that it's getting more and more difficult to find a decent, American made hand tool these days.




I think that is why Harborfreight and other cheap tools, and all things Cheap get a reputation for being crappy..The "good stuff" is not used hard and the cheaper stuff does repeatedly..

In reality it gets more use and sees harder jobs than the pricey stuff. Causing it to "break so fast" or be "crap"..

Note: i am not knocking you, I do the same thing.
Cole2534  [Team Member]
10/12/2010 6:41:07 AM EST
Originally Posted By Dave_A:
Husky is just the Home Depot store brand...

Kobalt is Lowes store brand...

Some of H-F's more expensive stuff is in the same price-range, and better...

Everything other than the Wright/Snap-On/MAC stuff that costs $300 for a socket-set is going to be made in China anyhow.


And my most recent purchase from Snap On was made in Spain.
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