Most of the garage work I do is on my car, but I do some stuff on the bike, as well. Most of my tools are Craftsman. I do resort to Harbor Fright for some less important tools that are OK if they fall apart after limited use (i.e. a battery powered impact wrench for track use; I consider it pretty much disposable).
Most of my tools are also Craftsman. They have a lifetime warranty. I took a 30 year old ratchet in last week that was worn out. They tried to give me a kit to fix it, but I said no, give me a new one. They did.
Stanley, also makes good tools and they are made in the USA.
For the Bike, I have a set of metric wrenches, sockets, allen wrenches, and a good screwdriver set. For the oil filler and final drive caps, I use the prying end of a tire iron covered with a cloth to prevent damage.
Some bike dealers are charging $92/hr in my area. You can buy a good set of tools by doing a couple hours work yourself.
A mix. Some Craftsman, but the quality on their new stuff seems to be lower than the older tools that made them a household name.
I've gone through two Husky ratchets. Husky is garbage and I'll never buy anything more from Home Depot. Both of them broke at the same narrow place on the ratchet shaft and I wasn't cranking any heavy torque on them.
Cheap usually does the job just as well, but sometimes it's nice working with the higher quality stuff, so I'll splurge once in a while on these guys: http://www.kowatools.com/ http://www.motionpro.com/
My favorite tool lately has been this little T-handle maker by Motionpro that works with any 3/8-drive sockets and extensions:
Really comes in handy when you're stagerring the loosening and tightening those 20-dang 10-mm bolts on the cam-caps.
Mostly Craftsman here too. The links that Calamarichris posted are to motorcycle-only tool suppliers. I especially love my kowatool catalog.
Hey, molebaby! Don't I know you? :grin: Hey man, wineguy here from riderforums.com. Good to see you here. Take care and ride safe. Jim
I've used some cheaper brands and have literally almost twisted off the square part where the socket goes on the ratchet. I say almost because I stopped just before finishing it off. Cheap metal really can mean an inferior tool. Craftsman may not be the best you can get at any price, but they are the best you can get for "normal people" money, IMHO.
I'll have to check out those KowaTools and MotionPro sites. I'm a tool junkie...
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