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evilfij

Well-known member
If you are getting the 3/8 impact set - I recommend pairing with sk 46175 - 36 inch, 1/2 inch drive, 3/8 socket impact extension - perfect for those hard to reach trans bolts.

Does the SK have a wobble or lock or is it regular?

I have always either cobbled together some extensions, pulled the bulkhead (because I was tearing down the truck) or I am told you can plenum when doing a trans removal and get at the top bolts that way, but I have had the Sunex 36in in my cart for a while.


I just can’t make up my mind which is the best. If it’s the SK, I will get that, but I would also sort of like to know if there is anything special about it v the others as I have a theme with Sunex (and like the warranty because I break stuff).
 

Adam

Well-known member
It is not a wobble or lock - that's it's one downfall, I wish it had a lock. I use it with shallow Matco 3/8 wobble impact sockets to great success.
 

evilfij

Well-known member
What is everyone’s favorite screwdriver?

I just got the

Wera 009342 PZ #2 x 100mm Kraftform Plus Pozidriv Screwdriver​

It has a hex bolster and the lazer tip. It’s stupid expensive ($15) compared to either the chiseldrivers set or the normal green set and you can’t get them in a set, but I figured for the most used screwdriver it was worth a shot. I waffle between the Wera and the Felo as my favorite, although recently I bought a lot of Witte (matco sells rebranded witte and there no pozis that I have found unfortunately except for the Stahlwille ones witte makes which I am not super fond of the handle on at least the 3K ones I have).
 

evilfij

Well-known member
SK SAE swivel sockets showed up (finally), but the real reason is that SK has announced its sale to Hangzhou Greatstar.


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Angus

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SK has announced its sale to Hangzhou Greatstar.
Next they will "shift" production to China to provide "better value" for their customers. Then they go in the same pile as Craftsman when they began manufacturing tools in China. I'm running out of American manufactured tool companies...have to shift to German tools like Ron.
 

evilfij

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If SK offshores, USA made hand mechanics tools is down to snap-on and Wright pretty much. Lots of MATCO is imported and Mac is almost all imported thanks to Stanley Black and Decker. There are a few other small manufacturers too. I think a lot of SK people will turn to Wright if that happens. I do have a lot of USA made tools, but it’s like Malco, channellock, Klein, old craftsman, old kobalt etc. I have my eye on some wright stuff, probably give them a shot.
 

evilfij

Well-known member
A couple 1/4 in sets with both SAE and Metric.

The Stahlwille is 200 euro on promo (plus 5-10% discount for buying over X euro) from misterworker. The Felo was like $67 on tool of the day at KC Tool. Felo went with the other Felo at the castle
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Napalm00

Technical Excellence Contributor
I should have taken a before pic… These were a couple of nasty rocker shafts after two 30 min cycles with just water and some cascade

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I used to have one we used specifically for carburetors. Dish soap works really well and definitely gets off the oil. But I hated dealing with the cleanup sometimes The dish detergent would leave a white residue on aluminum parts. If I was lazy and didn't rinse.

I ended up using just a cap full of simple green until I sold it.
 

jymmiejamz

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Callsign: KN4JHI
I used to have one we used specifically for carburetors. Dish soap works really well and definitely gets off the oil. But I hated dealing with the cleanup sometimes The dish detergent would leave a white residue on aluminum parts. If I was lazy and didn't rinse.

I ended up using just a cap full of simple green until I sold it.
I have heard simple green works well. I just happened to have cascade powder from cleaning oil out of a cooling system.
 

evilfij

Well-known member
Here is a pic of the pz3 version of the very fancy Wera with the hex and lazer tip along with a set of twin grips. These are very expensive, and I have not used this one, but the PZ2 is my new go to. So far no wear on it.

I tried to use (abuse) the twin grips and they are a beast. Not sure they are worth $35 or $40, but one stuck stripped screw is worth that to me. They also function very well as just slip joint pliers and don’t have the wobble of every other set of slip joint pliers I have used. And the teeth are very hard and sharp. I have two more sets coming ….

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evilfij

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The twin grips are once again showing their value. Took two seconds to get this rusted hunk of stripped crap screw out (after spending forever trying every screwdriver and pliers I had over the past years). :)
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